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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St Joseph’s University Medical Center

St Joseph’s University Medical Center
703 Main Street
Paterson, New Jersey 07503

Program Length and Number of Positions

2 years, 1 position/year

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is October 15th of the year preceding matriculation.


The pediatric dentistry residency is a hospital-based program with a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical and didactic components. A broad exposure to all aspects of pediatric dentistry is provided.
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center serves a very diverse patient population. Residents have the opportunity to participate in the treatment of healthy children, patients with special needs and patients from the Regional Craniofacial Center. Pediatric dentistry residents also serve as consultants to the specialists at the Children’s Hospital including: pediatric hematology / oncology, pediatric cardiology, The Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing and The Regional Craniofacial Center.
Extensive exposure to trauma is gained through rotations on the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service and through on-call responsibilities with the Department of Emergency Medicine.
All dental specialties are represented at the Medical Center: orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery and dental anesthesiology. Residents participate in oral and intravenous sedation cases and conduct treatment of patients under general anesthesia. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are considered board eligible and are strongly encouraged to pursue board certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The didactic curriculum conforms to the Standards published by the ADA and its components include: lectures, seminars, case presentations, journal club, grand rounds and courses in craniofacial anomalies and research methods.
Residents gain additional medical knowledge during rotations at the Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital in pediatric medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology and various other pediatric subspecialties.
Full-time coverage of clinical activity is provided by board-certified and board-eligible pediatric dentists. Specialists from the other dental disciplines are available to facilitate comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment planning.
Didactic presentations include: fundamentals of pediatric dentistry, growth and development, orthodontics, oral radiology and pathology, special patient care, biostatistics and research methods, pharmacology and dental anesthesia.
In addition to the formal lecture series, residents also participate in daily morning rounds, weekly literature reviews, monthly meetings of the craniofacial team and treatment planning conferences.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First -year salary is $46,007 plus fringe benefits.
Second- year salary is $48,868 plus fringe benefits.


St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Dental / Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Facility
Family Health Center – Outpatient Dental Facility
The Same Day Care Center at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Mountainside Hospital – Outpatient Dental Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
• D.D.S. or D.M.D from an ADA accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Eligibility for New Jersey State licensure
• Three letters of recommendation
• Current C.V.
• Dental and undergraduate transcripts
• Personal interview
• Photograph
• Successful completion of an AEGD or GPR prior to entry into program

Program Strengths

• Diverse patient population
• Modern and well-equipped facilities
• Multi-disciplinary training under the supervision of attending specialists
• Extensive training in all aspects of behavior management modalities, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic
• Rotations through Pediatric Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, The Regional Craniofacial Center and The Center for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing
• Close interactions with physicians from the other medical and surgical specialties at the medical center

Program Faculty

Pediatric Dentistry
Henna DeSimone, DDS – Program Director, Dental Anesthesiologist
Danny Chiang, DDS
Aggie Gosk, DMD
Howard Kotkin, DDS
Aaron Manella, DMD
Gaeun Lee, DMD, MS
Lawrence Simon, DMD
Scott Martin, DMD
Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
Anthony Sallustio, DDS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Hillel Ephros, DMD, MD – Chairman, Department of Dentistry, Program Director – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Richard P. Szumita, DMD – Associate Chairman, Department of Dentistry, and Associate Program Director – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Meredith Blitz, DDS
Robert J. DeFalco, DDS
Michael Erlichman, DDS
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Stephen Winikoff, MD – Chairman of Anesthesiology
Valerie Armstead, MD
Kar-Mei Chan, MD
Marina Ezrokhi, MD
Christina Gutierrez, MD
Ricardo Miguelino, MD
Faizah Zuberi, MD

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Part-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 11 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
4 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 1
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 46,007 First Year
48,868 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
October 15th 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:
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Weekly Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists