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University of California at San Francisco, School of Dentistry

University of California
at San Francisco
School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Avenue,
Room S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
(415) 476-1323
Dean: Dr. Charles N. Bertolami


2006 Facts
• Publicly supported
• 101 full-time, 99 part-time faculty members
• 384 students
• 104 DDS graduates annually
• 38 to 45 days spent by senior dental students in community clinical settings

Community Partners:
• Asian Health Services Inc.
• Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center
• Del Norte Community Clinics
• Native American Health Centers
San Francisco
• La Clinica de la Raza
• La Clinica de la Salud del Valle Salinas
• Mountain Valley Health Center
• Shasta Community Health Center
• Anderson Dental Clinic

Project Contact Information
Dr. William F. Bird
Project Director
Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education
University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
707 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0758
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
Tel (415) 476-4038
Fax (415) 476-4226

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:

  1. Completed 38 to 45 days of community rotations for senior dental students.
  2. Added more affiliated community clinics for rotation sites.
  3. Convened an advisory committee of representatives from each affiliated site for annual calibration.
  4. Updated a four-year curriculum that is more humanistic, evidenced-based, patient-centered, and inclusive of all patient groups.
  5. Incorporated cultural competency training into all four years of the curriculum.
  6. Held a series of one-day seminars on cultural competency with faculty.
  7. Continued the Post-Baccalaureate program with 12 participants.
  8. 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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