Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Ave., B240
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: (720) 777-4044
Fax: (720) 777-7239
Program Length and Number of Positions
The residency is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Currently, seven new positions are offered each year.
Hospital-based certificate program
The deadline for the PASS application submissions is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The Program requires a portrait photo (JEPG format) and a $30.00 supplemental application processing fee by September 15. All supplemental materials must be submitted directly to the program. Please make the check/money order to “Children’s Hospital Colorado Pediatric Dentistry” and write your full name and PASS ID number in the memo section. Payment should be mailed to the following address:
Children’s Hospital Colorado
ATTN: Lindsay Wold
13123 E. 16th Ave., B-240
Aurora, CO 80045
Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to:
Lindsay Wold, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Education Program Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 E. 16th Ave., B240, Aurora, CO 80045; (720) 777-4044; firstname.lastname@example.org
Our two-year, hospital-based Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry combines intensive clinical training with comprehensive didactic instruction related to pediatric dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Individuals who have completed it will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) once they file with the ABPD and pay a filing fee. A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The program is designed to fully prepare residents for specialty practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.
Children’s Hospital Colorado ranks amongst the “Top 10” nationally in the 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report survey. Our excellent professional staff as well as a large patient pool provides a challenging learning environment. The Dental Clinic is a modern 23-chair clinic in a 11,878-square foot facility with the necessary equipment to provide efficient dental treatment. The Dental Center will be located in a new building, the Children’s Health Pavilion, and will be located in close proximity to the Anschutz Medical Campus.
The curriculum offers ample patient care opportunities for all residents that will develop residents’ diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with a deep understanding of comprehensive care.
The curriculum includes all topics indispensable to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to further the residents’ educational experiences, enhance their ability to think critically and independently, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields.
The didactic program includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. We offer weekly lectures, seminars, case studies, and case presentations to develop a strong theoretical knowledge base. Additional lectures, seminars and topic-specific journal clubs are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontic topics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, NAM, laser dentistry, SHCN patients, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains. These encounters will also teach residents how to critically evaluate the scientific literature. Our program integrates principles of evidence-based dentistry into its curriculum as much as possible.
Program Stipend and Tuition
First-year stipend is $53,893.50. Second-year stipend is $55,872.01. Fringe benefits include: health, dental, malpractice insurance and fifteen (15) vacation days each year in addition to all holidays observed by Children’s Hospital Colorado.
- Children’s Hospital Colorado Dental Center
Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- Fourth year dental student or graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school
- Dental school GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Dental school class rank above the 80th percentile (We are aware that some dental schools no longer use rank or report GPA)
This program participates in the PASS and MATCH programs; therefore, applicants are expected to follow policies and rules of each entity when applying to this program. Please review the application procedures on the PASS Web site. Our program does not require the ADA Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) scores, but will accept the scores as part of the candidate application. The supplemental application materials that need to be submitted directly to the Program by September 15th are a portrait photo (JPEG format) and an application processing fee of $30.00 (check or money order) made to Children’s Hospital Colorado Dental Center. Please write your full name and your PASS ID number in the memo and mail the check to:
Children’s Hospital Colorado
ATTN: Lindsay Wold
13123 E 16th Ave., B-240
Aurora, CO 80045
Once accepted, residents are required to purchase a camera, several books, and other supplies during the first two months of their residency (approximate cost: $2,500). Details will be provided during orientation.
- An iPad based interactive didactic environment to enhance resident education. Each resident will receive an iPad containing all of the comprehensive learning materials (e.g., journal clubs, lectures, case presentations) for the duration of the program.
- Flipped classroom experience are provided in select courses to further enhance the quality of resident learning.
- Excellent balance between didactic and clinical experiences in all areas of pediatric dentistry.
- We provide 230 units of formal didactic instruction (45 min each) focused on pediatric dentistry per academic year.
- Large patient pool with healthy and special health care needs patients.
- All 5 full-time faculty members and almost all part-time faculty members are Diplomates of the ABPD.
- Excellent faculty-resident ratio.
- In depth procedural sedation, emergency, and hospital dentistry training.
- Significant didactic and clinical exposure to interceptive orthodontics.
- Availability of outstanding consultants in all areas of health care.
- Modern facility with fully digital EMR system (axiUm and EPIC).
- Availability of Biolase hard tissue laser, Diagnodent, STA, digital radiography, CBCT.
- One dental assistant per resident.
- Residents receive a competitive salary plus benefits and we charge no tuition.
- Modern clinic management with focus on providing excellent customer service.
Katherine Chin, * D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, Clinical Medical Director
Roopa Gandhi, * B.D.S., M.S.D., Assistant Professor, Director Residency Program & SHCN Clinic
Chaitanya Puranik, * B.D.S, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Anne Wilson, * D.D.S., M.S., Professor/Director, Predoctoral Program, Interim Chair
Mark Berman, * D.D.S., M.S.
Nancy Chang, * D.M.D.
Kristin Christiansen, * D.D.S.
Joanna Douglass, * B.D.S., D.D.S.
Autumn Hurd, * D.D.S.
Meredith Harris, * M.D., D.D.S., Cleft Lip/Palate Team
Jeff Kahl, * D.D.S.
Derek Kirkham * D.D.S.
Galen Miller, D.D.S., M.S.
Cara Mudd, * D.D.S., M.S.
Linda Murzyn-Dantzer, * D.M.D., M.S.,
John Rubenstrunk, * D.D.S., M.S.
Elizabeth Shick, * D.D.S., M.P.H.
Brad Smith, * D.D.S., M.S.
Scott Smith, * D.D.S., M.S.
Kelsey Snavely Akin, * D.D.S.
Zachary Van Hilsen, D.D.S., M.S.
Sarah Villaseñor, * D.D.S.
(* indicates ABPD board certified)
Full Time Dental Anesthesiologists
Quen Ly, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Cara Riley, D.M.D., Clinical Instructor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Brett Wallen, * D.M.D., Assistant Professor/Dental Anesthesiologist
Jennifer Wallen, * D.M.D., Assistant Professor/Dental Anesthesiologist
(* indicates A.D.B.A. board certified)
|Program Faculty:||5 Full-Time
21 Board Certified
|Program Length:||24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
|State Licensure:||Must be eligible for licensure|
|Number of Entering Positions:||7|
|Salary/Stipend:||53,893.50 First Year
55,872.01 Second Year
September 15 PASS
September 15 Program 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:||1:30|
Infant Oral Health
Special Health Care Needs
Data Collection Project
|Teaching Experience:||Yes, During 2nd Year Clinic Half-Days
6 Clinic Receptionist
20 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists