AEGD Westwood

Contact Us

Please email 
postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu
for any questions or for more information.


Program Overview

Beatriz Bezerra, DDS, PhD
Program Director

James Lim, DDS
Associate Program Director

The Westwood AEGD Preceptorship is designed to expose foreign-trained primary care general dentistry practitioners to the management of comprehensive and complex general dentistry cases, including restorations and surgical placements of dental implants. It is for those who wish for exposure to treating various complex and comprehensive cases, and plan to remain a primary care general dentistry practitioner. The program is designed to enhance each preceptor’s ability to be ready for more complicated cases in a private practice general dentistry environment.

The didactic portion of the program, which includes various aspects of basic and clinical sciences in dentistry, runs throughout the academic year with a concentrated curriculum in the month of July. Topics covered include all specialty areas of dentistry, physical diagnosis, treatment planning, medical emergencies, elements of sedation, oral pathology, pharmacology, orofacial pain & dysfunction, dental implantology, oral radiology, literature review, practice management, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, sports dentistry, etc.

Clinical observation occurs in the AEGD clinic located at the Westwood site. Preceptors are given the opportunity to observe and assist the treating faculty or resident dentist with limited chair-side assisting duties in various dental disciplines such as prosthodontics, periodontal and oral surgery, esthetic dentistry, implant dentistry, simple orthodontics, endodontics, and care of the medically compromised patient.

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 – 4 quarters. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.  It is encouraged for preceptors to begin during the summer quarter for 1 year (4 quarters).

Number of Positions: 2 – 4

Fees: $6,100 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.