UCSF Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
707 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94143-0640
Phone: (415) 476-2737
Web: http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/admissions/admiss_program3-pedio.html

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 36-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Five new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined University and hospital-based certificate program with a Master of Public Health (MPH) through San Jose State University or a Master of Science in Oral & Craniofacial Sciences through UCSF.


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

Office of Admissions
University of California San Francisco
School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Ave., S-619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


The outstanding academic and clinical resources of the UCSF Health Sciences Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals provide broad-based experience and training needed to prepare for a career in academia, community public health service, or private practice.

A well-balanced didactic curriculum consisting of basic sciences core classes, pediatric dentistry lectures and seminars, and public health topics is taught throughout the program. Specialized guest speakers, resident literature reviews, and case presentations continually enhance the student's knowledge. This didactic training is complemented by in-depth clinical opportunities in outpatient clinics, operating rooms, and clinical rotations. The program aims to develop a well-rounded clinician with strong critical thinking skills able to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to all pediatric and special patients with special health care needs.

Upon successful completion of all the components of the program, the student is awarded a certificate of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry, together with a Master of Public Health or M.S. in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. The student also meets the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Third-year residents must participate in the ABPD Qualifying Exam before graduation.


Instruction in all areas of pediatric dentistry is provided through lectures, seminars, and clinical experience in diverse clinical settings, including specialty inpatient and outpatient clinics and hospital operating rooms. Emphasis is placed on pediatric dentistry's relationship to all other areas of dentistry and medicine, including for medically complex and special health care needs patients. All students will complete a core curriculum with biostatistics, developmental biology, oral pathology, pharmacology, genetics, and medical ethics. With the addition of the MPH program, residents will be exposed to dental public health topics that impact providing oral care to the most vulnerable population. This diverse curriculum develops students' ability to apply evidence-based principles to clinical decision-making.

The program's clinical component provides a well-balanced experience in treating healthy children, children with special health care needs, vast exposure to traumatic injuries, and children with acute medical conditions. Exposure to different pharmacological and non-pharmacological behavior guidance techniques is integral to the student's training.

Students receive well-rounded and in-depth clinical training to prepare them for multiple scenarios by enhancing their ability to respond to and manage clinical situations they will encounter in practice.Clinical rotations include anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency on-call, and rotations to two affiliated FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Centers) clinics. The divisions of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Anomalies within the department lead to strong ties and education in these areas. Students are exposed to interceptive orthodontics at the beginning of the program. Students also serve as teaching assistants in the pre-doctoral pediatric dental clinic during their second year of training.

Students must complete a research project under a faculty member's supervision or a clinical research project resulting in a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first-year stipend is $63,148. 
The second-year stipend is $65,241. 
The third-year stipend is $67,804.
(Figures are for the acedmic year 2022-2023)
Health Insurance is offere through UCSF Plan Source. Sick and Vacation Time are part of the benefit package.

MS Tuition is ~ $20,000 per year for in-state, and $38,761 per year for out-of-state.
*MPH Tuition is $12,000 per year for 2 years. 
A $3,000/year educational fee is assessed.
*HRSA Grant partly subsidizes MPH Tuition


  • UCSF Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
  • UCSF Benioff's Children's Hospital at Mission Bay
  • UCSF Benioff's Children's Hospital at Oakland
  • Tenderloin Elementary Community School
  • La Clinica DeLa Raza/CHO Dental Center, Oakland, CA
  • Rohnert Park Health Center, Petaluma, CA

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. before the program starts
  • Official dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official National Board Dental Examination results, Part 1 and Part 2 
  • INDBE: Required before the MATCH deadline
  • Biographical statement 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English (foreign graduates are admitted under very limited circumstances) 
  • Participation with PASS
  • UCSF supplemental application
  • Application fee ($60)

Program Strengths

  • Taught by faculty in the divisions in the Department of Orofacial Sciences and other departments within the schools of dentistry and medicine.
  • Full range of learning opportunities, including a strong hospital component found at the UCSF Benioff's Children’s Hospital and Oakland Children's Hospital.
  • Academically-based environment and resources available within the UCSF Parnassus Campus.
  • Exposure to comprehensive dental care delivered in different practice models, i.e. FQHC clinics

Program Faculty

Full-time Faculty:Ray Stewart, D.M.D., M.S., Division Chair, Clinical Professor*Thomas Tanbonliong, DDS, Program Director, Clinical Professor*Thuan Q Le, D.D.S, Ph.D., Professor *Jean Calvo, DDS, MPH Assistant Clinical Professor*Jung Soo Kim, DDS, MS. Assistant Clinical Professor **Ling Zhan, D.D.S., Ph.D., Clinical Professor *Part-Time Faculty:Mahmoud Ashrafi, D.M.D, M.S., Clinical Professor *Raymond L. Braham, B.D.S., L.D.S.R.C.S., M.Sc.D., Clinical Professor EmeritusCarl Buchanon, II, MPH, DDS. Assistant Clinical Professor**Nikki Fallah, D.D.S., M.S. Assistant Clinical Professor*Walter Fuentes, D.D.S. - Assitant Clinical Professor (Rohnert Park Health Center, Petaluma)*Marc Grossman, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical ProfessorSteven Ko, DDS. Assistant Clinical Professor*Brent P. Lin, D.M.D., Clinical ProfessorHengshing Lin, B.D.S., M.S.D., Clinical Professor, OrthodonticsBrian Liu, D.D.S, Assistant Clinical ProfessorJennifer Lo, D.D.S. MS. Assistant Clinical Professor*Afsaneh Matin, D.D.S. Associate Clinical Professor, (Oakland - La Clinica De La Raza)*Helen Mo, D.M.D, M.S. Assitant Clinical Professor*Amita Ruehe, D.D.S. M.S. Assistant Clinica Professor*Ella Saeed, DDS. Assistant Clinical Professor*Shawn Taheri, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical ProfessorJakie Ha Thai, D.D.S., Assitant Clinical Professor*Carolyn Voung, D.M.D., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor*Ye Ming Wu, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Clinical Professor*Board Certified**Board Candidate

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
19 Part-Time
13 Board Certified
Program Length: July 1 Start Date, 36 months
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Not required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State & Out-of-State: MS Tuition: In State ~$ 20,000/year. Out of state ~ $38,761/ year. *MPH Tuition is $12,000 / year for two years. A $3,000/year educational fee is assessed. *an HRSA Grant partly subsidizes MPH Tuition

Salary/Stipend: First year: 63,148
Second year: 65,241
Third year: 67,804
(Figures are for the 2022-2023 academic year)
Application: $60 domestic, $80 international
Sept 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: 1:16
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: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Thesis required for Master of Orofacial Sciences. Data Collection Project required for MPH
Teaching Experience: Pre-Doctoral Clinic (by rotation only)
Facilities: 13 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists