Hospital Dentistry

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Please email 
postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu
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Program Overview

Eric C. Sung, DDS
Program Director

The intent of the Hospital Dentistry Preceptorship is to provide the preceptor with an overview of the dental management of medically compromised patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as provide exposure to the latest philosophies in all phases of general dentistry. This is accomplished through the active participation in didactic courses and clinical rotations that coincide with the General Practice Residency Program. The breadth and number of experiences will vary depending on the length of program chosen and the effort put forth by the preceptor. This program is an excellent opportunity for foreign-trained dentists to see the integration of basic sciences with clinical patient care.

During the early part of the program, the preceptor will attend many lectures on advanced dental techniques and management of the medically compromised patient population. Clinically, the preceptor will devote a significant amount of time observing both the faculty and the residents in the general clinic and in the operating room. Upon completion of the program, the preceptor will have increased knowledge in advanced dental care along with working on a patient population which has less than ideal health. This will also include patients who may require oral medication or IVs in the operating room setting.

Dental procedures performed in the clinic are generally comprehensive dental treatments. This includes periodontal therapy, restorative care, fixed prosthetics, removable prosthetics, surgery, and endodontic therapy.

This program also provides a unique opportunity to interact with a broad spectrum of researchers in the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology. Innovative research on bone biology, gene therapy, cellular response to biomaterials, and evaluation of outcomes of prosthodontic research are ongoing in the center.

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 applicants to begin during the summer quarter for the 1 year.**

**Didactic courses are not repeated throughout the year. The program is specified to the individual and is formulated through discussions between the preceptor and the program director. The program director reserves the right to modify the program content at any time based upon the needs and/or performance of the preceptor.

Number of Positions: 1 – 2

Fees: $4,700 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.

All fees, must be paid in US dollars in the form of a check drawn from a US-affiliated bank, cashier's check, or money order made payable to "U.C. Regents".