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

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). Four 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)


The application deadline is September 2 for PASS and September 2 for the Program of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Courtney D’Elia, Residency Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Boston, Department of Dentistry, 300 Longwood Ave., HU-226, Boston, MA 02115.


The two-year, clinically-oriented Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is offered jointly by the 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. Alternatively, the optional third year may be used to obtain a Master of Public Health or to begin the academic program for a Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Policy at Harvard.

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 Children's Hospital Boston.

The training program provides a full range of dental experience. The clinic provides 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 seen and treated by staff and house officers.

All interns and residents provide emergency dental services on a rotating basis. The hospital treats a large number of dental emergencies, such as pain, infection and dento-alveolar and facial trauma. Thus, the trainee has an excellent opportunity to treat many types of 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 techniques, 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.


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. Four courses in oral biology are required. 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 areas of their interest to the extent dictated by their individual program.

A one-month rotation in general anesthesia is provided for all trainees by the Department of Anesthesiology. 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. During this time, the trainee learns to perform physical examinations and cares for various medical entities treated in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Residents have up to one week of an elective rotation during their second year.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Program stipend is in the range of $49,000-$54,000. Tuition is waived. Fringe benefits include: medical malpractice insurance, paid travel for second-year residents to the AAPD Annual Session and three weeks paid vacation plus holidays.


• Children's Hospital in Boston
• Harvard School of Dental Medicine
• Harvard Medical School
• Harvard School of Public Health.

Admission Requirements

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

•D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent
•2x2 photo
•Original NBDE score
•Original DAT score
•TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English

Program Strengths

• Large number of patients available, both well and medically, physically or emotionally
• 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 *
Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*

Marc Ackerman, D.M.D., M.B.A., Orthodontics*
Richard A. Bruun, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics
Zameera Fida, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Robert A. Frank, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry *
Norman L. Goldberg, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
D. Gary Griffith, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Nadeem Karimbux, D.M.D., Periodontics*
Mesou Lai, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics
Maritza Morell, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Howard L. 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*

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 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: 4
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 60,000-62,000 First Year
60,000-62,000 Second Year
Application: Sept. 2 PASS
Sept. 2 Program
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
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
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
11 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists

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