Continuing Dental Education Office
Questions regarding application process

Program Director
Mona Bajestan, DDS, MS
Program questions

Preceptorship in Orthodontics

The Division of Orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco offers a three-month preceptorship program in the specialty of orthodontics to domestic and overseas-qualified dentists. The program is offered through the Continuing Education Program within the School of Dentistry at UCSF.

The goal of the preceptorship is to provide educational experiences in the discipline of orthodontics to trained professionals in the dental field. The program is designed to provide the preceptor with an improved understanding of orthodontics and dento facial orthopedics and an opportunity to improve his/her knowledge in one or more areas of clinical practice, teaching or research.

The program offers full participation in the didactic program and clinical observation in a modern orthodontic clinic working with our highly qualified faculty. In addition, there will be opportunities for limited research experience.

All preceptors are expected to conduct a limited research project during their tenure. Upon completion of the program, the preceptor will receive a certificate of completion as documentation of their participation in the program. 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.

International preceptors who require visa sponsorship will be required to 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] ( or e-mail

In order to qualify for this opportunity, the candidate must have completed dental school from an accredited university in their home country, and have at least two years of either private practice experience or been on the faculty at a university program.

The applicant must submit documentation to verify their dental education and also provide at least two letters of recommendation from faculty in the dental school from which they graduated. A TOEFL test is required to ensure proficiency in the English language.

There is a 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. If accepted, the fee for the three month program is $15,000. The preceptors are responsible for their own living, housing, health insurance and visa expenses related to the program.

The application deadlines for each academic module are as follows:

  • Fall Module (Oct. 1- Dec. 31) - Application Deadline June 1
  • Winter Module (Jan. 1- March 31)- Application Deadline September 15
  • Spring Module (April 1-June 30)- Application Deadline December 15
  • Summer Module (July 1-Sept. 30)- Application Deadline March 15

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