Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Pediatric Dentistry
3601 NW 107th Ave, Third Floor
Doral, Florida 33178
Phone: (305) 418-7771
Fax: (305) 662-8314
Dental Resideny Coordinator: 
Program Director:
Web: http://

Program Length and Number of Positions

Certificate Program: This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Five new positions are available each year. The Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


Pass deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: 

Dr. Oscar Arevalo (Director), Residency Program, Department of Dentistry, Nicklaus Children's Hospital Doral Center, 3601 NW 107th Ave, Third Floor, Doral, FL 33178


Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a busy, tertiary care teaching and community-based hospital that emphasizes quality patient care, education and research. Nicklaus Children’s has become a world leader in medical education and is the largest free-standing pediatric teaching hospital in the Southeastern United States. 

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Doral Center, Pediatric Dentistry services are designed to meet the unique needs of healthy infants, children and adolescents and to address the special needs of patients whose medical and dental problems are more complex. Our comprehensive dental services include:

  1. Preventive dental services
  2. Dental health education
  3. Restorative dentistry
  4. Orthodontics
  5. Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  6. Craniofacial Clinic

Outpatient sedation, general anesthesia, operating room dentistry. This program offers a balanced curriculum of clinical and didactic material with the overall goal being to provide a broad base of knowledge in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The educational philosophy is centered on case-based learning and is designed to train clinicians for private practice. Hospital rotations of general anesthesia, pediatric emergency room and pediatric medicine are also part of the curriculum. In addition, a research project and teaching responsibilities are required components of the program. 

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Program Stipend and Tuition

There is no tuition. All residents must have a digital camera with intraoral capabilities. A stipend is available for the residents. For the fiscal years 2022-2023 stipends are as follows:
First Year: $62,420.80
Second Year: $65,312.00


  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Doral Center, Pediatric Dentistry Department

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Must have a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree,or its equivalent from an ADA recognized School of Dentistry
  • Completed program application with two recent 2X2 photographs and application fee of $70.
  • Dental school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • ADA ADAT scores are accepted butnot required 
  • US Citizens from foreign dental schools will be considered.

This program participates in the PASS and MATCH programs, therefore applicants are expected to follow policies and rules of each entity when applying to this program. Please review the application procedures, including required application materials for our program on the PASS Web site.

Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and conscious sedation 
  • Respected tradition of dental care in an excellent children's hospital 
  • Medically diverse patient base affording extensive clinical experience 
  • Modern patient care facilities and a well trained staff 
  • Close working relationship with all hospital/medical services
  • Outstanding opportunities for advanced research training 

Program Faculty

Suheily Aponte-Rodriguez D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry Attending*
Oscar Arevalo, D.D.S., Sc.D., M.B.A., M.S. Postdoctoral Program Director*◊
Lesbia Drukteinis DDS., MPH, Associate Director Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program*
Melissa Meincken, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry Attending*
Paula Miranda, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry Attending*
Jennifer Shamsian, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry Attending+
Pedro Alquizar, D.M.D. Orthodontist (Part Time)*
Carmen Briceno, D.M.D. Orthodontist (Part Time)*
Teresa Lozano, D.D.S., M.D., Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (Part Time)*Ω
Michele Saverin, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry Attending (Part Time) * 
Amit Chattopadhyay PhD, MBA, MPH, FFPH-RCP, MDS Research Scientist (Part Time)* ◊ ‚ó¶

*Board certified 
+Board eligible  
Board Certified, Dental Public Health
ΩBoard Certified, Dental Anesthesia 
‚ó¶Certificate in Public Health


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
7 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 (orientation mid-June) Start Date
Program Accreditation:  
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 62,420.80 First Year
65,312.00 Second Year
Application: 70 Fee
October 1 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
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
8 Clinic Receptionist
20 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists