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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Childrens Mercy Hospital/University of Missouri-Kansas City

Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
The Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3162
Fax: (816) 234-3291

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month certificate program beginning July 1 of each year. Two or three positions are offered in alternate years.

Program Type

Hospital-based, University- affiliated certificate Program


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

Childrens Mercy Hospital
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO. 64108


The certificate program offers a balance of academic course work and clinical training at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. As residents of the hospital, advanced education students in pediatric dentistry are the house staff for the Department of Dentistry, providing both outpatient and inpatient dental care for a large, diverse population of children served by the hospital. Rotations are provided in anesthesia, pediatrics and sedation. Residents work as part of the hospital’s interdisciplinary teams such as the cleft palate, craniofacial deformities, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, oncology and newborn intensive care follow-up clinic teams. The program provides didactic work in all aspects of pediatric dentistry and offers an affiliation with the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Dentistry to provide experiences in academic dentistry, clinical care and research. The program has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the ADA Council on Dental Education. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a Certificate of Hospital Residency and meets the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend for 2011-2012 is $52,111.00 plus fringe benefits. Second-year stipend for 2011-2012 is $55,934.00 plus fringe benefits. There is no tuition for the program in either year


The clinical portion of the program is conducted in the Outpatient Clinic portion of the Children’s Mercy Hospital. The clinic is staffed by 5 full-time dental assistants, 1 hygienist, 2 patient access representatives and 1 nurse coordinator. The clinic facility includes 5 fully-equipped dental operatories. Patient care is also delivered in the operating room at least one day per week.

Admission Requirements

• Documentation of D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an accredited North American Dental School with eligibility for licensure in the State of Missouri
• Dental education transcripts per PASS application
• Letters of recommendation and PPI’s per PASS application
• Participation with National Matching Service and PASS
• Personal interview

Program Strengths

• Hospital activity with excellent medical staff and operating room case load
• Didactic program balanced with significant time commitment to the hospital environment
• Large and diverse patient pool
• Excellent clinical experience in all phases of pediatric dentistry

Program Faculty

Brenda S. Bohaty D.D.S., M.S.D., Pediatric Dentistry – Program Director*
Robin L. Onikul D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry – CMH Department Chair*
Rachael Graue D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Amy E. Burleson D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Dustin L. Burleson D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontics*
Eileen Cocjin D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Mikaeya Kalantari, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry* Juliana Redford , D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
J. Craig Whitt D.D.S., Oral Pathology*
Paulette Spencer, D.D.S, M.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry; Director -University of Kansas Center for Bioengineering

*Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Part-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Missouri License Required
Number of Entering Positions: 2 or 3 depending upon year
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 55,225 First Year
57,602 Second Year
Application: 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: 1:30
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: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 2 Clinic Half-Days
0 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 5 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists