Pediatric Dental Postgraduate Program 
Primary Children's Hospital
100 North Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1103
Phone: (801) 662-3905
Fax: (801) 662-3908

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 each year. The program accepts two residents on the even year and one on the odd year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


Primary Children's Hospital invites prospective applicants to participate in an onsite externship of 1-2 days, or attendance at the virtual externship scheduled for June 7, 2022.

The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation.

Interview dates are scheduled for November 10-11, 2022. 

Correspondence regarding externships, application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Hans C. Reinemer DMD, MS, Program Director, Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Primary Children’s Hospital, 100 North Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113; (801) 662-3900;


The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at Primary Children’s Hospital is located on the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a twenty-four month, hospital based program, combining an emphasis on clinical proficiency as well as the interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric dental patient. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Individuals who have completed the program will meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). A Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the program. The program prepares its graduates for specialty practice.

Primary Children's Hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare, an internationally recognized, nonprofit system based in Salt Lake City, Utah, with 23 hospitals, more than 155 clinics, approximately 900 employed physicians, a broad range of clinics and services, and health insurance plans. It is the largest medical provider in the Intermountain West with over 32,000 employees and is ranked among the top 20 most beautiful hospitals in the United States. Primary Children's serves the pediatric healthcare needs of Utah and additional states including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada and Arizona. Intermountain Healthcare is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.

Primary Children’s Hospital is a 289-bed quaternary care medical center and the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center serving a 400,000 square mile region across six states. It is ranked as one of the nation's best children's hospitals in 8 of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals Ranking Report. The hospital is a full-service Trauma 1 Pediatric Center certified by the American College of Surgeons serving six Intermountain states. The Trauma Service system emphasizes the delivery of expert care, research, education and prevention. Pediatric dental residents serve an important role in the Emergency Department with responsibilities to work alongside healthcare providers from many departments in the treatment of oral and facial infection and dental trauma.

In early 2020, Intermountain Healthcare announced a second Primary Children’s Hospital campus in Lehi, Utah to be opened in 2024. The planned 38-acre campus will feature 66 beds, and a three-story medical office building, with a combined 486,000 square feet. 


The curriculum is designed to provide didactic and clinical instruction for the resident and an opportunity to develop proficiency with both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through early adolescence, including those with special health care needs. The program encourages the development of a critical and inquiring attitude necessary for the advancement of practice, research and teaching in pediatric dentistry.

Residents engage in scholarly activity which includes the participation in daily didactic seminars with attending faculty and completion of a clinical research project which utilizes data collection, analysis and elements of the scientific method. Research training, funds and time are incorporated in the curriculum. Research projects are presented at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session Poster Presentation Contest and supported by the program.

The didactic and clinical program includes instruction in the following disciplines:

  • Behavior Guidance
  • Oral Sedation, IV Sedation and General Anesthesia
  • Biomedical Science
  • Comprehensive Dental Care
  • Growth and Development
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Management of a Contemporary Dental Practice
  • Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
  • Oral Facial Injury and Emergency Care
  • Orthodontics
  • Patients with Special Health Care Needs
  • Pharmacology
  • Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Pulp Therapy
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Board Exam Preparation

Clinical and didactic teaching opportunities include teaching medical residents, and other allied health staff.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $56,013.71. Second-year stipend is $58,959.05. Comprehensive benefits include: health insurance and acquired PTO time each year.


  • Primary Children's Hospital

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. graduate of a U.S. or Canadian CODA-accredited dental school with completion of school or current residency in good standing by start of orientation (end of June)
  • Be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the US
  • Complete with a passing result, Part I of National Dental Boards prior to application and Part II by start of residency. If INBDE, demonstration of passing grade is preferential prior to application deadline.
  • Eligible for state of Utah dental license with Class II Anesthesia Permit and DEA Certificate prior to start of residency
  • Be proficient/fluent in the English language
  • Complete PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) application
  • Register with the National Matching Service
  • 4 PEF (Professional Application Forms) dentists and / or professors that know the applicant well through PASS
  • Dental and pre-professional education transcripts through PASS
  • Official DAT Score
  • Recent 2 X 2 Photograph, submitted in PDF format to the program manager
  • $50 application fee payable to Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Personal interview in Salt Lake City, UT (upon invitation)
  • Live within 30 minutes of hospital by start of residency

ADAT score will be considered if available, but not required.
The program participates with PASS and MATCH; applicants are expected to follow rules for each when applying to this program. Please review the application procedures on the PASS Web site.

Program Strengths

  • Strong clinical involvement in the treatment of healthy as well as the medically compromised pediatric patients
  • Experience with oral sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia in conjunction with Sedation Team and the Department of Anesthesiology
  • Multidisciplinary rotations throughout the Hospital include Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pain and Sedation Service, Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Medicine, Neurobehavior, Genetics, Anesthesia, Pediatric Medicine and Office Visits
  • Additional certificate in URLEND Fellowship (Multidisciplinary leadership training at the post-doctoral level for neurodevelopmental disabilities)
  • Small program which creates tremendous opportunity to engage and learn within a multidisciplinary hospital setting

Program Faculty

Hans Reinemer, D.M.D., M.S., Pediatric Dentist, Program Director*
V. Joseph Cheever, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentist*
David Gustafson, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Jami Ballantine, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist
David Johnson, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist
Jeffrey Knight, D.D.S., Periodontist*
R. Blake Nielsen, D.M.D., Endodontist
Barney Olsen, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist*
Hamid Omana, D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontist
Brett Packham, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Clarke Romney, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist*
Matthew Schweppe, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Boyd Simkins, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Barton Sloan, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Chet Smyth, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Thomas Sorensen, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentist*
David Stewart, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*
Michael Tew, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*

* Board Certified


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
19 Part-Time
17 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 1 odd year, 2 even year
Tuition In-State: United States
Tuition Out-Of-State: UT
Salary/Stipend: 56, 013.71 First Year
58, 959.05 Second Year
Application: September 15 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: 1:22
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
Case Report
Teaching Experience: Lectures, case presentations, seminars, predoctoral simulation lab at the University of Utah School of Dentistry, twice yearly noon lectures for University of Utah pediatric medicine residents at the University of Utah.
Facilities: 4 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants