University of California, San Francisco

Preceptorship in Oral Medicine

Preceptorship in Oral Medicine

A preceptorship is an intensive training course in the specialty area of Oral Medicine, which will be open to graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada and recognized by the World Health Organization.  Oral Medicine functions at the interface of Dentistry and Medicine as many systemic diseases can manifest themselves in the oral cavity. (e.g., HIV/AIDS and other immune deficiencies; Sjögren’ s syndrome; blood dyscrasias).  Additionally, patients with stem cell and organ transplants and those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy often have oral complications (e.g., GVHD). 

Length of the Preceptorship

The preceptorship will be offered in 12-week modules and applicants can take up to four modules.  This means that a preceptorship can last from three months to 12 months at the discretion of the Director of the Postgraduate Program in Oral Medicine, but cannot be longer.  The course is full-time and outside activities that interfere with the program are not permitted.

Status of the Preceptors

Preceptors will be continuing education students registered through the Continuing Dental Education Department of the University of California, San Francisco.
International preceptors who require visa sponsorship will be supported on the J-1 Student-Non Degree visa. For information on the J-1 Student Non-Degree visa, please visit the UCSF International Student and Scholars Office website at https://isso.ucsf.edu/node/494 or send e-mail to visa@ucsf.edu.

Program Status

This preceptorship program is not accredited by any national or local accreditation body, but on completion of the program, preceptors will be issued with a certificate of completion issued by the Continuing Dental Education Department of the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Types of Oral Conditions Diagnosed and/or Managed in the Oral Medicine Clinic

• Head and neck cancer (and pre-radiation work-up and follow up.)
• Oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and other immunosuppressive disorders
•  Sjögren’ syndrome
• Mucocutaneous inflammatory diseases (i.e. Lichen planus, mucous membrane pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris)
• Oral chronic GVHD
• Burning mouth syndrome

Course Outline

Preceptors are expected to participate in the Oral Medicine Journal Club and case presentations which occur twice monthly.  Preceptors are also expected to attend Oral Maxillofacial/Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Case presentations which are held in conjunction with UC Fresno OMFS program.
All preceptors will be assigned a specific mentor who will be responsible for the overall planning of activities.  At the discretion of the mentor, the preceptor may become involved in the specific research activities of the mentor themselves or of other faculty or research staff.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit all of the following materials:
-UCSF Preceptorship Program Application
-Official dental education transcripts translated into English
-3 confidential reports from people with knowledge of the applicant's skills and potential submitted in signed and sealed envelopes
-Proof of English language proficiency for applicants with English as a second language
-An in-person interview in English is required
-One-time, non-refundable application fee of $250 USD.

Admissions Process

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
-Academic achievement (GPA and class rank if available)
-Research interests
-Content of personal statement, including the applicants interest in prosthodontics, reason for applying to the program, and goals for the program if he/she is accepted
-Content of confidential reports

• Please complete and return the Preceptorship Application (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
• Please complete and return the State of Proficiency in English form (Adobe Acrobat PDF)