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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University of Mississippi School of Dentistry/Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
2500 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505
Phone: (601)-984-6100
Fax: (601)-984-6103

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. The program offers two new positions each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is November 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: Program Director for Postdoctoral Pediatric Dentistry: Neva Penton Eklund, DMD. The University of Mississippi participates in the application support service, PASS, administered by ADEA and the National Dental Matching Program.


The postdoctoral specialty program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum in advanced infant, child and adolescent dental care as well as care of persons with special health care needs. Sponsored by the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson, Mississippi; the residency program is primarily based at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. A certificate of specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program which qualifies the resident for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. This is a new program and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.


The program strives to provide a full range of didactic/clinical experiences in pediatric dental care which are supported by an evidenced based analysis of the specialties knowledge base. The resident is assured of extensive clinical opportunities in behavior management, conscious sedation, hospital dentistry and general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, care of developmentally and medically compromised children, trauma management, growth and development and orthodontic diagnosis and biomechanics, craniofacial anomalies, and other special areas of pediatric dental care. Additional instruction is provided in oral biology, oral pathology, anatomy, advanced cardiac life support, biostatistics, pediatrics, physical diagnosis, practice management. Residents also participate in seminars on photography, scientific writing, treatment planning, comprehensive care, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions, research design and pediatric dentistry literature review. The clinical curriculum provides for a diverse experience, which includes: comprehensive preventive and restorative care, hospital-based dental care in an operating room setting, sedation and monitoring in the office setting, treatment of patients with oral-facial anomalies, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions and emergency dental care. Consultation and dental care is also provided to patients referred from all Pediatric Subspecialty Clinical Areas of the Batson Hospital for Children including but not limited to Pediatric Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, etc. The residents participate in a four-week rotation in anesthesiology and a two-week rotation in pediatric medicine as well as a two week after hours rotation in pediatric emergency medicine. A research project is required, as well as a commitment to clinical teaching in the undergraduate pediatric dental clinic setting as part of the second-year. The clinical experiences are supported by a structured didactic curriculum in the form of lectures, journal clubs, symposia, seminars, and laboratory exercises designed to encourage critical thinking at the specialty level of education in pediatric dentistry. The overall curriculum goal is to prepare our graduates with the knowledge base and clinical skills to enter the practice of pediatric dentistry as well as prepare for future professional growth.

The residency program operates from July 1 through June 30th of each year. There are no fixed quarters or semesters as such; but the program will generally follow the academic calendar of the Medical Center. The residency program should be considered a seven a day week, 24 hour a day commitment. The formal schedule for residents in the Department will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, however residents will participate in an after-hour call schedule to provide emergency treatment in the pediatric emergency room. Open time available in the daily schedule is used for laboratory work, patient records preparation, research endeavors or academic study. Because of the demands of clinical care and scheduling, some scheduled coursework may be required in the evening.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $36,340. Second-year stipend is $37,596. Tuition is waived for both years. Professional liability, health and life insurance are provided by the university.


• University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
• University of Mississippi Medical Center
• Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children
• Jackson Medical Mall/University Hospitals and Clinics

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:

• D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a U.S. accredited dental school
• Dental education transcripts
• Three letters of recommendation
• Personal interview
• National Board of Dental Examination Scores

Program Strengths

• Combination of dental school didactic strengths and hospital clinical strengths.
• State of the art facilities integral within the Pediatric Surgical Suite of Children’s Hospital
• Access to General Anesthesia facilities and Personnel
• Strong commitment of interdisciplinary care with Department of Pediatrics (Medicine) and Pediatric Surgical Subspecialties

Program Faculty

*Neva Penton Eklund, DMD, Program Director and Department Chair
William K. Duncan, DDS, M. Ed., Professor
Lubna Fawad, DDS, Assistant Professor
Nathan Beavers, DMD, Assistant Professor
*Lee Cope, DDS, Clinical Professor
Wilhelmina OReilly, DDS, Clinical Professor
Chet Gatewood, DMD, Clinical Associate Professor
Stephen Silberman, DMD, PhD, Professor
Karen Crews, DMD, Professor
Thomas Payne, PhD., Professor
Natalie Gaughf, PhD. Assistant Professor
*Board certified

School Profile

Program Type: Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty:
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation:
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: 36,340 First Year
37,596 Second Year
Application: November 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: 1:12
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
Case Conferences
Research Requirement:
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
5.5 Dental Assistants