Length of Program: 1-4 Quarters*

Number of Positions: 6-8

Program Director: Dr. Beatriz Bezerra and Dr. Yusuke Hamada

*Applicants must specify the quarter they would like to begin and the length of program they desire.

The Periodontics Preceptorship seeks to provide advanced education in periodontics for an improved understanding of periodontology and surgical implantology. Designed for foreign-trained dentists, this program teaches preceptors the knowledge and skills necessary for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of periodontal diseases and conditions.

A series of seminars and lecture courses are available each quarter. The preceptor can discuss with the program director his/her educational interests and needs and an effort will be made to prepare a program that meets those needs.

Topics include advanced implant dentistry, oral radiology, applied pharmacology, sedation procedures, implant treatment planning, periodontal microbiology, literature review, patient management, periodontal clinical techniques, and the nutrition and pathogenesis of periodontal disease.

Clinical practice will be limited to observation and chair-side assistance at pre-surgical and surgical procedures. Two clinically active faculty members are available during each clinic session while six residents are treating patients. As a result, preceptors get excellent faculty coverage, and they are exposed to a variety of treatment philosophies by periodontists who have diverse experiences. The preservation of periodontal supporting structures as well as the regeneration or reconstruction of lost periodontal/alveolar structures are emphasized. Treatment plans are coordinated with other dental specialties as indicated by the individual patient’s needs. Patient management skills are stressed, and preceptors are encouraged to consider all aspects of care with a biological and scientifically-based rationale.

Those interested in research may be able to collaborate in some of the ongoing research projects in the Section of Periodontics. Current areas of focus include the development of new surgical techniques to regenerate periodontal tissues, the role of bacteria and the patient’s immune system on periodontal disease, basic molecular biological approaches to cellular regeneration, and the observed association between periodontal infection and systemic health problems.

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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

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Successful completion of dental degree education

  • English language proficiency

  • Reason for seeking education in periodontics

  • Content of confidential reports

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

Program Fees

Fees: $7,200 per quarter starting July 1, 2024 (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