College of Dental Medicine
Section of Growth and Development (Pediatric Dentistry Division)
630 W 168th Street
P&S Box 20
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-sponsored University affiliation certificate program open to US dental school graduates who are eligible for licensure in the State of New York.


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


The Section of Growth and Development (Pediatric Dentistry Division) of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center is the professional anchor of postdoctoral residency training in pediatric dentistry and is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Kids. The program accepts 5 postdoctoral residency fellows per year for the 2-year clinical traineeship and enables residents to meet Board-eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Our graduates have thriving careers in practice and academia.


Encompassing essential topic areas crucial for comprehensive training to competence, our approach aims to elevate residents' educational journeys, bolstering their capacity for analytical thinking and the effective communication of precise information. Through collaborative interactions with consultants and faculty across various dental specialties and allied health fields, residents will cultivate invaluable skills. Seminars, conferences, and rounds serve as platforms for the development of a strong theoretical foundation. Complementing this, our experiential curriculum offers abundant patient care opportunities with regular and consistent patient interactions that will sharpen residents' diagnostic acumen, clinical expertise, procedural proficiency, and critical judgment. Supplementary experiences in related medical domains provide residents with a holistic understanding of comprehensive care. Core rotations in medicine and anesthesia, alongside longitudinal rotations in specialized areas such as emergency department work, cleft lip & palate and craniofacial teams, hospital dentistry, clinical instruction, and patient care outreach, form the foundational pillars. In the didactic curriculum, a core domain is complemented by a selection of topics covering fundamental sciences such as anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Additionally, lectures, seminars, and journaling delve into crucial subjects like child development, behavior management, prevention education, early intervention (including topical fluorides), cariology, limited orthodontics, procedural sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry, among others. Through this curriculum, we aim to equip our residents with the knowledge, skills, and ethical framework necessary for excellence in practice.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents by program year. Tuition is waived.


  1. 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

We participate in the Match, and we accept applications through the ADEAPASS system from eligible students on track to receive a professional degree from an ADA-accredited dental school who have successfully completed the national board dental examinations and have an acceptable US visa for residency training (the Division cannot sponsor applicants).

Program Strengths

  1. Significant, culturally distinct urban patient population offers residents a rich array of clinical experiences 
  2. Welcoming and collaborative atmosphere prevails, where even the most accomplished professionals in the field continue to engage actively and remain approachable as educators 
  3. Reputation as a mentoring program is widely recognized for its excellence 
  4. As a tertiary and quaternary referral center, this academic medical center receives the most intricate cases, offering residents exposure to fascinating, rare, and complex disorders that stimulate their minds and push their abilities
  5. Children's is one of the largest and most renowned family-centered children's hospitals in New York 
  6. Situated within a dynamic and culturally vibrant metropolis

Program Faculty

Dr. Jed Best
Dr. Renuka Bijoor
Dr. Aura Caldera
Dr. Paul Chu
Dr. Steven Chussid
Dr. Martin Davis, Professor Emeritus of Dental Medicine
Dr. Cecelia Durant
Dr. Burton Edelstein, Professor Emeritus of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management
Dr. Christopher Gibson
Dr. Amy Herbert, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Dr. Lois Jackson
Dr. Margot Jaffe
Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak
Dr. Tommy (Chul W.) Lee
Dr. Joseph McManus
Dr. Aaron Myers, On-site Clinical Director & Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Christine O’Hea, Postdoctoral Education in Orthodontics
Dr. Robert Peracchia
Dr. Stacey Reynolds
Dr. Sydney Shapiro
Dr. Caryn Siegel 
Dr. Adam Silevitch
Dr. Wayne Turk
Dr. Richard Yoon, Program Director & Division Chief
Dr. Christina Youngerman


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Yes
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: N/A First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: First Year
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
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Mentally Disabled
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
Special Patient Care
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Research Requirement: Data-collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecturing and Instruction
Facilities: Chair/Operatories
Clinic Receptionist
Dental Assistants
Dental Hygienists