Pediatric Dentistry

The Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship is designed for foreign-trained dentists who wish to return to an academic setting for short periods of time to supplement the knowledge and experiences gained from earlier training and subsequent professional experiences. 

Preceptors are able to audit all courses offered by the Section of Pediatric Dentistry during their enrollment. Course topics include histology and embryology, growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, oral pathology, behavior management, preventive dentistry, pediatric diagnosis and treatment, sedation and anesthesia, pediatric medicine, practice management, and research methodology.

Each preceptor is permitted to design a curriculum according to his/her desired objective upon consultation with and approval from the program director. Preceptors spend approximately 30% of their time to observe patient care in the Children's Dental Center. Seminars and classes typically account for 40% time, and there is about 30% undesignated time available for library use, faculty and resident discussions, lectures, and research. In addition, preceptors rotate weekly at two community clinic rotations and may conduct clinical procedures based on the attending faculty’s discretion. Preceptors studying more than one quarter may perform patient treatment at the discretion of the faculty.

The UCLA Section of Pediatric Dentistry is implementing a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded program called the Strategic Partnership for Interprofessional Collaborative Education in Pediatric Dentistry (SPICE-PD).  This innovative program is designed to meet the growing oral health needs of children from underserved and high-need vulnerable populations. Pediatric dental residents, all ACTs and preceptors are required to participate in all SPICE-PD curriculum activities, to learn more about the curriculum, click here.

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Length of Program: 1 – 3 quarters. Preference is given to trainees who start in the Summer quarter for one year and join the Advanced Clinical Training Program.

Number of Positions: Maximum of 3 per quarter

Fees: $10,000 per quarter (subject to change)*

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200

*Fees are due two weeks before the first day of the academic quarter.