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V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System / Periodontics

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Richard Nagy 

        VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 

        11301 Wilshire Blvd 

        Bldg 500 Dental W160 

        Los Angeles, California  90073 

        Phone (Work): 310-268-3776 


        State Program located in: California 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/23

        Length of Program:  36 months

        Program Number: PERIO828

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Hospital

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: A certificate is awarded in Periodontology

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 1 (one)

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 

      This training program is a three-year, formal periodontal postgraduate program in a hospital environment.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.  The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of both didactic and clinical periodontics as well as medical sciences.  This goal is achieved by clinical experiences, observation, didactic lecture courses, seminars, reading assignments, laboratory exercises, research exposure and teaching experience.

      The purpose of this program is to educate an individual who is not only academically, but clinically competent to perform the entire spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of a periodontal practice.  A high degree of maturity and dedication is sought in residents accepted for training.  Teaching provided through basic didactic lectures, seminars and supervised clinical experience is enhanced by introspective and creative endeavors in an effort to broaden the resident’s professional judgment.  The resident is encouraged to assume an open-minded, evidence-based approach to his/her clinical cases.  Patient care in a hospital clinic environment is utilized to expand the residents understanding of interrelationships of medical and dental disciplines and focus attention to the patient’s total well being.  Constant contact with other dental specialties and practitioners encourage the interdisciplinary approach to dental care.  Each resident is encouraged to experience and develop teaching skills to underline his/her own strengths and weaknesses as well as to demonstrate an ability to communicate with his/her fellow practitioners.

      The faculty is headed by an experienced board certified periodontist who is responsible for the overall direction of the residency.  Part-time periodontists provide clinical and didactic instruction.  Consultants from periodontal practices in the Southern California community also support the faculty.  In addition, specialists in most dental disciplines are available in the dental department.  The mutual support of the residents and staff of other graduate training programs especially prosthodontics provide unusual depth and variety.   

      The patient population consists mostly of  healthy outpatients as well as some general medicine and surgical hospital patients and convalescent care patients. The total available patient population is approximately 80,000 unique veteran patients.  The periodontal and dentate statuses of these patients provide for a wide variety of  periodontal treatment and implant situations. Exposure to hospital patients allows experience and familiarity with the medically compromised patient and advanced moderate sedation-stress management techniques.

      One or two residents are accepted each year into the residency training program.  Each resident divides his/her total time between clinical activities and academic course work. The VA and the UCLA School of Dentistry provide the academic course work while all clinical activity is at the VA.

      The content of the curriculum for the Periodontics program undergoes annual review and revision. Approximately 24% of the residents’ total program time is devoted to the Biomedical Sciences, 66% to Clinical Sciences, 5% to Research and 5% to Teaching. All residents must devote additional time for reading, study and some lab work.  Evenings and weekends are required to present any oral and written reports.  The mutual intellectual stimulation by the residents is a strength of this program.

      The coexistence of a resident training program in prosthodontics affords another opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and provides a needed understanding of the interrelationship of these two specialties.  The applicant is encouraged to strengthen his/her basic knowledge in restorative dentistry prior to entering the periodontal residency.

      Before completion of training, the resident is required to demonstrate the skills and understanding necessary to offer a variety of treatment approaches for patients requiring complex periodontal care.  Research training and its application are essential for complete understanding of the periodontal literature.  Each resident is required to develop an original research project and carry it through to completion, suitable for publication.

      Teaching experience is also provided.  Each resident is scheduled with a teaching and lecture schedule divided between the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System West Los Angeles and the UCLA School of Dentistry.

      The curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the necessary courses, research and other requirements the resident will receive a Certificate in Periodontics.

      If the resident wishes to receive a Masters degree in Oral Biology concomitantly, additional course work can be arranged at UCLA School of Dentistry.  A resident wishing to obtain a Masters degree will be required to register at the UCLA School of Dentistry and pay the registration fee that is applicable.

      VAGLAHS infection control policies on bloodborne and infectious diseases are available for review upon request.


      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): Yes

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: No

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: Yes

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: No

        Additional Information: 

        Please submit all requests for additional program information and requirements via e-mail to the program director.

        The program does not have a website.

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: Yes

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $

        International Applicants: 

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        A VA application is required and can be received through the program via e-mail to the program director.

        Additional Information



        An acceptable application must include the following and the program is affiliated with the ADEA PASS application process and will participate with MATCH:


         1.      The applicant must be a graduate from an institution in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or

        2.      The applicant must be a graduate from an institution in Canada accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

        3.      Your personal statement stating why you wish this training and what you hold as aims and goals, uploaded into ADEA PASS.

        4.      Transcripts of professional and pre-professional credits, uploaded into ADEA PASS.

        5.      Three letters of professional recommendations, uploaded into ADEA PASS.

        6.      Current curriculum vitae uploaded into ADEA PASS.

        7.      Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT), if applicable, uploaded into ADEA PASS

        8.      VA form 10-2850d *

        9.      National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) scores.  Applicants must pass Part 1 and 2 of the NBDE and have earned a D.M.D./ D.D.S. degree prior to entry into the program

        10.  Applications are due by September 1, 2022.

        11.  U.S. citizenship is mandatory.  

        12.  Males must be registered with the US Selective Service.

        A state dental license must be obtained prior to the start of PGY 3.

        Residents are selected based on their qualifications, references and interview.

        Equal Employment Opportunity:  We are an equal opportunity employer.  Actions to fill the residency positions will not be based on discriminating factors, which are prohibited by law.  Applicants are assured of equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, politics, physical or mental disability, marital status, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit reason.


        12. An interview will be arranged for selected applicants as determined by the program by early October 2022.  The selected candidates will be notified if the interviews will be in person or virtual.


        * A recent photo and VA form 10-2850d should be mailed or emailed directly to the director of the program.



        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 

        The applicant must pass Part 1 and 2 of the National Dental Board and have earned a D.M.D. / D.D.S. degree prior to entry into the program.  A GPR, private practice or similar experiences are recommended but not mandatory.  Each applicant will be considered on their individual merits.


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes

        Can be a permanent resident?: No

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: No

        Will accept Canadian citizens: No

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: Yes

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: Will Not be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident

        Additional Information: 

        U.S. citizenship.

        A valid state dental license must be obtained prior to the start of PGY3.






        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): No

        Must be proficient in the English language: Not Applicable

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Not Applicable

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Not Applicable

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: Not Applicable

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Not Applicable

        Additional Information: