Residency Program

Primary Children's Hospital (UT)

Pediatric Dental Postgraduate Program
Primary Children's Hospital
100 North Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113
Phone: (801) 662-3900
Fax: (801) 662-3908

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 each year. The program accepts two residents on the even year and one on the odd year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:
Sally Dawson, Dental Program Manager, Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 North Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113; (801) 662-3900;


The Primary Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency is a 24-month program beginning July 1 each year. Our Hospital-based certificate program accepts two residents on the even year and one on the odd year. The program combines an emphasis on clinical proficiency as well as the interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric dental patient and is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education. Dentists who complete the program will receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The program prepares its graduates for specialty practice.

Primary Children’s Hospital is a free standing children’s hospital caring for pediatric patients from across the western United States. It is a 289-bed facility equipped and staffed to treat children with complex illness and injury, and is the only hospital in its service area to be verified as a Trauma 1 Center for children. Our hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system, and is the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Utah School of Medicine, allowing for integration of pediatric programs, research and training for childhood problems.

Intermountain Healthcare is a based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 23 hospitals, more than 155 clinics, approximately 900 employed physicians, a broad range of clinics and services, and health insurance plans. It is the largest medical provider in the Intermountain West with over 32,000 employees which serves the pediatric healthcare needs of Utah and additional states including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Arizona. Intermountain Healthcare is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.


The curriculum is designed to provide didactic and clinical instruction for the resident and an opportunity to develop proficiency with both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through early adolescence, including those with special health care needs. The program encourages the development of a critical and inquiring attitude necessary for the advancement of practice, research and teaching in pediatric dentistry.

The didactic program includes Instruction in the following disciplines:
Behavior Guidance
Biomedical Science
Comprehensive Dental Care
Growth and Development
Hospital Dentistry
Management of a Contemporary Dental Practice
Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
Oral Facial Injury and Emergency Care
Patients with Special Health Care Needs
Prevention and Health Promotion
Pulp Therapy
Medical Emergencies
Board Exam Preparation

Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities include teaching medical residents, and other allied health staff.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $40,000. Second-year stipend is $43,200. Comprehensive benefits include: health insurance and acquired PTO time each year.


Primary Children's Hospital

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
• DDS or DMD graduate of a U.S. or Canadian CODA-accredited dental school with completion of school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
• Be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the US
• Complete with a passing result, Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and Part II by start of residency
• Eligible for state of Utah dental license with Class II Anesthesia Permit and DEA Certificate prior to start of residency
• Be proficient/fluent in the English language
• Complete PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) application
• Register with the National Matching Service
• 4 PPI (Professional Potential Indexes) and 2 PEF (Professional Application Forms) dentists/professors that know the applicant well through PASS
• Dental and pre-professional education transcripts through PASS
• Recent 2 X 2 Photograph, submitted in PDF format to the program manager
• $50 application fee payable to Primary Children’s Hospital
• Personal interview in Salt Lake City, UT (upon invitation)
• Live within 30 minutes of hospital by start of residency
The program participates with PASS and MATCH; applicants are expected to follow rules for each when applying to this program. Please review the application procedures on the PASS Web site.

Program Strengths

• Strong clinical involvement in the treatment of healthy as well as the medically compromised pediatric patients
• Anesthesia and sedation training working with the Sedation/Pain department and the department of Anesthesiology
• Multidisciplinary rotations throughout the Hospital include Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pain and Sedation Service, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Medicine, Neurobehavior, Genetics, Anesthesia, Pediatric Medicine and Office Visits
• Additional certificate in URLEND Fellowship (Multidisciplinary leadership training at the post-doctoral level for neurodevelopmental disabilities)
• Work with dental program faculty as advisors in multi area of expertise

Program Faculty

*Hans Reinemer, DMD, MS, Pediatric Dentist, Program Director
James H. Bekker, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
*V. Joseph Cheever, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist
*David Gustafson, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
David Johnson, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
R. Blake Nielsen, DMD, Endodontist
*Barney Olsen, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist
Hamid Omana, DDS, MS, Orthodontist
*Brett Packham, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
*Cameron Quayle, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
Briant Romney, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
*Clarke Romney, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
*Walter Romney, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
*Jeffery Rupp, DMD, MS, Pediatric Dentist
*Matthew Schweppe, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
*Boyd Simkins, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
*Chet Smyth, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
*David Stewart, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
*Matthew Swan, DDS, Pediatric Dentist
* Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
17 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 1 odd year, 2 even year
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 40,000 First Year
43,200 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: 1:22
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: 1 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 4 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants