- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
James Kelly, DDS, MS, FACP
The UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics Residency Program is a postgraduate certificate program specifically devoted to maxillofacial prosthetics. Applicants must have completed an ADA-accredited postgraduate training program in prosthodontics or its equivalent. This program begins on July 1 of each year. Upon succeesful completion of the program, the resident is 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.
The purpose of the UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics Residency Program is to provide advanced training in the diagnosis and supportive treatment of patients with maxillofacial anomalies. Residents will have the opportunity to treat patients with severe oral and facial deformities from cancer, trauma, or congenital malformations. Training is enhanced by a modern and well-equipped facility, the Maxillofacial Prosthetics/Hospital Dentistry Clinic. This clinic is an outpatient clinic of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which enables residents to have close interactions with faculty, interns, and residents from other disciplines.
The didactic portion of this program is flexible and takes into account the individual’s prior training and experience. Courses are available in head and neck anatomy, oral pathology, pharmacology, fixed and removable prosthodontics, radiation biology, and biostatistics. Didactic training in research methodology is available, with an original research project if residents are so motivated. Required courses are presented in various phases of maxillofacial rehabilitation, including speech pathology, speech therapy, restoration of congenital and developmental defects, and restoration of various acquired maxillofacial defects. Periodic seminars with regular review of pertinent subjects in the literature are a regular part of the program.
Clinical training includes cleft palate prosthodontics, restoration of acquired oral and facial defects and implant prosthodontics. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to work with radiotherapists and evaluate and maintain the oral and dental health of patients before, during, and after their radiation therapy. Residents work closely with surgical disciplines in restoring a variety of defects, including construction of cranial and soft tissue implants, immediate surgical obturators, surgical splints, and other required prostheses.
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: 3
Financial Arrangement: A salary
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program
- Successful completion of an ADA-accredited postgraduate training program in prosthodontics or its equivalent
- National Board Dental Examination, Parts I and II
This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
Applicants must submit the Maxillofacial Prosthetics Application 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
The following materials must also be sent to Student Affairs:
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Official NBDE Parts I and II scores
- Official undergraduate, dental school, and postgraduate transcripts
- 4 letters of recommendation
- Recent passport-sized photograph (2" x 2")
Incomplete files will not be considered.
Application Deadline: September 1
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be notified by telephone and/or email.
Timing of Interviews: October – November
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 6 – 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
- Overall impression at the personal interview
This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Accepted candidates are notified by telephone, email, and/or letter. Decisions will be available in December or January.
Advanced Prosthodontics, Biomaterials, and Hospital Dentistry