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.

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Tufts University

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine
Tufts University
One Kneeland Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Phone: (617) 636-6902

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program beginning July 1 of each year. Nine new positions are offered each year. An additional third year for a Master’s degree is available.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated certificate program


Application deadline is September 1 of the year preceding matriculation. The Pediatric Dentistry program participates in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the National Matching Service Program. Questions regarding the Advanced education Program in Pediatric Dentistry can be directed to:

Dr. Cheen Loo, Program Director
Tufts University
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111


The Pediatric Dentistry Program offers a strong didactic component including but not limited to the basic sciences, advanced pediatric dentistry, advanced orthodontic instruction, literature review, case presentations, research, and pre-doctoral clinical teaching. The didactic curriculum complements the students’ clinical experiences. The academic and clinical aspects of the program complement each other to fulfill the requirements for the Qualifying Examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the CODA requirements for Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry.
Clinical experience is gained through treating the well child at the university and the medically, emotionally, and physically compromised child at Tufts Medical Center or Franciscan Hospital for Children in the operating room or at affiliated institutions such as the Cotting School, where physically challenged children are treated.
The Pediatric Dentistry program will have a strong community service component. Students will participate in oral health programs within school-based and local community health centers.


Academic courses include: anatomy, biostatistics, research methods, epidemiology, immunology, microbiology, oral pathology, occlusion, maxillofacial radiology, pharmacology, growth and development, orthodontic theory, advanced pediatric dentistry, literature review, and diagnosis and treatment planning.
Rotations in medicine, anesthesiology, ER are provided.
A research component of the program is required and results in a thesis or manuscript of publishable quality.

Program Stipend and Tuition

No stipend is provided. First year tuition is $46,200 and the second year tuition is $46,200. Tuition increase occurs periodically.


• Tufts Univeristy School of Dental Medicine
• Tufts Medical Center
• Franciscan Hospital for Children
• Cotting School

Admission Requirements

• D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent
• Official dental and pre-professional education transcripts;
• Three letters of Recommendation: one from the Dental School Dean, one from the pediatric dentistry department chair, and one from an additional professional source;
• Interview (if requested).
• TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English
Internationally-trained dentists considered if they have taken Part I National Boards and TOEFL
• A recent 2x2 photo

Letters of reference should cover relevant background information and should include an appraisal of the applicant's potential for graduate study. Such letters must be sent directly to the Office of Advanced Education by the signatories.

Program Strengths

• Large number of well and medically, emotionally, and physically challenged patients.
• High volume of dental emergency patients seen for infection and trauma.
• Extensive use of treatment modalities for pain and behavior control including sedation and general anesthesia.
• Comprehensive orthodontic care

Program Faculty

Stanley A. Alexander, D.M.D. Professor and Chair
Cheen Loo, D.M.D., Ph.D, M.P.H. Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Program Director
Yu-Hsien Chiang, D.D.S., Assistant Professor and Pre-doctoral Program Co-Director
Shiow-Jiin Jaw, D.M.D., Assistant professor and Pre-doctoral Program Co-Director
Maria Kritsineli, D.M.D. Assistant Professor
Noorruddin Pradhan, D.M.D., Assistant Professor
Laura Castro-Camacho, D.M.D. Associate Clinical Professor
Meletia Laskou, D.D.S., D.M.D. Associate Clinical Professor
Leonard Carapezza, D.M.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Joseph O’Donnell, D.M.D., Associate Clinical Professor
David Tesini, D.M.D., M.S., Associate Clinical Professor
Amy Ilief-Ala, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
William Chan, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Diba Dastjerdi, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Stuart Gould, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Alfred Rich, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor
Arnold Weiss, D.M.D., M.S.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Abeer Basunbul, B.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor
Serena Kassam, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Christina Zervou, D.M.D., M.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor
Martin Kaplan, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
16 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 9
Tuition In-State: 46,200 First Year
46,200 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Application: 80 Fee
September 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: 1:10
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
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 18 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
2 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists