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What you need to do, and when

Admissions Contact

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430415.476.2737, ext. 3 (voice)
415.476-4226 (fax)


Requirements and Procedures

To be eligible for a residency appointment, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a DDS or DMD degree prior to the appointment start date from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association
  • Successfully pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part I (You must pass Part II prior to the appointment start date.)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate schools, three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and all required scores.
  2. Register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program to obtain a match code number and submit a rank order list. The Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
  3. Submit the nonrefundable application processing fee of $60 through the UCSF Online Payment System.

If you have international coursework, you must submit each of the following directly to the School of Dentistry, even if you submitted a copy to PASS:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc. for all college-level coursework taken at a college or university outside the United States or a Canadian institution where English is not the official language of instruction. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. (Please note: Photocopies, even if notarized, are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services for all transcripts received from institutions outside the U.S., including Canadian schools where English is not the official language of instruction.

Send these items to:

University of California, San Francisco
School of Dentistry Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Please note: To be considered for a residency position, you must submit all required documentation, including the UCSF application processing fee, by Nov. 1.

Selection Process

Four resident positions are available each year. The Admissions Committee reviews all complete and eligible applications and invites the most qualified candidates for an interview.

Admission is based on the personal essay, Professional Evaluation Form (PEF), passing NBDE scores, GPA, class rank and interview. Applicants with an interest in hospital-based dentistry whose goals are aligned with the program curriculum are strongly considered.