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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The Children's Hospital, Boston/Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Department of Dentistry
The Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Ave., HU-226
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: (617) 355-3375
Fax: (617) 730-0478
Email: courtney.delia@childrens.harvard.edu
Web: http://www.childrenshospital.org/dentistry

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a two-year program beginning July 1 of each year (with orientation beginning two to three days prior). Five new positions are offered each year. An optional third year for degree holders is available.

Program Type

Hospital-based program with university affiliation (Harvard School of Dental Medicine/School of Public Health/Medical School)

Application

The application deadline is September 1 for PASS and September 1 for the Program of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Courtney D’Elia, Residency Coordinator, Boston Children's Boston, Department of Dentistry, 300 Longwood Ave., BCH 3071, Boston, MA 02115.

Description

The two-year, clinically-oriented Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is offered jointly by the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. During the two-year program, responsibilities in the hospital predominate. An optional third year may be spent in biomedical or in-depth clinical research with the possibility of financial support through a direct fellowship from the National Institute for Dental Research or from a training grant for specific types of research. An optional third year may be used to obtain a Master of Public Health.

The clinical period of all trainees meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination. The depth of our program is unparalleled, not only in terms of sheer numbers of patients, but also the types of patients our residents treat and the types of treatment offered. It is not unusual for our residents to consult on and treat patients who have the rarest of syndromes or diagnoses. Our patients come from all over the world to be seen at Boston Children's Hospital.

The training program provides a full range of dental experiences including preventive, restorative, endodontic, oral surgical, orthodontic and periodontic services. The patient population seeking services in the department is large and varied. Special dental services required by patients with disorders such as cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies are treated by staff and house officers.

All interns and residents provide emergency dental services on a rotating basis. The hospital treats many dental emergencies, such as pain, infection and dento-alveolar and facial trauma. Thus, the trainee will gain ample experience in treating dental emergencies.

Clinical experience in preventive, interceptive and corrective orthodontics is attained under the guidance of the pediatric dentistry and orthodontic staff. Each trainee is afforded the opportunity to treat a number of orthodontic cases that require full or partial banding, but emphasis is placed on diagnosis and treatment planning.

Patient management techniques, such as behavioral modification, nitrous oxide sedation, intravenous techniques, P.O. or I.M. sedation and general anesthesia are learned through lecture, discussion and hands-on experience

Curriculum

Daily seminar topics include: growth and development, pediatric oral surgery, orthodontics, behavioral management, preventive dentistry, pediatric medical disorders, restorative dentistry, endodontic therapy, practice management, pain control, traumatology and emergency medical care. The pediatric dentistry literature is reviewed in seminars, and current literature is discussed. An extensive range of research opportunities exists within the hospital and the Harvard medical and dental community. All trainees are required to participate in research and will have a research mentor. All second year residents are required to present their research at the annual AAPD meeting. The expenses for this meeting will be covered by the program.

A one-month rotation in general anesthesia is provided for all trainees by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. During this time, the trainee learns the physiology and pharmacology of anesthetic agents, as well as techniques involved in intubation. The rotation includes active participation in general anesthesia.

An additional four-week rotation is provided in pediatric medicine. (Developmental Medicine, General Pediatrics, Oncology and the Boston Children's Hospital Primary Care Clinic. During this time, the trainee learns to perform physical examinations and cares for various medical entities treated in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year program stipend is $64,308. Second year program stipend is $66,836. Harvard School of Dental Medicine requires a nominal tuition fee as well as a basic medical insurance fee on a yearly basis. (approximately $3000)

Boston Children's Hospital pays for medical malpractice insurance and offers three weeks paid vacation per year plus holidays.

Facilities

• Boston Children's Hospital
• Harvard School of Dental Medicine
• Harvard Medical School
• Harvard School of Public Health
• Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Admission Requirements

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

•D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent
•CV
•2x2 photo
•Original NBDE score
•Original DAT score
•TOEFL with subcategory score minimums of Reading 21, Listening 17, Speaking 24, and Writing 25. (score of 95 or greater)

Program Strengths

• Large number of patients available, both well and medically, physically or emotionally complex
• Located within a high caliber pediatric teaching hospital with broad national and international referral base
• High volume of dental emergency patients seen for orofacial trauma, pain and/or infection
• Affiliated with Harvard University, which has strong teaching and research facilities
• Extensive use of various treatment modalities for pain control and behavioral
management, such as sedation, analgesia and general anesthesia
• Large hospital dental staff with representation from all dental specialties

Program Faculty

Man Wai Ng, D.D.S., MPH, Dentist-in-Chief, Pediatric Dentistry*
Isabelle Chase, DDS, FRCD(C), Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D., (Chief Emeritus), Pediatric Dentistry*

Marc Ackerman, D.M.D., M.B.A., Orthodontics*
Sara Ahmed, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Richard A. Bruun, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics*
Panasaya Buckley, D.M.D.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Neeta Chandwani, D.D.S.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Keri Discepolo, D.D.S., M.P.H.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Zameera Fida, D.M.D.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Norman Goldberg, D.M.D.,Pediatric Dentistry*
D. Gary Griffith, D.D.S.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Karin Herzog, D.D.S., M.S.D.,Pediatric Dentistry*
Soo-Woo Kim, D.M.D., Periodontists*
Aram Kim, D.M.D., Prosthodontists*
Mesou Lai, D.D.S., M.S.,Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics*
Maritza Morell, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Howard Needleman,D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Linda P. Nelson, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Lawrence L. Phan, D.M.D., Prosthodontics*
Elizabeth Ross, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Lawrence Rubin, D.M.D., Endodontics*
Andrew L Sonis, D.M.D.,Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics*
Rosalyn Sulyanto Dickson D.M.D., M.S.,Pediatric Dentistry*


* Board-certified



School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 9 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: 3,000 First Year
3,000 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 3,000 First Year
3,000 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 64,308 First Year
66,836 Second Year
Application: Sept. 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:
Yes
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Yes
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:20
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
Community Clinics
Outreach
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Courses
Case Conferences
Lectures
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
13 Dental Assistants
3 Dental Hygienists