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.

The list below links to general information, program profiles and fellowship opportunities (if available) for each residency program. Please let us know if any information is incorrect or missing.


For additional questions or concerns, please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at To update the information on a residency program, please fill out this form, and send it to Web and Social Media Coordinator Lily Snyder at

Children's Hospital of Michigan

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: (313) 576-2551
Fax: (313) 244-0671

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program beginning July 1st of each year. There are 6 new positions offered each year

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding acceptance into the program.

Patty Smirnes, Program Manager
Phone: 313-576-2551
Fax: 313-244-0671


The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry produces highly-trained pediatric dentists – competent, caring and compassionate professionals – capable of functioning independently in any clinical setting. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident receives a certificate in pediatric dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


The curriculum is a balanced mixture of didactic and clinical training in pediatric dentistry and includes experiences in pediatric/adolescent restoration dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and endodontics. Also included are rotations in anesthesia, pediatrics, emergency department, craniofacial and operating room. The patient base consists of a wide variety of behavioral, medical complexity and comprehensive treatment from birth to adolescent.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Stipend rates are currently $49,750 for the first year and $51,149 for the second year which includes an annual gross amount of $3,120 as an educational allowance to each resident. There is no charge for tuition.

• Medical insurance (2 plan options, both providing in-network preventive care coverage at 100% and include a prescription drug plan)
• Health & Saving Plan (HSA)
• Health & Reimbursement Plan (HRA)
• Dental insurance
• Vision insurance
• Life and AD&D insurance
• Residents are also provided the opportunity to attend regional and national pediatric dental society meetings and annual sessions.


• Children’s Hospital of Michigan
• Wayne State University School of Medicine
• 16 chair dental clinic at the Children’s Center (two blocks from CHM)
• Detroit Medical Center participating hospitals

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

• Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada.
• Application through PASS
• 3 letters of recommendation (2 from pediatric faculty / 1 non-pediatric faculty), directly to Program
• 2”x 2” photograph, directly to Program
• Participate in personal interview with program faculty, by invitation only
• DDS or DMD degree from an ADA accredited dental school in the US or Canada
• Must have passed Parts I and II, National Dental Board Examination, by program start date
• Must be eligible for state dental license, by program start date

Program Strengths

• Hospital-based program with university based didactic training
• Opportunity for development of clinical skills with infant through adolescent patients, including those with special needs
• Extensive sedation experience
• Integrated management of patients with craniofacial anomalies
• Interceptive Orthodontics
• Endodontics

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

• *James P. Stenger, DDS, MSD, FAPD Chief, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Program Director
• *Chet Coccia, DDS, MSD, Pediatric Dentist
• Riina Elsey, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
• *Dawn Harvey, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
• *Joseph Hildebrand, DDS, Director of Maxillofacial-Oral Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
• *Nickie Hosseini-Route, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
• Dominick Shoha, DDS, Endodontist
• Gary Stern, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
• Morris Velilla, DDS, General Dentist
• *Stephen Wolf, DDS, Chief of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Detroit Receiving Hospital

* Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation:
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Limited Education License available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 49,750 First Year
51,149 Second Year
Application: September 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: varies
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: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience:
Facilities: 18 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
17 Dental Assistants
4 Dental Hygienists