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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Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center

Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
One Brookdale Plaza
Brooklyn, New York 11212
Phone: (718) 240-5743
Fax: (718) 240-6069

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Four (4) new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline is October 31 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to the Residency Program Administrator, Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, One Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11212


The program is a hospital-based program with a hospital-based program with a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical service with didactic knowledge. Extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric dental care is available , including well children, developmentally disabled children, minor and major trauma and O.R exposure.
All dental specialties are represented and residents are exposed to and actively participate in orthodontics, growth guidance, endodontics, periodontics, sedation techniques and oral surgery.


Pediatric Dental Residents receive formal education through seminars, hospital rotations, course work at affiliated institutions and continuing education courses. Hospital Rotations in Pediatrics and Anesthesia, as well as an extensive course in Physical Diagnosis serve to integrate the pediatric dental resident into the hospital mainstream.
Full-Time coverage of clinical activity is provided through Board-eligible and Board -certified pediatric dentists. Consultants in all other specialties are available to guide residents in a multidisciplinary approach to Pediatric Dental Care.
Didactic training includes lectures on pediatric dentistry, growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, prevention, sedation techniques, radiology, oral pathology, bio-statistics, orthodontics, special patient care and pharmacology, Journal club and literature review supplement formal weekly treatment planning seminar.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first-year resident (PGY 1) receives $58,135 plus fringe benefits. The second-year resident (PGY 2) receives $63,126 plus fringe benefits.


The pediatric dental cluster is a recently renobvated wing of the dental clinic. It contains six operatories fully equipped for auxiliary utilization. Additionally, private consultation rooms are available for residents.

Each operatory in the pediatric dental cluster contains its own x-ray unit and central nitrous oxide unit.

Located within the over 400 bed Brookdale hospital medical center, residents have available to them all the facilities and resources of the teaching hospital. This includes active participation in the emergency room, various hospital services, clinical laboratories and the O.R. A recently completed Oral Maxillofacial suite is adjacent to the dental clinic.

Each operatory in the Pediatric Dental Cluster contains its own x-ray unit and central Nitrous Oxide unit.

Located within the over 400 bed Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, residents have available to them all the facilities and resources of the teaching hospital. This includes active participation in the Emergency Room, various hospital services, clinical laboratories and the O.R. A recently completed Oral Maxillofacial suite is adjacent to the Dental Clinic.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:
1. DDS or DMD from an accredited American or canadian Dental School.
2. Must be eligible for limited permit in New York State.
3. Three letters of recommendation , include one from dean
4. Dental School transcripts
5. Personal Interview

Program Strengths

1. Diverse Patient Population
2. Extensive clinical and multidisciplinary exposure with active participation
3. Excellent medical staff support
4. Dental Education supervised by Full me and Voluntary staff.
5. Extensive emergency room and operating room experience
6. Comprehensive orthodontic and growth guidance training.
7. Practice management and private office considerations
8. Full service medical library on campus.

Program Faculty

*Sheeba Kurian, BDS, DDS (Pediatric dentistry)- Program Director
*Leonard Gallo, DDS (Pediatric dentistry)
Mannie Levi, DDS (Pediatric dentistry)
Robert Degano, DMD (Pediatric dentistry)
Alena Sergaeva, DDS (Pediatric dentistry)
Rekha Gehani, DDS (Consultant Orthodontics)
Francis Eng, DDS (Consultant Orthodontics)
Vito Cardo, Jr. DDS ( Program chairman/ oral surgeon)
Joshua Segal, DDS (Oral surgeon)
Maria Maranga, DDS (consultant endodontist)
Jessica Figueroa, DDS ( GPR attending)

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
2 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Must be eligible for N.Y. state limited permit
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 58,135 First Year
63, 731 Second Year
Varies Third Year
Application: October 31st 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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 6 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
3 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists