Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Denver Health Medical Center
Wellington E. Webb Center for Primary Care 
301 W. 6th Avenue - MC: 0242 
Denver, CO 80204-4507
(303) 602-8200
Program Website

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing on July 1 of each year. Four new positions will be offered each year.


The PASS Application is used. Applications must be received by the residency Program Director by mid-October to be considered for acceptance on July 1st of the following year. Four residents are selected each year through the MATCH Program. 

*The application process for the initial year of the program (2021) will be modified to accommodate the shortened timeframe during which candidates have an opportunity to apply to the program.


The Pediatric Dental Residency at Denver Health Medical Center is a comprehensive two year hospital-based program encompassing both clinical and didactic training. Initial accreditation status by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) is anticipated prior to July 1, 2021. Graduates will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A certificate is awarded to each resident at the completion of the program. The pediatric dentistry education program at Denver Health is designed to provide special knowledge and skills beyond the D.D.S. or D.M.D. training and is oriented to the accepted standards of CODA. This is best evidenced through the curriculum, which was developed by a collaborative pediatric dental faculty group at Denver Health with robust backgrounds, skills, and experiences in dentistry.


The curriculum is divided into two areas: biomedical/didactic and clinical. The biomedical/didactic curriculum focuses on enhancing the residents’ biomedical core knowledge in basic sciences and clinical sciences. The didactic curriculum is presented in a variety of formats. The clinical curriculum includes providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Hospital experiences in anesthesia, emergency medicine, and pediatric medicine impart the special knowledge and skill required for residents to provide comprehensive oral health care. Guidelines and policies of the AAPD are reviewed and incorporated into discussions regarding patient care in the clinic. Evidence-based dentistry is also presented as part of the clinical sciences didactic curriculum. The program’s standard for providing oral health care requires faculty and residents to use critical thinking in both didactic and clinical experiences. Critical thinking when evaluating patient oral and medical conditions and health history will advance learner ability to consistently provide evidence-based treatment.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year stipend: $54,720 (to be updated in 2021). Second year stipend: $56,848 (to be updated in 2022).


Denver Health Medical Center is a not-for-profit, teaching and academic hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. The Wellington Webb Primary Care Building is accessible for special health care needs patients. Patients currently receive care in the primary pediatric and adult clinics, the dental clinic, and other specialty clinics located within the Webb Building. Denver Community Health Services (DCHS) is one of the oldest and largest community health center networks in the country. DCHS dental target population is all patients in the city and county of Denver.

The Webb Dental Clinic is currently utilized by the Denver Health OMFS and GPR programs, as well as staff dentists, to provide patient care for children, adults, and patients with special health care needs. The Webb Dental Clinic has four sedation dedicated treatment rooms. Denver Health has two facilities on campus, Pavilions M and A, that have fully equipped operating rooms with pre- and post-op care units. A new Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) is currently under construction with anticipated occupancy in December, 2020. Once completed, the OMFS and GPR programs will move to the OMC. The Webb Dental Clinic will undergo some renovations and become the Denver Health dental clinic dedicated to care for pediatric and special health care needs patients. The OMC, as well as the current OR facility in Pavilion A, will be utilized to provide treatment for patients under general anesthesia. Denver Health maintains a Complex Care (Tier 4) team that supports about 500 children with the highest level of special medical needs, primarily in their medical home. The Complex Care clinic does comprehensive multidisciplinary visits once a week, in which five children usually attend, and often more as a consultation visit. Overall about 20% of the pediatric population at Denver Health has some level of special needs, primarily in the area of developmental challenges. Denver Health also has a 25 bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); a 20-bed pediatric ward; an 8-10 bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU); and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

Admission Requirements

Graduation from a CODA-accredited dental school, ADEA PASS application including transcripts and CV, four professional evaluation forms including at least one institutional evaluation, a personal interview if invited, and an expressed desire on the part of the applicant to complete a two year pediatric dental residency.

Program Strengths

The Denver Health program will provide residents with clinical experiences dedicated to providing comprehensive care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Denver Health Medical Center’s dental programs treat a growing, unique population of more than 25,000 patients.

The dental clinic is based in the Webb Center for Primary Care where pediatric and special needs patients receive a variety of primary and specialized healthcare. Residents will have the opportunity to see normal, healthy children as well as those that present with complexities related to age, medical condition, extent of oral disease and behavior. The program works closely with Denver Health CODA accredited OMFS and GPR advanced education programs. This results in opportunities for advanced clinical and didactic training by orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and oral maxillofacial surgeons. The dental clinic is co-located with the primary care pediatric clinic and has established an effective medical-dental integration process. Resources and consultants for pediatric health care are available at Denver Health as well as Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Denver Health is a Level 1 Trauma Center providing training and experience in management and treatment of injuries to oral-facial structures.

Program Accreditation

The pediatric dentistry program to be sponsored by Denver Health Medical Center was to have had a pre-enrollment site visit in June 2020.  However, due to COVID-19, this visit was postponed and will be conducted soon after CODA resumes conducting site visits.  

At this time, the program is not accredited by the Commission.

Program Faculty

Jeffrey Young, DDS, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Heather Jenkins, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
Scott Hamilton, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry*
Kojo Danso, Pediatric Dentistry
Laurence Colletti, DDS, Orthodontics (part-time)
Ricky Harrell, DMD, Orthodontics* (part-time)
Sean Whalen, DDS, MS, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Mark Glasgow, DDS, Program Director, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Natalie Simpson, DDS, Program Director, GPR
Robert Chavez, DDS, MS, Endodontics*

*Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
5 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation:  
State Licensure: No
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: NA
Tuition Out-Of-State: NA
Salary/Stipend: 54,720 First Year (to be updated in 2021)
56,848 Second Year (to be updated in 2022)
Application: $195 Fee
October 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: NA
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
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Laser Training
Medical Dental Integration
Didactic Experience: Courses
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Grand Rounds
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes - during the 1st and 2nd years with the General Practice Residents. Additional teaching experience is through department resident lectures and presentations, as well as Grand Rounds presentations.
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
2 Dental Hygienists