College of Dental Medicine
Section of Growth and Development
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 with University affiliation certificate program open to US or Canadian dental school graduates who are licensed or 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 of the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center is the professional anchor of specialty 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.


The general curriculum includes all topic areas 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.

The experiential curriculum consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents' diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and procedural 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 a consultant night resident at the emergency department, cleft lip & palate and craniofacial team, hospital dentistry, clinical instruction preceptorship, and educational and direct patient care outreach.

The didactic curriculum includes a core domain and selected topic areas 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, preventive care including topical fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, procedural sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other domains.

Program Stipend and Tuition

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


  1. New York-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

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Program Name: New York Presbyterial Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center Program
Type: Pediatric Dentistry
State: New York

Program Strengths

  1. Considerable, culturally-unique, urban patient base that provides residents with a depth of clinical experiences
  2. Open, collegial environment, where even the most accomplished in the field remain active and accessible as teachers
  3. Well-known for program quality and rigor, and a 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 minds and challenge abilities
  5. Largest family-centered Children's Hospital in New York
  6. Located in one of the most vibrant and culturally-rich cities in the world

Program Faculty

Dr. Jed Best*
Dr. Jing Chen*
Dr. Paul Chu*
Dr. Steven Chussid*
Dr. Martin Davis*, Professor Emeritus of Clinical Dental Medicine and Special Lecturer
Dr. Lois Jackson*
Dr. Burton Edelstein*, Professor Emeritus of Dental Medicine (in Pediatric Dentistry) and Health Policy & Management and Special Lecturer
Dr. Margot Jaffe*
Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak*
Dr. Shantanu Lal*
Dr. Joseph McManus
Dr. Aaron Myers*, On-site Clinic Director of the Ambulatory Community Dental Clinic
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, Specialty Training
Dr. Christina Youngerman
Dr. Sunil Wadhwa*, Chair, Section of Growth and Development



School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 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: 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
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: 10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists