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 Southern California

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
University of Southern California
University Park MC 0641
Los Angeles, California 90089-0641
Phone: (213) 740-2851
Fax: (213) 740-8109
Email: uscsdadm@usc.edu

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month certificate program or 36-month combined certificate/master's program beginning the last week of June. Ten new positions are available each year. Special consideration will be given to students who elect to enter the three-year combined certificate/master's program.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program with option for Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Biology.

Application

The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission should be addressed to:

Corey Berry, Advanced Programs Coordinator, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, USC School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0641.

Description

The 24-month certificate program provides a course of study designed to provide students with extensive didactic and clinical training necessary for the specialty. This combined university- and hospital-based program provides extensive educational and clinical opportunities. The program is accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

An M.S. or Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology can also be combined with certification in pediatric dentistry. The purpose of this program is to prepare pediatric dentists who can assume leadership positions in dental education, provide service to the community, conduct dental-related research and coordinate oral health care for patients with special health care needs. The structured curriculum offers a strong didactic component in basic biological and clinical sciences, as well as intensive training in clinical dental care for infants, children, adolescents and individuals who have a developmental disability or a medically compromising condition. Submission of a thesis is a requirement for completion of the combined program. The master’s portion of the program can be tailored to include classes in education for those candidates desiring a greater emphasis in teaching. An individual who elects to apply to this combined program would submit applications to the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School.

Curriculum

In both programs, first-year studies emphasize advanced theory and clinical treatment of the "healthy" child. Students will develop a sound basis in genetics, growth and development, behavior guidance, physical evaluation, research methodology, statistics, mild and moderate sedation, interceptive orthodontics and prevention. Second-year studies offer a wide range of patient care opportunities, including dental care of children with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities and medical conditions. The students' time is spent at one of the three affiliate children's hospitals where they are exposed to operating room procedures, general anesthesia techniques, conscious sedation, pediatric medicine and emergency medicine.

Interceptive orthodontics is an important part of the program and emphasis is placed on biomechanics, examination, diagnosis, cephalometrics, consultation and treatment at the preventive and interceptive level.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Second-year stipend is $52,000-$55,000. First-year tuition is approximately $87,500. No tuition is charged the second year.

Facilities

• Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
• Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC)
• Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA)
• Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC)
• Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
• Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
• Healthy Smiles for Children in Garden Grove
• The Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Violence Intervention Program

Admission Requirements

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

• Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation, one from a pediatric dentistry faculty member
• Biographical statement
• Official copy of National Board Dental Examination results Part I and II (prior to matricluation)
• 2x2 photo and application fee ($85 domestic/$145 foreign)
• For the 36-month craniofacial biology program, official copy of Graduate Record
  Examination scores
• For international dentists, a copy of the TOEFL and a statement of financial support
  must be submitted
• $1,000 tuition deposit upon notification of acceptance

Program Strengths

• Significant hospital component with excellent medical staff support in the operating room,
  inpatient units and multidisciplinary teams
• Didactic program balanced with 50 percent time commitment to the hospital environment
• Extensive and divergent patient pool
• Extensive experience in nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior guidance
  modalities including mild and moderate sedation and general anesthesia
• 20 percent clock hour commitment to orthodontic instruction on a weekly basis

Program Faculty

Program Faculty
Richard D. Udin, DDS, Advanced Specialty Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
David L. Good, DDS, Director, Research (part-time)*
Thomas P. Tanbonliong DDS, Clinic Director, USC*
Julie A. Jenks, DDS, MS, MPH, Director, Community Outreach Director*
Konita Wilks, DDS, Dental Director, RLANRC*
José Polido, DDS, MS, Dental Director, CHLA*
John Kishibay, DMD, MS, PhD, Director, Orthodontics (part-time)
John N. Groper, DDS, Clinical Associate Professor (part-time), CHLA*
Donna Eteson, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Annie Huang DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time) USC*
David Kang, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time) CHLA*
Richard Mungo, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time) CHOC
Paul Reggiardo, DDS Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time) CHOC
Alexander R. Alcaraz, DMD, Clinical Assistant Professor, USC & CHLA*
Amit Shah, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor , Healthy Smiles for Kids (part time)*
Chris Y. Mayeda, DDS,Hospital Residency Director, LBMMC*
David M. Kennedy, DDS,MS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Healthy Smiles for Kids
Jeanne Nguyen, DDS Clinical Assistant Professor , Healthy Smiles for Kids (part time)
Nasem Dunlop, DMD Clinical Assistant Professor, CHOC (part time)*
Amy Ngyuen, DDS Residency Director, RLANRC (part-time)*
Jill Shang, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor, LBMMC (part-time)*
Leila C. Younger, DDS, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor (part time)*
John Guijon, DDS Clinical Assistant Professor, CHOC (part time)
Johnathan Lo, DDS Clinical Assistant Professor, LBMMC (part time)*
Geraldine Ruiz DDS OC Residency Director, (part time)*
Sara Khoshbin DDS Clinical Assistant Professor, CHOC (part time)*
Richard Spaulding, DDS Healthy Smiles Clinic Director )part-time)*

*Board certified



School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Degree
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
20 Part-Time
18 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: 10
Tuition In-State: 87,500 First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 87,500 First Year
Salary/Stipend: 52,000 - 55,000 Second Year
Application: 85 Fee
October 1 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
No
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Yes
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: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 trimester Clinic Half-Days
Facilities: 15 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
3 1/2 Dental Assistants