- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
Dr. Colby Smith
As a satellite clinic of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the Venice Dental Center provides comprehensive care with minimal referral to outside providers. Residents provide broad cross-disciplinary treatment under the supervision of specialist and general dentist faculty, including: implant placement and restoration, guided tissue regeneration and sinus augmentation, periodontal surgery and soft tissue grafting, exodontia, endodontics, and full mouth rehabilitation. The vast majority of patient care provided by postgraduate residents is comprehensive, with additional substantial experience in triage and treatment of dental emergencies, and referrals from students and private dentists for specialist procedures. Faculty coverage is provided primarily by general dentists, with additional coverage by specialists in periodontics, endodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The weekly schedule involves 40+ hours in clinic, classes, and seminars.
The UCLA Venice Dental Center has been committed to providing quality dental care for the underserved community since its inception in 1969. Over time, the large volume of patients with complex needs necessitated the addition of postgraduate dental training. This advanced training has evolved into a 1-year AEGD residency program with an emphasis on comprehensive community-based dentistry.
This CODA-accredited program is designed primarily for general dentists within their first 5 years of clinical practice who want to:
1. Learn and implement advanced treatment planning concepts for complex cases
2. Develop proficiency in all aspects of dental practice
3. Become confident treating patients with minimal specialist referral
4. Gain experience using contemporary technologies (e.g. all-ceramic and CAD/CAM restorations, digital impressions, implant placement and restoration, and digital radiology)
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: 1 year
Number of Positions: 6
Financial Arrangement: B salary
AEGD- Venice is a fast-paced clinically-based training program designed to expand residents’ skill sets beyond simple restorative dentistry and teach a systematic approach to diagnosis and patient care. While the program is heavily weighted toward clinical experience, the didactic training is a critical component and major strength of the program. This portion of the program, which includes various aspects of basic and clinical sciences in dentistry, extends throughout the academic year.
|Courses||Course Type||Contact Hours|
|Advanced Treatment Planning/Case Presentations
|Participation Course, CAD/CAM Ceramics
|Clinic, Advanced Education in General Dentistry
|Cast Gold Restorations
|Participation Course, Endodontics
|Management of Medical Emergencies
|Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
|Principles of Sedation
- US citizen or permanent resident
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program
- National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II
- Submit primary materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), Including at least 3 Personal Potential Index Evaluations and 2 Professional Evaluation Forms (required). Please visit the ADEA PASS webpage for more information.
- Participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) for AEGD programs.
- Submit any desired supplemental materials (Photo, CV, cover letter, etc.) directly to the Student Affairs Office:
Postgraduate Training Programs
AEGD – Venice
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.
If you are applying to both AEGD programs, you must submit a complete supplemental application for each program.
PASS Application Deadline: October 15
UCLA Supplemental Application Deadline: October 29
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be contacted by letter and/or telephone.
Timing of Interviews: November – December
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 20 – 30
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Performance on NBDE
- Content of personal statement
- Content of recommendation letters (3 Personal Potential Index Evaluations and 2 Professional Evaluation Forms required)
- Proficiency in clinical dentistry
- Commitment to further learning and professional growth
- Communication skills
- Personal interview
Applicants will be notified of acceptance through the Match service. To find out when results will be available, please consult the Match service.