Residency Program

Georgia Regents University

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine
Georgia Regents University, College of Dental Medicine
1430 John Wesley Gilbert Drive
Augusta, Georgia 30912-7190
Phone: (706) 721-2116
Fax: (706) 721-1893

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Three new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

University-based certificate program with option for a Master of Science in Oral Biology or Doctor of Philosophy in a basic science


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

Dr. Tara Schafer, Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, Georgia Regents University, College of Dental Medicine, Augusta, GA 30912-1210.


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is based at the Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine. A substantial portion of clinical care is provided in hospital settings. Approximately 2,500 hours of each resident's program is devoted to patient care in the Georgia Regents University Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, upon completion, the resident receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Approximately 1,000 hours are spent in formal course work or hospital rotations. The curriculum involves in-depth investigation and inquiry into the topics critical to pediatric dentistry. Twenty-five pediatric dentistry courses, as well as clinical and basic science core courses, are taken by the pediatric dentistry resident. Hospital rotation experiences include: anesthesiology, pediatrics, and hemophilia. Residents devote 10 percent of their time to a clinical or laboratory research project. During the second year of the program, residents participate in 200 hours (1 half-day per week) of undergraduate clinical teaching and supervision.

Each resident spends one day per week for three semesters on rotation with the county health department in a school-based dental health program. In order to participate, all residents must have a Georgia dental license by the start of the program.

In July 2007, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta established a clinical rotation for GRU pediatric dentistry residents. Each resident will spend one month in Atlanta on a rotational basis. Housing for the resident is provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It is estimated that each resident will spend 4 months per year on this rotation.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $24,381. Second-year stipend is $29,390. No tuition is charged. All equipment, instruments and supplies are provided by the program. Professional liability and health insurance are provided. Residents receive 2 weeks of vacation and 4 days for continuing education each year. Additional benefits include registration and travel for continuing education courses (including the AAPD course "Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry") and the AAPD annual session, registration for the ABPD qualifying examination and registration for Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


• Georgia Regents University, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
• Georgia Regents University Children's Hospital of Georgia
• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Admission Requirements

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

• D.D.S. or D.M.D.
• Dental and pre-professional education transcripts
• Four letters of recommendation (one from dean of dental school)
• Personal interview
• Letter describing interest in pediatric dentistry
• National Board Dental Examination results

Program Strengths

• Extensive clinical experiences in varied clinical settings, including the operating room, with the opportunity to provide care to children with special needs
• Strong didactic background
• Option for pursuing Master of Science degree in accordance with academic career objectives of candidate

Program Faculty

Bruce Riggs, D.M.D., * Assistant Professor/Director, Pre-doctoral Program
Carole Hanes, D.M.D.,* Professor/Associate Dean for Students, Admission and Alumni
Roy Rockman, D.D.S.,* Assistant Professor/Director, Advanced Education Program
Tara Schafer, D.M.D., M.S.,* Associate Professor/Director, Advanced Education Program
David Brantley, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
David Bradberry, D.M.D., * Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
George MacMaster, D.M.D.,*Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Jennifer Turner, D.M.D.,*Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
June Murakaru D.M.D.,*Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Tisha Ross, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
J.C. Shirley, D.M.D. M.S.,* Clinical Assistant Professor
Jack Thomas, D.D.S.,* Clinical Assistant Professor

*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 24,381 First Year
29,390 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: 1:25
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
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
1 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists