Residency in Pediatric Dentistry
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Office of Graduate Studies
9501 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Program Length and Number of Positions
2 year program, 6 positions each year
Hospital-based residency program
Applications are processed through PASS
Postgraduate study in Pediatric Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is an intense and rewarding educational experience.
Our two-year post-doctoral residency program follows closely the principles and policies as outlined in the Guidelines for Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry prepared by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion results in a certificate of specialty education in pediatric dentistry which qualifies the resident for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. There is also an option for students to receive the Master of Science in Dentistry degree. Students who elect to complete the MSD curriculum pay full tuition and the length of the program is determined on an individual basis. The MSD program is open to U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens and foreign-trained dentists. Foreign-trained dentists MUST complete a minimum of two-years of clinical training in a U.S. accredited General Practice Residency or an Advanced Education in General Dentistry from an accredited institution in the U.S. before applying to the pediatric dentistry program. Residents and interns must obtain a full, unrestricted license granted by the Ohio State Dental Board.
Our purpose is to train the specialist as a qualified practitioner, consultant, and advocate for complete dental treatment of healthy and special needs children. Our program offers a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum in advanced infant, child, and adolescent dental care.
The acquired skills prepare the pediatric dental resident to prevent, diagnose, and treat common and unusual oral problems that might arise during the physical, psychological and emotional development of the child and adolescent. In addition to the oral aspects of childcare, the resident becomes cognizant of the general health problems related to children.
The pediatric dentistry curriculum is designed to have the resident play an integral role in the health care of children, collaborate with his/her medical colleagues, and to prepare the resident for successful entry into the contemporary practice setting while providing the foundation for future growth in the field.
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Program Stipend and Tuition
Stipend: $58,905 first year; $60,890
Tuition: $5,000 each year
Benefits include: medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, professional liability insurance, DEA license, continuing education allowance
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Head Start Program Ronald McDonald Care Mobile University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children
- Admission requires the DMD or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
- A "B" average or ranking in the upper third of the graduating class and successful completion of National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II.
- Resident and intern must obtain a full, unrestricted license from the Ohio State Dental Board
- Only those application packets that are complete and received by the deadline are forwarded to the program director for consideration.
Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is a primary and tertiary care center for pediatric health care in Northeast Ohio. Consequently, the outpatient clinic offers comprehensive clinical experience in management of medically compromised patients. Additionally, extensive opportunities are available for the management of traumatic dental injuries. Residents have numerous experiences in the use of advanced behavior guidance techniques: oral sedation, intravenous sedation, and comprehensive dental restorations under general anesthesia. The use of diode and carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers allow residents to provide soft tissue management and complete hard tissue procedures, while decreasing pain, aiding hemostasis, and increasing efficiency and enhancing the overall dental experience for patients. The pediatric dentistry team also participates in the hospital’s craniofacial clinic and residents get a great deal of clinical experiences in interceptive, phase I, and phase II orthodontics.
A large population base of dentally and medically compromised children provides ample dental experience in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Our residents and interns are involved in our community outreach initiatives. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile travels to areas around the region to provide comprehensive care to children with limited access to oral health services. Young children throughout the area participating in the Head Start program benefit from our resident doctors bringing the required dental examination to the facility or home-based program. New in 2019, the University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children is home to a 6-operatory dental clinic. Residents will join faculty and staff, alongside medical counterparts, to perform preventive and restorative treatment to children and young pregnant women in this state-of-the-art facility.
The diverse backgrounds and expertise of the clinical faculty allow for excellent clinical training in behavior management, preventive dentistry, community dentistry, interceptive and complete orthodontics, oral and intravenous sedation, soft/hard-tissue laser certification, vast operating room experience, as well as those aspects of pediatric dental care considered to be traditional pediatric dentistry.
Gerald A. Ferretti, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H. - Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry* (full-time)
Ying An, D.D.S., Ph.D. – Visiting Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)
Yasser Armanazi, D.D.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Jed M. Best, D.D.S., M.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Andrea Browne, D.M.D. – Visiting Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Renee Commarato, D.D.S., M.S. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Theodore Croll, D.D.S. – Clinical Professor* (part-time)
Kari A. Cunningham, D.M.D. - Visiting Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (full-time)
Margaret Ferretti, D.M.D. – Assistant Professor, Community Dentistry* (full-time)
Frederick J. Gehrke, D.D.S. – Clinical Senior Instructor (part-time)
John Gerstenmaier, D.D.S. – Clinical Professor, Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry (part time)
John H. Gerstenmaier, III, D.M.D. – Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Daniel M. Gindi, D.M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Masahiro Heima, D.D.S., Ph.D. –Adjunct Associate Professor Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Leonor C. Hernandez, D.D.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
James Kozic, D.D.S. – Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
John E. Nathan, D.D.S., M.D.S. – Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Jeffrey J. Orchen, D.D.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Rebecca L. Robbins, D.D.S. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
David L. Rothman, D.D.S. – Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Amberlee Taylor, D.M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Ozlem Tulunoglu, D.D.S., Ph.D. – Visiting Instructor, Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry (full-time)
Manish Valiathan, D.D.S., M.S. – Associate Professor, Orthodontics* (part-time)
Sofia Xofylli, D.D.S., M.S.D. – Visiting Assistant Professor, Orthodontics (part-time)
|Program Director:||Gerald A. Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH|
|Program Faculty:||5 Full-Time
17 Board Certified
|Program Length:||24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
|Number of Entering Positions:||6|
|Tuition In-State:||$5,000 Subject to Change First Year
$5,000 Subject to Change Second Year
|Salary/Stipend:||$58,905 Subject to Change First Year
$60,890 Subject to Change Second Year
Sept. 15 Deadline
|Participant in National
|Participant in PASS:||Yes|
|Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|US citizens from foreign dental
|Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
|Acceptance Applicant Ratio:||1:15|
Infant Oral Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
|Research Requirement:||Data Collection Project
|Teaching Experience:||1/wk during second year. Residents will also teach dental students in the operating room and clinic settings. Residents present in the weekly morbidity and mortality case conference and literature review.|
7 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
5 Dental Hygienists