Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
3303 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75246
Phone: (214) 828-8456
Fax: (214) 874-8456
Email: ckerins@tamhsc.edu

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month certificate and a 27-month minimum Master of Science program beginning mid to late June of each year.  Nine new positions are available each year.

Program Type

Dental School-Based

Application

All applicants must have a MATCH number and complete an applications through PASS.  The ADAT or GRE is required for all applicants.  Must upload undergraduate, graduate and dental school transcripts.

Must have 4 letters of recommendation-one from a full-time pediatric dentistry faculty member.  Must have passed NBDE Part I (if current dental student) and parts I and II (if graduate of dental school). 

Description

The program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to offer the advanced education student a curriculum balanced in didactic and clinical areas. Emphasis is placed on hospital dentistry, special needs patient care, sedation and interceptive orthodontics. Clinical training is provided in three hospital and one university-based clinics. Didactic training is university-based with support from hospital and special care facility personnel. An optional 36-month program is offered in which the candidate can pursue a M.S. degree in Oral Biology. Additionally candidates can elect to pursue a certificate in Public Health or a MPH.  The primary goal of the program is to develop a biologically oriented, technically capable and socially sensitive pediatric dentist capable of providing comprehensive care to all pediatric patients. Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the student receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is anticipated that 2nd year residents will sit for the ABPD Qualifying Examination prior to graduation from the program.

Curriculum

A curriculum balanced in clinical and didactic material is offered by the program. Clinical instruction includes: training in advanced diagnosis and treatment planning, traumatic injuries, pharmacological and non-pharmacological behavior management, and interceptive orthodontics. Hospital and operating room protocol, oral rehabilitation and prevention are included in the clinical component. Clinical rotations include: assignments to the dental clinics at Children’s Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Texas A &M College of Dentistry, as well as other hospital clinical rotations such as anesthesia, craniofacial team and pediatric medicine.

Didactic instruction consists of core curriculum courses and seminars in pediatric dentistry. The majority of core courses are assigned during the first year to provide a solid base for the pediatric specialty course and allow more time for clinical experience in the second year. All aspects of the specialty of pediatric dentistry are included in the didactic instruction. The didactic courses comprise approximately 20% of the program.

Teaching responsibilities, including technique classes and clinical instruction, are required by the program. A research project suitable for publication is required for the certificate while more complex research of publishable quality is required for the Master’s degree.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First and second-year stipend is $41,928.  In-state Tuition for first year is $8,406.23 and $8,205.20 for second year. Out-of-State Tution for first-year is $18,573.73 and $18,165.20 for second year. All residents are eligible for student insurance and P.P.O. insurance plans through Texas A&M Univeristy

Facilities

  • Texas A&M College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • Community health/dental clinic

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have a MATCH number and complete an applications through PASS.  The ADAT or GRE is required for all applicants.  Must upload undergraduate, graduate and dental school transcripts.

Must have 4 letters of recommendation-one from a full-time pediatric dentistry faculty member.  Must have passed NBDE Part I (if current dental student) and parts I and II (if graduate of dental school). Completion of supplemental Code of Conduct questions.  Also a 2x2 photo should be submitted.  Eligibility to sit for licensure.

Program Strengths

  • Strong hospital component
  • Excellent resources for didactic component of program
  • Vast and varied clinical experiences
  • Participation in organized dentistry

Program Faculty

Alton G. McWhorter D.D.S., M.S., Professor/Chairman, Pediatric Dentistry*
Carolyn A. Kerins, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Lolo Wong, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Cassie Hale, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
Dan Burch D.D.S. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Steve Layton, D.D.S., M.S.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Susan S. McGuire, D.D.S. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Kavitha Viswanathan, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Kathleen Pace, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Ko Yu Lin, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Sharon Hill, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Anil Reddy, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Silvia King, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Harold Simpson, D.D.S., M.S.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Monica Aron-Tanur, D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Robert Williamson, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Rupande Patel, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Erin S. Hinze, D.D.S., M.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Nilly Borovoy D.D.S. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Andy Harris D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Martha Alvarez D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Mike Plunk D.D.S., M.S.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Mark Kogut D.D.S., M.S.D. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Kelly Ettlebrick, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Anna Seo, D.D.S., M.S.C. Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Karina Marr, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*
Jen Deck, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)*

* Board-certified

School Profile

 

Program Type: Combined
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
19 Part-Time
24 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Months
June 24 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure:  
Number of Entering Positions: 9
Tuition In-State: 8,406.23 First-Year
8,205.20 Second-Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 18,573.73 First-Year
18,165.20 Second-Year
Salary/Stipend: 41,928 First-Year
41,928 Second-Year
Application: October 1st Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
considered:
No
US citizens from foreign dental 
schools considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
considered:
Yes
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
Yes
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 22:1
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Outreach
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Courses
Case Conferences
Literature Review
Seminars
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1-2 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
11 Dental Assistants
5 Dental Hygienists