Preceptorship in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics

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

Length of Preceptorship

The preceptorship will be offered in 12-week modules, and applicants can 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 but cannot be longer at the discretion of the director(s). 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 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 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

Subspecialty Areas Offered for Preceptorship

  • Dental implantology
  • Management of temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Complete dentures
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Fixed partial dentures
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics — both intra-oral and facial prostheses
  • Esthetic dentistry
  • All of the laboratory phases necessary for the fabrication of restorations
  • Other areas by arrangement

Course Outline

Preceptors will be full participants in the didactic program offered by the Division of Prosthodontics. This consists of the following:

  • Monday morning 7:15-9 a.m. - Review of the Classical Prosthodontic Literature
  • Monday (first Monday of each month) - Joint Ortho/Pros Treatment planning
  • Tuesday 8-9 a.m. - Current literature review
  • Thursday 8-9 a.m. - Multidisciplinary Implant Conference
  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. - Observe the treatment of patients in the graduate prosthodontic clinic
  • Friday 4-5 p.m. - Treatment planning seminar

Preceptors do not treat patients in the clinic. Preceptors will observe activities in the Graduate Prosthodontic Clinics and will be involved in diagnosis and treatment planning of patients with problems within the area covered by their preceptorship.

All preceptors will be assigned a specific mentor who will be responsible for the overall planning of activities, and under this mentor, they will carry out a specific clinical or research project of their own. 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.

Number of Positions

2-3 preceptors per module

Program Status

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the preceptorship program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time postgraduate residents 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.

Application Procedure

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
  • An in-person interview in English maybe required
  • 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

Please complete and return the following:

  1. Preceptorship Application (PDF)
  2. State of Proficiency in English form (PDF)
  3. Three (3) Confidential Reports (PDF)