Preceptorship in Oral Medicine

This preceptorship is an intensive training course in the specialty area of Oral Medicine, open to domestic and overseas-qualified dentists. 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 (three months). Applicants may take up to four modules at the discretion of the director(s). This means that a preceptorship can last from three months to 12 months at the discretion of the director of the Preceptorship Program in Oral Medicine, but cannot be longer. The course is full time; outside activities that interfere with the program are not permitted.


If accepted into the program, the tuition fee for each module is $5,200.

Status of the Preceptors

Preceptors will be visiting scholars registered through the Continuing Dental Education Department of the University of California, San Francisco.
International preceptors who require visa sponsorship are required to 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 send e-mail to

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. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate students in specialty programs as a qualification for recognition by the American Dental Association, nor is it considered in the United States as evidence of advanced study or recognition of specialty training.

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’s 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 a month. Preceptors also are expected to attend Oral Maxillofacial/Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine Case presentations, held in conjunction with the UCSF 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 Process

Applicants must submit all of the following materials:

  • UCSF Preceptorship Program application
  • Official dental education transcripts translated into English

  • Three (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
. State of proficiency in english form.
  • An in-person interview in English maybe required

  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $250 USD. You may pay by credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX) or by check - please make checks payable to UC REGENTS. The preceptors are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program.

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 oral medicine, 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 following:
1. Preceptorship Application
2. State of Proficiency in English form
3. Three (3) Confidential Reports

Should you have any questions, contact our CDE Office at 415.514.0778.