Community-Based Dental Education

University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
San Francisco, CA.
Type Clinical Research, Post-baccalaureate Program, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Health Disparities


The School of Dentistry offers students and residents a wide range of community service opportunities. It operates 14 pre-doctoral dental clinics, numerous specialty clinics, and it has affiliation agreements with several community clinics. The School runs one of the few post-baccalaureate programs in dentistry in the United States, admitting disadvantaged students who failed to gain admission to a U.S. dental school. The one-year curriculum provides both residential and academic support to increase participants’ academic competitiveness. Project Acomplishments 2006 Academic Year UCSF SOD: Completed 38 to 45 days of community rotations for senior dental students. Added more affiliated community clinics for rotation sites. Convened an advisory committee of representatives from each affiliated site for annual calibration. Updated a four-year curriculum that is more humanistic, evidenced-based, patient-centered, and inclusive of all patient groups. Incorporated cultural competency training into all four years of the curriculum. Held a series of one-day seminars on cultural competency with faculty. Continued the Post-Baccalaureate program with 12 participants. Identified over 200 alumni, faculty and dental school administrators who came from underseved communities so they can lend the benefit of their experience.


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Project Director
Dr. Williams F. Bird
Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education,
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
Phone: 415-476-4038
Fax: 415-476-4226