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 Pediatric Dental Residency Program is a two year, hospital based program located at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The program combines an emphasis on clinical proficiency as well as the interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric dental patient. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Education. Individual’s who have completed the program will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the program. The program prepares its graduates for specialty practice.

Primary Children’s Hospital is a free standing children’s hospital caring for children 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. 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, some 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. Intermountain serves the healthcare needs of Utah and southeastern Idaho residents. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.


The curriculum is designed to provide the resident proficiency and an ability to provide 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 will encourage the development of critical and inquiring attitude necessary for the advancement of practice, research and teaching in pediatric dentistry.

The didactic program includes topics in dental development, oral pathology and medicine, pharmacology, prevention, clinical sedation, growth and development, hospital dentistry and special needs, behavior management, dental materials, Periodontics, and board review preparation.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $39,000. Second-year stipend is $42,500. Comprehensive benefits include: health insurance and acquired PTO time each year.


Primary Children's Hospital

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for admission:
• Fourth year dental student or graduate of an ADA-accredited school
• Score > 83 for Part 1 of the National Dental Board Examination
• Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation
• Photograph, submitted in electronic format to the program manager
The program participates with PASS and MATCH; applicants are expected to follow rules for each when applying to this program

Program Strengths

• Program offers strong clinical involvement in treating healthy as well as the medically compromised pediatric patient
• Training throughout residency in anesthesia, sedation training working with the Sedation/Pain department and the department of Anesthesiology
• Multi disciplinary rotations throughout the Medical Center to include Genetics, Neuro Psych, IV, Cleft/Craniofacial
• 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

James H. Bekker, DMD, Pediatric Dentist, Program Director
*V. Joseph Cheever, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist
*David Gustafson, DDS, 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
*Hans Reinemer, DMD, MS, 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: Part-Time
Program Faculty: 18 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: 39,000 First Year
42,500 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: 1:9
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