Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Section of Pediatric Dentistry
University of California at Los Angeles
School of Dentistry
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone: (310) 825-0691

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 25-month program beginning approximately July 1 of each year. Seven new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined University- and hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is September 15th of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to: 

Ms. Susana Hidalgo
UCLA School of Dentistry
Postgraduate Residency Program
10833 LeConte Ave., 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office 33-039 CHS
(310) 825-7478

Information and application forms are available here


The Program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to produce strong academically-based pediatric dentists who may choose to pursue a career in either teaching, practice or both. Along with proficiency in the traditional areas, the program offers a strong didactic and clinical orthodontic component to increase the students' skills in this important area. Through the program's affiliation with the UCLA Health Sciences Center, the student will rotate through various areas in the hospital and the Neuropsychiatric Institute in order to gain expertise in the management of sick and handicapped children. At the completion of the program, the students will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


The didactic core is offered through the facilities of the UCLA School of Dentistry. The core courses are those prescribed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Rotation through anesthesia is mandatory and offered through the Center for the Health Sciences at UCLA.

Teaching experience will be gained in the second year of the program both at the university and outreach clinics within Los Angeles County.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $76,379. Second-year stipend is $78,513. No tuition is charged. The university provides medical and dental benefits, as well as four weeks’ vacation. Currently the resident is assured the residency status for one year.


  • UCLA School of Dentistry 
  • UCLA Venice Dental Center
  • UCLA Center for the Health Sciences 
  • UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital

Admission Requirements

Foreign applicants must supply documentation to demonstrate an academic commitment in their home country upon completion of the program and proficiency in English with the TOEFL scores included.

Program Strengths

  • Academic environment with research resources 
  • Integrated health science center 
  • Faculty 
  • Salary and health benefits from the Center for the Health Sciences at UCLA 

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 25 Total Months
Approximately July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 7
Tuition In-State: N/A
Tuition Out-Of-State: N/A
Salary/Stipend: 76,379 First Year
78,513 Second Year
Application: September 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
US citizens from foreign dental 
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:15
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Pre-doctoral Teaching
Facilities: Westwood Clinic:
12 Chairs
2   Sedation Rooms
4   Dental Assistants
2   Front Desk Staff

Venice Clinic:
7 Chairs
2 Sedation Rooms
2 Dental Assistants
2 Front Desk Staff