Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Boston University
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 
635 Albany G-744
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Phone: (617) 358-3446

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 1, 2022. 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 Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, 635 Albany G-744, Boston, MA 02118. E-mail: Phone: 617-358-3446.


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 four facilities that serve very different patient populations ranging from the largest inner city safety net hospital in New England to a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, community health center and the dental school itself. Between these four 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.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

Supported by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding, the program will accept 2 trainees to the 24-month CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry, with full tuition support (stipend not included). 

The HRSA-funded training program will prepare highly competent pediatric dentists to become leaders of non-profit healthcare organizations providing oral health care to the underserved, to the vulnerable, and to patients with special needs. 

To develop critical skills to successfully lead and manage a non-profit organization, funding recipients will be required to engage in additional coursework in that area. The additional coursework is concurrent with the residency training in Pediatric Dentistry.

Eligibility requirements for the HRSA-funded positions are:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Qualify as an underrepresented minority / or from a disadvantaged background
  • Prior experience working with federally-qualified health center (FQHC) and/or underserved populations is preferred.

In addition to a completed ADEA PASS application for CAGS Pediatric Dentistry, interested candidates must submit an additional Statement of Purpose expressing intent and rationale to be considered for the position, to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at


  • Boston Medical Center
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine 

Admission Requirements

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

Program Strengths

  1. Extent 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

*Keri Discepolo, D.D.S., M.P.H, Chair and Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor*Dolrudee Porsche Jumlongras, D.D.S., PhD, Associate Clinical Professor**Chiao, Christine, DMD, MPH*Lisa Gabrish Grabovac D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*Breno Reboucas D.D.S., D.Sc, Clinical Associate Professor*Jennifer Soncini, D.D.S., Associate Clinical Professor Efrain S. Ruiz, D.M.D., Assistant Clinical ProfessorMinoo Chaichian, D.M.D., Clinical InstructorPatricia Castillo D.D.S., D.M.D., Clinical Instructor Cristina Paz Baens D.M.D., MScD, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor ***Radhika Chigurupati D.M.D. Clinical Associate Professor****Melissa Nass M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Assistant Professor****Jodi Wenger M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

School Profile

Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: Varies-Up to 12
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Application: Fee Required
October 1 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