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.

The list below links to general information, program profiles and fellowship opportunities (if available) for each residency program. Please let us know if any information is incorrect or missing.


For additional questions or concerns, please contact Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at To update the information on a residency program, please fill out this form, and send it to Web and Social Media Coordinator Lily Snyder at

Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Ave., B240
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: (720) 777-4044
Fax: (720) 777-7239

Program Length and Number of Positions

The residency is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Currently, seven new positions are offered each year.
In addition we offer
1) A 12 month internship to prepare for attendance of residency program
2) A 12 month fellowship for graduates of an ADA accredited pediatric residency program

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


The deadline for PASS application submissions is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The Program deadline at which a portrait photo (JEPG format) must be submitted directly to the program is also on September 15.
Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to:

Bertha Moua, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Education Program Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 E. 16th Ave., B240, Aurora, CO 80045; (720) 777-4044;


Our two-year, hospital-based Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry combines intensive clinical training with comprehensive didactic instruction related to pediatric dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Individuals who have completed it will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) once they file with the ABPD and pay a filing fee. A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The program is designed to fully prepare residents for specialty practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.

Children’s Hospital Colorado ranks amongst the “Top 10” nationally in the 2016-2017 U.S. News & World Report survey. Our excellent professional staff as well as a large patient pool provides a challenging learning environment. The Dental Center is a modern 20-chair clinic in a 19,000 square foot facility with the necessary equipment to provide efficient dental treatment. It is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus along with all other medical and dental institutions of the University of Colorado Hospital Health Sciences Center.


The curriculum offers ample patient care opportunities for all residents. Frequent patient contacts will develop residents’ diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with a deep understanding of comprehensive care.

The curriculum includes all topics indispensable to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to further the residents’ educational experiences, enhance their ability to think critically and independently, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. We offer weekly lectures, seminars, case studies, and case presentations to develop a strong theoretical knowledge base.
The didactic program includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Additional lectures, seminars and topic-specific journal clubs are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontic topics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, NAM, laser dentistry, SHCN patients, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains. These encounters will also teach residents how to critically evaluate the scientific literature. Our program integrates principles of evidence-based dentistry into its curriculum as much as possible.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For the academic year 2017-2018 first-year stipend is $50,785.05. Second-year stipend is $52,649.44. Fringe benefits include: health, dental and malpractice insurance and seven (7) vacation days each year in addition to all holidays observed by Children’s Hospital Colorado.


• Children’s Hospital Colorado Dental Center

Admission Requirements

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

• Fourth year dental student or graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school
• Dental school GPA of 3.2 or higher
• Dental school class rank above the 80th percentile
(We are aware that some dental schools no longer use rank or report GPA)

This program participates in the PASS and MATCH programs, therefore applicants are expected to follow policies and rules of each entity when applying to this program. Please review the application procedures on the PASS Web site. The program requires the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT). The only supplemental application material that needs to be submitted directly to the Program by September 15th is a portrait photo (JPEG format).
Once accepted, residents are required to purchase a camera, several books, and other supplies during the first two months of their residency (approximate cost: $2,500). Details will be provided during orientation.

Program Strengths

Excellent balance between didactic and clinical experiences in all areas of pediatric dentistry
• We provide 230 units of formal didactic instruction (45 min each) focused on pediatric dentistry per academic year
• Large patient pool with healthy and special health care needs patients
• All 7 full-time faculty members and almost all part-time faculty members are Diplomates of the ABPD
• Excellent faculty-resident ratio (7FT faculty, 16 residents)
• In depth procedural sedation, emergency, and hospital dentistry training (residents provide at least 50 sedations both as provider and sedationist with diverse regimens and 130 OR cases during the course of the residency)
• Significant didactic and clinical exposure to interceptive orthodontics
• Availability of outstanding consultants in all areas of health care
• Modern facility with fully digital EMR system since 5 years (axiUm and EPIC)
• Availability of Biolase hard tissue laser, Diagnodent, Compudent, digital radiography,
• One dental assistant per resident
• Residents receive a competitive salary plus benefits and we charge no tuition
• Modern clinic management with focus on providing excellent customer service

Program Faculty

Full Time
Katherine Chin,* DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Clinical Medical Director
Roopa Gandhi,* BDS, MSD, Assistant Professor, Director Postdoctoral Program & SHCN Clinic
Scott Hamilton, * DDS, Assistant Professor
Ulrich Klein,* DMD, DDS, MS, Professor & Chair
Linda Murzyn-Dantzer,* DMD, MS, Assistant Professor, Director, Clinical IT Services
Jeffrey Young,* DDS, Associate Professor/Director, Sedation Program
Anne Wilson,* DDS, MS, Associate Professor/Director, Predoctoral Program

(* indicates ABPD board certified)

Adjunct Faculty
Mark Berman, * DDS, MSRebecca Goldberg, * DDS
Meredith Harris, MD, DDS, Cleft Lip/Palate Team
Naomi Lane, * DDS
Jeff Kahl, * DDS
Derek Kirkham * DDS
Mark Koch, * DDS, MS
Jon Lindblom, *DDS
Cara Mudd, * DDS, MS
John Rubenstrunk, * DDS, MS
Manpreet Sarao, * DDS, MSD
Brad Smith, * DDS, MS
Scott Smith, * DDS, MS
Kelsey Snavely Akin, * DDS
Sarah Villaseñor, * DDS

Sara Weinstein, * DDS, MD

(* indicates ABPD board certified)

Full Time Dental Anesthesiologists
Quen Ly, DMD, Clinical Instructor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Cara Riley, DMD, Clinical Instructor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Brett Wallen,* DMD, Assistant Professor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Jennifer Wallen,* DMD, Assistant Professor/Dental Anesthesiologist

(* indicates ADBA board certified)

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
15 Part-Time
22 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Must be eligible for licensure
Number of Entering Positions: 7
Tuition In-State: 0.00 First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0.00 First Year
Salary/Stipend: 50,785.05 First Year
52,649.44 Second Year
Application: September 15 PASS
September 15 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: 1:30
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes, During 2nd Year Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
7 Clinic Receptionist
20 Dental Assistants



Children's Hospital Colorado, a tertiary care facility serving the Rocky Mountain region, offers a one-year fellowship in pediatric dentistry. The purpose of this program is to provide advanced training in the areas of hospital dentistry, procedural sedation and pediatric oral medicine.

The dental services are located in the Dental Center that serves an integral role in hospital pediatric care. Our patient population includes large numbers of children with special health care needs.

Fellows will be involved in daily inpatient and outpatient care in our clinic, wards and operating rooms. Experience will be provided in supervising residents and students. Research time will be provided and completion of a publishable manuscript is desired.. There will be latitude in each fellow's program to allow the pursuit of individual interests.


Completion of an ADA accredited pediatric dentistry residency program



Contact Name:

Dr. Roopa Gandhi

Contact Address:

Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
13123 E 16th Ave., B240
Aurora, CO 80045

Contact Phone:

(720) 777-4044

Contact Email: