Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Attn: Ms. Jacqueline Melendez
630 W 168th Street,
P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, New York 10032

Program Length and Number of Positions

Twenty-four month program commencing July 1 of each year (orientation one week earlier) with five new positions offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based with College of Dental Medicine (CDM) affiliation certificate program open to US or Canadian dental school graduates who are licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York. For more information, please contact Dr. R. Yoon at


Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Jacqueline Melendez at


Pathway to competency in pediatric dentistry is obtained through study in core areas common to all. The curriculum provides broad-based sequential and milestone-based experiences at the Children's Hospital and University Teaching and Residency Clinics. Upon completion, the individual is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


General curriculum: Includes all topics obligatory to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. The approach is to advance the residents' educational experiences, enhance their ability to think, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and Faculty in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. Seminars, conferences, rounds, and case-based learning sessions allow the trainee to develop a theoretical knowledge base.

Experiential curriculum: Consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents' diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experience in related medical areas provide residents with an understanding of comprehensive care. Block rotations are in medicine and anesthesia; longitudinal rotations are provided in on-call as night resident at the emergency department, cleft lip & palate and craniofacial team, hospital dentistry, clinical instruction preceptorship, and educational and direct patient care outreach.

Didactic curriculum: Includes a core domain and selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology and embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lecture, seminar, and journaling sessions are provided in child development, behavior management, orthodontics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, procedural sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents. For the academic year 2019-2020, stipends are $73,489 and $77,048, for program years one and two, respectively. Tuition is waived.


  1. Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Kids
  2. College of Dental Medicine
  3. College of Physicians & Surgeons
  4. Mailman School of Public Health
  5. University Medical Center Enterprise

Admission Requirements

  1. Eligibility for licensure in New York State
  2. US or Canadian citizen or have a permanent immigration card
  3. ADAT scores (accepted but not required)
  4. Part I National Dental Board Examination to apply
  5. D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a US or Canadian dental school
  6. Interview is required

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Program Strengths

  1. Considerable, culturally-unique, urban patient base that provides residents with a depth of clinical experiences that is simply unmatched
  2. Open, collegial environment, where even the most accomplished in the field remain active and accessible as teachers
  3. Well-known for education program quality and rigor, and a National reputation as a mentoring program
  4. Tertiary and quaternary referral center, to whom the most complex cases are dispersed providing residents with exposure to fascinating, rare, and complex disorders that stimulate our residents' minds and challenge their abilities
  5. Largest family-centered Children's Hospital in New York at the largest teaching hospital in the US
  6. Located in one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in the world

Program Faculty

Dr. Jed Best*
Dr. Paul Chu*
Dr. Steven Chussid*, Division Director
Dr. Martin Davis*, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Dental Medicine and Special Lecturer
Dr. Lois Jackson*
Dr. Burton Edelstein*, Professor of Dental Medicine (in Pediatric Dentistry) and Health Policy & Management
Dr. Margot Jaffe*
Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak*
Dr. Shantanu Lal*
Dr. Joseph McManus, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions
Dr. Aaron Myers*, On-site Clinic Director
Dr. Christine O’Hea, Orthodontics
Dr. Stacey Reynolds*
Dr. Caryn Siegel*
Dr. Adam Silevitch*
Dr. Zev Tendler*
Dr. Lavanya Venkateswaran*
Dr. Richard Yoon*, Program Director
Dr. Christina Youngerman



School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
10 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: N/A First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 73,489 First Year
77,048 Second Year
Application: N/A Fee
October 1st 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:  
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
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
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists