From scientific journals to study aids, these organizations will be helpful to you as you embark on your career in periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology
The professional organization for periodontists is dedicated to promoting excellence in the field. Visit the AAP website for scientific journals, career options and clinical and practice management resources

American Board of Periodontology
A specialty board of the American Dental Association, the ABP is responsible for administering the certification process. Its website has information about certification and the qualifying examination, including exam preparation.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Postgraduate Program in Periodontology, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a DDS or DMD degree or equivalent
  • Take the National Board Exam, Part I by the application deadline (Part II will be required if you are matched to the program for final admission)
  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if your native language is not English and you have not completed at least one year of college or university-level studies in the United States.

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by Aug. 1. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, upload scanned copies of all other (undergraduate/graduate) transcripts, 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, which you must submit through the PASS application. The Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
  3. Submit the nonrefundable application processing fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants) through the UCSF Online Payment System. The deadline is Aug. 1.

If you have foreign 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 position in the Postgraduate Program in Periodontology, you must meet all qualifications and submit all required documentation, including the UCSF application processing fee, by the deadline.