Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Nova Southeastern University
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Phone: (954) 262-1791
Fax: (954) 262-1782 

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Eight (8) new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Dental School-Based


The application deadline is August 1 of the year preceding matriculation. 
Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to:

Enrollment Processing Service
College of Dental Medicine 
Office of Admissions
3301 College Avenue.
P.O. Box 29900
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905


The residency is designed to provide training in comprehensive dental care for children, adolescents and special needs patients. It is primarily clinical in nature. Seminars, designed to support and enhance clinical knowledge and experiences, continue throughout the residency. Residents must complete an individual research project. The results and conclusions must be submitted for review, in publishable form and presented by the resident at the annual post-graduate research day. A Master Degree is optional for this program.


The didactic curriculum includes oral biology, oral pathology, anatomy, pediatric advanced life support, biostatistics, pediatrics, growth and development, physical diagnosis, practice management, sedation and orthodontics. Residents also participate in seminars on photography, scientific writing, treatment planning, comprehensive care, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions, research design and pediatric dental literature review. The clinical curriculum provides for a diverse experience, which includes comprehensive preventive and restorative care, hospital-based dental care in an operating room setting, sedation and monitoring in the office setting, treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions and emergency dental care. Consultation and dental care are also provided to patients referred from Pediatric Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology Clinics and the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit. The residents participate in a four-week anesthesiology rotation and two-week pediatric medicine and pediatric emergency room rotations. During the two-year program, the completion of a research project is required. A limited commitment to teaching in the predoctoral program is also a necessary part of the program.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Tuition is $47,869 plus certain fees each year. The university provides professional liability, health, and life insurance if needed at direct cost to resident. At this time, stipends are not available.


Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine NSU Pediatric Dental Clinic at KIDS
NSU Center of Craniofacial, Pediatric and Special Needs Dental Care
NSU Mailman Seigel Center
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Broward General Medical Center
Caridad Health Center
South Florida Charter Autism School

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent education
  • Certified preprofessional and professional education transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Part I- National Board Dental Examination scores (preference given to international candidates who have completed NDBE Part II) or INDBE.
  • We will consider foreign graduates if they have completed a 2 year AEGD or GPR program in the United States. Foreign graduates need to provide certified translation of transcripts and TOFEL scores over 90 with the exam taken in the past 2 years

Program Strengths

  • The socio-economically and culturally diverse population of South Florida provides the opportunity for wide ranging clinical experiences involving both healthy and medically compromised patients
  • Strong working relationships with all postgraduate programs and departments
  • In depth experiences with busy and productive cranio-facial team
  • Quality anesthesia and pediatrics rotations at children's hospitals
  • Broad spectrum of special needs patients

Program Faculty

*Romer Ocanto D.D.S., M.S., M.E.D., Associate Professor and Chairman of the Pediatric Dentistry Section 
*Judith R. Chin D.D.S., MS., Professor and Program Director
Jose Larumbe D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director 
Oscar Padilla D.D.S., Associate Professor
*Roberto Cabassa D.M.D., Assistant Professor
*Margaret Kim D.D.S., Assistant Professor
*Victor Oramas D.D.S., Assistant Professor
*Marc Siegel D.D.S, Assistant Professor
Cecilia Brenner, DDS Adjunct Assistant Professor
*Natalie Hadaway M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist
*Jorge Vargas D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Board certified in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

* Board Certified 

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
9 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 8
Tuition In-State: 47,869 First Year 
45,869 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Application: 50 Fee
August 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: 1:15
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
Research varies depending on the topic of
choice for the resident. Previous research
has been data collection projects, clinical
trials and systematic evidence-based reviews.
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 18 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
11 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists



Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine offers a stipend research fellowship in craniofacial anomalies in conjunction with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital located in nearby Hollywood, Fla. The fellow participates with craniofacial clinic and craniofacial conferences at the hospital. A research project must be undertaken and completed. A presentation at a national craniofacial meeting is also a requirement of the fellowship.


The fellowship is designed to be an extension of the clinical training and practice experience provided in accredited advanced education programs and residencies in pediatric dentistry. Extensive time is spent with the plastic surgery members of the craniofacial team in three modern outpatient dental clinics. A tertiary care hospital provides ample opportunities and resources for inpatient care to the enthusiastic and motivated clinician. Treatment of complex and challenging patients is to be expected. Additionally, supervision of residents and undergraduate students will be required. The pursuit of research and publications is highly encouraged and mentored by the support of a large and diversified faculty. A high level of independence to pursue individual interests is provided.

Contact Address:

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Nova Southeastern University 
School of Dental Medicine
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018

Contact Phone:

(954) 262-1742