Staten Island University Hospital
475 Seaview Ave.
Staten Island, New York 10305
Phone: (718) 226-9877
Fax: (718) 226-8051

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Three new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is October 15th of the preceding matriculation. Application should be submitted through PASS. The program does not participate in MATCH.


The Staten Island University Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency Program is hospital based with a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical service with didactic knowledge. Extensive exposure to all aspects of pediatric dental care is available, including developmentally disabled children and adults, minor and major trauma, sedation, and operating room exposure.


Courses, lectures, seminars, intra-hospital department rotations, clinical rounds and conferences comprise the didactic aspects of the program. Hospital rotations in Pediatric Medicine, Anesthesia, Neonatal ICU and the Emergency Department serve to integrate the Pediatric Dental resident into the hospital mainstream.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first year stipend is $75,000 plus fringe benefits. The second year stipend is $77,000 plus fringe benefits.


The clinical training and special needs is performed in the dental department at Staten Island University Hospital north site as well as conscious sedation cases. Complete oral rehabilitation is performed in ambulatory surgery.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a accredited dental school.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (submitted through PASS)
  3. Dental education transcripts (submitted through PASS)
  4. Personal interview
  5. Prior General Practice Residency experience 

Program Strengths

  • Diverse patient population
  • Modern and well equipped facilities
  •  Multi-disciplinary training under the supervision of specialty trained attending dentists
  • Comprehensive rotations through the departments of pediatric medicine, anesthesia and emergency medicine
  • Extensive operating room experience
  • Comprehensive training in management of the special care patient
  • Comprehensive training in orthodontics and growth guidance

Program Faculty

Dr. Rachel Iospa 
Dr. Phyllis Merlino
Dr. Michelle Giumenta 
Dr. Michelle Flanigan
Dr. Joseph Merola 

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Part-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 1 Full-Time
10 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: none
Number of Entering Positions: 3
Tuition In-State: 0.00 First Year
0.00 Second Year
0.00 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0.00 First Year
0.00 Second Year
0.00 Third Year
Salary/Stipend: $75,000 First Year
$77,000 Second Year
Application: 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: 3 out of 63 applicants
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
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Case Report
Teaching Experience: 4 hrs Clinic Half-Days
Lectures/Presentations: 3
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
14 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists