Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry
600 W Street, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20059
Phone: (202) 806-0308
Fax: (202) 806-0354
Program Length and Number of Positions
This is a two year program beginning the first of July of each year. Six positions are authorized for the first-year class.
University-based certificate program.
The PASS application is the only application required. There are no application requirement waivers and there is no supplemental application.
Official Dental School Transcript
2 PEF Evaluations
National Dental Score Report
The program accepts foreign trained dentists. Each applicant must submit their TOEFL stcores through the PASS
The Pediatric Dental Residency program at Howard University is school based with tuition cost of $42,631 each year. Traditionally, there is no tuition assistance provided, unless a grant has been awarded. Currently, the program has been awarded a Postdoctoral Training in Pediatric Dentistry Grant from HRSA that offers yearly tuition assistance for residents through 2025. This grant has a special focus on the underrepresented (African American, Hispanic, American Indian) minority trainee to increase this demographic in the pediatric dental workforce. The program emphasizes the application of biological, physiological, and psychological principles during the periods of physical and emotional development of the infant, child and adolescent and patient with special health care needs. An appreciation for and understanding of the role of preventive measures, community dental health programs for children, growth and development and orthodontics, and exposure to sedation, hospital practice and research are also areas of emphasis. Residents also take a series of sequenced graded courses that provide the necessary didactic background for appropriate evidence-based dentistry.
Residents participate in numerous community events to include but are not limited to: Special Olympics Special Smiles, Give Kids A Smile, and Health Science Outreach Program Yes (H.O.P.E. Yes) in addition to multiple oral health screenings and community education events throughout the Washington Metropolitan areas to provide much needed service to the underserved and uninsured. Participation in organized dentistry is emphasized in the program along with service in the local and global communities.
Core Values: Teaching. Learning. Service.
The program's goals include:
- To produce pediatric dentistry graduates who have clinical and didactic experiences that will equip them with the skills, knowledge and competence needed to practice and teach pediatric dentistry.
- To prepare pediatric dentistry residents to participate in and successfully complete the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) board certification examination and achieve Diplomate status following matriculation from the program.
- To encourage residents to participate in organized dentistry on a local, state and/or national level.
- To prepare matriculating postgraduate residents to make meaningful contributions to the body of knowledge through quality evidence based research.
The curriculum is designed to encompass the progressive graded sequence of formal courses and hospital experiences in the theory and practice of pediatric dentistry at the postgraduate level.
The residents participate in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of patients in the various clinics they rotate through during their matriculation in the program. They provide comprehensive and preventive dental treatment to the patients and make appropriate referrals to specialists as needed. The hospital rotations provide the residents with the experience in the areas of anesthesia, trauma, emergency management and medical assessments for the pediatric and special needs patients.
Program Stipend and Tuition
First year tuition and fees is $42,631. Second-year tuition is $42,631.
The residents matriculate in a variety of facilities during the 2 years which include the following:
The Howard University College of Dentistry
The Howard University College of Medicine
The Howard University Hospital
The Children’s Hospital National Medical Center
The Spanish Catholic Center
Mary's Center Dental Clinic
Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:
- D.D.S., D.M.D., or non-U.S. equivalent from an accredited dental school
- Dental and preprofessional education transcript
- letters of recommendation
- National Board of Dental Examination Scores (Part I and Part II)
- Non-English speaking applicants require the TOEFL/must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language and mastery of concepts of procedures which are basic to the practice of dentistry, if the applicant possesses a foreign dental degree
- Must possess at least a 3.0 GPA in dental school
The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at Howard University is proud to offer a diverse faculty and staff. All current dental faculty are board certified in pediatric dentistry and one is double board certified in pediatric anesthesiology. In addition, the program offers a full-time faculty attending with a PhD in Epidemiology to increase research efforts. Located on the main campus of Howard University, the program has access to various schools and colleges on campus, to include the new state of the art Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center, to enhance interprofessional collaboration and body of knowledge.
Dr. LaToya Barham*, Department Chair and Postdoctoral Program Director
Dr. George Thomas*, Professor and Chair Emeritus
Dr. Jonathan Bacon*
Dr. Bianca Dearing*
Dr. Stephen Grimm III*
Dr. Debra Jeffries*
Dr. Leslie Lawrence*, Predoctoral Program Clinical Director
Dr. Jennifer Wilson*
Dr. Stella Chukwu*
Dr. Shorheh Sharif*
* Board Certified
|Program Faculty:||7 Full-Time
9 Board Certified
|Program Length:||24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
|State Licensure:||Restricted License Available|
|Number of Entering Positions:||6|
|Tuition In-State:||42,631 First Year
42,631 Second Year
|Tuition Out-Of-State:||42,631 First Year
42,631 Second Year
October 1 Deadline
|Participant in National
|Participant in PASS:||Yes|
|Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|US citizens from foreign dental
|Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
|Acceptance Applicant Ratio:||1:15|
Infant Oral Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
|Research Requirement:||Data Collection Project|
|Teaching Experience:||Yes Clinic Half-Days
1 Clinic Receptionist
3 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists