Residency Program

Geisinger Medical Center

Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Geisinger Medical Center
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, Pennsylvania 17822
Phone: (570) 271-6355
Fax: (570) 271-5788

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program and two positions are offered every year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline in October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Questions regarding the residency program can be addressed to:
Stacey Fenstermacher, EFDA
Program Coordinator
Phone: 570 214 2128


The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at Geisinger Medical Center is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The program is dedicated to the preparation of board-certified pediatric dentists who will become leaders in providing pediatric dental care, providing pediatric needs for their community, and in educating themselves, their colleagues, and the patients and families they serve. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art training with a dynamic curriculum that coincides with the changing health care environment and meets the needs of the dentists-in-training for the 21st century.


The Pediatric Dental Residency program offers a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the acquisition of clinical skills and objectives of the six general competencies:
• Medical Knowledge
• Patient Care
• Practice-Based Learning
• Professionalism
• Interpersonal skills and communication
• Systems-Based Practice
Our broad-based curriculum encompasses a combination of unique and traditional educational experiences. There are numerous and various modalities by which residents learn. Our training program integrates all of these educational environments into a comprehensive curriculum, which will meet the specific goals, and objectives of the general competencies and specific areas of pediatric dentistry.
• Direct Patient Care
• Case Presentations and Discussions
• Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Literature to Answer clinical Questions
• Didactic Lectures
• Interactive Discussions and Small-Group Seminars
• In-Training Examinations
• Pediatric Board – Preparation for passing the written section of the Pediatric Dental Boards

Program Stipend and Tuition

The annual salaries of the residents are competitive with those offered by other programs. No tuition is charged. Current information is available on request.


Geisinger Medical Center has all medical and dental services integrated with health system processes and infrastructure support including the electronic health record, digital radiology, and operating rooms in both the hospital and ambulatory surgical center. This includes a vibrant clinical practice providing routine, preventive, and complex dental care for patients ranging in age from birth through late teens.

Admission Requirements

Match positions (2 per year):
1. DDS or DMD from an ADA accredited dental school in the US
2. Application through PASS and participation in MATCH
3. Personal Interview (by special invitation)

Program Strengths

• Outstanding hospital environment with established dental role
• Program provides an excellent balance between didactic knowledge and clinical experience in all areas of pediatric dentistry
• Extensive clinical experience with well child and medically compromised patients
• Extensive experience in handling traumatic injuries in children
• Heavy involvement with medical services within the hospital and availability of outstanding consultants in all areas of health care
• Mentored research experience to produce a paper of publishable quality

Program Faculty

*Robert Pellecchia, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department Chair
*Cynthia K. Slack, DDS, Program Director
*Karen Uston, DDS, MS, Associate Program Director
Natalie Stinton, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry
*Eileen Studders, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry
*James Moses, DDS, MS, Orthodontics
*Albert Stush Jr., DMD, MS, Orthodontics
*Robert Seebold, DDS, Orthodontics

*Paul Bellino, MD, Pediatrics
*Richard Lambert, MD, Pediatric Sedation Services
*Edward Wood, MD, Otolaryngology
*Joseph Desantis, MD, Plastic Surgery
*Robert J. Strony, DO, RDMS, Emergency Medicine
*Yohannes Getachew, MD, Anesthesia
*Bonnie Salbert, DO, Clinical Geneticist
Mark Harlor, M. ED., Speech-Language Pathology
H. Lester Kirchner, Ph.D., Biostatistics
Donna Wolk, MHA, Ph.D., Microbiology
Joe Boscorino, Ph.D. Epidemiology
Paul Kettlewell, Ph.D. Psychology
Dean T. Parry, R.Ph., Pharmacy
*Amid I. Ismail, BDS, MPH, MBA, DrPH, Temple University, Dean

*Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
7 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure:
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State: None First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: Available on Request First Year
Application: No Fee
October 1 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
Community Clinics
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 4 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
5 Dental Hygienists