Observer Program

In light of COVID-19, we will be postponing our observer program until further notice. We want to cooperate with UCLA’s protocols in order to ensure the safety of our students and the community. Once we have more information we will update our website with further details .


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The UCLA School of Dentistry’s Observer Program is designed for current dental students who are in good academic standing in their third or fourth year of training. The one-week observer program is open for student dentists enrolled at UCLA, another U.S. dental school, or an international dental school (except for our oral surgery program) who are interested in applying to one of our residency programs.

This is an opportunity to learn more about what it would be like to become one of the 100-plus residents we have at the dental school at any given time. You would not receive any formal credit for your stay and will not be permitted to engage in patient treatment or work in the student laboratories during your stay.

We currently have nine (9) specialty clinics you may observe from, but no more than two clinics within your desired dates.

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Westwood location only 

  • Advanced Prosthodontics (2-day maximum) - Must provide a CV and short personal statement

  • Endodontics

  • General Practice Residency

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (U.S. & Canadian dental students only)*

  • Orofacial Pain & Dysfunction (Monday and Friday only)

  • Orthodontics

  • Pediatrics - Westwood location only (No observers during July & August)

  • Periodontics

Step 1: Program on hold


Step 2: Letter of Good Academic Standing

Please provide this letter to your dental school’s head of admissions or student services to show good academic standing.

It’s best not to make travel arrangements until receiving an approval email from Maribel Cornejo. At that time, you will be asked to provide proof of current TB immunization (no more than 3 months prior to visit).

For questions about the program or your application, please contact:

Maribel Cornejo, Information Officer for the Office of Student Services
Phone: (310) 825-9789

Living Accommodations

You are responsible for finding your own living accommodations. UCLA cannot accommodate non-students within campus housing. If you choose to visit our campus we would forward a listing of hotels/inns/temporary housing in and around the area, not far from the UCLA campus with bus lines directly to and from UCLA.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Program

As noted above, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Observer program is designed for U.S. and Canadian dental students who are interested in applying to the OMS residency program. Please contact Ms. Kristina Etchison by email for an application packet and instructions: