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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St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (PA)

Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
160 E Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
Phone: (215) 427-8783

Program Length and Number of Positions

The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at St Christopher’s is a 24 month program, commencing July 1 of each year.

Seven positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program

Application

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

Karen Rutledge, Pediatric Dental Residency Program Coordinator
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department of Dental Medicine
160 E. Erie Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19134.
E-mail: karen.rutledge@tenethealth.com

The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the National Matching Service

Description

The basic training objectives for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry are to educate graduate dentists for clinical practice and to prepare them for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The first year of the program addresses itself to six main areas of specialty training. These include: Comprehensive dental care for the routine pediatric patients including orthodontic diagnosis and treatment of the early and mixed dentitions, hospital procedures, dental and oral trauma, pediatric dental medicine, and preventive dentistry.

The second year is designed to increase responsibility and challenge the trainee. These objectives are accomplished by assigning the resident to the Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. This allows for total involvement in dentistry for the handicapped and/or medically compromised child. A second year resident will be selected as the chief dental resident in charge of all in- patient dental care and throughout the year will be responsible for teaching the first year residents.

The residents are expected to develop expertise in hospital protocol. It is intended that by graduation they be totally familiar with all aspects of pediatric dentistry practiced within a hospital environment. They should be familiar with admission notes, orders for pre/post-operative care, utilization of consultation services, and all the techniques required to render dental care to patients under the effects of a general anesthetic. It is further intended that residents by the end of their training shall have a thorough understanding of the role of dentistry in the interdisciplinary approach to developmental disabilities. In order to accomplish this, the second year of residency is spent learning about dentistry's role in the care of children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, craniofacial disorders, central nervous system disease and injury, and many other acquired and developmental disabilities.

Curriculum

Clinically, the residency provides training in routine pediatric dental care, emergency dental treatment, dental care of the physically and mentally handicapped, interceptive orthodontics, cleft palate care, dental management of the oncology patient, and oral rehabilitation utilizing general anesthesia. A team approach for the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial and dentofacial anomalies are staffed by the department, as in a program for the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. Training in the pharmacology and physiology of anesthesia and the technique of administration is provided through a one-month, full-time assignment to the Department of Anesthesiology. The patient population is equally divided between well children and children with significant medical histories. There is a close liaison with all medical and surgical departments encouraging free exchange at all times.

The didactic curriculum encompasses dental radiology and oral pathology seminars, a growth and development seminar, clinical application of head and neck anatomy, seminars in pediatric medicine, a weekly case presentation, a lecture series on endodontics and dental pulp, and seminars in all aspects of pediatric dentistry given by the dental faculty.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The stipend for 2017-2018 fiscal year is $58,729 for the first year and $60,851 for the second year. Tuition is not required. Hospital house staff benefits can be viewed at:
http://www.stchristophershospital.com/graduate-medical-education/benefits-contracts-policies-and-procedures

Facilities

1. St Christopher’s Hospital for Children
2. MCP/Hahnemann Medical School/Hospital
3. Temple University - Kornberg School of Dentistry
4. Ronald McDonald Mobile Dental Van

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have the following to be considered for admission:

1. DDS or DMD from an accredited North American dental school.
2. PASS application.
3. Recent photograph.
4. Personal interview.

Program Strengths

1. Outstanding hospital environment with established dental role.
2. Extensive clinical expertise in the well child and medically compromised child.
3. Heavy involvement with medical services within the Hospital and the affiliated institutions.
4. Strong Operating Room experiences.

Program Faculty

Michael J. Suchar, D.D.S., Director, Department of Dental Medicine
Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Richard Clark, D.M.D., Associate Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
David Metroka, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
James Murphy, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Brian Rooney, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Michael Bianchi, D.D.S., Section Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*
Andrew Kantor, D.M.D., Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery*
Thomas Nordone, D.M.D., Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Nataly Apollonsky, MD, Hematology*

Alan Evangelista, Ph.D., Medical Microbiology *
Evan Geller, M.D., Radiology*
Paul Glat, M.D., Plastic Surgery*
Gregory Halligan, M.D. Oncology*
Augustin Legido, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Neurology*
Sarah Long, M.D., Infectious Diseases*
Deepti Raybagkar, M.D. Hematology*
Elizabeth Suarez, MD, Endocrine*
Brandi Defields, M.L.I.S,,A.H.I.P Library Sciences

* Board Certified



School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
16 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 7
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 58,729 First Year
60,851 Second Year
Application: October 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
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:
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: 8 Clinic Half-Days
3-4 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 19 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists