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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University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston

Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
The University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Dentistry
6655 Travis Street
Suite 460
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 500-8220
Fax: 713 500 8207

Program Length and Number of Positions

Ceritificate Program: This is a 24-month 1-week program commencing the last week of June each year. Eight (8) new positions are available each year.

M.S.D. Program: Simultaneous enrollment in the certificate program and a Master of Science in Dentistry program is available. In addition to the requirements for the certificate program, M.S.D. candidates must submit an original research project and thesis and complete additional course work. M.S.D. degree requirements may be accomplished in less than 36 months.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated certificate program with option for a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.


TThe application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Application is made through the PASS program of the ADEA. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

The Office of Student Affairs, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dental Branch, P.O. Box 20068, Houston, TX 77225.


The program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer the advanced student a mixture of didactic and clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on hospital and clinical dentistry, and includes experiences in general anesthesia, IV and conscious sedation, special patient care, and interceptive and preventive orthodontics. Rotations through Hermann Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital and Houston Medical Center (a pediatric ambulatory care clinic which is designed to simulate a private practice setting) provide each resident with the opportunity to learn in many different environments. Month-long pediatric medicine and anesthesiology rotations are completed during the second half of the first training year. The program is approved and accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, the student satisfies the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. An optional master of science in dentistry degree may be earned within the two-year period


Master of Science in Dentistry Degree: Residents interested in a Master of Science in Dentistry degree in addition to their certificate, may pursue this program. Specific detailed information regarding a Master of Science in Dentistry degree may be obtained from the program director.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $26,000 plus fringe benefits. Second-year stipend is $34,000 plus fringe benefits.


• Hermann Children's Hospital
• University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - School of Dentistry
• Houston Medical Center Building
• UT Professional Building
• Texas Childrens' Hospital, Pediatric Dentistry

Admission Requirements

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

• D.D.S. or D.M.D. or equivalent
• Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal interview
• TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English
• National Board Dental Examination results

Must have passed both Part I and Part II, National Dental Board Examination

Program Strengths

• Didactic and clinical education in contemporary preventive oriented pediatric dentistry
• Resources of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the United States
• Hospital-based activities including general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency room coverage, participation in cleft lip/palate and hematology/oncology teams, inpatient and outpatient comprehensive dental care
• Oral pathology clinic
• Extramural clinical rotations
• Research opportunities

Program Faculty

Bhavini S. Acharya, B.D.S., M.PH - Associate Professor, Program Director*
Gary R. Badger, D.D.S., M.S. - Associate Professor, Chair *
Gisela V. Bona, D.D.S., M.S. - Associate Professor *
Amber Callis, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor (PT)*
Antonio Dario Cardenas, D.D.S., M.S. - Associate Professor *
Brett Chiquet, D.D.S., PhD. - Assistant Professor *
Fehmida Dosani, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Elsa Echeverri, D.D.S. - Clinical Associate Professor (PT)
Kathy Elias, D.M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor (PT)
Allen Gaw, D.D.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor (PT)
Christopher Harris, D.M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Amy K. Herbert, D.D.S - Assistant Professor *
Bret Ibarra, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor *
Regina Lewis, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Michelle Lin, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Lisa McGriff-Metz, D.D.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
A. Katherine Pazmino, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor * (PT)
Nathanael Salako, D.D.S., M.S. -Associate Professor
Di Wu, D.D.S., M.S., PhD - Assistant Professor +

*Board certified (Pediatric Dentistry)
**Board certified (Oral Pathology)
+Board certified (Orthodontics)
++ Board eligible (Pediatric Dentistry)

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
Last week of June Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 9,800 First Year
7,425 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 13,100 First Year
13,200 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 26,000 First Year
34,000 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
September 30 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:
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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
0 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants