Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Venice

Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: 6 

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Program Director: Dr. Thomas Lee

As a satellite clinic of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the Venice Dental Center provides comprehensive care with minimal referral to outside providers. Residents provide broad cross-disciplinary treatment under the supervision of specialist and general dentist faculty, including: implant placement and restoration, guided tissue regeneration and sinus augmentation, periodontal surgery and soft tissue grafting, exodontia, endodontics, and full mouth rehabilitation. The vast majority of patient care provided by postgraduate residents is comprehensive, with additional substantial experience in triage and treatment of dental emergencies, and referrals from students and private dentists for specialist procedures. Faculty coverage is provided primarily by general dentists, with additional coverage by specialists in periodontics, endodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The weekly schedule involves 40+ hours in clinic, classes, and seminars.

The UCLA Venice Dental Center has been committed to providing quality dental care for the underserved community since its inception in 1969. Over time, the large volume of patients with complex needs led to the addition of postgraduate dental training. This advanced training has evolved into a 1-year AEGD residency program with an emphasis on comprehensive community-based dentistry.

This program is designed primarily for general dentists within their first 5 years of clinical practice who want to:

  • Learn and implement advanced treatment planning concepts for complex cases
  • Develop proficiency in all aspects of dental practice
  • Become confident treating patients with minimal specialist referral
  • Gain experience using contemporary technologies (e.g. all-ceramic and CAD/CAM restorations, digital impressions, implant placement and restoration, and digital radiology)
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Selection Process & Factors

Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be contacted by email and/or telephone.

Timing of Interviews: November – December

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • Content of personal statement

  • Content of recommendation letters (4 Professional Evaluation Forms and 1 Institutional Evaluation Form required)

  • Proficiency in clinical dentistry

  • Commitment to further learning and professional growth

  • Communication skills

  • Personal interview

Applicants will be notified of acceptance through the Match service. To find out when results will be available, please consult the Match service. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Accreditation Statement

The program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Venice is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653, by visiting, or by mail at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

Notice to Trainees re: Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).