Preceptorships and Fellowships
The UCSF School of Dentistry offers a preceptorship program for domestic and international dental school graduates and practitioners through its Continuing Dental Education Department. The objective of the preceptorship program is to provide additional educational experiences to dentists in a specific area of subspecialty interest. The preceptors attend school on a full-time basis. The curriculum includes classes with postgraduate and undergraduate dental students and residents. It involves observation and participation in the clinics and operating rooms. The programs are structured to allow for personalized instruction. Upon completion of all program requirements, students receive a certificate of completion. The dental school currently accepts applications for preceptees in the following areas:
Preceptorship in Oral Medicine
An intensive training course, open to domestic and overseas-qualified dentists, hones in on the interface of dentistry and medicine
Preceptorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
This preceptorship program is not accepting applicants at this time.
Preceptorship in Orthodontics
Domestic and overseas-qualified dentists may pursue this program in orthodontics and dento facial orthopedics
Preceptorship in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Three-month program covers range of subspecialty areas, offers mentoring and observation opportunities
Fellowship in Periodontology
Course provides research opportunities, collaboration with UCSF faculty and scholars
Preceptorship Program in AEGD
One- to two-year residency program places special emphasis on clinical general dentistry
Preceptorship in Endodontics
Visiting scholars, from the U.S. or abroad, take part in a full-time course from three to 12 months
Fellowship in Orthodontics
Yearlong fellowship for overseas-trained dentists provides didactic and clinical instruction
These programs are not intended to prepare individuals to practice a specialty. It is expected that the individuals will return to their practice or country after gaining insights and improving their experience in a specialized area for practice, teaching and patient benefit.
Requirements/Prerequisites for Admission
The application deadlines for each academic module are as follows:
Fall Module (Oct. 1- Dec. 31): Application deadline June 15
Winter Module (Jan. 1- March 31): Application deadline Sept. 15
Spring Module (April 1-June 30): Application deadline Dec. 15
Summer Module (July 1-Sept. 30): Application deadline March 15
Note: Deadlines and modules for the AEGD program are different. Please visit AEGD for more details.
Note: For applicants who require a J-1 Visa, please note that the start can vary.
Applicants will be considered only after all of the following materials are submitted:
- A complete application for admission to the preceptorship program
- An official transcript of the applicant's dental education records (if necessary transcribed into English)
- Three (3) confidential reports from persons with knowledge of the applicant's skills and potential, submitted in signed and sealed envelopes.
- Completed State of Proficiency form
- A TOEFL score of 550 or computer based score of 213 or internet based score of 79-80 is required of students from non-English-speaking countries. A copy is acceptable. An interview in English may be required.
- A non-refundable application fee of $250 in the form of traveler's checks, a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) for each program you are applying for.
ALL application materials must be in one package and mailed to:
UCSF School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
UCSF Box 0430
San Francisco, CA 94143
Incomplete applications will prohibit applicants from moving forward in the application process.
Limits of Enrollment
Accepted applicants initially are accepted for one 12-week module. At the end of the first module, the preceptor may enroll for a second, third or fourth module with permission from their program director(s). Thus, the preceptorship program can be anything from three months to one year in length at the discretion of the director(s) of the program. The preceptorship program can last no longer than one year.
Tuition Fees vary depending on each program. Tuition is to be paid in the form of a check drawn from a U.S- affiliated bank, cashier's check, money order, credit card or cash. If paying by check, please make payable to "UC REGENTS." Specific dates and deadlines will be given in your acceptance letter. Tuition fees, medical insurance, and costs for housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the preceptee. No financial assistance is available or provided by the University for a preceptee. All preceptees must show evidence of health insurance to the limits required by the University of California, San Francisco, prior to admission (see below).
A certificate of attendance is presented by the UCSF Continuing Dental Education Department upon completion of the preceptorship program. The certificate of completion is not recognized in the United States as advanced study nor recognition of specialty training.
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, visit the UCSF International Student and Scholars Office website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All preceptor students attending UCSF are required to be insured under an adequate medical insurance plan during all periods of registration. Medical Insurance is not provided by UCSF for preceptorship students, and preceptorship students cannot be seen at the student health service. The School of Dentistry also requires that you obtain health clearance prior to enrollment in the program, for individual and community health reasons. The health clearance must include a completed physical examination and demonstration of immunity to certain communicable diseases. A TB test (a PPD or Mantoux if the applicant has not received BCG immunization) also is necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
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