Visiting Dentist Program

The Visiting Dentist Program in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry is designed for dental professionals from around the world who wish to broaden their knowledge of pediatric dentistry through participation in our educational, clinical and research activities. The clinical activities are observational in nature; no hands-on experience with patients is offered. The program varies from 1 week to 9 months in length, determined by the availability of both the applicant and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Applications are open year-round.

Program Description

Participants will enjoy a rich and unique cultural environment due to the diverse population we serve and the different backgrounds of the faculty, residents and dental students. They will be able to interact on a daily basis with a renowned pediatric dental faculty and to participate in the educational activities being offered at the time of the visit in the certificate program in pediatric dentistry (graduate level). Lectures, seminars, case presentations and discussions focus on review of classic and contemporary articles, clinical care options, preventive strategies and research related to oral health for children and adolescents with and without special health care needs. Visiting dentists will not be able to audit Master level classes, only Certificate courses offered by the Department.

Observation of clinical care of patients will be done in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art graduate clinic. Clinical care may include the use of nitrous oxide, conscious sedation and. general anesthesia. In addition to observing the pediatric dental faculty and students, participants may also have the opportunity to interact with other dental specialists who participate actively in the delivery of care to our patients.


  • To familiarize the foreign-trained dentist with the rigor of a graduate program in pediatric dentistry.
  • Acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in pediatric dentistry through the observation of laboratory, clinical procedures, research and didactic courses identified by the Department.

Participation in this program does not guarantee acceptance into Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry.

Program Fee and Other Expenses

In addition to the program fee (see table below), visiting dentists are responsible for housing, food, and medical/dental insurance fees as well as for visa, travel and personal expenses. Neither the College of Dentistry nor the Department of Pediatric Dentistry will assist participants with travel or living expenses, or help secure outside funding. For visa purposes, visiting dentists must be able to show that they can meet the minimum support requirements for themselves and their dependents.

$6,000/1 month
$20,000/three months
$35,000/six months
$50,000 /nine months

After notification of acceptance into the program, fifty percent (50%) of the non-refundable rate is required within seven (7) days. The remaining balance is due on the first day of observation. Checks should be made payable to UIC Pediatric Dentistry.

Application and Selection Process

An application can be requested from Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Department Head, via email ( This is an elective program with no formal language proficiency requirement; however, applicants must have a working knowledge of English.

Together with the application, applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation as described in the application
  4. Copy of current dental license in the state or country of their residence
  5. Transcript sealed and sent directly from your dental school or university
  6. Copy of your dental degree/diploma
  7. Completed medical immunization form

After the application materials have been reviewed by the selection committee, a phone interview with the Program Director and/or Department Chair will be required before admittance. A certified translation must be submitted for all letters and documents that are not in English. Applicants will not be allowed in the program until all documents have been received and verified.

We regret that not all applicants can be accepted into the program.

Continuing Education Credits

Half-day (3-4 hours): 0.5 CE credit
Full day (6-8 hours): 1 CE credit
More than 1 day: see below

Observational participants will be accessed 1 CE credit per day of observation. Any participant observing for a period greater than 75 days will only receive the maximum of 75 CE credits. A certificate of CE attendance will be issued for days(s) of duration.

Benefits and Responsibilities


  • Faculty Interactions: Discuss areas of common interest in education and research with Pediatric Dentistry faculty, residents, dental students, and faculty in other departments.
  • Office Space: A work station may be available in the residents’ room (shared-office).
  • Computer Access: Computer access is available in the residents’ room; however, visitors may be required to use their own computers.
  • Didactic Courses: Visiting Dentists are encouraged to attend lecture courses, journal club, and seminars in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
  • Observing Clinics: Visiting Dentists will be allowed to observe activities in the graduate clinic and operating room. Scholars must be accompanied at all times by a faculty member and wear ID and the proper clinical attire (medical scrubs or professional attire). Participants will be provided with a disposable coat that is to be worn in the clinic only. Visiting dentists must meet all federal and state compliance guidelines (training, immunizations, etc.) prior to observations in any setting.
  • Research: All Visiting Dentists are encouraged to attend research seminars in the Department. There may be an opportunity to participate in research done in the Department, if it does not involve patient contact. Data relating to research done at in the Department is property of the University and may not be used elsewhere without authorization. All publications resulting from participation in the program must be approved by the principal investigator or faculty mentor, and published according to prevailing ethical and professional standards.
  • Other: Attendance of any regional, national or international conferences are encouraged, but the Visiting Dentist will be responsible for all costs associated with such meetings (registration, travel, meals, etc.).
  • Parking: there is no free parking at the College of Dentistry, which is easy to access on public transportation.

Responsibilities and Limitations

  • Living Arrangements: Visiting Dentists are responsible for all housing, transportation, and personal costs during this experience. They must make their own living and transportation arrangements. The department may be able to guide the applicant to various resources but will not be responsible for those arrangements.
  • Employment in the Department: Participation in the program does not warrant any employment opportunities.
  • Acceptance into the Graduate Program: Participation in this program does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program in pediatric dentistry.
  • Patient Treatment: Scholars may not participate in any clinical care while in the Department.
  • Professional Behavior: Scholars are expected to conduct themselves within all standards of ethical and professional behavior while at the University. Professional attire is required at all times.
  • Health Insurance: Scholars are expected to have health insurance coverage while they are at the University.
  • HIPAA training: The US government requires compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 for anyone associated with delivery of care. Even though participants will not be allowed to provide care, they will still be required to complete the online College of Dentistry HIPAA training prior to start the program.
  • Completion of the program does not qualify participants for licensure in the US nor credentials them as pediatric dentists. Participants will receive a departmental letter at the end of the program stating their date of participation. No diploma or certificate will be issued.

Cancellation Policy

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry reserves the right to cancel the program for any individual without cause and restrict the number of individuals enrolled in the program. An applicant can cancel participation up until before notification of acceptance into the program. Once accepted into the program, fees are non-refundable.

Contact Information

Please submit inquiries and all required documents and application to (use electronic mail if possible):

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Attn: Dr. Marcio da Fonseca
Head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, 254 DENT
Chicago, IL 60612
Fax: (312) 996-1981

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, not does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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