UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland/La Clinica De La Raza Dental Clinic
4881 Telegraph Ave. 
Oakland, CA 94609 
United States
Phone: (510) 428-3316
Program Website

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Two new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Combined university and hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline is September 15.

Applicants must possess an advanced degree (MS, Ph.D.) or complete advanced education training (ex. residency program, AEGD, GPR) prior to the start of the program.

  • Hold a DDS, DMD from a US dental school accredited by the American Dental Association. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Take and pass the National Board Exam, Parts I & II

Application Procedures

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Complete your application by the deadline posted on the PASS website. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, all undergraduate transcripts, three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and all required scores.
  2. Following submission of the PASS application, submit the nonrefundable application processing fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants) through the UCSF application fee portal.


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 core curriculum classes and seminars on a wide variety of topics is taught throughout the program. Knowledge is continually enhanced by specialized guest speakers, resident literature reviews, and case presentations. This didactic training is complemented by in-depth clinical opportunities in the outpatient clinics, operating rooms, and clinical rotations. The goal of the program is to develop a well-rounded clinician with strong critical thinking skills able to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to all pediatric patients. 

Upon successful completion of all the components of the program, the student is awarded a certificate of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. The student also meets the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The 2nd-year residents are required to participate in the ABPD Qualifying Exam prior to graduation from the program. 


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 the medically complex and special health care needs patients. All students will complete a core curriculum with biostatistics, biomaterials, developmental biology, oral pathology, pharmacology, genetics, medical ethics, 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 an integral part of 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 that they will encounter in practice. 

Clinical rotations include anesthesia and pediatric medicine. Students are exposed to interceptive orthodontics at the beginning of the program. Taking emergency calls after clinic hours is expected. 

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

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $58,950. Second-year stipend is $60,904. First and second-year tuition rates are waived. A $5,000 annual professional fee is assessed. No tuition is assessed.


  • La Clinica De La Raza / UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Dental Clinic 
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay 
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Children's Hospital at Oakland

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent 
  • Official dental and preprofessional education transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official National Board Dental Examination results, Part 1 and Part 2 
  • 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

  • Full range of learning opportunities, including a hospital environment found at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Mission Bay. 
  • A well-rounded clinical experience which includes OR in a Level 1 trauma center children's hospital, oral conscious sedation, phase I orthodontics, comprehensive care, and on-call emergency experience. 
  • Adequate RDA and staff support provided to each resident. 

Program Faculty

Ray Stewart, D.M.D., M.S., Division Chair*
Thomas Tanbonliong, D.D.S., Program Director*
Lerida Lipumano-Picazo, D.M.D.
Thuan Q Le, D.D.S, Ph.D.*
Ling Zhan, D.D.D, Ph.D.*
Jean Calvo, DDS, MPH
Francesca Artiga,D.D.S.*
Michael Suh, D.D.S.*
Christina Diep, DDS*
Evan Chang, DDS*
Mahnaz Heydari, DDS*
Sona Bekmezian, DDS, MS - Board Certified Orthodontist 

* Board-certified

School Profile


Program Type: Certificate
Program Director: Full-Tme
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Months, July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
State Licensure Required to Begin Program: No
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State: No tuition is charged
Tuition Out-Of-State: No tuition is charged
Salary/Stipend: 58,950 First Year
60,904 Second Year
First and second-year tuition rates are waived. $5,000.00 annual professional fee.
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:
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
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Healthcare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 13 Chair/Operatories
7 Clinic Receptionist
14 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists