Residency Program

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
VCU School of Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
521 North 11th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-1790
Fax: (804) 827-0163

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing on July 1 of each year. Five new positions are available each year.

Program Type

The program is university based with hospital affiliations. A certificate and a Master of Science in Dentistry is awarded at the conclusion of the program. The certificate and the Master’s degree must be awarded concurrently.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The program participates in the PASS and National Matching Service programs.


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry offers the student a comprehensive 24-month course of study in clinical and didactic pediatric dentistry and is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Emphasis is placed on all phases of pediatric dentistry and at the end of the program the student will be able to provide comprehensive oral health care for the well child, the medically compromised child and the child with special health care needs. Extensive experience is provided in the areas of sedation, analgesia and the use of general anesthesia to deliver dental treatment. Research experience is gained through completion of an individual research project and a master’s thesis.


Seminars are held that cover topic relevant to pediatric dentistry and includes literature review and case presentations. Formal courses are presented in research design, pediatric advanced life support, and basic sciences. The residents also participate in undergraduate teaching and supervision. Off service rotations occur in general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency room and craniofacial clinic.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year stipend: $28,000. Second year stipend: $30,000. No tuition is charged.


The Pediatric Dental Clinic is located on the third floor of the Wood Building of the School of Dentistry. It is a modern 14 chair clinic which includes three suites equipped for deep sedation/general anesthesia, central nitrous oxide, seminar rooms and computer/audio visual support. Residents are provided with desk and filing space. The Pediatric Dentistry Academic Offices are conveniently located across the hall from the clinic. The Ambulatory Surgical Center of VCU Medical Center had operating rooms utilized for outpatient dental treatment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered from admission:
*D.D.S. or D.M.D from an ADA-accredited dental School
*Successful completion of Part 1 of the National Dental Board at the time of application and successful completion of Part II by the time of matriculation.
*Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
*Ranking in the top 50% of the class
*Dental education transcripts
*Participation in PASS and MATCH
*Personal Interview
*Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be considered if they have significant clinical experience
*An externship in Pediatric Dentistry while attending dental school of at least a week in duration is highly encouraged

Program Strengths

*Diverse and balanced educational program in pediatric dentistry with dedicated and experienced dental faculty support
*Extensive experience in sedation/general anesthesia
*Operating room experience
*Cooperative relationships with other departments in the hospital and dental school
*Facilitated research experience
*Clinic is managed similar to a private practice

Program Faculty

Full time:
Tegwyn Brickhouse, DDS, PhD, Department Chair, Associate Professor*
William O. Dahlke, DMD, Program Director, Assistant Professor*
Elizabeth J. Berry, DDS, MSD, MPH, Assistant Professor*
Malinda Husson, DDS, MSD, Dental Anesthesiologist, Assistant Professor*
Elizabeth Bortell, DDS, Director of Pediatric Dentistry, Children’s Hospital at VCU*
Robert J. Laughlin, DDS, MPH
Tiffany L. Williams, DDS, MSD
Patrice B. Wunsch, DDS, MS, Associate Professor*

Part time:
Randy Adams, DDS*
Carl Atkins, DDS*
Mitch Avent, DDS*
Kathryn Beiry, DDS
Townsend Brown, DDS*
Jackie Craney, DDS*
David Chapman, DDS
Thomas Cox, DDS*
Frank Farrington, DDS, Professor Emeritus
Christopher Hamlin, DDS*
Mark Huie, DDS
Robert Kendig, DDS
Mick Lambardozzi, DDS*
Chris Maestrello, DDS*
Stephen Paulette, DDS
Herbert “Mick” Pope, DDS
Erika A. Sachno, DDS, MS+
Mark Sorin, DDS*
Paul Vitsky, DDS*

*Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
+Board Certified, American Board of Orthodontics

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
29 Part-Time
21 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 28,000 First Year
30,000 Second Year
Varies Third Year
Application: 0 Fee
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: 1:25
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: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: One Week Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants