Residency Program

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Pediatric Dental Residency
UNMC Pediatric Dental Residency
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
8200 Dodge St.
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
Phone: (402) 559-7834
Fax: (402)-552-7765
Email: marcela.williams@unmc.edu

Program Length and Number of Positions

The residency is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Certificate Program: Four new positions are offered each year and are administered by the UNMC College of Dentistry. The program is university-based and hospital-affiliated.
Masters/Certificate Program: Residents enrolled in the certificate program may also complete a master’s degree through the UNMC Graduate College. The certificate in pediatric dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the master’s degree program. For more information, please contact Dr. Zachary Houser at zach.houser@unmc.edu

Application

Application should be made directly to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants must also be registered with the National Matching Service. Application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation.
Applicants should submit the following directly to Diane Thompson at the UNMC College of Dentistry by October 1:
• Application form
• $50 fee
• Personal information form
• 2x2 photo (digital preferred)
The above items, as well as any other application questions should be sent to:
Diane Thompson
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
Phone: (402) 472-6261
Email (preferred): dmthompson@unmc.edu

Description

The residency program is designed to prepare competent pediatric dentists that are able to provide comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
During their course of training, graduates become prepared to participate in teaching, research, private-practice and public health settings.
The research experience is designed to prepare residents to critically evaluate literature, understand research methodologies, carry out meaningful research, and incorporate evidence-based dentistry in practice. The master’s degree requires a thesis that is completed under supervision of the graduate college.

Curriculum

Formal courses and departmental seminars include: biostatistics, microbiology and immunology, oral pathology, orthodontics, growth and development, speech development, physical diagnosis, pediatrics, oral pathology, genetics, orthodontics, child psychology, ethics and dentistry, research planning and design, literature review, pediatric dental text review, clinical case seminar, comprehensive treatment planning, comprehensive behavior guidance to include sedation, oral clinical exam preparation, prevention and disease control, practice management, organized dentistry, community dental health and other special topics.
Rotations include: Cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, pediatric medicine, emergency on-call, anesthesiology, oral surgery and interdisciplinary pediatrics (child psychiatry and other developmental disciplines through the Munroe-Meyer Institute), operating room services.
During the first year, sixty-five percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. During the second year, seventy-five percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. The majority of clinical training is conducted at the Pediatric Dental Clinic located at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Residents gain extensive experience working in collaboration with other pediatric medicine specialties.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Program stipend is $37,880 each year. Tuition/fees are $7,526 each year. The program offers health insurance, liability insurance and two weeks of vacation per year.

Facilities

• Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
• University of Nebraska Medical Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
• Graduate from an accredited dental school recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (DMD/DDS degree).
• Submit application through PASS/MATCH
• Submit additional information directly to the College of Dentistry (see above)
• Complete a personal interview (departmental decision)

Program Strengths

• Strong tradition of cohesive, collaborative residents
• Dedicated and experienced faculty
• Strong clinical program including excellent sedation and operating room experiences
• Well-designed combination of dental school/medical center didactic experiences and hospital clinical experiences
• Extensive and diversified patient population
• Education and training provided by orthodontic faculty
• Opportunities for research collaboration with pediatric medicine
• Exposure to public health dentistry in various outreach settings

Program Faculty

Full Time:

Zachary Houser DMD, Program Director *
Nick Levering, DDS, MS *
Sundaralingam Premaraj, BDS, MS, PhD, Orthodontics +
Thyagaseely (Sheela) Premaraj, BDS, PhD, Orthodontics
Jill Wallen, BDS, MS, Chief of Growth and Development *

Adjunct Faculty:

Frank Driscoll, DDS *
Eric Hodges, DDS *
Ryan Hajek, DDS
Brent Johnson, DDS *
Gary Lehn DDS *
Edward Lockwood DDS, MS *
Jessica Meeske DDS, MS *
Holly Portwood, DDS, MS *
Lourdes Secola-Ocanto, DDS
Bryan Skar, DDS *
Lisa Strunk, DDS, MS, Orthodontics
Greg Weeder, DDS

* Board-certified in Pediatric Dentistry
+ Board-certified in Orthodontics



School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 7,526 First Year
7,526 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 7,526 First Year
7,526 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 37,880 First Year
37,880 Second Year
Application: 50 Fee
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:
Yes
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
No
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 20:1
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
Teaching Experience: 0.25 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
7 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists