The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry 
Attn: Pediatric Dentistry Residency

1201 N. Stonewall Avenue 
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: 405/271-5444 
Fax: 405/271-7775

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month certificate program beginning July 1st. Three (3) positions are available each year.

Program Type 

University and hospital-based certificate program


Applications are to be submitted to ADEA PASS. The application deadline is October 15 of the year prior to the intended start date. 

Personal interviews are extended to competitive candidates and are required for consideration for admission. 

Application questions should be sent to: 

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Attn: John Slish, Director of Admissions & Recruitment 
1201 N. Stonewall Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Phone: 405/271-5444 
Email (preferred): 


As Oklahoma’s only professional dental education program, The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry is leading the state in expanding access to affordable oral health care. To address the growing need for oral health care among children, the College has teamed with Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health – founded in 1928 and recently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery – to offer the state’s first pediatric dentistry residency program. 

The goals of the program are to: 

  • Develop competent diagnosticians and clinicians by providing didactic and clinical patient education experiences in all areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral conditions in infants, children and adolescents including those with special health care needs; and, 
  • Encourage a lifetime of scholarly pursuits, advocacy, and active professional involvement to help advance the field of pediatric dentistry. 

Extensive dental and medical clinical rotations are supported by didactic lectures and seminars, clinically-oriented basic sciences, and training in advanced clinical procedures and hospital dentistry developed by board-certified specialists from dentistry, medicine, and allied health professions. 

The research experience gained will prepare residents to critically evaluate the literature, understand and appreciate a variety of research methodologies, and incorporate evidence-based dentistry into professional practice. 

Our location in Oklahoma City, the eighth largest city in the Southern United States with a low cost of living and a growing economy, provides pediatric dentistry residents with a large and diverse patient population, and the opportunity to treat complex cardiac, hematology/oncology, genetic, transplant and neurological medical conditions. 

Residents who successfully complete this 24-month program receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and are educationally-qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process. 


Designed by board-certified pediatric dentists in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), this 24-month program includes didactic curriculum, clinical training, hospital and medical rotations, research, teaching and advocacy experiences. 

Seminars include: Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry, Legal & Ethical Issues in Pediatric Dentistry, Basic Behavior Guidance: Non-Pharmacologic, Advanced Behavior Guidance: Pharmacologic, Board Review, Child Development (Infant, Child & Adolescent Health), Craniofacial Anomalies & Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate, Current Topics in Clinical Practice & Administration, Hospital Dentistry, Pediatric Medicine: Medically-Compromised Patients, Pediatric Medicine: Neurologically & Developmentally-Compromised Patients, Oral Pathology, Developing Occlusion & Orthodontics, Public Health & Advocacy, Preventive Dentistry, Periodontics, Teaching Methods, Pulp Therapy, Career Development & Practice Management, Research Design & Biostatistics, Trauma & Medical Emergencies, Developing Occlusion & Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Public Health and Advocacy, Journal Club & Case Presentations.

Rotations include: General Anesthesia, Pediatric Medicine, Operating Room, Inpatient Care, Emergency Medicine, Treatment of Patients with Special Needs, Private Practice, Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate, Oral Surgery 

More than 80% of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. The majority of clinical training is conducted at the nationally-ranked Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health and the co-located children’s dental clinic on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City, OK. This enables residents to gain experience working in collaboration with other pediatric medicine specialties. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

The current, 2024-2025 first year stipend is $61,174. The second-year stipend is $63,686. Stipends are reviewed and adjusted annually. There is no tuition.

Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, malpractice coverage and funding to support travel to meetings/conferences.


  • Division of Pediatric Dentistry, The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry 
  • Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health 
  • Pediatric Dentistry Speciality Clinic at OU Health 
  • Variety Care (Straka Terrace) Clinic 

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through PASS, which includes satisfying the following requirements to be considered for admission: 

  • US citizen, permanent US resident (i.e., Green Card holder), or Canadian citizen 
  • A DDS or DMD degree from a CODA- or CDAC-accredited dental school
  • Undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Dental school transcripts [A minimum cumulative dental school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is suggested.]
  • DAT scores
  • Three (3) ADEA PASS PEF Evaluation Forms 
  • Passage of the INBDE or NBDE Part I and Part II 
  • ADAT not required, but official ADAT scores received by the application deadline will be strongly considered 
  • Personal interview (upon invitation) 
  • Eligibility for Oklahoma Dental Resident Limited License prior to start of residency 

Program Strengths

  • An inclusive and supportive environment that fosters camaraderie among residents 
  • Committed, highly experienced and credentialed faculty 
  • Large and diverse patient population 
  • Integrated and comprehensive academic health system 
  • Collaboration with dental, pediatric medicine and allied health professionals 
  • Evidence-based and research-driven care 
  • Exposure to public health dentistry in outreach settings 

Program Faculty

David Ciesla, DDS, MS, MAS, Program Director*
Autumn Hurd, DDS, Assistant Program Director*
Timothy R. Fagan, DDS, MS*

Alison N. Agee, DDS‡
Dominique Bowers, DDS*
Ryan Brackett, DDS*
Dirk Eckroat, DDS*
Mark Gilstrap, DMD*
Somer R. Heim, DDS*
V. Matthew Heim, DDS, MS†
Sara Karnish, DDS, MDS*
Rebecca King Rackley, DDS
Janna C. McIntosh, DDS*
Brent W. Moody, DDS*
Jeffrey D. Rhodes, DDS, MS*
Divesh Sardana, MDS, MBA, MPH, PhD
Amanda Ward, DDS*

Guest Lecturers:
David T. Evans, DMD*
Stephen T. Gray, DDS*
Kevin L. Haney, DDS, MS
Ryan S. Roberts, DDS, MS*

*Board-certified (Pediatric Dentistry)
† Board-certified (Orthodontics)
‡Board-eligible (Pediatric Dentistry)


School Profile


Program Type: Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
14 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Initial Accreditation
State Licensure: Required
State Licensure Required to Begin Program: Yes
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State: None
Tuition Out-Of-State: None
Salary/Stipend: $61,174 First Year
$63,686 Second Year
(Note: The above salaries are for the academic year beginning July 1, 2024 and will be reviewed and adjusted annually.)
Application: Applications are to be submitted via ADEA PASS. There is no fee.
Deadline: October 15 of the year prior to desired start date.
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:
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Department On-Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Intellectural or Cognitive Disabilities
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Special HealthCare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Restorative Dentistry
Didactic Experience: Pediatric Grand Rounds
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Completion of publishable quality research
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days per week
Facilities: 12 Hospital Operating Rooms
6 Dental Chairs/Operatories
1 Clinic Supervisor
4 Dental Assistants
2 Clinic Receptionists