Nemours Children's Health
Nemours Children's Health
Division of Dentistry Attn: Dr. Maria Velasco (Program Director)
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
Phone: 302-651-5812
Fax: 302-651-6410


Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

Hospital-based program


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The program participates in PASS; applications must be submitted via this service. Selected applicants will be invited for in-person interviews, usually held in October. The program participates in MATCH; our match code is: 4499


Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children is a tertiary care children’s teaching hospital with a large specialty care patient population. It is ranked by US News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology. It is the only children’s hospital in Delaware and houses the Department of Pediatrics for the Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. The hospital is a level 1 trauma provider.

The Residency in Pediatric Dentistry is a twenty-four month, hospital-based program, emphasizing clinical proficiency and an interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric patient. A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the program. Graduates of the program will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approved without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:


The curriculum provides opportunity to develop proficiency in comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through early adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Through didactic and clinical instruction, the program encourages the development of the critical and inquiring thought processes necessary for the advancement of practice, research, and teaching in pediatric dentistry.

Seminars include literature review and case presentations with faculty from a broad range of disciplines. Formal courses are presented in research design and biostatistics, pediatric advanced life support, and basic sciences. Dental residents participate with medical residents and fellows in pediatric grand rounds, departmental lectures, seminars on career development and other topics of mutual interest. Off service rotations occur in general anesthesia, sedation, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency, speech pathology and craniofacial clinic.

Residents complete a clinical or basic science research project and written report. Research training and funds are incorporated in the curriculum. Research projects are presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session Poster Presentation Contest.

Program Stipend and Tuition

For fiscal year 2022-2023, the annual salaries of the pediatric dentistry residents are $70,860 for first year residents and $73,694for second year residents. No tuition is charged. 

Professional liability, health, and life insurance are provided.

Benefit information can be viewed here.


  • Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. graduate of a U.S. or Canadian CODA-accredited dental school with completion of school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
  • PASS application completed
  • Personal interview (upon invitation)
  • Complete with a passing result, Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and Part II by start of residency
  • ADAT score will be considered if available, but not required.
  • Eligible for Delaware Dental Resident Limited License prior to start of residency.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Be fluent in the English language

Program Strengths

  • Strong clinical participation in the treatment of both healthy and medically compromised pediatric patients
  • Experience with oral sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia in conjunction with Emergency Department, Sedation Team, and the Department of Anesthesiology
  • Cooperative relationships with other departments in the hospital including, but not limited to, plastics, general pediatrics, hematology, microbiology, infectious disease, cardiology, and immunology. 
  • Multidisciplinary rotations throughout the hospital include anesthesiology, pediatric medicine, emergency room, speech pathology, sedation team, and craniofacial team.
  • Significant experience with dental emergency patients including orofacial trauma
  • Small program which creates tremendous opportunity to engage and learn within a multidisciplinary hospital setting.

Program Faculty

Maria Velasco DMD, MS, M.S.Ed.- Program Director
Mariella De Stefano DDS, MSD, CAGS- Division Chief
Katheryn Goldman DMD, MPH, PhD- Associate Program Director; Dental Outreach Program Director
Lida Alimorad DDS- Attending
Rosemary Clay DMD- Part-Time Attending
Lynn Collins DDS-Part-Time Attending
Jill Garrido DDS- Part-Time Attending

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 4 Full-time
3 Part-time
7 Board-Certified
Program Length 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approval without Reporting Requirements
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Must qualify for license
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State: N/A
Tuition Out-Of-State: N/A
Salary/Stipend: 70, 860 First Year
73, 694 Second Year
Application: No Fee
Sept. 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: No
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio:  
Clinic Experience: Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience:  
Facilities: 6 Chair/Operatories