OMFS Preceptorship


Program Overview

A preceptorship is an intensive training course in a subspecialty area of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which will be open to graduates of dental schools recognized by the World Health Organization. The course will be full time.


Length of Preceptorship

The preceptorship will be offered in 12-week modules, and applicants can take up to four modules. This means that a preceptorship can last anything from three months to 12 months but cannot be longer. The course is full time, and outside activities that interfere with the program are not permitted.


Subspecialty Areas Offered for Preceptorship

  • Dental implantology
  • The management of temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Hospital dentistry
  • Orthognathic and reconstructive surgery and the management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Other areas by arrangement

Course Outline

Preceptors will be full participants in the didactic program offered by the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This consists of the following.

Tuesday 7:00am -10:00am – Service meeting, Grand Rounds, clinicopathological correlation, risk management and practice management, and Journal Club.
Tuesday 1:00pm -2:00pm – Obstructive Sleep Apnea Meeting.
Thursday 8:00am – 9:00am – Multidisciplinary Implant Conference.
Tuesday 12:00noon -1:00pm – Multidisciplinary Orthognathic Treatment Planning Conference.
Friday 7:00am -8:00am – Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference at San Francisco General Hospital.

Preceptors will observe activities in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics and will be involved in diagnosis and treatment planning of patients with problems within the area covered by their preceptorship. Preceptors may assist with patient care activities but cannot be the lead clinician.

All preceptors will be assigned a specific mentor, who will be responsible for the overall planning of activities, and under this mentor, they will carry out a specific clinical or basic science research project of their own which must be submitted prior to leaving the program. At the discretion of the mentor, the preceptor may become involved in the specific research activities of the mentor themselves or of other faculty or research staff.


Program Status

This preceptorship program is not accredited by any national or local accreditation body, but on completion of the program, preceptors will be issued with a certificate of completion issued by the Continuing Dental Education Department of the UCSF School of Dentistry.


Application Process

To apply, please visit the UCSF School of Dentistry Preceptorship Programs Website at: