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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Howard University (Washington, DC)

Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry
Howard University
600 W Street, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20059
Phone: (202) 806-0004
Fax: (202) 806-0354

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a two year program beginning the first of July of each year. Six positions are authorized for the first-year class.

Program Type

University-based certificate program.


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. All correspondence regarding application and admission procedure should be addressed: to Associate Dean for Advanced Education, Howard University College of Dentistry, 600 W Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20059.


The postgraduate program is based at the College of Dentistry. Basic science and clinical instruction are provided by the faculty of the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry. Clinical experience is gained in the postgraduate clinic at the College of Dentistry, the Howard University Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, Spanish Catholic Center, and Children's National Medical Center. Howard University Hospital hosts the Pediatric Medicine and Emergency room rotations. Experience in anesthesia is obtained at Children's National Medical Center. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate in pediatric dentistry and meets educational requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Required courses include Orthodontic Theory, Roentgenology and Cephalometrics, Pediatric Dentistry Seminar, Biostatitics, Histopathology, Advanced Cephalometrics, Growth and Development, Internal Medicine, Mixed Dentition Seminar, Craniofacial Genetics, Pharmacotherapeutics, Head & Neck Anatomy & Anthropology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Orthodontic Case Analysis Seminar, Practice Organization, Pediatric Dentistry Case Analysis Seminar, Surgical Orthodontics, Periodontics and Occlusion, Advanced Radiographic Interpretation and Diagnosis, Dental Education, and Pediatric Dentistry Board Literature Review. A thesis based on a research investigation is a requirement for the certificate in pediatric dentistry.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year tuition and fees is $37,070. Second-year tuition is $37,070.

First-year stipend (approximately) is $5,000. Second -year stipend (approximately) $7,000.


1. The Howard University College of Dentistry
2. The Howard University College of Medicine
3. The Howard University Hospital
4. HSC Pediatric Center (The Hospital for Sick Children)
5. The Children’s National Medical Center
6. The Spanish Catholic Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:

1. DDS, DMD, or non-U.S. equivalent from an accredited dental school
2. Dental and preprofessional education transcripts
3. 3 letters of recommendation
4. National Board of Dental Examination Scores (Part I and Part II)
5. Non-English speaking applicants require the TOEFL/must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language and mastery of concepts of procedures which are basic to the practice of dentistry, if the applicant possesses a foreign dental degree
6. Must possess at least a 3.0 GPA in dental school

Program Strengths

1. A diverse faculty, composed of faculty members from the medical school, the dental school, and several affiliate hospital staffs
2. A strong didactic program
3. Comprehensive experiences in varied clinical and hospital settings; including the treatment of adolescents and patients with special health care needs.

Program Faculty

*George P. Thomas, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Program Director
*Melanie S. Thwaites, D.D.S.
Arnett A. Anders, D.D.S.M.S. (adjunct)
George P. Thomas, D.D.S.,M.P.H.

Associate Professors
*Stephen E. Grimm III, D.D.S.
James E. Palmer, D.D.S.
*Melanie S. Thwaites, D.D.S.

Assistant Professors
*Latoya M. Barham, D.D.S.
*Debra L. Jeffries, D.D.S.
*Leslie M. Lawrence, D.M.D.,M.S.
Ira Scott, D.D.S.
*Shohreh Sharifahmadian, D.D.S.
Oswald N. Thompson, D.D.S.M.S.C.D.

Yvonne L. Mills, Ph.D. (Visiting)

*Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
3 Part-Time
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure:
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 37,070 First Year
37,070 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Application: 25 Fee
October 1 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: 1:8
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: 23 Chair/Operatories
3 Dental Assistants