Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
Children's Hospital
111 Michigan Avenue, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Phone: (202) 476-4606 
Fax: (202) 476-3102

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Four new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

The program is entirely based in a children's hospital, is affiliated with George Washington University Medical Center, and offers a certificate following successful completion of clinical and academic requirements.


The department participates in the PASS program. Match Program participation required.


The program in Pediatric Dentistry is a children's hospital based program that offers an unusually broad exposure to all relevant components of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to extensive management of primary care patients, the residents actively participate in care for patients with special needs and those who are medically compromised. The Children's National Medical Center is an internationally renowned, quaternary care institution that provides experience to dental residents in the multidisciplinary management of patients. The institution also sponsors a large and active Craniofacial Center that Pediatric Dental Residents actively participate in as part of the craniofacial team. The primary emphasis through all of these activities is to integrate clinical experience with didactic knowledge. 

The Pediatric Dental residents are responsible for the comprehensive care of all patients. In order to provide a high level of care, the Pediatric Dental residents have available to them a large number of other specialists and support personnel with whom they may consult in the treatment of cases requiring a multidisciplinary approach. The Faculty include an endodontist, periodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral pathologists, and orthodontist on staff. 

The Pediatric Dental Residents receive extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric dental care, including: well children, children with special health care needs, minor and major dental traumas, sedation techniques, orthodontics and operating room experience.


An ongoing lecture and seminar series offers approximately 20 hours or more each month of formal presentations and case reviews and includes active participation by staff and residents in an interactive environment. Didactic training includes lectures in pediatric dentistry, growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, prevention, sedation techniques, radiology, pharmacology, oral pathology, biostatistics, orthodontics and special patient care. Journal Club and Literature Review supplement formal weekly Treatment Planning seminars.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first-year resident (PGY-1) receives $69,402 and fringe benefits. The second-year resident (PGY-2) receives $73,782 plus fringe benefits.


The Pediatric Dental clinic has eight fully functional operatories. Each of these treatment areas is equipped for four handed dentistry and has a central nitrous oxide unit. Five of the operatories are private rooms, with individual x-ray units. 

Located within the modern 300 bed Children's National Medical Center, the Pediatric Dental Residency is part of a significant educational, research and teaching institution that is responsible for the training and education of many varied pediatric subspecialists. In addition to these resources, residents have available to them all of the ancillary resources within the hospital center.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria, in order to be considered for admission: 

  1. Must possess either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an ADA accredited dental school
  2. Personal interview 
  3. Participate in the PASS and Match Program 

Program Strengths

  1. Diverse patient population 
  2. Extensive clinical experience utilizing a multidisciplinary approach 
  3. Excellent medical staff support 
  4. Dental education supervised by full time and part time attending staff with excellent attending to resident ratios 
  5.  Extensive emergency room, sedation and operating room experience 
  6.  Excellent institutional resources for in-depth management of medically compromised and children with special health care needs
  7. Faculty includes an orthodontist, oral surgeon, endodontist and periodontist, allowing for a more meaningful educational experience and ability to provide truly comprehensive care. 

Program Faculty

*Erik Scheifele, D.M.D., Chief, Division of Oral Health*Mudrika Chhabra, D.M.D., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*Anupama Rao Tate, D.M.D., Director of Advocacy, Pediatric Dentistry*Jennifer Cully, D.M.D., Director of Research, Pediatric Dentistry*Jonelle Anamelechi, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Golnar Jahanmir, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Reeya Boolchandani, D.D.S., Pediatric DentistryLinda Hallman, D.D.S., Ph.D., Program Director, OrthodonticsSheira Ramos Ve'lez, D.M.D., Orthodontics*Ravi Agarwal, D.D.S., Chair & Program Director, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery*Julian Moiseiwitsch, B.D.S., Ph.D., Instructor, EndodonticsGary R. Warnock, D.D.S., Oral Pathology

*Boarded in their specialty


School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
9 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 69,402 First Year
73,782 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
October 2 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: 1:50
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
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special HealthCare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
2-5 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
8 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists