Pediatric Dentistry - San Diego
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
Clarice S. Law, DMD, MS
The UCLA San Diego Pediatric Dentistry Community Health and Advocacy Training Residency Program (CHAT-SD) is a postgraduate certificate program designed to produce a new generation of pediatric dentists who provide high-quality comprehensive care in diverse clinical settings, act as catalysts for improved oral health care delivery systems, and advocate for sound policies, particularly for underserved segments of the population. Based in San Diego, this program provides extensive interdisciplinary experience in preventive oral health and community health and an emphasis on establishing and integrating oral health care programs in conjunction with pediatric health care programs. Graduates of CHAT-SD may choose to pursue a career in academia, private practice, policy/advocacy, or any combination thereof.
Instruction is provided by the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry. The curriculum includes rounds, seminars, and conferences to ensure that the resident achieves a thorough understanding of the biomedical and clinical sciences. Topics include research methodology, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, histology, embryology, growth and development, genetics, oral pathology, behavior management, sedation, practice management, prevention and management of medical emergencies, fundamentals of pediatric medicine, and the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of childhood oral diseases.
Residents receive clinical training in all areas of pediatric dentistry including hospital care, management of child behavior, craniofacial growth, and the provision of care utilizing various sedation and anesthesia modalities. Clinical training will occur primarily at the San Ysidro Health Center sites, which serve a culturally diverse and predominantly low-income population, the San Diego Children's Dental Center, and the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In addition to anesthesia and pediatrics rotations, residents will rotate through various other areas within the Rady’s Children’s Hospital to gain expertise in the management of children with special needs such as those with chronic diseases and developmental disabilities.
The community-based elements of the curriculum include collaboration with local partners who are involved in the care of underserved, culturally diverse segments of the pediatric population in San Diego. Residents also participate in a core set of interdisciplinary didactic sessions and applied learning activities in community-based sites and receive additional experiences focusing on pediatric oral health in sessions conducted by UCLA faculty.
A research project involving the collection and analysis of data is an important part of the program. Participation in a Master’s in Public Health graduate program is also available, contingent upon acceptance into the graduate program and extension of the training period.
Upon successful completion of this training program, the resident will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and will be eligible to qualify for the Board examination and certification.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.
Length of Program: 25 months
Number of Positions: 2
Financial Arrangement: C salary
- US citizen or permanent resident
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program
- National Board Dental Examination, Part I
- Submit primary materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please visit the ADEA PASS webpage for more information.
- Submit the UCLA Standard Residency Supplemental Application directly to the Student Affairs Office:
- Participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) for pediatric dentistry programs.
Incomplete files will not be considered.
If you are applying to all three pediatric programs you must submit three sets of complete supplemental applications.
Please note that UCLA is not accepting residents for the San Diego program for this year's cycle.
PASS Application Deadline: October 3
UCLA Supplemental Application Deadline: October 15
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be contacted by email and/or letter. No applicant will be accepted into this program without an interview.
Timing of Interviews: Mid-November
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 20
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Commitment to pediatric dentistry
- Content of personal statement, including the applicant's reasons for studying pediatric dentistry and tentative plans following completion of the course of study
- Proven interest and involvement in community health and advocacy
- Extracurricular activities related to pediatric dentistry
- Research experience
- Overall impression at the personal interview
- Content of recommendations. Recommendation Letters from current or former teachers and/or attending staff are required. These must include four (4) Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations (included in the PASS Application). One must be from the Director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Education at the applicants dental school, or a member of the Pediatric Dentistry faculty who is most familiar with the applicant's clinical preformance in Pediatric Dentistry. An additional (5th) PPI evaluation from an individual other then dental school faculty is highly desirable. In addition, 2 ADEA PASS Professional Evaluation Forms from individuals familiar with the applicants clinical and/or academic competencies shall be submitted through PASS.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance through the Match service. To find out when results will be available, please consult the Match service.