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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MetroHealth Medical Center

Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Department of Dentistry
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44109
Phone: (216) 778-4739
Fax: (216) 778-8875

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

Hospital- and community-based residency program


The application deadline is December 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) but NOT the National Matching Service. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

James L. Kozik, Director, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 44109.


The pediatric dental residency was started in 1999 and is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education. The program is hospital and community based, with didactic and clinical training in growth and development, sedation and general anesthesia techniques, behavior management, pulp therapy, oral pathology, restorative dentistry and trauma. Rotations are offered in pediatric medicine, anesthesiology and WIC programs, with a choice of elective during the second year.

The pediatric dental resident will be able to comfortably provide comprehensive oral health care for a wide variety of infants, children and adolescents. The residents provide oral health care services for children living in several health professional shortage areas. Residents will receive extensive operating room and general anesthesia training, as well as office-based oral sedation and deep IV sedation techniques. On call emergency care will be required during the first year and is shared with the GPR residents. During the second year, pediatric residents will only take call once per month. The program follows the guidelines and requirements as set by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The didactics include: literature review, case presentations, research projects, PALS, biostatistics, nutrition, pediatrics medicine, growth and development, conscious sedation, dental anesthesia and orthodontics. The clinical curriculum includes: extensive experience in complete oral dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia, oral sedation and IV sedation in a practice setting. Residents complete a four-week dental anesthesia rotation and a four-week pediatrics rotation. Residents are required to do a research project. A one-month elective rotation will be presented during the second year of residency.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $38,199. Second-year stipend is $39,827. Tuition is waived for both years. Professional liability, health insurance and retirement plan are provided by the hospital. Residents receive 10 days of vacation per year.


• MetroHealth Medical Center
• MetroHealth Lee-Harvard Center (new facility)
• MetroHealth Broadway Center (new facility)

Admission Requirements

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

• Graduate from an ADA-accredited dental school
• Complete PASS application
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal interview
• Recent photograph
• Experience preferred

Program Strengths

• Attendings dedicated to education of resident
• Extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of clinical, sedation, hospital pediatric dental
  training and behavior management
• Diverse patient population including well and physically and mentally disabled children
• Comprehensive experience in oral facial trauma in children and adults at our level 1
  trauma hospital
• Brand new off-site facilities
• Resident lecture series with other pediatric medicine and anesthesia residents

Program Faculty

James Kozik, D.D.S., Director of Pediatric Dentistry*
Aimee Cassinelli, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist (part-time)
Frank Ditizig, D.D.S., Dental Anesthesiologist*
Robert Bianco, D.D.S., Dental Anesthesiologist (part-time)*
Roger Karp, D.D.S., Periodontist (part-time)*
Cecil Ash, D.D.S., Oral Surgeon*
George Kast, D.D.S., Orthodontist (part-time)
Matthew Kirlough, D.D.S., General Dentist

*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
4 Part-Time
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure:
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 38,199 First Year
39,827 Second Year
Application: December 15 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
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
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
3 Dental Assistants
3 Dental Hygienists

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