Northwell Health Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY
Department of Dental Medicine 
Northwell Health Cohen Children's Medical Center
270-05 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Phone: (718) 470-7110
Fax: (718) 470-77-393
Email: Ritu Shah, DMD, MS (Program Director) at rshah35@northwell.edu 

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a two year (24-month) hospital based program commencing July 1st of each year. Four positions are offered.

Program Type

This is a hospital based residency certificate program.

Application

The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. All applicants must be graduates of an ADA accredited dental school. The program participates in both the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants to this program must apply through PASS and the National Matching Service. INBDE scores are strongly encouraged by the application deadline; however, we know that is not possible for everyone so they will be accepted up until January 4, 2023.

Description

The pediatric dental residency program is designed to prepare the pediatric dentist for an active role in clinical practice with an emphasis on hospital utilization and academics. The clinical experience occurs at the Cohen Children's Medical Center which is adjacent to and continuous with the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Clinical supervision is provided daily by the staff of the Division of Pediatric Dental Medicine and the Section of Orthodontics.

Each resident will learn to apply various behavior management techniques in the course of providing dental care for the well child and for children with special health care needs. Some of these patients will require pharmacologic management in the surgical ambulatory setting. During the second year of the program, a major portion of the resident's time will be spent in peri-operative management and surgical treatment of these children.

Residents will also be introduced to orthodontic evaluation, treatment planning, and therapy as part of the pediatric dental experience. Residents will spend two months on the medical anesthesia service providing general anesthesia for a variety of medical and dental surgical procedures. Other rotations include pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, oral pathology, medical genetics, and hematology and oncology .

Residents will take in-house emergency call during the first year of the program. During their second year, they will assume the role and responsibility of chief residents. Residents will be expected to produce an educational abstract and one case report per year which will be submitted to the annual Northwell Health academic competition. Teaching experiences will include presentations to the pediatric medical staff, the general practice residents and to parent and self-help groups. The program is designed in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation Requirements for Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry and will prepare the resident to meet the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Examination.

Curriculum

The clinical and didactic curriculum is provided by the full time and voluntary attending staff of the Department of Dentistry. The program is clinically oriented and interacts daily with the existing general practice residency training program and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training programs. Residents will receive extensive training in pediatric dental medicine through clinical rotations and seminars with the department of dentistry and the medical center at large.

Clinical Curriculum:

The clinical and didactic curriculum is provided by the full time and voluntary attending staff of the Department of Dentistry. The program is clinically oriented and interacts daily with the existing general practice residency training program and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training programs. Residents will receive extensive training in pediatric dental medicine through clinical rotations and seminars with the department of dentistry and the medical center at large. Clinical Curriculum:

  1. Clinical practice in pediatric dentistry
  2. Preventive, interceptive and comprehensive training in orthodontics, including exposure to patients with significant dentofacial deformities
  3. Behavior management techniques and oral and parenteral conscious sedation on an out-patient basis
  4. Dental care for the developmentally disabled
  5. Cleft lip/palate management with nasoalveolar molding appliances prior to surgery
  6. Management of trauma to the head and neck region
  7. Ambulatory and in-patient management including extensive operating room experience
  8. Two-month rotation to the department of anesthesiology
  9. Medical rotations to pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, oral pathology and hematology/oncology
  10. Emergency room coverage responsibilities

The didactic curriculum includes:

  1. Pediatric Dentistry Theory
  2. Weekly treatment planning seminars
  3. Pediatric dentistry literature review
  4. Oral medicine and oral pathology
  5. Biomedical research and statistics
  6. Orthodontic seminars
  7. Cariology and prevention
  8. Clinical pathologic conferences
  9.  Weekly house rounds
  10.  Anesthesiology

Program Stipend and Tuition

Dental residents receive the same the same benefits and compensation as medical residents at Northwell. There is no tuition.

Facilities

Cohen Children's Medical Center

Admission Requirements

  1. D.D.S., D.M.D. from an accredited ADA dental school
  2. Pre-professional and dental education transcripts
  3. Eligibility for temporary licensure in New York State
  4. PASS application and statement
  5. National Board Score (INBDE scores are strongly encouraged by the application deadline; however, we know that is not possible for everyone so they will be accepted up until January 4, 2023)
  6. Three letters of recommendation (as part of the PASS application)
  7. Personal interview

Program Strengths

  1. A 30 year history in providing pediatric dental post-doctoral training by the Department of Dental Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  2. The presence of full-time program directors in all postdoctoral training programs
  3. The presence of an extensive and committed voluntary attending staff
  4. The Cohen Children's Hospital which manages the health needs of a diverse pediatric population
  5. Availability of operating room time, ease of medical consultation, emergency room experience and two-month rotation to the deparment of anesthesiology
  6. Structured clinical and didactic program provided by a wide variety of dental and medical specialists

Program Faculty

Dr. David Hirsch, Chairman Department of Dental Medicine*
Dr. Sheeba Kurian, Chief of Pediatric Dental Medicine*
Dr. Ritu Shah, Program Director Pediatric Dental Medicine*
Dr. Joseph Brofsky, Section Head Pediatric Dental Medicine
Dr. Kathleen Schultz, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology*
Dr. Tiana Hakimi, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. John Melinski, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. Mary George, Attending Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. Simone Reisman, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. Sara Wilensky, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry *
Dr. Yehuda Marciano, Attending, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dr. Ira Goldberg, Section Head of Orthodontics*
Dr. Jay Cho, Attending, Orthodontics*
Dr. Shany Park, Attending, Orthodontics*
Dr. Jacqueline Sobota, Interim Program Director General Dentistry
Dr. Fabiola Milord, Assistant Program Director General Dentistry
Dr. Andrew Salama, Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Joshua Segal, Program Director Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Peter Protzel, Attending Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Hunter Martin, Attending, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. Elisheva Rosenfeld, Attending, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery*
Dr. John Fantasia, Chief Oral Pathology*
Dr. Robert Kelsch, Attending, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology*
Dr. Stephen Roth, Attending, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology*
Dr. Edwin Ginsberg, Attending, Periodontics*
Dr. Lawrence Popkin, Attending Endodontics*

*Board-Certified

School Profile

 

Program Type: Hospital-based
Certificate
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
20 Part-Time
19 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend:  
Application: Application Deadline is October 1
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Yes
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
considered:
Yes
US citizens from foreign dental 
schools considered:
No
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
considered:
No
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
No
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:40
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 7 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists