Residency Program

Lutheran Medical Center-Southern California

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
San Ysidro Health Center; San Ysidro, CA San Diego Children’s Dental Clinic at the Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego, CA
Lutheran Medical Center
8110 Birmingham way building 28
San Diego , California 92123
Phone: (646) 801-0039 or (718) 630-8419
Web: http://www.lmcdental.lmcmc.com/

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 Southern California site. Orientation will begin on July 1 in California.

Program Type

Combined Community Clinic-based/Hospital-affiliated certificate program.

Application

The application deadline is August 15th of the year preceding matriculation.
The program application MUST be submitted through PASS and all materials MUST be obtained through them. Lutheran also participates in MATCH
Additional program information is available at http://www.lmcdental.lmcmc.com/pub/pediatrics#A5.
Additional correspondence may be obtained through:
Dr. Daniel Kane, Director of Pediatric Dentistry: DKane@chartercare.org
Dr. John Neves, Associate Director, Southern California: john.neves@syhc.org
Dr. David Okuji, Associate Director of Extramural sites: drokuji@gmail.com

Description

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Silvia Perez-Spiess in southwest Brooklyn, Lutheran Medical Center’s Pediatrics Program is fully accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). In 2003 and 2005, the Department of Dental Medicine expanded its pediatric dental training sites to include Providence, RI and Anchorage, AK respectively. In 2008 a Hawaii location was added. Sites in Arizona and Massachusetts placed their first LMC Dental residents in 2010 followed by sites in Maryland and Maine in 2011. All have been approved by CODA as clinical training sites for the LMC Pediatric Dental Department. Since then, residency training sites have been expanded to Southern California, Washington State, and Missouri.
This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance learning didactic curriculum with extensive clinical experiences. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved through web-based education modules, via the Sakai platform, and a state of the art Video Teleconference (VTC) System and video modules that connect residents and faculty. Those at the primary site at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. connect with residents and faculty from Providence, RI; Anchorage, AK; the State of Hawaii; Tucson, Arizona, Holyoke, Massachusetts; Bangor, Maine; Princess Anne, Maryland; San Diego, California; Yakima, Washington State; and Springfield, Missouri. Lectures are provided from all sites. The program places a large emphasis on pediatric sedation, pediatric general anesthesia, and pediatric medicine. Graduates of the program are trained to be an integral part of the medical team and the hospital environment. Additional experiences are provided in hospital dentistry, sedation, interceptive orthodontics, special patient care, speech pathology, ethics and advocacy.
The Department of Dental Medicine in New York is part of the outpatient departments of a federally qualified health center (FQHC) within a hospital recognized as a level 1 trauma center in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, NY; Affiliated sites include: St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island Department of Dentistry in Providence, RI; the Alaska Native Medical Center/Hospital in Anchorage, AK; the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Care Health Center, on the island of Oahu, the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services on the island of Oahu; the West Hawaii Community Health Center in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Community Clinic of Maui (Malama I Ke Ola) on the island of Maui; El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona; Tucson Area Indian Health Services in Sells and San Xavier, Arizona; the Maricopa Integrated Health Services in Phoenix, Arizona; the Three Lower Counties Community Services in Princess Anne, Maryland; the Penobscot Community Health Center in Bangor, Maine; the Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts; the Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and San Ysidro Health Center in San Ysidro, California; the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima, Washington and the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, Missouri. The dental clinics are mainly within FQHCs and the majority of the medical rotations are conducted in affiliated hospitals and medical facilities.
This is a hospital- and health center-based training program. 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.

