1-Year Operative & Esthetic Dentistry Internship Program

UF Advanced Dental Education

Operative & Esthetic Dentistry

The experience is tailored to include experiences in clinical dentistry, case analysis, didactic courses, and literature review.



The Department of Restorative Dental Sciences offers advanced education courses in Operative/Esthetic Dentistry and Prosthodontics. The Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Internship Program is tailored to include experiences in clinical Dentistry, case analysis, didactic courses, and literature reviews.

This course is designed to give the practitioner an experience in didactic/clinical Dentistry that equips them to be more proficient with more complex treatment in General and Esthetic Dentistry. The practitioner’s clinical training will be provided at the University of Florida’s Gainesville Campus under the direction of the faculty associated with the Graduate Program in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry. In addition, the practitioner will attend and participate in selected courses and clinical cases.


Through lectures, problem-based learning, case based, laboratory and clinical activities, and self-study students should be able to:

  • Successfully diagnose and treat different cases using Operative and Esthetic Dentistry concepts;
  • Properly use Digital Dentistry tools to diagnose, treatment plan and execute restorative treatments;

Operative and Esthetic Dentistry Internship Program Core Curriculum

Initial Period of Evaluation: July 1st to September 30th

Initial Evaluation and Clinic Preparation: The beginning of the program will be devoted to ensuring clinical competency and preparation for entry into the clinics (1 to 3 months). During this period, the intern(s) will be trained in the simulation laboratory to perform and master dental waxing, dental biomaterials, operative techniques for direct and indirect restorations, esthetic and non-esthetic restorative techniques, and cariology. In addition, Axium (electronic health record) training, case-based diagnosis and treatment planning evaluation will be emphasized.

Remainder of Internship:

-Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

-Clinical Dentistry (entry into the clinic can start as early as the Fall semester or may take until the Spring semester depending upon psychomotor exam)

-Grand Rounds (multidisciplinary presentation/discussion with all Graduate Programs from UFCD)

-Introduction to Operative Dentistry and Esthetic Dentistry

-Literature Review

-Clinical Preventive Strategies and Minimally Invasive Dentistry

-Dental Photography for Clinical Documentation

-Operative Biomimetic Restorative Techniques

-Independent Study

  • The goal is to develop a personal program of self-study and professional growth based upon evidence-based Dentistry

-Digital Dentistry

-Implant Dentistry

-Finalization of Research Project: complete review article on assigned research topic

The individual course availability, faculty, and schedule may vary.

Requirements for Program Completion

  1. Complete all dentoform competencies
  2. Complete clinical requirements
  3. Successfully assist or complete the scholarly review article or research project assigned
  4. Successfully complete all assigned courses


Patricia Pereira



Patricia Pereira DDS, PhD

Associate Dean Of Academic Affairs & Clinical Professor

Alex J Delgado



Alex J Delgado DDS, MS

Director Of Continuing Dental Education & Associate Professor

Andre F Reis



Andre F Reis D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Director of Dental Faculty Practice Clinic, University of Florida College of Dentistry

Program Information and Application

Schedule & Acceptance Criteria

Open to any U.S. and Foreign Dental Graduates

1-Year Program
July 1 through June 30

Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm (excluding University holidays)


Contact Hours: 1200 CEU’s Participation/Lecture

Upon completion of the Internship, 1200 CEU’s and a certificate of completion from the Continuing Education Department is awarded.

Includes Limited Patient Care



Tuition: $35,000

Payable in four non-refundable quarterly payments of $8,750.00

Additional expenses may include the purchase of a laptop (College’s choice), scrubs, and textbooks. Details provided upon acceptance.

$50 Application Fee: Non-Refundable

Location & Contact

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

Questions regarding the program:
Graduate Operative Program Assistant at (352)273-7957
Questions regarding the application process:

School of Advanced Dental Sciences – (352) 273-7800

Applying to the Program

Application Deadline January 31st

Comprehensive application must be submitted online prior to deadline to be considered.

1. Completed Application Form
2. $50 Application Fee: Non-Refundable
3. Current Curriculum Vitae
4. Two letters of recommendation
5. TOEFL Scores: Paper Exam 550 | Computer Exam 80
5. Financial Guarantee (Government Sponsored)

Due Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, Non-US residents requiring a visa must submit all required documentation, including proof of sufficient funds to support the cost of fees and living expenses (Student $1,500/month; Spouse $1,000/month; Per Child $500/month; plus tuition and fees).

TOEFL Scores: Upon acceptance you will be required to send an official.

$300 Processing Fee: Non-Refundable