Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Children's Hospital of Michigan
3901 Beaubien Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone: (313) 576-2551
Fax: (313) 244-0671

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program beginning July 1st of each year. There are 6 new positions offered each year

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


Applications are accepted only through the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) until September 15 for a start date of July 1st of the following year and must include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation (2 from pediatric faculty / 1 non-pediatric faculty)
  •  2”x 2” photograph

There are typically six PGY-1 residency positions to be filled annually and approximately 15-20 candidates are interviewed for these positions. Interviews are by invitation only and take place in early November.


TThe Children's Hospital of Michigan Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry produces highly-trained pediatric dentists – competent, caring and compassionate professionals – capable of functioning independently in any clinical setting. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident receives a certificate in pediatric dentistry and meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


The curriculum is a balanced mixture of didactic and clinical training in pediatric dentistry and includes experiences in pediatric/adolescent restoration dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and endodontics. Also included are rotations in anesthesia, pediatrics, emergency department, craniofacial and operating room. The patient base consists of a wide variety of behavioral, medical complexity, and comprehensive treatment from birth to adolescent.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Stipend rates are currently $50,683 for the first year and $52,110 for the second year.


  • Medical insurance (includes prescription drug) 
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Basic Life and Disability insurance
  • Paid Time Off and Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Discount Program


  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Detroit Medical Center participating hospitals
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • 16 chair dental clinic at the Children’s Center (two blocks from CHM)

Admission Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. 
  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree in the U.S. from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or an equivalent degree from a school in another country 
  • Must have passed Parts I and II, National Dental Board Examination, by program start date
  • Must be eligible for state dental license, by program start date

Program Strengths

  • Hospital-based program with university based didactic training 
  • Opportunity for development of clinical skills with infant through adolescent patients, including those with special needs
  • Extensive sedation experience
  • Integrated management of patients with craniofacial anomalies
  • Interceptive Orthodontics
  • Endodontics

Program Faculty

Program Faculty 

*James P. Stenger, D.D.S., M.S.D., F.A.P.D., Hospital Chief, Division of Dentistry, Program Director 
*Rehab Alabdjuljabbar, B.D.S., D.Sc.D., Residency Clinical Director
*Chet Coccia, D.D.S., M.S.D., Pediatric Dentist
*Riina Elsey, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
*Dawn Harvey, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
*Nickie Hosseini-Route, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
*Nwabueze, Ifechide, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist
Kristen Ponichter, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
Gary Stern, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
*David Vazquez, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
Dominick Shoha, D.D.S., Endodontist
*Joseph Hildebrand, D.D.S., Director of Maxillofacial-Oral Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

* Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
10 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved (with reporting requirements)
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 50,683 First Year
52,110 Second Year
Application: September 15 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: varies
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 12 Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
17 Dental Assistants
4 Dental Hygienists