Pediatric Dentistry

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Please email 
postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu
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Program Overview

Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MPH, MS
Program Director

The Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Training Program 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. Trainees 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.

Pediatric Dentistry ACT Trainees in the Pediatric ClinicEach trainee is permitted to design a curriculum according to his/her desired objective upon consultation with and approval from the program director. Trainees 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. Trainees may perform patient treatment at the discretion of the faculty.

For additional information about the Pediatric Dentistry ACT program, 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 year. Program begins summer quarter for four (4) quarters.

Number of Positions: Maximum of 4-5 per year

Fees: $35,000 per year (subject to change)*

Certificate Fee: One-time payment of $200

Application Deadline: Accepting applications starting on Sept. 15 through March 15 for the summer quarter. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis with preference given to early applicants.

*Half the fees are due upon acceptance and the remaining half are due before the start of the second quarter.