Pediatric Dental Postgraduate Program 
Primary Children's Hospital
100 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1103
Phone: (801) 662-3900
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 each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program.


Primary Children's Hospital invites prospective applicants to participate in an onsite externship of 1-2 days, and/or attendance at the virtual externship scheduled for June 11, 2024.The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation.Interview dates are scheduled for November 7th and 8th, 2024.Correspondence regarding externships, application and admission procedures should be addressed to:Hans C. Reinemer DMD, MS, Program Director Pediatric Dental Residency ProgramPrimary Children’s Hospital100 North Mario Capecchi DriveSalt 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 24-month, fully accredited, hospital-based program, with an emphasis on clinical proficiency and the interdisciplinary approach to treatment of pediatric dental patients. Individuals who complete the program will meet 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 24 hospitals, one virtual hospital and one hospital under construction, more than 225 clinics, approximately 2800 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 42,000 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, New Mexico 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 9 of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals Ranking Report. 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.Intermountain Healthcare has added a second Primary Children’s Hospital campus in Lehi, Utah in 2024. The 38-acre campus features 66 beds, and a three-story medical office building, with a combined 486,000 square feet. Residency participation at the additional hospital will begin immediately with emergency room coverage and general anesthesia case assignments.


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 GuidanceOral/Nasal Sedation, IV Sedation and General AnesthesiaBiomedical ScienceComprehensive Dental CareGrowth and DevelopmentHospital DentistryManagement of a Contemporary Dental PracticeOral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology and Oral MedicineOral Facial Injury and Emergency CareOrthodonticsPatients with Special Health Care NeedsPharmacologyPrevention and Health PromotionPulp TherapyMedical EmergenciesBoard Exam PreparationClinical and didactic teaching opportunities include teaching predoctoral students at the University of Utah School of Dentistry, postdoctoral students at the University of Utah GPR, hospital-based pediatric medical residents, and other allied health staff.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend for the 2023-2024 academic year was $61,452.64. Second-year stipend was $64,683.98. As an employee of Intermountain Healthcare, comprehensive benefits are available to residents including 15 PTO days each year.


  • Primary Children's Hospital on the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah
  •  Primary Children's Hospital - Miller Campus in Lehi, Utah

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)* US or Canadian citizenship or permanent resident of the US* Although not required, demonstration of passing grade for INBDE is preferential prior to application deadline* Eligibility for State of Utah dental license with Class B permit and DEA Certificate prior to start of residency* Proficiency/fluency in the English languageCompletion of PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) application* Registration with the National Matching Service4 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 between both campuses and within 30 minutes of each 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, nasal sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia in conjunction with the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Multidisciplinary rotations/experiences throughout the hospital which include BLD/PALS/RQI (resuscitation quality improvement), Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (URLEND), Pediatric Medicine, Neurobehavior, Genetics, Anesthesia,
  • Offsite private practice rotation
  • 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*Mitzi Wasden, DDS, MS., Pediatric Dentist, Associate 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*Jeffrey Knight, D.D.S., Periodontist*R. Blake Nielsen, D.M.D., EndodontistBarney Olsen, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontist*Hamid Omana, D.D.S., M.S., OrthodontistBrett Packham, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*Clarke Romney, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist*Matthew Schweppe, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*Jeff Schweppe DMD, MSD*, Pediatric Dentist*Boyd Simkins, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*Michael Tew, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*Renn Veater, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*Jeff Schweppe, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist*Ben Werner, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist*Russ Farnsworth, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentist*


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
15 Part-Time
16 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State: United States
Tuition Out-Of-State: UT
Salary/Stipend: 61,452.64 First Year
64,683.98 Second Year
Application Fee and Deadline: $50.00 due on application deadline of September 15, 2024
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
Community Clinics
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
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