Residency Program

Medical University of South Carolina

Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Medical University of South Carolina
30 Bee Street, Room 120
MSC 507
Charleston, South Carolina 29425-0126
Phone: (843) 792-3916
Fax: (843) 792-3917

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

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program


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

Dr. Cynthia L. Hipp, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 30 Bee Street, Room 120, MSC 507, Charleston, SC 29425; (843) 792-3916; fax (843) 792-3917.

Applications will be processed by PASS.


The program is balanced between dental school didactic support and a Children's Hospital clinical base. The faculty consists of four full-time and six part-time pediatric dentists and 2 orthodontists. Two program faculty are dual trained in pediatric dentistry/orthodontics and all 10 are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Support faculty in the department includes a craniofacial geneticist, a pediatrician and three orthodontists. The MUSC program has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate in pediatric dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The overall philosophy of the curriculum is to educationally prepare residents for the contemporary practice of pediatric dentistry, expanding upon traditional pediatric therapies toward a strong involvement with special patients in the hospital setting and growth and development-orthodontic experiences.

The first year of the program provides an 8 week, off-service rotation in pediatric medicine and a 6 week rotation in anesthesia. There is a balanced curriculum of didactic and clinical material as each resident receives a broad base of knowledge in pediatric dentistry. Courses and seminars include: case presentation/treatment planning, advanced pediatric dental procedures, orthodontic therapies, cephalometrics, growth and development, biomedical core, oral pathology, clinical dentistry, current literature review, literature review, special patient care and participation on the Craniofacial Anomalies Team.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $45,932. Second-year stipend is $47,571. Tuition is waived. All equipment, instruments and supplies are provided by the program. Residents are encouraged to have an intra-oral camera.


• Postgraduate Pediatric Dental Clinic – James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
• Medical University of South Carolina Teaching Hospital clinics

Admission Requirements

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

• D.D.S. or D.M.D from an ADA-accredited dental school
• PASS application
• 4 Personal Potential Index Evaluations (PASS)
• CV/Resume and a 2" x 2" photo submitted to the program
• Personal interview by invitation

Program Strengths

• Comprehensive program in contemporary clinical practice of pediatric dentistry
• Four months off-service rotation in pediatrics and anesthesia
• Extensive conscious sedation experience using multiple regimens, OR experience
• Significant orthodontic curriculum and patient care in growth and development
• Emphasis on hospital-based care for special patients, including team management of craniofacial anomalies, oncology pediatric patients, hemophilia and sickle-cell patients

Program Faculty

Luis P. Leite, D.M.D., M.S., Chair/Associate Professor, Orthodontics
Ronald A. Bell, D.D.S, Med, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* Orthodontics*
Cynthia L. Hipp, D.D.S. MSCR, Director/Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Harry Hutchins, D.D.S., Coordinator/Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Katherine M. Renne, D.M.D, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Howard V. Peskin, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Mary Pasquini Leathers D.D.S, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Jennifer G. Fogle, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Erin Nichols, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
G. Rick Singh, D.M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Robert Nieders, DMD – Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Jing Zhou, D.D.S., PhD., M.S., Assistant Professor of Orthodontics
Steven D. Shapiro, D.M.D., M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics/Pediatric Dentistry,
Carlos F. Salinas, D.M.D., Professor/Director, Division of Craniofacial Genetics; Director, MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies Team

* Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
6 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: 48,022 First Year
49,672 Second Year
Application: September 2 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: 1:28
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
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
1/wk Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
3 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists