Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship

Program Overview

The UCSF Multidisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship in Dentistry, Medicine, and Mental/Behavioral Health is a two year program, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, that offers interdisciplinary, team-based clinical, education, leadership, and research training in the care of older adults, with a focus on underserved populations. Completion of this program prepares fellows for specialty examination by the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. A specialist in geriatric dentistry possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge needed to advance geriatric dentistry in institutional, academic, community, and private practice settings.

Dentists with post-doctoral training or clinical practice experience are eligible for a renewable12-month full-time or equivalent, not exceeding 24 months, supervised program of clinical geriatrics, administration/leadership/quality training, educational scholarship, and research. The activities of the fellowship include both core curriculum and electives that are uniquely adapted to the individual’s prior experience and interests. The educational plan is reviewed with the faculty mentor on a regular basis and modified as needed.

The mission of the UCSF Multidisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship is to train geriatricians, geriatric dentists, and geriatric behavioral/mental health professionals who will teach and improve the care of older persons, especially those in underserved populations. The fellowship begins July 1st of each year. One dental fellow is accepted per year, and upon successful completion of the program, will receive a certificate of completion.

For additional information on the goals and content of the program, please contact:

Dr. Susan Hyde
Fellowship Director for Dentistry
UCSF Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
Box 0758
San Francisco, CA 94143

For questions regarding admissions and application procedure, please contact:
Elaine Chow
Education Coordinator
UCSF Division of Geriatrics
3333 California St. Suite 380
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-221-4810 x24453



  • DDS or equivalent degree
  • Previous post-doctoral training or clinical practice experience
  • Licensed or eligible to pursue licensure to practice dentistry in California
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status


A rolling admissions process will be employed; with the goal of reviewing applications beginning in October, interviews conducted beginning in January, and the dental fellow selected during February-March. Applicants must submit the following to the Education Coordinator Elaine Chow (address found above)

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of DDS or equivalent degree
  • One-page personal statement of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation

Interviews will be arranged by invitation upon receipt and review of a completed application packet.


The educational stipend is based on the number of years of post-doctoral training/experience, and is subject to annual review. No tuition is required for this fellowship.


The faculty have identified 115 educational objectives for the Multidisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship in the following topic areas:

  1. Leadership, Quality, Administration, and Education
  2. Cultural Competence, Underserved Populations, and Health Policy
  3. Attitudes
  4. Research and Evidence-based Medicine
  5. Knowledge and Skills in Geriatric Medicine, Dentistry, and Behavioral/Mental Health

First Year Curriculum

  • The Core Curriculum
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Ethical and Behavioral Considerations
  • The Geriatric Research Seminar
  • National Geriatric Dentistry Journal Club
  • The Geriatric Multidisciplinary Clinic and Conference
  • The Quality, Leadership, and Administration Conference
  • Clinical Block Rotations

Second Year Curriculum

  • The Core Curriculum (with second-year fellows taking more leadership and educator roles)
  • The Geriatric Research Seminar
  • The Quality, Leadership, and Administration Conference (year two of a two-year curriculum)
  • Three months each of “Precepted Attending”, “Precepted Research”, and “Precepted Administration” during which fellows are in a precepted role under the stewardship of a faculty member in preparation for faculty and leadership positions.
  • A research and statistics certificate course: Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR)



  • Board certification by the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
  • Chapters contributed to geriatrics textbooks
  • National program for training nursing personnel in oral health established for the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Mobile and tele-dentristry program established to provide dental services to institutionalized, frail elders and disabled persons in the the Bay Area
  • Academic faculty appointment to develop and implement geriatric, interprofessional, and clinical curricula



UCSF Multidisciplinary Geriatric Fellowship in Dentistry, Medicine, and Mental/Behavioral Healt

The American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (a component of Special Care Dentistry)

The American Geriatrics Society (Dentistry)