Length of Program: 1-3 Quarters

Number of Positions: 3 per Quarter 

Program Director: Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez

Program will consider applications for Summer 2024.

The Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship program is designed for foreign-trained dentists who wish to return to an academic setting for short periods of time to supplement the knowledge and experiences gained from earlier training and subsequent professional experiences.

Preceptors are able to audit all courses offered by the Section of Pediatric Dentistry during their enrollment. Course topics include histology and embryology, growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, oral pathology, behavior management, preventive dentistry, pediatric diagnosis and treatment, sedation and anesthesia, pediatric medicine, practice management, and research methodology.


Each preceptor is permitted to design a curriculum according to his/her desired objective upon consultation with and approval from the program director. Preceptors spend approximately 30% of their time observing patient care in the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic; seminars and classes typically account for 40% time; and there is about 30% undesignated time available for library use, faculty and resident discussions, lectures, and research.

In addition, preceptors rotate weekly at two community clinics and may conduct clinical procedures based on the attending faculty’s discretion. Trainees studying for more than one quarter may perform patient treatment at the discretion of the faculty.

The pediatric dental residency includes training modules preparing pediatric dentists to anticipate and address the various challenges of children’s oral health in their future careers. These innovative training modules include interprofessional cross-training with pediatricians, nurses, and general dentists, community partnerships, policy and advocacy, cultural competency, and quality improvement. Through partnerships with Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Early Head Start, and community clinics, including Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center and Federally Qualified Health Centers near the UCLA campus, trainees primarily serve underserved and vulnerable children within the local community.

To learn more about the curriculum, visit UCLA CARE PD & UCLA Infant Oral Care Program.

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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

Phone interviews will be conducted.  If you have been selected to interview, you will be notified by the program coordinator.

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Academic achievement during dental training

  • English proficiency

  • Content of confidential reports

  • Future aspirations

Accepted candidates are notified on a rolling basis. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Program Fees

Fees: $10,000 per quarter (subject to change)

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200

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