Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Boston University
School of Dental Medicine
100 East Newton Street, G-305
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Phone: 617 638-4746

Program Length and Number of Positions

Boston University offers 10 positions each year in the 24-month Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry program.

Program Type

University-based program with hospital affiliation.


The application deadline is October 3, 2016. The Program participates in both PASS and Match. A Boston University supplemental application is also required, and will be sent to you via e-mail following the completion of your ADEA PASS application.

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Postdoctoral Admissions Coordinator, Boston University School of Dental Medicine, 100 East Newton Street, Room G-305, Boston, MA 02118. E-mail: postadm@bu.eduPhone: 617-638-4787.


The BUSDM Program of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry is fully accredited by The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and is structured according to their Requirements for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry. Graduates become proficient in the provision of both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.


Didactic courses are provided in: Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics for Pediatric Dentists, Head and Neck Anatomy, Oral Microbiology, Oral Pathology, Biostatistics, Bioethics and Law, and Research Writing. 

Residents are required to attend a weekly seminar that reviews the important literature related to pediatric dentistry. This seminar series prepares the residents to take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Examinations. In addition, residents are required to submit and present multiple case reviews of their patients.

Extensive clinical experience is gained at three facilities that serve very different patient populations ranging from the largest inner city safety net hospital in New England to a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and a community health center. Between these three sites, a broad range of experience in the management of oral health care issues in healthy patients as well as those with special health care needs is provided. 

Month long extra-departmental rotations in Oral Surgery, Pediatrics/Emergency Room and Anesthesia are required. Additional clinical experience in orthodontics is gained during a weekly clinic at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. 
A research requirement must be fulfilled for graduation. 
During the second year, experience is provided in teaching clinical pediatric dentistry to predoctoral students. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

The program will accept 2 trainees per year to the 3-year combined specialty training program (2-years for Pediatric Dentistry residency and 1-year Dental Public Health residency) with full tuition support and $1,000 monthly stipend. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents, and possess an MPH (or equivalent) degree in addition to a dental degree. Dentists of an underrepresented minority or disadvantaged background will be given priority. 


Boston Medical Center 
Franciscan Hospital for Children 
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center 

Admission Requirements

Please access the website for up-to-date information regarding the admissions process:

Program Strengths

  1. 1Extent and diversity of clinical experience gained at the university, hospital and community-based clinical facilities. 
  2. Extent of research facilities available to postdoctoral students within the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the general school community. 
  3. Strong core curriculum in biomedical sciences. 
  4. Extra-departmental rotations in anesthesia, oral surgery and pediatrics/emergency room staffed by outstanding faculty committed to teaching pediatric dental residents.

Program Faculty

Athanasios Zavras D.D.S., M.S., D.M.Sc., Professor and Chair
* Wendy Cheney, B.D.Sc., D.M.D. Clinical Professor and Program Director 
Susan D. Lo, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor 
*Magnolia F. Venegas, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., Assistant Clinical Professor 
Efrain S. Ruiz, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor 
Maria Segura, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor 
*Jennifer Soncini, D.D.S., Associate Clinical Professor 
James Moss III, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor 
Minoo Chaichian, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor
Michael Posada D.M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor
Robert Gilardetti M.D. D.D.S. Clinical Instructor
Jayapriyaa Shanmugham B.D.S. M.P.H. D.P.H. Clinical Assistant Professor

* Board Certified 

School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
4 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 10
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Application: Fee Required Fee
October 3 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: 1:18
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 20 Clinic Half-Days
5 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 16 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
10 Dental Assistants