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The Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics is a full-time 36-month residency program in July each year. It is a multifaceted program that takes full advantage of the academic and clinical resources available in the University setting and is accredited by the American Dental Association's (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is designed to meet requirements for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. The option of pursuing a MS or PhD degree in Oral and Craniofacial Science is also available to qualified residents.

Didactic instruction is presented through lectures, seminars, demonstrations and conferences. This instruction promotes a biologic understanding of oral disease processes and provides the resident with a strong basis for decision making.

The clinical experience occupies approximately 60% of the program. Clinical training involves both fixed and removable prosthodontics, with exposure to implant dentistry and maxillofacial prosthodontics. Patient care activities are supplemented by observation, seminars and case presentation. Contact with and training in the full breadth of prosthodontic problems and contemporary treatment modalities is the goal for the clinical segment of the curriculum.

The program offers significant exposure to diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with complex restorative needs. A strength of the program is its close interaction with the other postgraduate dental specialty programs on the campus. Integrated treatment with the orthodontic, pediatric dental, and oral and maxillofacial surgery programs enhances the clinical exposure.

For additional information on the goals and content of the program, please contact the program director.

Program Director: Arun Sharma, BDS, MS
707 Parnassus Avenue, D-4509
San Francisco, CA 94143-0758
(415) 476-9135

For questions regarding admissions and application procedure, please contact:

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737  Ext#3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)



  1. Applicants must first submit an application to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program's Sept 1. deadline. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), dental school transcript, all undergraduate transcripts (scanned and uploaded), 3 PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), 1 Dean's  institution  evaluation  form and all required scores reported in the application.
  2. Applicants must register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, and obtain a match code number that must be submitted via the PASS application. The Matching Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs. To register and obtain a matching number, please visit their website.

Please submit the non-refundable application processing fee on the Online Payment portal (OPEN ON JUNE 1). (Domestic applicants $60.00; International applicants $80.00)

If you have international course work you will be required to submit the following directly to the SoD Office of Admissions (even if you submitted a copy to PASS) by Sept. 1:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc, sent directly from the issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college or university outside of the United States, or a Canadian institution where English was not the official language of instruction. (Please note: Xerox or notarized copies are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL international transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction

Send to:

University of California, San Francisco
SoD- Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Three residents are accepted annually into the program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. One resident is selected for the VA hospital.  Admission is based on dental school grade point averages and class standing, National Board scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation within the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position.


A large number of prosthodontists contribute to the clinical and didactic portions of the program. Specialists from the other dental specialties also contribute to the resident's education. This group offers a significant breadth and scope for the dental resident. Additionally, consultants from outside the University contribute to the educational experience.


Yearly stipends are available, depending on eligibility and funding availability. Additionally, first year residents may be eligible for a grant from the Joseph Sciutto Foundation.


The majority of the clinical and didactic activities occur on the University of California San Francisco campus. The postgraduate prosthodontic clinic utilizes seventeen operatories in the School of Dentistry. Additionally, each resident is assigned an individual laboratory bench space. The program currently employs both a fixed and removable prosthodontic technician to assist in the laboratory education of the resident.


American Board of Prosthodontics
The American College of Prosthodontics