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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NYU Langone Hospitals, Pediatric Dentistry Residency-AZ, Tucson site

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
El Rio Community Health Center - Tucson, AZ
839 W. Congress St.
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: (520)770-2777

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Six positions are available per year at the Tucson, Arizona site. Orientation will begin on July 1 in Arizona.

Program Type



Application instructions along with an application can be accessed by clicking on one of the following links: or

Additional correspondence should be directed to:
Daniel Kane, DMD, Program Director,
Amanda Pinder Hynes, DDS, Associate Director,
Shreekrishna Akilesh, DMD, MPH, Associate Director, Arizona,
David Okuji, DDS, Associate Director, Extramural Residency Training, Pediatric Dentistry


Founded in 1994 by Dr. Silvia Perez-Spiess in southwest Brooklyn, the NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry (AEPD) Program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The program provides a strong didactic and clinical foundation. In 2003, the program expanded to Providence, RI and then established programs at 12 additional sites across the country. Affiliated sites are mainly within federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) or hospitals. This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance learning didactic curriculum with extensive clinical experience. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved through asynchronous web-based education modules, via the Sakai platform, and a state-of-the-art video teleconferencing (VTC) system that connect residents and faculty from all sites. Faculty experts lecture from around the country. Significant emphasis is on hospital dentistry, pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, and pediatric medicine. Graduates are trained to be an integral part of the medical team/hospital environment. Additional experiences include: pediatric preventive and restorative dentistry, disease management of early childhood caries, orthodontics, treatment of craniofacial conditions, research, ethics, and policy advocacy. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Traveling is required as pediatric residents rotate through assignments in both Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Residents also rotate through Banner University Medical Center, Tucson Medical Center, Indian Health Services, Sells, and Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix. They are actively involved with the Pediatric Integrated Health Home Program at El Rio CHC.

El Rio CHC hosts an NYU Lutheran Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program enabling residents to collaborate on transitioning pediatric patients to adult care.


The program revolves around both well children and those who are special needs, medically compromised, physically, mentally or developmentally challenged, or those impacted negatively by myriad social determinants of health. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in the hospital environment or community setting. The majority of the didactic curriculum is completed in the 1st year.

First-year residents are assigned rotations in pediatric medicine, general anesthesia, emergency medicine and on-call services. The distance learning curriculum occurs via live video teleconferencing (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary and specialty-focused seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontic, and dental anesthesia residents. Courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency and behavioral management, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Weekly literature review sessions prepare residents for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written qualifying examination and oral boards. Multiple residents from Tucson have received Pugh awards, scoring in the top 3% of all exam takers on the written qualifying exam.

In year two, residents teach dental students from ASDOH and gain exposure to school based programs like Head Start, collaborative community activities, and policy advocacy efforts with state/national partners. As a merit-based enhancement and with prior approval, 2nd year residents may participate in a one-month resident exchange at another NYU Lutheran pediatric training site.

Residents complete a research project which is presented at the AAPD Annual Session. They may also present cases and discuss treatment plan options via live VTC sessions. During the last months of training, residents may visit private offices to observe, assess, and evaluate practice management methods and operations.

Residents have access to electronic dental records, digital radiography, and dedicated treatment areas for moderate sedation and in office general anesthesia. On average, residents complete 50+ cases of in office general anesthesia and more than the CODA-required 25 moderate sedation cases as operator and 25 cases as the monitor.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For 2016, the first-year stipend is $62,652 plus fringe benefits. Second-year residents receive a stipend of $67,076 plus fringe benefits with an additional stipend of $2,500 per year for the chief residents at each site.
Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance, prescription drug plan, $150.00 for books for PGYI, $1,000.00 for PGY2 course registration, and nine holidays, four weeks’ vacation, four educational days, twelve sick days (accrued at 1 day per month) per year. Flexible spending accounts and a 403B plan are also available.


El Rio Community Health Center
Banner University Medical Center - Diamond Children’s Hospital
Tucson Medical Center
Children’s Clinics at Tucson Medical Center
Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tucson Area Indian Health Services – Sells and San Xavier Dental Clinics

Admission Requirements

SEE LMC website description for most up to date information.
• D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an CODA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must be eligible for license in the States for which applying
• Must have completed with a passing result Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and part II by start of residency
• Dental transcripts through PASS
• 3-5 PPI forms through PASS. Optional letters of • DDS or DMD degree from an ADA-accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Must have passed Part I of National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) prior to application and Part II by start of residency
• ADAT is not required
• Dental transcripts through PASS
• Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) through PASS
• All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
• PASS application; MATCH number
• Recent 2×2 color photograph embedded in CV and uploaded to PASS
• Personal interview (upon invitation)
• Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
• Completion of dental school or current residency in good standing by start of the program (July 1st)
• Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency to respond to after-hours emergency calls

Program Strengths

Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and moderate sedation.
• Demographically diverse patient population
• Large patient population
• Modern clinical facilities
• Optional merit-based one month rotation to any LMC Dental practice site with approval
• Close professional relationship with the medical staff
• University affiliations
• Extensive training in the use of pharmacological/non pharmacological modalities of treatments
• Training with specialists in all disciplines of dentistry, including but not limited to orthodontics, oral surgery, endodontics and dental anesthesiology

Program Faculty

Program Leadership
Neal Demby, DMD, Senior Vice President, Dental Medicine
Bernard Tolpin, DDS, Vice President, Dental Medicine
Daniel Kane, DMD, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Margaret Mason, DMD, Vice President, Senior Administrator, Dental Medicine
Nathalie Mohadjeri, DMD, Vice President, Quality Management & Patient Care

Program Faculty
Daniel Kane, DMD, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Shreekrishna Akilesh, DMD, MPH, Associate Program Director-Arizona, Pediatric Dentistry *
Amanda Pinder Hynes, DDS, Associate Director, Pediatric Dentistry *
Andrew Zale, DMD, MSD, Pediatric Dentistry*
Charles Davis, Jr., DDS, MSD, Pediatric Dentistry*
Lauren Hobeich, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry**
Kyla Hollen, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry**
Ruben Acuna, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry**
Michael LaCorte, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
John Chen, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry**
Kirk Speicher, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics*
Anthony Caputo, DMD, Dental Anesthesiology*
Kenneth Reed, DDS, Periodontology/Dental Anesthesiology*
John Day, DDS, Orthodontics*

*Board Certified
**Board Eligible

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
7 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: State Licensure: Not Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6 (Arizona)
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 62,652 First Year
67,076 Second Year
Application: August 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: 1:13
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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
10 Dental Assistants
8 Dental Hygienists