- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
Kumar Shah, BDS, MS, FACP
The UCLA School of Dentistry Advanced Prosthodontics Residency Program is a postgraduate certificate program that provides advanced prosthodontics training in specialized patient care, research, and teaching. The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with a scientifically-based rationale for all diagnostic, treatment planning, and patient care decisions. This includes dental techniques and use of articulators and other instrumentation as well as dental materials used in all aspects of prosthodontics. The program is designed to help its graduates successfully navigate the certification process of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Upon successful completion of the program, residents are awarded two certificates: a Certificate of Postgraduate Study from the UCLA School of Dentistry and a Certificate of Residency from the UCLA Hospitals and Clinics.
A primary aim of the program is to teach residents not only the importance of replacing oral structures but also to stress preservation and optimization of the supporting structures through coordinated effort with other dental specialties. Additionally, positive management skills are developed for these often demanding, long-term treatment patients.
Within the clinical area, residents become acquainted with the philosophies and principles of prosthodontic treatment with fixed, removable, implant, and maxillofacial prosthodontics. Advanced and specialized methods required for care of complex and multidisciplinary cases are stressed. Treatment planning, sequencing, and execution of laboratory and clinical work are emphasized.
Approximately 60% of the curriculum time is allocated to patient care with the remaining time devoted to required biomedical courses, prosthodontic literature review seminars, lectures, and diagnosis/treatment planning seminars.
An additional objective of the program is to prepare graduates as outstanding clinicians, teachers, and researchers. Thus, we encourage our residents to concurrently pursue an MS degree through the Division of Oral Biology at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Ideal research projects include topics in areas such as dental materials, bioengineering, bone biology, and prosthodontics.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Length of Program: 3 years
Number of Positions: 2
Financial Arrangement: B salary
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program or equivalent
- National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II (Part two required prior to matriculation)
Submit primary materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please visit the ADEA PASS webpage for more information.
Applicants must submit the UCLA Standard Residency Supplemental Application, CV, and undergraduate transcripts directly to the Student Affairs Office:
UCLA School of Dentistry
Office of Student Affairs
10833 Le Conte Ave, A0-111 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Application Deadline: September 2
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be notified by telephone and/or email.
Timing of Interviews: Mid – late September
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 8 – 10
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement (GPA and class rank if available)
- Performance on NBDE
- Content of personal statement
- Content of recommendation letters
- Leadership activities
- Research experience
- Demonstrated interest in prosthodontics
- Overall impression from the personal interview
This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Accepted candidates are notified by telephone call followed by an official letter of acceptance. Decisions will be available in late September to October.