Advanced Dental Anesthesiology

Program Overview

Christine L. Quinn, DDS, MS
Program Director

The UCLA Dental Anesthesiology Program will not be accepting residents this year due to programmatic changes. Please check our website periodically for updates on the program and future admissions.

A new 3-year Advanced Dental Anesthesiology Residency Program is offered at the UCLA School of Dentistry in conjunction with the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The didactic and clinical training program meets the standards set forth in the Commission on Dental Accreditation and fulfills the eligibility requirements for the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Didactic instruction includes the core curriculum taught by the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology to the first-year medical anesthesiology residents, grand rounds, and literature reviews (which are also open to interested faculty, students, and community dentist anesthesiologists). While at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the resident will function full time at a CA I/II level with call responsibilities as appropriate for medical anesthesiology residents of similar clinical experience. In addition, residents must successfully complete a course in advanced cardiac life support. A 2-day national collaborative anesthesia review course in dental anesthesiology is taken in the fall of each year. During the second year, each resident attends the annual scientific meetings of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Clinical experiences during the first year include a variety of medical cases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, in which the resident functions as a medical anesthesia resident and is responsible for preoperative evaluation, anesthesia delivery, and postoperative follow-up of patients during regular operating hours and while on evening and weekend call. While on rotation at the UCLA School of Dentistry, the resident provides all forms of anesthesia for dentistry in a variety of environments, including the dental school, surgical center, and private office environments. The patients treated during this 6-month rotation are from all categories of patients requiring anesthesia services for their dental treatment, including pediatric, special needs, and phobic patients, as well as patients undergoing extensive oral surgical procedures. The last 2 months of the program are spent on rotation with the Orofacial Pain service at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the Emergency Department at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.

It is expected that each resident will perform at least 1,000 cases during the 26-month training program. Residents will also participate in a bimonthly literature review that will include practicing dentist anesthesiologists in the greater Los Angeles area. The dental resident will be expected to complete a research project or other creative endeavor of sufficient rigor to be published in a refereed journal and to become involved in the teaching of pre-doctoral and graduate dental students. Each resident will give several lectures on topics pertaining to anxiety and pain control and will provide related laboratory and clinical assistance for dental students and other residents.

Graduates of this program are eligible for membership in the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and may achieve diplomate status after examination by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.

The program in Dental Anesthesiology is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: .

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Dental Anesthesiology. However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.

Length of Program: 26 months

Number of Slots: 2

Financial Arrangement: A Salary