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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Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Attn: Ms. Jacqueline Melendez 630 W 168th Street, P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, New York 10032

Program Length and Number of Positions

Twenty-four month program commencing July 1 of each year (orientation one week earlier) with five new positions offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-base with College of Dental Medicine (CDM) affiliation certificate program open to US or Canadian dental school graduates who are licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York. For more information, please contact Dr. R. Yoon at


Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Jacqueline Melendez at


Competency in pediatric dentistry is obtained through study in core areas common to all. The curriculum provides broad-based sequential and milestone-based clinical experiences at the Hospital and University Clinics. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion, the individual is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The general curriculum includes all topics obligatory to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to advance the residents' educational experiences, enhance their ability to think, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. Seminars, conferences, and case-based learning sessions allow the trainee to develop a theoretical knowledge base.

The experiential curriculum consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents' diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with an understanding of comprehensive care. Rotations are in medicine, anesthesia, and on-call as night resident in the emergency department at the Children's Hospital. Other rotators include the cleft lip & palate and craniofacial team, clinical instruction at the dental school, and educational outreach.

The didactic curriculum includes core domains outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology and embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lectures, seminars and journal reviews are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, procedural sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents. For the academic year 2018-2019, stipends are 71,349.00 and 74,804.00, for program years one and two, respectively. Tuition is waived.


1. Children's Hospital
2. College of Dental Medicine
3. College of Physicians & Surgeons
4. Mailman School of Public Health

Admission Requirements

1. Eligibility for licensure in New York State
2. US or Canadian citizen or have a permanent immigration card
3. Must have passed Part 1 National Dental Board Examination to apply
4. D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an accredited dental school in the United States or Canada
5. Interview is required

Program Strengths

1. Renowned faculty in the biomedical sciences
2. High patient volume; diverse patient pool
3. Academe:private practice faculty balance
4. Affiliation with a World center in education

Program Faculty

Dr. Richard Yoon* - Program Director
Dr. Steven Chussid* - Division Director
Dr. Aaron Myers* - On-site Clinic Director
Dr. Shantanu Lal*
Dr. Jed Best*
Dr. Jing Chen* - Orthodontics
Dr. Paul Chu*
Dr. Mary Beth Giacona*
Dr. Dana Kapp*
Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak*
Dr. Angie Papandrikos*
Dr. Stacey Reynolds*
Dr. Caryn Siegel*
Dr. Adam Silevitch*
Dr. Zev Tendler*
Dr. Lavanya Venkateswaran*


School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
16 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: N/A First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 71,349.00 First Year
74,804.00 Second Year
Application: N/A Fee
October 1st 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: 1:40
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists