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
Web: http://www.bu.edu/dental/academics/departments/pedo/

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.

Application

The application deadline is October 1, 2020. 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: gsdmpedo@bu.edu Phone: 617-358-3446.

Description

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.

Curriculum

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

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 enroll in a Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML) Certificate Program at Boston University Questrom School of Business. Enrollment is concurrent with the residency training in Pediatric Dentistry.

Information on the Certificate program can be found at the following link. https://www.bu.edu/questrom/executive-education/nml/

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 gsdmpedo@bu.edu.

Facilities

  • 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:

http://www.bu.edu/dental/admissions/postdoc/app-reqs/

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
*Dolrudee Porsche Jumlongras, D.D.S., PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Interim Program Director 
Cristina Paz Baens D.M.D., MScD, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor 
*Lisa Gabrish Grabovac D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
**Jayapriyaa Shanmugham B.D.S., M.P.H., D.P.H., Clinical Assistant Professor
A. Hakan Tuncer, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Assistant Professor 
*Breno Reboucas D.D.S., D.Sc, Clinical Associate 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 
Minoo Chaichian, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor
Gerald Finkelstein, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor 
Salam Alsadiq B.D.S., M.S.D., Clinical Instructor
*Maria Al Ismail B.D.S., D.Sc.D., Clinical Instructor 
*Dina Ghaly-Habib B.D.S., M.P.H. Clinical Instructor
Patricia Castillo D.D.S., D.M.D., Clinical Instructor 
Badrieh Edalatpour B.S., D.D.S, DMD, Clinical Instructor 
***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 

* ABPD Board Certified 
** ABDPH Board Certified 
*** ABOMS Board Certified
**** ABP Board Certified 

School Profile

 

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 10 Full-Time
10 Part-Time
11 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:  
Salary/Stipend:  
Application: Fee Required
October 1 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: 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