Residency Program

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Dentistry, Postgraduate Admissions
40th and Holdrege Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

Two types of programs are offered: a certificate program and an M.S./certificate program. The M.S. program is administered by the Graduate College and the certificate program by the College of Dentistry.


Application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Application should be made directly to:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), American Association of Dental Schools, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., #101, Washington, D.C. 20036. This institution also participates in the Postdoctoral Matching Program to which you also need apply.

Correspondence regarding these two services or admission procedures should be addressed to Diane Thompson in Lincoln. Other correspondence can be addressed to:

Dr. Jill Wallen, Department of Growth and Development, Section of Pediatric Dentistry, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, 8200 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68114.


The educational objectives of this program are based on oral health care for the infant, child and adolescent and are structured around the relationship of dental health to the patient's past, immediate and future physical and emotional health. The program contains learning experiences that will prepare the graduate to participate in private practice, teaching or research.

The research experience is expected to prepare the student to evaluate literature and provide an understanding of research protocol, basic methodology and accurate reporting of observations. The M.S. program requires a thesis that is constructed under graduate committee guidance.

Both programs meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Formal courses include: biostatistics, cephalometrics, growth and development, microbiology and immunology, orthodontic principles of mechanics, speech development, stomatological diagnosis, nutrition, physical diagnosis, pediatrics, oral pathology, genetics, orthodontics, child psychology, teaching and practice of teaching.

Departmental seminars include: diagnostic evaluations, current literature and research, practice management, preventive orthodontics, prevention and disease control and special topics.

Hospital rotations include: cleft palate-craniofacial anomalies, pediatrics, anesthesiology, oral surgery and emergency room. Seventy-five percent of total time is spent in the clinic during the first year and 80 percent during the second year. Clinical experience is obtained at the Pediatric Dental Clinic located in the Children's Hospital.

M.S. students usually begin thesis projects midway through the first year.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Available stipend is awarded to licensed residents during the first and second years.

Tuition for the certificate program is: $1,718/semester, $700/summer session. Tuition for the M.S. degree is: resident $190/semester hour; nonresident $512/semester hour. Residents who are GME eligible receive 15 free graduate hours per year.


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

Admission Requirements

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

• D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an American or Canadian dental school
• One copy of dental and preprofessional education transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal interview (departmental decision)

Program Strengths

• Combination of dental school didactic strengths and hospital clinical strengths
• Many didactic exposures; on the leading edge of research and treatment
• Dedicated and experienced faculty
• Strong clinical program with excellent orthodontic experience
• Physical location of hospital program within a special needs/genetic
  treatment and teaching center
• Easy access to all programs in university system
• Extensive and diversified patient population
• Graduate students may be sponsored by either departments of Pediatric Dentistry
  or Pediatrics

Program Faculty

Jill Wallen, B.D.S, Program Director
Fouad Salama, D.M.D.
Scott Hamilton, D.D.S.
Frank Driscoll, D.D.S.
Brent Johnson, D.D.S.
Nick Levering, D.D.S.
Lourdes Secola-Ocanto,, D.D.S.
Eric Hodges, D.D.S.
Lisa Strunk, D.D.S.
Greg Samuelson, D.D.S, M.S.
Angeli Thakker, D.D.S

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
7 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:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 35,000 First Year
35,000 Second Year
Application: 50 Fee
October 1 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: 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
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
6 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists