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

University of Washington Children's Hospital

Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry
6222 NE 74th Street
Box 354915
Seattle, Washington 98115
Phone: (206) 543-7906
Fax: (206) 543-7595

Program Length and Number of Positions

There are two program tracks, 24 and 36 months, 2-year MSD and a 3-year concurrent MSD/MPH each beginning the first day of summer quarter. Five new positions are offered each year, four in the 2-year MSD track and one in 3-year MSD/MPH track. The program cannot guarantee funding for the third year of the 3-year concurrent degree track.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated program offering a certificate and master's degree (M.S.D.) after two years, or a certificate, M.S.D. and M.P.H. after three years.


The application deadline is September 15 of year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Cheryl Shaul, Program Manager, University of Washington, Center for Pediatric Dentistry, 6222 NE 74th Street, Box 354915, Seattle, WA 98115; .


The Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the ADA Commission on Accreditation. In this program, both a Master of Science degree and a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry are awarded. With the addition of a third year, the student is able to pursue a Master in Public Health degree.

This program is a unique partnership between the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington and the Department of Dentistry at Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH). Through the facilities and programs of each institution, diversified educational experiences are offered that emphasize comprehensive oral health care for pediatric, adolescent and medically, mentally and emotionally complex patients from western Washington and across the state. A multidisciplinary approach permeates the educational, research and service components of this specialty program.
The program is located in the Center for Pediatric Dentistry in a large facility with 29 dental chairs, three operating rooms and a dedicated infant-toddler area. It serves the combined needs of Seattle Children’s Department of Dentistry and the University of Washington’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry, with an estimated 30,000 patient visits per year.


Clinical experiences are distributed throughout the curriculum. These experiences occur in a variety of settings: Outpatient clinics at the CPD (including the Autism clinic, the Medically Compromised Patient clinic, Sedation clinic, the continuity resident clinic, and the pre-doc clinic) and at SCH; operating rooms at CPD and the main SCH campus; and Odessa Brown Community Clinic.

The first year of the program is the same for both tracks. Required coursework includes: pediatric dentistry seminars and clinic, biostatistics, epidemiology, orthodontic theory, orofacial biology, dental radiology, dental photography, applied psychology, research, scientific methodology, oral histology, dental traumatology, pulp therapy, behavior management, dental and oral care for special health care needs patients, pediatric oral pathology, restorative, cariology, infant oral health, and principles of sedation and general anesthesia. Beginning in their second year, 3-year program students apply to the School of Public Health, and if accepted, take courses through the School of Public Health in pursuit of the MPH. They complete their clinical commitments over the final two years of the program

Education and experience in sedation and anesthesia are provided through courses and clinical rotations. A four-week clinical rotation in general anesthesia is supervised jointly by the UW Department of Anesthesiology at SCH and UW anesthesiologists at the CPD.

The Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington is designed to satisfy the academic requirements necessary to award the Master of Science in Dentistry to its graduates. Research experience begins in the first quarter of the curriculum with a review of potential research topics from a list generated by the faculty.
Structured research requirements continue throughout the academic period. A research proposal is developed, approved, implemented, completed and a thesis is submitted that leads to the master's degree (MSD or MSD/MPH).

Program Stipend and Tuition

In 2015-16, the first-year stipend is $53,268; second-year stipend is $55,368; and the third-year stipend is $57,636. Tuition is approximately $22,000 ($38,500 for out-of-state) for 2015-16.


• The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital
• School of Dentistry, University of Washington
• Seattle Children's Hospital
• The Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

Admission Requirements

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

• D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent
• Must be eligible for Washington State dental license by time of matriculation:
• Must have passed Part 1 of National Dental Board Exam by time of application
• Dental transcripts submitted to PASS
• Three letters of recommendation submitted to PASS, one of which must be from a
full-time pediatric dental faculty, preferably the department chair or program director
• A copy of current CV, a 2x2 photo and departmental waiver statement (available for download from
departmental website) submitted to program
• Personal interview, including foreign applicants
∙Applicants who do not have degrees from accredited institutions within the U.S. or Canada must complete at least two years of clinical training from an accredited institution, i.e., two years of an International Dentist program, two years of an AEGD residency, or two years of a GPR residency.
• Application to the University of Washington Graduate School (GRE required for foreign dental
school graduates and score must be filed with application)
• TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English (score must be filed with application by
October 1 of year preceding matriculation)

Program Strengths

• Breadth of experience and training of faculty
• Involvement of onsite interdisciplinary faculty as mentors
• Opportunity and encouragement to develop skills for a career in academia and other areas of leadership in dentistry
• Availability of a diverse range of clinical patients
• A rigorous research program
• Availability of medical training through Seattle Children's Hospital and the UW School of Medicine
• The presence of well-established and highly respected advanced education programs in six clinical specialties within the School of Dentistry
• Excellent working relationship with the Departments of Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Dental Public Health Sciences and the School of Public Health

The School of Dentistry was recently rated among the top three dental schools in the nation and the UW is perennially one of the most productive research schools in the country.

Program Faculty

Rebecca Slayton, DDS, PhD, Professor and Chair*
Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director*
Joel Berg, DDS, MS, Professor and Dean *
Penelope Leggott, BDS, MS, Professor* (part-time)
Johan Aps, DDS, MSc Ped Dent & Special Care, MSc DMFR, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor
Simon Lin, DDS, MS, Clinical Associate Professor*
Wendy Mouradian, MD, MS, Professor
Ana Lucia Seminario, DDS, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor*
Mariella Garcia, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor*
Travis Nelson, DDS, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor*
Zheng Xu, DMD, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor*
Amy Kim, DDS, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
JoAnna Scott, MS, PhD, Acting Assistant Professor, Biostatistics (part-time)
Joseph Kelly, DDS, MPH, Affiliate Assistant Professor, SCH*
Barbara Sheller, DDS, MS, Affiliate Professor, SCH*
Donald Chi, DDS, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor* (part-time)
Dan Cook, DDS, Clinical Professor* (part-time)
Chris Chen, DDS, MPH, Affiliate in Medical/Dental Practice* (part-time)
Thoa Nguyen, DDS, Affiliate Instructor
Burcu Bayirli, DDS, PhD, Affiliate Associate Professor, Orthodontics (part-time)
Jim Howard, DDS, MS, Affiliate Assistant Professor, TMD specialist (part-time)
Nestor Cohenca, DDS, MS, Adjunct Professor, Endodontics (part-time)
Terry Thomas, DDS, Affiliate Instructor, Periodontics (part-time)

*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 10 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24/36 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: 22,179 First Year
22,179; $23,134 for MSD/MPH residents Second Year
23,134 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 38,503 First Year
38,503; $39,503 for MSD/MPH residents Second Year
39,503 Third Year
Salary/Stipend: 53,268 First Year
55,368 Second Year
57,636 Third Year
Application: 85 Fee
September 15 Deadline to PASS 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: 1:29
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: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 29 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
17 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists



Available for M.P.H. candidates



Contact Name:

Contact Address:

Contact Phone:

Contact Email:

Copyright 2010 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry All Rights Reserved.