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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Loma Linda University

Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
11092 Anderson St., PH 3301
Loma Linda, California 92350
Phone: (909) 558-4690

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1st. Four new positions will be offered each year.

Program Type

University-based postgraduate program leading to a Professional Certificate with an optional Master’s Degree (MS) or Master’s of Science in Dentistry (MSD).


The application deadline is October 1st for P.A.S.S., M.A.T.C.H. and L.L.U. Please go to website for all requirements in detail for applications process.
Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: Jung-Wei Chen, D.D.S., M.S., PhD., Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, 11092 Anderson St., PH 3301, Loma Linda, CA 92350. E-mail to:


The program provides advanced training in all phases of pediatric dentistry with an emphasis on patient care skills, including the full spectrum of management. Options: hospital, surgery center, clinic, with and without general anesthesia or sedation. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate and /or Master’s Degree (MS) or Masters of Science in Dentistry (MSD) Degree in Pediatric Dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


The resident is involved in the treatment of well children and medically or psychologically disadvantaged patients. They participate in general anesthesia, emergency room and pediatric medical rotations, regular clinical care, predoctoral instruction, research and dental care with dental anesthesiologists in the Special Care Dentistry Center.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First- and second-year stipends are currently not available. Tuition for two years is to be determined. Please see LLUSD website for information.


• Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
• Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
• LLUSD Koppel Special Care Dentistry Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

• Postdoctural Application Support Service Application (PASS)

• National Matching Services Inc. (Match) Enrollment

• Loma Linda University Admissions Application

Program Strengths

Strong hospital, clinical training and trauma experience.

Program Faculty

Bonyanpoor, Shahnaz – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Chang, Eddie – D.D.S. M.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Chen, Jung-Wei – D.D.S., M.S., Phd., Program Director and Associate Professor (full-time) *
Chu, Brian - D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)*
Ellstrom, Mervin – D.D.S. M.P.H., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Jimenez, Peter – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Job, Allen – D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., M.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Kao, Cecilia – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Lauer, Heather – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Lee, Daniel Harvey – D.D.S., M.P.H., Assistant Professor (part-time) *
Lin, Christina – D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor (part-time) *
Lovingier, Lonnie – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Lowe, Oariona - D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)*
Matin, Afsaneh – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)*
Morikawa, Wesley – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Nelson, Bonnie A. – D.D.S., Department Chair and Assistant Professor *
Okumura, Wesley – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time) *
Olson, Gregory – D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)*
Omar, Samah – D.D.S., M.S.D., Assistant Professor (full-time)*
Pereira, Valeria – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Piedra, Isabella – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time) *
Peterson, John – D.D.S., Professor Emeritus (part-time) *
Soto, Rita – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)
Wyatt, Melva – D.D.S., Assistant Professor (part-time)

*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
22 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: • Please see LLUSD website First Year First Year
• Please see LLUSD website Second Year Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Application: October 1st – Deadline 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: 1:20
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
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists

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