Length of Program: 2 Years

Number of Positions: 3 for graduates of CODA-accredited dental schools

Financial Arrangement: UC Salary Breakdown

Program Director: Dr. Nadia Chugal

The UCLA Endodontics Residency Program is a postgraduate certificate program that provides advanced education in endodontics through didactic, clinical, and research components to highly qualified and motivated candidates. The UCLA program integrates the scientific basis for endodontics with current standards of specialty patient care.

The program offers strong clinical training that covers the full scope of endodontics, and emphasizes the development of proficiency in the following areas:

(1) to perform endodontic treatment, both conventional and surgical, and adjunctive procedures at a specialty level of expertise; (2) to synthesize a rationale for treatment based on scientific knowledge and practice evidence-based endodontics; (3) to evaluate and assess endodontic therapy and outcome of treatment; (4) to exercise complex problem solving and independent thinking; (5) to analyze evidence and new information as well as technology for clinical practice through current literature; and (6) to function as a member of a dental and medical interdisciplinary treatment team provided by the UCLA School of Dentistry and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

A considerable component of training is devoted to the presentation of clinically-oriented basic scientific material. The scientific background of endodontics is emphasized in seminars, lectures, and treatment planning conferences throughout the training program. Clinical education is achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical instruction, and case and record review.

Ongoing throughout the two years are literature review seminars (classic and current), diagnosis and treatment planning seminars, and case and record reviews that provide continuous review and instruction. A research project related to endodontics is required, as well as teaching experiences in didactic and clinical situations. Additionally, every resident will have after-hours emergency call coverage responsibilities on a rotational basis.

Read More

Selection Process

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview. If selected, the dental school will notify the candidate one to two weeks before the interview by telephone and/or email.

Timing of Interviews: Late July/Early August

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • Clinical experience

  • Research experience, capabilities, and potential

  • Leadership potential and community service

  • Motivation, professionalism, and maturity

  • Content of letters of recommendation

  • Content of personal statement

  • Teaching experience

  • Communication skills

  • Critical judgment

This program does not participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Decisions on acceptance will be available within 2 weeks after the interview. Accepted candidates are notified by telephone and by email. A formal offer letter signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Accreditation Statement

The program in Endodontics 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 www.ada.org/coda, or by mail at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.