Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
6900 Forest Ave, Suite 110
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Phone: (804) 893-8692
Fax: (804) 285-1292
Email: Residency Administrator,

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning with orientation at end of June and official start of program July 1st. Four new positions are available each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


Application deadline is September 15th of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: 

John H. Unkel D.D.S., M.D., M.P.A.
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Richmond
6900 Forest Ave, Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-893-8692
Fax: 804-285-1292


St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond and Bon Secours Health System is a busy, community-based hospital system that emphasizes quality patient care, education and research. The educational philosophy stresses case-based learning and is designed for trainees to enter community practice. The clinical program is supported by a well-rounded didactic curriculum delivered in a seminar format which is designed to meet the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents and including those children with special healthcare needs. Residents are a part of the medical team in the hospital and will receive training in the operating and emergency rooms, pediatric anesthesia and sedation, as well as pediatric medicine on the wards, intensive care unit and community locations. 

During the first year of the residency, training focuses on comprehensive clinical care for the child. This includes experience with basic restorative procedures and employing both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management. Residents will be introduced to mild, moderate and deep sedation, the intensive care unit, the operating room and will rotate on a 4 week Pediatric Medicine, and a 4 week anesthesia rotation. In addition, residents will provide after-hours emergency care for oral/facial trauma and infection. Two business administration days and extra-mural community service opportunities will be available in the first year. A clinical case report is due at the end of the first year.

The second year of the program builds the resident’s confidence to assess children’s medical or special needs and how the pediatric dentist plays a role in the overall health of the child and leadership in the healthcare community. The second year includes serving as the program’s representative for the consultative service to the hospital and developmental and medical clinics for oral health issues. The resident will be expected to be competent addressing oral health needs for those children who are admitted to the hospital and/or asked to address children’s oral health issues in medical clinics. Second year residents spend a week on a non-dental emergency room rotation. A clinical elective week and extra-mural community experiences will also be available in the second year. Increasing the trainee’s health literacy is gained through completion of a research project. 


The residency program includes comprehensive didactic and clinical cores. Seminars consisting of case based learning are implemented to provide an understanding on such topics as: behavior management, sedation, pharmacology, general anesthesia, dental care in the hospital, treating children with special needs, orthodontics and growth and development, oral pathology/medicine, pulp therapy, microbiology, embryology, genetics, emergency/trauma management, speech, practice management, developmental psychology, physical diagnosis, epidemiology, and biostatistics, literature review and analysis, prevention/health promotion, infant oral health and comprehensive dental care, pediatric medicine and child advocacy. Teaching opportunities and engagement with the nursing and medical students will be available.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $63,569. Second-year stipend is $65,341. Fringe benefits include medical insurance, malpractice insurance, eighteen days of paid time off, and travel allowance to the AAPD Annual Session for second-year residents. The ABPD Qualifying Examination is reimbursed by the program for all second-year residents. There are no tuition payments required.


  • St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond
  • Bon Secours Health System

Admission Requirements

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

  • Must have a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree or its equivalent from an ADA/Canadian-recognized School of Dentistry.
  • Must pass USA National Dental Board Part 1 (Application Prerequisite) and Part 2 (Application Prerequisite) or applicants must pass the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE). The official results of this examination must be received by our office no later than submitting the application for the MATCH date.
  • PASS and MATCH Applications
  • Interview following invitation

Program Strengths

  1. Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with an emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, and sedation 
  2. Wealth of knowledge in medicine and special needs patient care 
  3. Medically diverse patient base affording extensive clinical experience 
  4. Close working relationship with all hospital/medical services and administration
  5. Office operations mirror those of a community pediatric dental practice

Program Faculty

John Unkel D.D.S., M.D., M.P.A.* Medical Director and Residency Program Director, Pediatric DentistryJillian Cortez, BSHCA, Residency Program Administrator, Pediatric Dentistry & ResearchShital Patel D.D.S.* Pediatric DentistryWilliam P. Piscitelli, D.D.S., M.S.* Pediatric DentistryGustav Horsey D.D.S., M.S.* OrthodonticsAshley Clark, D.D.S.*Oral and Maxillofacial PathologyKatherine Turlington, M.D.* Pediatric Medicine & HospitalistMichael Miller, D.D.S.* Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryMichael Miller, M.D.* Pediatric Critical CareKaren S. McAndrew, D.M.D., M.S. ProsthodonticsIsaac Wornam M.D.* Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial Team Leader
Fatu Bangura, MD, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Sarah Koury, DMD, Pediatric Dentistry


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
Orientation at the End of June
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: $63,569 First Year
$65,341 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
September 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA-accredited,
and Canadian citzens from CDA-accredited
dental schools considered:
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: 35:1
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special HealthCare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience:  
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists