Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: This program admits 2-3 trainees per year

Program Director: Dr. Reuben Kim

The Section Restorative Dentistry offers preceptorship program in Restorative dentistry, which is an intensive one-year program designed to provide domestic- and foreign-trained dentists with a strong fundamental understanding and an improved skillset in the broad realm of operative and restorative dentistry.

The program consists of didactic courses and hands-on training in preclinical settings including direct and indirect restorations. Trainees will participate and observe clinics and seminars. Under one-to-one mentorship, each trainee will have an opportunity to be heavily involved in basic, translational, or clinical research related to restorative dentistry, and to participate in manuscript preparation and publication.

The goal of this non-CODA-accredited program is to educate the trainees the fundamentals of operative and restorative dentistry and to prepare them for the advancement to the next level in their dentistry career. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of this one-year 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

The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:

  • Language skills

  • Content of application

  • Motivation

  • Activities/professional experience since graduating from dental school (Those who have been treating patients are desired.)

Accepted candidates are notified by email. Decisions will be available approximately one month after the application is submitted. A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs will be issued upon acceptance.

Program Fees

Fees: $40,780 per year (subject to change)

Certificate Fee: One-time payment of $200

Dental Kit: Trainees will be responsible for purchasing dental supplies and an equipment kit upon arrival in the program. The approximate cost of this mandatory kit is $9,000, and will need to be purchased through the UCLA Health Sciences Store.

Refund Policy:

Initial payment due

April 5, 50% of annual program fee

100% refund

10 weeks before July 1

50% refund

5 weeks before July 1


less than 5 weeks before July 1

Second payment due

Dec 15, 50% of annual program fee

100% refund

10 weeks before the start of Winter quarter

50% refund

5 weeks before Winter quarter


Less than 5 weeks into Winter quarter

Contact Us

Susana Hidalgo, Postgraduate Programs Officer
Phone: (310) 825-7478