Rotations are located at various areas throughout the UCLA health sciences enterprise and cover a broad spectrum of dental specialties.

Hospital dentistry

7 months

UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics/Hospital Dentistry Clinic

Comprehensive patient care is employed in the treatment of medically, physically and psychologically challenged patients. These categories include patients who are undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer and transplant patients. Restorative dentistry with general anesthesia in the operating room is performed weekly. Residents also provide conscious sedations for general dental procedures. Residents are on call on a weekly basis, and provide hospital inpatient consultations and emergency department treatment.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

1 month

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Experience will be provided in hospital admissions and medical management of oral and maxillofacial trauma and infections, conscious sedation and outpatient general anesthesia, and basic principles of dento-alveolar surgery, including surgical extraction of impacted third molars and biopsies of soft and hard tissue pathology.


1 month

Jules Stein Eye Institute, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Ophthalmologic procedures require similar anesthetics to dentistry, thus this rotation will provide clinically applicable experiences in pre-anesthetic evaluation, patient monitoring, airway management, administration of conscious sedation agents and general anesthetic techniques, post-anesthetic patient recovery, and emergency procedures.

Pediatric dentistry

1 month

Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles

Experience is provided in the dental treatment of the toddler and child, including diagnosis and treatment planning, patient management, operative procedures, appliance therapy, and operating room dentistry.


1 month

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Experience is provided in medicine with an emphasis on patient assessment and interventions. Residents also gain experience in assessing a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions along with improvement in physical diagnosis skills. Upon completion, the resident will understand department of medicine protocol.

Periodontal practice

Partial month

Private practice setting

This rotation includes seminars on current philosophies regarding diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment modalities. Residents will observe numerous surgical procedures.

Didactic Training

The didactic portion of this program consists of formal courses and seminars. Topics cover all specialties of dentistry, physical diagnosis, internal medicine, conscious sedation, oral pathology, pharmacology, emergency care, anesthesiology, implantology, advanced cardiac life support, and practice management.