Admissions and Programs

Orthodontics Department Research Fellowship Program


The Research Fellowship Program in the Department of Orthodontics at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is a one-year curriculum that provides fellows with exposure and active involvement in two research areas:

  1. Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory and 3D Imaging
  2. Craniofacial Molecular Genetics, Regenerative Dentistry and Adult Stem Cells.

Our goal is to educate and train undergraduate and graduate students following the humanistic models of education for which the Dugoni School of Dentistry is well known. Each fellow will be assigned an individual mentor from the faculty of the Department of Orthodontics. Fellows will have also opportunities for discussions with other faculty from the department as well as the Dugoni School of Dentistry on the whole. It is expected that all fellows will be responsible for putting their time (and faculty members' time) to good use, highly capable of learning and able to work independently.

Fellows are expected to be actively involved in one or more ongoing research projects; to learn methods used in the chosen research group; to develop critical thinking skills; to become proficient in using literature searches and evaluation of professional literature; and to understand scientific methods, applications of research protocols, and interpretation of research results.

The Research Fellowship Program is divided into three areas:

  1. Research activities — 80% (i.e. 32 hours per week)
  2. Didactics — 10% (i.e. 4 hrs/week)
  3. Clinic observation — 10% (i.e. four hours per week)

The Research Component

The majority of the time (80%) will be allocated to research activities. Research fellows will have an opportunity to be involved in ongoing projects and their mentors will determine the degree of participation based on the fellows' background, interest and motivation. Work will include "hands-on" research activities, as well as presentations and written review summaries on assigned research topics.

The Didactic Component

Ten percent of the time — approximately four hours per week — will be focused on didactic activities. The research fellows will participate in a weekly journal club, in selected classes, and (on their mentors' recommendation and approval) in seminar sessions offered by the Graduated Orthodontic Program and other departments at the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

The Clinical Component

The research fellows will have an opportunity to observe faculty members and residents in the evaluation and management of patients in the orthodontic clinic. The specific schedule and degree of participation by the research fellows in the clinic (not exceeding four hours per week) will be determined jointly by the mentor, clinic director, program director, and department chair in consultation with the other faculty members.

For more information on each research area, please contact the following faculty directly by e-mail:

Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Laboratory and 3D Imaging:
Dr. Sheldon Baumrind, DDS (
HeeSoo Oh, DDS, MSD, PhD (

Craniofacial Molecular Genetics, Regenerative Dentistry and Adult Stem Cells:
Marie M.Tolarova, MD, PhD, DSc (
Miroslav Tolar, MD, PhD (

How to Apply

If you are interested in enrolling in this fellowship, please complete and send your application together with the $50.00 application fee to Ms. Gloria Sue, Graduate Admissions Advisors, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sue at 415.929.6677.

Foreign graduates are encouraged to apply. The Department of International Studies will assist with the J-1 visa application.

Selected applicants may be asked to interview at University of the Pacific.

Applicants will be notified of the school's decision within two months.

Application Requirements

  1. Application for Admission form
  2. $50 application fee
  3. Dental school transcript
  4. TOEFL (minimum score of 600 for PBT or 100 for iBT required) if foreign applicant
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  6. A brief curriculum vitae

Research Fee

The fellowship fee for FY 2015-2016 is $49,900 payable either as a lump sum in the beginning of the fellowship or in four installments payable at the beginning of each quarter.

For part-time students, fees are prorated. There are no additional laboratory and educational supplies required to enroll.

Certificate of Completion

Following the completion of the program, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will award a Certificate of Completion to all fellows/interns in good standing.

After the Fellowship

If research fellows from this program are interested in pursuing a position in our 27-month full-time orthodontic residency program after completion of this internship, our department welcomes the opportunity to receive applications as well.

It is important for all applicants to understand that this fellowship does not constitute acceptance into our orthodontics program. It is an opportunity to improve the applicant's research background.

All candidates who apply for this residency after the internship must meet the following additional qualifications:

  1. Graduate Records Exam scores of over 600 for Verbal and Quantitative and 5.0 for the Analytical portion.
  2. National Board Part I and II results.
  3. Position in the top 10 % of dental school graduating class.