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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Oregon Health & Science University

Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dentistry Oregon Health & Science University
2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201-5042
Phone: 503-494-8872
Fax: 503-418-4331

Program Length and Number of Positions

A 24-month Residency Program that begins July 1 each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based Residency Program


The application deadline is October 1 of year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addresses to:
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
School of Dentistry
2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201-5042
(503) 494-6244


The residency program in Pediatric Dentistry fulfills the requirements for advanced education in Pediatric Dentistry as approved by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The clinical program offers intensive training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry divided between the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Through the facilities and programs of both institutions, diversified educational experiences are afforded with emphasis in providing comprehensive oral health care for pediatric, adolescent, medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients. A multidisciplinary approach integrates the educational, research and service components of this specialty program.


Clinical experiences are equally distributed throughout the curriculum. These experiences occur in a variety of settings: OHSU School of Dentistry, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and OHSU Hospital Clinics.

The program has a strong clinical component based on a foundation of full-time and part-time faculty members that come from years of private practice experience. The didactic faculty is composed of OHSU’s School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics Faculty.

Education and experience in sedation and anesthesia are provided through seminars, clinical rotations and clinical exposure. A one-month clinical rotation in general anesthesia is supervised by the Department of Anesthesiology, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. There is a four-week Pediatric Medicine experience where the resident learns the elements of a physical examination and developmental milestones for all age-groups. There are rotations in the Craniofacial Disorders Clinic, Hemophilia/Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support is required before starting the program. This will be provided as necessary.

Program Stipend and Tuition


• School of Dentistry, Oregon Health & Sciences University
• Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (DCH) Operating Rooms
• DCH Pediatric Dental Surgery Clinic
• Outpatient Clinics, OHSU Hospital’s Hatfield Research Center
• Pediatric Outpatient Clinics
• Emergency Department

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
• D.D.S. or D.M.D.
• Dental and preprofessional education transcripts
• Personal interview
• A one-year General Dentistry Residency Program is desirable or equivalent experience.

Program Strengths

• Breadth of experience and training of the faculty
• Availability of a diverse range of clinical patients
• Availability of medical training through OHSU’s School of Medicine and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
• Excellent working relationship with the department of Orthodontics and department of Pediatric, School of Medicine.
• Excellent research facilities.

Program Faculty

John Engle, DDS, Department Chair
John Hanna, DDS, Program Director*
Michael Biermann, DMD
Lee Emery, DMD
Anna Forsythe, DDS*
Richard Grabowsky, DDS*
Sherry Lemon, RDH, MS
Peter Lubisich, DMD*
Chris Martin, DMD
Will Moore, DMD
Gary Nelson, DDS*
Richard Park, DMD
John Peterson, DDS, MS*
Gregory Stafford, DDS*
Michael Stapleton, DMD
Steve Wolford, DMD*
Todd Young, DDS

*Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry

School Profile

Program Type: Certificate
Program Director: Part-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
10 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation:
State Licensure:
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: None First Year
None Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: None First Year
None Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 52,700 First Year
55,100 Second Year
Application: 75 Fee
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: 1:25
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:
Facilities: 9 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists

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