Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
The Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3162
Fax: (816) 234-3291
Graduate Coordinator Email: bbohaty@cmh.ed
Email as of July 2024:

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month certificate program beginning July 1 of each year. Two to three positions are offered on a rotational basis.

Program Type

Hospital-based, University-affiliated certificate Program


Application deadline is October 1, 2024. See website for more info.


The Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program is sponsored by Children's Mercy and affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. The dental school is located adjacent to the hospital and provides an excellent opportunity for experiences in interdisciplinary dental care for children.

Children's Mercy is a comprehensive pediatric medical center which is the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver. We provide state-of-the-art care for children from birth to age 18. Our fellowship highlights are:

  • The facility includes eight fully equipped dental operatories, a pediatric dental resident office area, and a dental laboratory.
  • The program focuses primarily on children who cannot receive services elsewhere due to insurance or other special health issues.
  • Our residents provide comprehensive dental care that covers a wide range of patient ages and cases.
  • We are consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, and have repeatedly earned nursing’s highest honor, Magnet Recognition, for our commitment to quality, patient-centered care.
  • Our dental clinic is a comprehensive academic teaching program with a full service of dental care including children with special needs who are followed in our hospital care system.
  • The program's primary focus is:
    * Children with special health care needs.
    * Children who are underserved and/or covered by Medicaid. These children cannot receive services elsewhere due to insurance or other special health issues including, but not limited to, the pre-school age child.
  • Our residents provide comprehensive dental care including infant oral health care, sedation, limited orthodontics, oral surgery, restorative care, emergency care, and dental care under general anesthesia.
  • The 24-month program includes didactic, clinical and research experience in a variety of settings including the Dental Clinic, Pediatric Continuing Care Clinic, Anesthesiology and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.
  • The Dental Clinic at Children's Mercy has approximately 500 patient visits each month, giving fellows exposure to a variety of patient cases.


Pediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

Upon completion of the 24-month program in pediatric dentistry, the dentist should be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate between normal timing and patterns of linear, orofacial and psychological growth and development.
  2. Understand child behavior and anxiety. Through the use of psychological techniques, manage children whose behavior ranges from compliant to disruptive, so that preventive and therapeutic dental procedures can be completed.
  3. Recognize the indications and contraindications for pharmacological behavior management behavior techniques for use with children.
  4. Be proficient in providing conscious sedation for children.
  5. Communicate effectively with the child's parent or caretaker.
  6. Create an accurate data base of child and parent information from which to formulate an accurate diagnosis.
  7. Diagnose, plan and present treatment recommendations to parents.
  8. Implement a scientifically based, effective program of prevention, recognizing the child's level of cognitive and psychomotor development and their home and school environment.
  9. Diagnose common periodontal problems in children.
  10. Provide restorative care for primary and young permanent teeth in children.
  11. Treat pulpally affected primary and young permanent teeth.
  12. Diagnose and treat, when indicated, the developing occlusion of children.
  13. Treat children with special medical conditions in consultation with their physician and other health care providers.
  14. Diagnose and treat developmental anomalies of the young dentition.
  15. Recognize and manage medical emergencies encountered in children and adolescents undergoing treatment.
  16. Diagnosis and treat traumatic injuries to the developing dentition and orofacial structures.
  17. Provide infant oral health care and helpful information to parents of young children.
  18. Provide dental rehabilitation in the operating room under general anesthesia.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents/Fellows are provided educational funds to use towards books and other educational materials. PGY 1 receives $600; PGY 2 receives $750.

An additional $2,250 is available for for PGY 2 trainees and beyond for travel related to presenting scholarly activity.

2024 - 2025 salaries:
PGY 1: $69,326.40
PGY 2: $71,739.20


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Admission Requirements

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Program Strengths

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Program Faculty

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School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Part-Time
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
1 Part-Time
4 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Missouri License Required
Restrictions: Outside dental employment not allowed during the residency
State Licensure Required to Begin Program: Yes
Number of Entering Positions: 2-3 on a rotational basis
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: $69,326.40 First Year
$71,739.20 Second Year
Application: As per PASS application site, deadline September 1, 2024
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: 1:30
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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
0 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists