Residency Program

The two-year pediatric dentistry residency program, started after graduation from dental school, immerses dentists in scientific study and clinical experience. The trainee learns advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures, along with child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

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UNLV School of Dental Medicine

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7423
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4124

Program Length and Number of Positions

24 Months

Program Type



PASS, MATCH, and supplemental items


The UNLV School of Dental Medicine Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry develops outstanding dental specialists through the use of advanced technology, and an integrated curriculum of biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and professional studies. Residents participate in research, hospital dentistry, community service, and rotations to multi-disciplinary clinics. The residents' total program time equates to: 25% Didactics, 65% Clinical, 5% Research, 5% Teaching. Our affiliated hospital, The University Medical Center (UMC), provides the Level I Children's Trauma Center, The Children's Hospital of Nevada, and associated pediatric clinics.


Year 1
• Orientation
• PALS Certification
• Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry
• Introduction to Orthodontics
• Postgraduate Clinic I
• Formulating a Literature Review
• Clinical Seminars I
• Special Patient Care I
• Literature Review/Journal Club I
• Biostatistics and Epidemiology
• Orthodontic Seminars I
• Biomedical Sciences I & II
• Pediatric Medicine (two weeks)
• Emergency Medicine (two weeks)
Year 1 Clinic Rotations
• Head Start
• Craniofacial Team Clinic
• OR Rotations
• Emergency On-Call
• Community Health Fairs
Year 2
• Anesthesia (4 weeks)
• Clinical Seminars II (Board Review)
• Special Patient Care II
• Lit Review/Journal Club II
• Postgraduate Clinic II
• Orthodontic Seminars II
• Practice Management I & II
• Advanced Radiology
• Pharmacology
• Advanced Research
Year 2 Clinic Rotations
• Hematology Team Clinic
• Oncology/Hematology Rotation
• Craniofacial Team Clinic
• Emergency On-Call
• OR Rotations
• UMC Pediatric Clinic
• Orthodontic Clinic
• Teaching Rotations
• Elective Experiences

Program Stipend and Tuition

Tuition: $30,100/year


A 20-operatory pediatric clinic, a 24-bay orthodontic clinic, dental laboratories, affiliated community clinics, affiliated hospital, and affiliated surgical centers.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply through PASS at the ADEA website: When application is made through PASS; no additional application fee will be required. Applications will be accepted through October 3 of each year. Supplemental information can be uploaded in PASS or mailed directly to the UNLV program. This information includes: curriculum vitae, a 2" x 2" color photo, and college transcripts. These items must be received for an application to be complete. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. Applicants must be eligible for Limited Licensing in the state of Nevada. Following acceptance, a $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a position. This deposit will be applied to tuition. ADAT scores will be taken into consideration, but are not required.

Program Strengths

• Exceptional state-of-the-art clinical facilities
• Strong didactic, evidence-based curriculum supporting clinical experiences
• Outstanding medical rotations in anesthesia, emergency medicine, pediatric medicine, and hematology/oncology

Program Faculty

Todd Baggaley, D.M.D., Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist
Chad Ellsworth, D.M.D., M.S., Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Bibiana Ezeanolue, D.M.D., Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Ashley, Hoban, D.M.D.,Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Cody C. Hughes, D.M.D., M.S.D., Program Director, Pediatric Dentist*
Arlene M. Joyner-Tucker, D.D.S., M.P.H., Full Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Owen Sanders IV, D.M.D. Full Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Michael D. Saxe, D.M.D.,Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist
Stephen Wilson, D.M.D., M.A., Ph.D, Part Time Professor, Pediatric Dentist*
Tanya Al-Talib, D.D.S., M.S., Part Time Professor, Orthodontist

*Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
5 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 30,100 First Year
30,100 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Application: 0 Fee
September 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio:
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 20 Clinic Half-Days
3 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
1 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists