Hospital Dentistry Preceptorship
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Immigration Regulations
- Health Insurance
- Contact Information
Eric C. Sung, DDS
The intent of the Hospital Dentistry Preceptorship is to provide the preceptor with an overview of the dental management of medically compromised patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as provide exposure to the latest philosophies in all phases of general dentistry. This is accomplished through the active participation in didactic courses and clinical rotations that coincide with the General Practice Residency Program. The breadth and number of experiences will vary depending on the length of program chosen and the effort put forth by the preceptor. This program is an excellent opportunity for foreign-trained dentists to see the integration of basic sciences with clinical patient care.
During the early part of the program, the preceptor will attend many lectures on advanced dental techniques and management of the medically compromised patient population. Clinically, the preceptor will devote a significant amount of time observing both the faculty and the residents in the general clinic and in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, the preceptor will have increased knowledge in advanced dental care along with working on a patient population which has less than ideal health. This will also include patients who may require oral medication or IVs in the operating room setting.
Dental procedures performed in the clinic are generally comprehensive dental treatments. This includes periodontal therapy, restorative care, fixed prosthetics, removable prosthetics, surgery, and endodontic therapy.
This program also provides a unique opportunity to interact with a broad spectrum of researchers in the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology. Innovative research on bone biology, gene therapy, cellular response to biomaterials, and evaluation of outcomes of prosthodontic research are ongoing in the center.
A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Length of Program: 1 – 4 quarters.Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire. It is encouraged for applicants to begin during the summer quarter for the 1 year.**
**Didactic courses are not repeated throughout the year. The program is specified to the individual and is formulated through discussions between the preceptor and the program director. The program director reserves the right to modify the program content at any time based upon the needs and/or performance of the preceptor.
Number of Positions: 1 – 2
Fees: $4,700 per quarter (subject to change)*
Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200
International Student Fee: $1,300 (only for those requesting I-20s for F-1 student status)
*Fees are due two weeks before the first day of the academic quarter.
All fees, must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, or money order made payable to "UC Regents".
- Degree from a dental school accredited by the local government jurisdiction
- English language proficiency
Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
- UCLA Preceptorship Program Application
- Official dental education transcripts translated into English or ECE Course-by-Course Report
- 3 confidential reports from people with knowledge of the applicant’s skills and potential
- Proof of English language proficiency for applicants with English as a second language (an interview in English may also be required)
- One-time, non-refundable application fee of $150.00**
All application materials must be sent directly to:
Office of Student Affairs
If you wish to use a courier service please use the following address:
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Photocopies of official transcripts and TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
Application Deadline: Deadlines vary depending on the initial quarter of enrollment.
Initial Quarter of Enrollment
|Summer (July – September)||March 15|
|Fall (late September – December)||June 1|
|Winter (January – March)||September 15|
|Spring (April – June)||December 15|
Upon Acceptance: There is a non-refundable fee of $1,300 due after acceptance for those who need an I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa. There is also a $200 certificate fee to confirms your acceptance of the program. These fees are not applied towards your tuition and are non-refundable.**
**All fees, including tuition, must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, or money order made payable to "UC Regents".
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement (GPA and class rank if available)
- Content of personal statement
- Content of confidential reports
Decisions will be available approximately one week after the application is received.
All preceptors who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or on a visa status authorized for enrollment in full-time studies must enter the United States on an F-1 visa. The 1-20AB necessary for application for an F-1 visa is processed by the School’s International Advisor. This is a non-immigrant visa which presumes you are in the United States for the purpose of studying for a limited time. The I-20AB request form will be sent to you after acceptance to the program.
All foreign students attending UCLA are required to be insured under an adequate medical insurance plan during all periods of registration. Medical insurance is not provided by UCLA for preceptorship students, and preceptors cannot be seen at the on-campus student health facility. The School of Dentistry requires that you obtain a health clearance prior to enrollment in the program for individual and community health reasons. The health clearance must include a complete physical examination and demonstration of immunity to certain communicable diseases. Annual monitoring for tuberculosis will also be necessary.