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  • 90 students per year admitted into the four-year curriculum leading to the DDS degree (for more information on this year's entering class, go to UCSF Dental Admissions Statistics)
  • 25 students per year admitted into the two-year International Dentist Program, for foreign-trained dentists who come to the U.S. to earn a DDS degree
  • Postgraduate programs in dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and prosthodontics
  • Residency programs in oral and maxillofacial pathology, general practice and advanced education in general dentistry
  • MS and PhD degree programs in oral and craniofacial sciences, a combined DDS-PhD program, a combined DDS-MBA program with the University of San Francisco, and an MS degree in dental hygiene
  • A post-baccalaureate program in conjunction with UC Berkeley Extension for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, underserved communities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the profession, that assists them in becoming competitive applicants to dental school
  • Committed to training the next generation of dental scholars and faculty members

Patient Care

  • Home of UCSF Dental Center, the School of Dentistry's clinical enterprise and one of the largest providers of dental care in the Bay Area
  • Annual patient visits: 122,000 (2015-16)
  • Clinical income: $19.2 million (2015-16)
  • Student clinics: Adult general and preventive dentistry, implant dentistry, pediatric dentistry, periodontics
  • Resident clinics: Adult general and preventive dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics
  • Faculty clinics: Adult general and preventive dentistry, craniofacial anomalies, endodontics, implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, orofacial pain/TMD, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics
  • 14 community-based externship sites, many of which are located in rural areas or are designated Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Volunteer faculty- and student-staffed Community Dental Clinic operational one evening per week, providing both screening for dental disease and dental treatment at no cost to the patient

Science and Research

  • One of the preeminent oral and craniofacial research enterprises in the world
  • Ranked as the top U.S. dental school in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for 25 years (2016-17)
  • Extramural research funding totaling approximately $25 million annually
  • Exemplified by strong programs in the areas of craniofacial biology, oral cancer, orofacial pain, cell/developmental biology, children's oral health, caries management, oral health disparities and biomaterials
  • Twenty-five NIH-funded principal investigator faculty and eight NIH-funded trainees, representing each of the school's four departments, including Cell and Tissue Biology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Sciences, and Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences
  • The home of several leading cross-campus translational research programs, including the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CANDO), the Program in Craniofacial Biology (PCB), the Center for Children's Oral Health Research (COR), the Global Oral Health Program, Biomaterials and Bioengineering Correlative Microscopy Core (BBCMC), and programs focused on Sjogren's syndrome and oral HIV/AIDS
  • A pioneer in AIDS research, with more than 25 years as the repository of the San Francisco AIDS Specimen Bank
  • The home of the Healthforce Center for research on the health professions
  • Basic sciences research in biomaterials/ bioengineering, cell and tissue biology, hard tissue biology and others

Continuing Dental Education

  • Provider of continuing education programs for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and other health care providers for more than 50 years

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