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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Staten Island University Hospital

Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Ave.
Staten Island, New York 10305
Phone: (718) 226-9877

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:
Steven Schwartz, D.D.S.
Director, Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Phone: 718-226-9877


The program in Pediatric Dentistry is a hospital based program withy a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical service with didactic knowledge. Extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric dental care is available, including well children, developmentally disabled children and adults, minor and major trauma and operating room exposure.
All dental specialties are represented, and residents are exposed to and actively participate in orthodontics, growth guidance, endodontics, periodontics, sedation techniques and oral surgery. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates meet the advanced education qualification requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Courses, lectures, seminars, intra-hospital department rotations, clinical rounds and conferences comprise the didactic aspects of the program. Hospital rotations in pediatric medicine, anesthesia and the emergency department serve to integrate the pediatric dental resident into the hospital mainstream.
Full time coverage of clinical activity is provided through board qualified and board certified pediatric dentists. Consultants in other specialties are available to guide residents in a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric dental care.
Didactic training includes lectures and seminars on restorative dentistry, growth and development, orthodontics, prevention, non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior management, radiology, oral pathology, biostatistics and special patient care. Literature review and treatment planning seminars supplement the didactic program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first year stipend is $65,000 plus fringe benefits. The second year stipend is $67,000 plus fringe benefits.


Training occurs at The SIUH dental care center and operating room suite, and the Bay Street dental care center

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
• D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an ADA accredited American or Canadian dental school
• Eligibility for a New York dental license
• Completed PASS Application
• Completion of a Genral practice residency or AEGD program required before enrollment into the program

Program Strengths

• Diverse patient population
• Modern and well equipped facilities
• Multi-disciplinary training under the supervision of specialty trained attending dentists
• Comprehensive rotations through the departments of pediatric medicine, anesthesia and emergency medicine
• Extensive operating room experience
• Comprehensive training in management of the special care patient
• Comprehensive training in orthodontics and growth guidance

Program Faculty

Steven Schwartz, D.D.S., Director, Pediatric Dentistry (full time) *
Michelle Flanigan, D.M.D., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)*
Michelle Giumenta, D.D.S., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)
Deborah Gries, D.M.D., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)
Leona Kotlyar, D.D.S., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)*
• Phyliis Merlino, D.D.S., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
• Jacqueline Mikhly, D.M.D., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)
Stella Nashtatik, D.D.S., Attending, Pediatric Dentistry (part time)*
Michael D’Anna, D.D.S., Director, Orthodontics (part time)
Joel Manley, D.D.S., Attending, Special Care (part time)

* indicates Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
5 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: 65,000 First Year
67,000 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: 1:20
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
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: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Facilities: 6 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists