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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: Frederick Finzen, DDS
707 Parnassus Avenue, D-3246
San Francisco, CA 94143-0758
(415) 476-1982

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)


PLEASE NOTE: If accepted into the program, applying to the MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences program is optional. If you decide to apply to the MS program you will be required to submit a separate application no later than May 1st prior to the start of the program. 


  1. Applicants must first submit an application to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program's September 2nd deadline. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV) dental school transcript, undergraduate transcript (bachelor's degree), 3 Personal Potential Index (PPI) evaluations, 2 PASS evaluation forms (PEFs); and 1 Dean's  institution  evaluation  form.
  2. Applicants must submit the following items directly to UCSF by September 2nd:

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

  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the issuing institution from all undergraduate colleges/ universities attended.
  • 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 National Board Dental Examination score report, directly from American Dental Association .
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed at least one year of US college/university level studies. The institution code is 4840; the department code is 38.

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

Three residents are accepted annually into the program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. 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