Residency Program

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health
College of Dentistry, University of Tennessee
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6206
Email: grhea@uthsc.edu

Program Length and Number of Positions

A 24-month certificate program and optional 30-month Master’s Dental Science Degree program commencing on or about July 1 of each year. Six new positions are available each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based, university-affiliated, certificate program with optional Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.).

Application

The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Ms. Glenda Rhea, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, 875 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163, telephone (901)-448-6206. Email: grhea@uthsc.edu

Description

The residency program in pediatric dentistry is a two-year, combined hospital/university program with a Master’s Dental Science Degree option. The program combines clinical training with evidenced based studies of both clinical and basic sciences as related to pediatric dentistry. All instruction is conducted within the Colleges of Dentistry and Graduate Health Sciences, which are part of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Residents are assigned to various university-affiliated hospitals and clinics for patient care. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredits the program and persons completing the program meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Upon successful completion of the two-year residency program The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry awards a certificate of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry. In addition upon acceptance, completion, submission, defense of a completed research paper and in fulfillment of requirements of the College of Graduate Health Sciences students will receive the Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.). The overall program is designed to fully prepare the student for specialty practice, as well as provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes training in advanced diagnosis, trauma, prevention services, and comprehensive treatment for healthy children and adolescents as well as medically compromised and developmentally disabled pediatric patients. The curriculum includes both basic sciences and clinical courses, which are necessary for the development of the competent pediatric dentist. Appropriate behavior management, including non-pharmacological techniques, sedation, hospitalization and general anesthesia, are extensively covered in the curriculum. Instruction in growth and development, cephalometrics, and limited orthodontic treatment is presented over the two-year period. The evidenced based didactic program includes such basic sciences as oral pathology, biostatistics/epidemiology, immunology/microbiology, research design, gross anatomy and pharmacology. Lectures and seminars are presented on clinical pediatric dentistry, cephalometrics, interceptive orthodontics, growth and development, child behavior management, conscious sedation, dental materials, oral pathology, review of the literature, genetics, pediatric medicine and anesthesia. Resident rotations in pediatric emergency medicine, general anesthesia, and a craniofacial anomalies clinic are part of the educational experience. Residents will learn to critically evaluate the scientific literature, design a research project and produce a publishable quality paper for a certificate. Upon completion, submission, defense of a completed research paper and in fulfillment of requirements of the College of Graduate Health Sciences students will receive the Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.). This potentially could be completed within 24 months or might require an additional off campus semester to complete.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The stipend is $40,242 for first year residents and $41,416 for second year residents. No tuition is required for first or second year residents; however, fees associated with the College of Graduate Health Sciences are required (approximately $800 a year). Fringe benefits include health insurance for the resident, malpractice insurance, one week of vacation a year, University Holidays and 3 ½ Personal Days. Health insurance is available for dependents for an additional premium.

Facilities

In addition to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Crittenden Regional Hospital serves as a primary outpatient clinical site. The excellent professional staff and large patient population provide a challenging environment for learning. Additional affiliated clinical site include Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must be citizens of the United States at the time of application, and have graduated from a dental school approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. 


Applicants must satisfy the following additional requirements to be considered for admission: 


1. Complete a Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS) Application

2. Supply Institutional Evaluation (IE) and 3 PPIs. PEs are optional and if submitted should be from someone who has a special knowledge of your qualifications, such as a research mentor.
3. Submit directly to program as part of application current Curriculum Vitae and passport size photograph via mail or electronically to grhea@uthsc.edu

4. Final transcripts, final official National Board Scores and other pertinent information must be supplied upon acceptance and prior to enrollment in the program. 

5. Be selected for a personal interview.
6. Acceptance is through the national MATCH program
7. A separate application once enrolled for Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.) is required
to the College of Graduate Health Sciences
The University of Tennessee participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) and PASS. Invitations for applicant interviews are based on the following criteria: 


1. Academic background and achievement

2. Extracurricular activities

3. Scholarly endeavors

4. Clinical experiences


Applicants who plan to enter the program immediately following graduation from dental school must satisfy these additional criteria: 


1. Class rank – upper one-third

2. Successful completion of National Board Scores Part I 

3. G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

Program Strengths

1. Program provides excellent evidenced based integration between the didactic and clinical sciences. 

2. Comprehensive program with many hospital resources including one of the nations top ranked pediatric hospital and the prestigious St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

3. In depth training in general anesthesia, premedication and sedation through the Departments
of Anesthesiology and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
4. Clinical experience with medically compromised, developmentally disabled and cleft lip and palate patients.

Program Faculty

*Martha Wells, D.M.D., Assistant Professor, Interim Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry
Billy McCann, Sr., D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, Interim Chair
*John M. Burrows, D.D.S., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

*Alka V. Cohen, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

*Martin E. Donaldson, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Liang Hong, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, 
Community Oral Health
Chuck Hughes, D.D.S., Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry
*Jennifer S. Lou, D.D.S., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Billy E. McCann, Sr., D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

William G. Parris, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Orthodontics

*Chris Rowland, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry

Marcia Seeberg, M.S., Instructor, Community Oral Health
*Harry Sharp, D.D.S., Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
*Toddrick Smith, D.D.S., Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry

Shelia Stinson, M.D., Medical Director, Anesthesiology, Crittenden Regional Hospital


*Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry



School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Degree
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure:
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 40,242 First Year
41,416 Second Year
Application: October 1 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: 1:15
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: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 1/wk Clinic Half-Days
Weekly Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 15 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists