Length of Program: Minimum 1 quarters. Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire. It is encouraged for preceptors to begin during the summer quarter for the one year Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction Advanced Clinical Training Program.

Number of Positions: 6 (Total for ACT and Preceptor Program)

Program Director: Dr. Sherwin Arman

Preceptors in the Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction Preceptorship Program will take courses and seminars with the Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction residents as well as assist and observe clinical activities. The goal is to provide a learning experience for treating primary headache, neuropathic pain disorders, TMJ disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Preceptors will spend two to three days per week in the clinic and spend one to two days observing faculty. The didactic curriculum is extensive because little of the required pain sciences are presented in pre-doctoral or post-doctoral training programs. A practitioner in orofacial pain needs a strong background in the basic and applied pain sciences. Topics include neurology, neuroanatomy, neurological examination, behavioral medicine, neurobiology of pain, neuropathic pain, headache disorders, musculoskeletal and myofascial pain disorders, pharmacotherapeutics for pain and pain management, occlusion and TMJ disorders, sleep apnea and orofacial dystonias.

Preceptors will observe and assist the residents and faculty in treating patients as well as attend classes and prepare seminars and case materials. Many students also extend or combine their studies to obtain an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in oral biology, which requires a separate application. Please refer to the Oral Biology Programs page for more information.

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A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Selection Process & Factors

Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be notified by phone, email, and/or letter.

Timing of Interviews: Within a week of reception and review of the application

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement

  • Interest in orofacial pain

  • Research experience

 A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Program Fees

Fees: $6,500 per quarter (subject to change)

Certificate Fee: One-time payment of $200 (non-refundable)

Refund Policy:


100% for each quarter

100% refund

10 weeks before start of quarter

50% refund

5 weeks before start of quarter


less than 5 weeks before start of quarter


Contact Us

Postgraduate Programs Officer
Phone: (310) 825-7478