Hennepin County Medical Center 
715 S 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: 612-873-2382
Fax: 612-904-4234
Email: Hayley.Rosenfield@hcmed.org


Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24 month program with a mandatory orientation beginning in mid-June.

The program accepts 2 residents each year through PASS/Match Application services.

Program Type

Hospital-based Certificate Program 


Applicants are accepted through the Postdoctoral Applicant Support Service (PASS). The application deadline is October 1st. Applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service. Correspondence regarding the application and admission process should be directed to Hayley Rosenfield, Residency Program Coordinator: Hayley.Rosenfield@hcmed.org


Hennepin County Medical Center is a level one trauma center in downtown Minneapolis. With 15 residency and fellowship programs, HCMC offers a collegial, academic environment focused on teaching and quality patient care. Residents practice as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. 

In addition to Pediatric Dentistry, the Dentistry Department at HCMC is home to multiple specialties, including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics, and a TMJ and facial pain specialist, as well as general dentists who provide care to medically complex patients and adults with cognitive and developmental delays. This collaborative setting facilitates comprehensive oral health care for patients and provides pediatric dentistry residents the opportunity to learn from other dental specialists and interact with residents from other advanced education programs.

The 2-year hospital based Pediatric Dentistry Residency program combines clinical training with an evidence based didactic curriculum. As part of a small program, residents benefit from a favorable faculty to resident ratio and receive exposure to a high number of clinical experiences and treatment settings. The faculty includes board certified dental and medical specialists from Hennepin County Medical Center, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and the University of Minnesota. The program is dedicated to the preparation of board-certified pediatric dentists who will serve children and families in their communities using patient-centered care and act as leaders in the profession at local, regional, and national levels. The training experience at Hennepin County Medical Center is unique as the hospital is the region's primary provider for urban and underserved individuals, giving residents experience treating patients from a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, with both routine and serious conditions. Serving this diverse population fosters confidence and compassion, enabling residents to become champions for community health. 


The curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements set forth in the CODA standards for the Advanced Specialty Education Program, and to prepare residents to take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Qualifying Exam and Oral Clinical Exam. 

Lectures and seminars are provided by a wide range of area specialists in addition to program faculty, including University of Minnesota faculty and HCMC medical staff members such as hospital pediatricians, pharmacists, speech language pathologists, geneticists, anesthesia providers, and emergency room physicians. In addition, residents attend Grand Rounds and numerous other hospital conferences and lectures with pediatric medicine residents (Ethics Seminar, Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference, Pediatric Toxicology Conference, Pediatric Behavioral Roundtable, etc.). Throughout the 24 month program, residents have the opportunity to attend multiple local and national continuing education courses covering issues related to pediatric dentistry.

Resident teaching experience includes mentoring HCMC general practice residents in clinical and didactic settings.

All residents complete a research project, which is presented at a regional or national professional meeting.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year: $59,779
Second year: $62,360
Residents are eligible for benefits through the hospital.

There is no tuition.


Hennepin County Medical Center - Level 1 Trauma Center
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Admission Requirements

  1. Dental degree (DDS or DMD) from a CODA accredited United States or Canadian dental school prior to residency start date
  2. US or Canadian Citizenship
  3. NBDE parts I and II or INBDE. The program strongly prefers submission of NBDE part II or INBDE scores prior to the Match Rank Order List Deadline in January.
  4. Eligibility to obtain a dentist or resident dental license with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry prior to residency start date
  5. Complete ADEA/PASS application
  6. Personal interview upon invitation

Program Strengths

  • Collaborative learning environment within well-established multispecialty dental clinic
  • Unique urban patient population, including special needs children with medical, physical, or emotional illnesses, and a large number of very young children with significant dental disease
  • Low faculty to resident ratio
  • Strong clinical training in busy hospital clinic setting; extensive experience treating patients under general anesthesia
  • Exposure to providing emergency dental treatment to patients with dental trauma or infection
  • Commitment to diversity and patient-centered care
  • New state of the art facility

Program Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Elisabeth Fulling, D.D.S., Director of Residency, Pediatric Dentistry*

Melanie Yuen, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*


Part Time & Adjunct Faculty 

Nathaniel Cook, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*

Matthew Husman, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*

Quentin Knutson, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry

Christopher Klekamp, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*

Andrea M Leyland, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*

Vladimir Leon-Salazar, D.D.S., M.S.D., Orthodontics*

Angela Wandera, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics* 

Roger Ettel, D.D.S., Periodontics* 

Erin L Gunselman, D.D.S., General & Special Needs Dentistry

Dennis Haley, D.D.S., T.M.D. Craniofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine

Anne Kent, D.D.S. General & Special Needs Dentistry

Mary Seieroe, D.D.S. General & Special Needs Dentistry

Cynthia Strand, D.D.S. General & Special Needs Dentistry

Cale Strait, D.D.S., Endodontics 

Lance Svoboda, D.D.S., Oral Surgery* 

Marcus Urza, D.D.S. Oral Surgery*

*Board Certified


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date (Required Orientation will start Mid-June)
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State: N/A
Tuition Out-Of-State: N/A
Salary/Stipend: $57,480 First Year
$59,962 Second Year
Application: No Fee
October 1 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
No-Canadian citizens and graduates from CODA
accredited Canadian dental schools are eligible
to apply.
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: 1:25
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Courses
Case Conferences
Literature Review
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes – clinical teaching experiences during second year 2-4 days/month, didactic teaching opportunities during first and second years.
Facilities: 7 Chairs/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionists
7 Dental Assistants