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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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
Email: sally.dawson@imail.org
Web: https://intermountainhealthcare.org/careers/residencies-training/medical-resident-fellow-training/pediatric-residencies-internships/peds-dental-residency/

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.

Application

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; sally.dawson@imail.org

Description

The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at Primary Children’s Hospital is located on the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a twenty-four month, hospital based program, combining 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 Accreditation. Individuals 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.

Residents engage in scholarly activity which includes the participation in and completion of a clinical research project which utilizes data collection and analysis and elements of the scientific method. Research training, funds and time for this are incorporated in the curriculum. Research projects are presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session Poster Presentation Contest and supported by the program.

Primary Children's Hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare, an internationally recognized, nonprofit system 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. Primary Children's 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.

Primary Children’s Hospital is a full-service Trauma 1 Pediatric Center certified by the American College of Surgeons and serving six Intermountain states. The Trauma Service system emphasizes the delivery of expert care, research, education and prevention. Pediatric dental residents serve an important role in the Emergency Department with responsibilities to work alongside healthcare providers from many departments in the treatment of oral and facial infection and dental trauma.

Curriculum

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
Orthodontics
Patients with Special Health Care Needs
Pharmacology
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 $44,000. Second-year stipend is $49,900. Comprehensive benefits include: health insurance and acquired PTO time each year.

Facilities

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 PEF (Professional Application Forms) dentists and / or 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
ADAT score will be considered if available, but not required.
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*
V. Joseph Cheever, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist*
David Gustafson, DDS, Pediatric Dentist*
David Johnson, DMD, Pediatric Dentist
Jeffrey Knight, DDS, Periodontist*
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*
Thomas Sorensen, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentist*
David Stewart, DDS, Pediatric Dentist*

* Board Certified



School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Certificate
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: 44,000 First Year
49,900 Second Year
Application: September 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
Yes
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
No
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
No
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
No
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
Courses
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Lectures, case presentations, seminars and skills Clinic Half-Days
1 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 4 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants