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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Indiana University and James Whitcomb Riley Hospital

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry and James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Suite 4205
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Phone: (317) 944-9604

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. A maximum of seven positions are available each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based postgraduate program with an MSD degree.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to The Office of Student Affairs, Indiana University School of Dentistry, 1121 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


The majority of the clinical program occurs at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children although some clinical training occurs at other University Hospitals and at the School of Dentistry. Each trainee who successfully completes the two-year program receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science in Dentistry degree, and meets all educational requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


Didactic courses are offered in both the dental school and the hospital settings. The training program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Successful candidates will complete both the MSD and Certificate requirements during the two-year training program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Annual stipends for 2014-15 are: $52,464 PGY1
$53,822 PGY2

Graduate school tuition is approximately $31,000 per year and instruments, books and clinic expenses approximately $1500 the first year and $300 second year.


1. Indiana University School of Dentistry
2. James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children

Admission Requirements

Applicant must hold a DDS or DMD degree (or in the process of earning either of these degrees) from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association or the Canadian Dental Association.

1. Dental education transcripts
2. Three letters of recommendation (includes one from dental school dean)
3. Personal interview.

Program Strengths

1. Extensive clinical opportunities encompassing all areas of pediatric dentistry.
2. Strong didactic program with Master of Science in Dentistry degree within a two-year period.
3. Established and reputable resources for research |in all related sciences.

Program Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Dr. James E. Jones, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Brian J. Sanders, Department Chair, Professor & Director of Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. LaQuia A. Vinson, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Juan F. Yepes, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 7
Tuition In-State: 31,549 First Year
31,549 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 52,464 First Year
53,822 Second Year
Application: September 15 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: 1:12
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: 24 Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 12 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
12 Dental Assistants
3 Dental Hygienists

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