Curriculum

This specialty program revolves around both well children and those who are medically compromised, developmentally disabled, or victims of trauma. The curriculum emphasizes pediatric medicine and dentistry, the behavioral and pharmacological management of children, oral biology for the pediatric dentist, and general anesthesia. Graduates are well prepared to be contributing members of the health care team in a hospital environment or community setting. First-year residents study most of the core curriculum, completing the majority of the didactic curriculum during the first year of residency training. In addition, the program offers course work in oral biology, genetics, and craniofacial biology, including the opportunity at most sites to attend monthly craniofacial conferences.
First-year residents are assigned multiple rotations, including pediatric medicine for the well-child care, general anesthesia, emergency medicine, phlebotomy and on-call services. During the second year, the focus of the curriculum is on the sick child. Second-year residents are assigned with pediatric specialists to work in areas such as endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology, nephrology, hematology/oncology and cardiology. Residents rotate through nearby community health centers and Head Start programs to extend direct patient care to underserved children in the community. Brooklyn-based residents rotate to New York University College of Dentistry to teach undergraduate dental students. Second-year residents at the Rhode Island and Massachusetts sites teach undergraduate dental students at Tufts University in Boston. During the first year, a distance learning curriculum of structured lectures and learning activities occur via live video teleconference (VTC) and asynchronous web-based modules (Sakai). There are multidisciplinary seminars with participation by general dentistry, endodontics and dental anesthesia residents, as well as specialty-focused seminars. Biomedical courses include: oral biology, pediatric anesthesia, physical diagnosis, medical emergency management, behavioral management, pediatric dentistry series, orthodontics, craniofacial development and research methods and materials. Clinical rotations to enhance the didactic curriculum include: pediatric medicine, anesthesia, emergency medicine, craniofacial, operating room, sedation and orthodontics. In the second year, the residents rotate through the medical subspecialties, including but not limited to hematology, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology and immune-compromised specialized care. As a merit-based program enhancement, second-year residents also have the opportunity to spend a month at one of the other training sites. Residents complete a clinical research project, which is presented at the AAPD Annual Session and the Lutheran Medical Center Research Fair, leading to a publishable paper.
The research symposia throughout the first and second year guide the residents through their research. In addition, the residents have a teaching rotation. During the last few months of the training, the residents visit a number of private pediatric dental offices to gain experience in practice management and practice administration. Pediatric dental residents present cases and discuss treatment plans and options via live video teleconference to all LMC Pediatric Dental training sites’ residents stationed in 11 extramural practice/training sites. These include sites in, New York City, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Alaska and Rhode Island.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $59,332 (2013) plus fringe benefits. Second-year stipend is $63,521 (2013) plus fringe benefits. There is an additional stipend of $2,000 per year for the chief residents at each site. Fringe benefits include medical and dental insurance, prescription plan, $150.00 for books for PGYI, $1,000.00 for PGYII for course registration, and nine holidays, four weeks paid vacation, four educational days , twelve paid sick days (accrued at 1 day per month) per year. Flexible spending accounts and a 403B plan are also available

Facilities

Lutheran Medical Center, Department of Dental Medicine
San Ysidro Health Center
San Diego Children’s Dental Clinic at the Rady Children’s Hospital
Rady Children’s Hospital

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 recommendation only to highlight special activities – Preferably from pediatric dentists/professors that know the applicant well
• All candidates must be proficient/fluent in the English language
• PASS application; MATCH number
• Recent 2×2 photograph not required until requested by program site
• Personal interview (upon invite)
• Be a USA or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the US
• Complete dental school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
• Must live within 20 minutes of health center by start of residency (Brooklyn Residents MUST relocate to southern Brooklyn)

Program Strengths

• Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and conscious sedation.
• Demographically diverse patient population
• Large patient population
• Modern clinical facilities
• Close professional relationship with the medical staff
• University affiliation
• Extensive training in the use of pharmacological/no pharmacological modalities of treatments
• Specialists in all disciplines of dentistry, including but not limited to orthodontics, special patient, oral surgery, periodontics , Endodontics and dental anesthesia

Program Faculty

Neal Demby, D.M.D., Senior Vice President, Dental Medicine
Bernard Tolpin, D.D.S., Vice President, Dental Medicine
Danial Kane, D.M.D., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Susan Dietrich, D.M.D., Vice President, Graduate Dental Education/ Distance Learning
Nathalie Mohajeri, D.M.D., Vice President, Dental Operations

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
John Neves, D.D.S., Associate Program Director-Southern California, Pediatric Dentistry
David Okuji, D.D.S., M.B.A., Associate Program Director-Extramural Residency Training, Pediatric Dentistry*
Natasha Brambila-Braga, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Stephen Dickins, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Robert Jacob, D.D.S., Orthodontics
Barbara Kabes, D.D.S., Endodontics
Guy Lichty, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Lester Machado, D.D.S., M.D., Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Todd Pacofsky, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Shina Patel, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Mitchell Poiset, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Parvathi Pokala, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
William Rawlings, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*/Orthodontics*
Oscar Rivera, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Jossein Shahangian, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Nora Tleel, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Fadra Whyte, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry *

*Board certified



School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
3 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6 (California)
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 2,000 differential for Chief
$59,332
First Year
63,521 Second Year
Application: August 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
No
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
No
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
No
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Courses
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
2 Dental Hygienists