Department of Dentistry The Children's Hospital300 Longwood Avenue, Mailstop: BCH3473Boston, Massachusetts 02115Phone: (617) 355-3375Fax: (617) 730-0478Program Director: Dr. Isabelle Chase,

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a two-year program beginning July 1 of each year. Five new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based program with university affiliation (Harvard School of Dental Medicine/School of Public Health/Medical School)


The application deadline is September 1 for PASS and September 1 for the Program of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:Isabelle Chase, Program DirectorChildren's Hospital Boston, Department of Dentistry, 300 Longwood Ave., BCH 3473, Boston, MA 02115.


The two-year, clinically-oriented Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is offered jointly by the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. During the two-year program, responsibilities in the hospital predominate. An optional third year may be spent in biomedical or in-depth clinical research with the possibility of financial support through a direct fellowship from the National Institute for Dental Research or from a training grant for specific types of research. An optional third year may be used to obtain a Master of Public Health. 

The clinical period of all trainees meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination. The depth of our program is unparalleled, not only in terms of sheer numbers of patients, but also the types of patients our residents treat and the types of treatment offered. It is not unusual for our residents to consult on and treat patients who have the rarest of syndromes or diagnoses. Our patients come from all over the world to be seen at Boston Children's Hospital. 

The training program provides a full range of dental experiences including preventive, restorative, endodontic, oral surgical, orthodontic and periodontic services. The patient population seeking services in the department is large and varied. Special dental services required by patients with disorders such as cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies are treated by staff and house officers. 

All interns and residents provide emergency dental services on a rotating basis. The hospital treats many dental emergencies, such as pain, infection and dento-alveolar and facial trauma. Thus, the trainee will gain ample experience in treating dental emergencies. 

Clinical experience in preventive, interceptive and corrective orthodontics is attained under the guidance of the pediatric dentistry and orthodontic staff. Each trainee is afforded the opportunity to treat a number of orthodontic cases that require full or partial banding, but emphasis is placed on diagnosis and treatment planning. 

Patient management techniques, such as behavioral modification, nitrous oxide sedation, intravenous techniques, P.O. or I.M. sedation and general anesthesia are learned through lecture, discussion and hands-on experience


Daily seminar topics include: dental growth and development, pediatric dental surgery, orthodontics, behavioral management, preventive dentistry, pediatric medical disorders, restorative dentistry, endodontic therapy, practice management, pain control, traumatology and emergency medical care. The pediatric dentistry literature is reviewed in seminars, and current literature is discussed. An extensive range of research opportunities exists within the hospital and the Harvard medical and dental community. All trainees are required to participate in research and will have a research mentor. All second-year residents are required to present their research at the annual AAPD meeting. The expenses for this meeting will be covered by the program.A one-month rotation in general anesthesia is provided for all trainees by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. During this time, the trainee learns the physiology and pharmacology of anesthetic agents, as well as techniques involved in intubation. The rotation includes active participation in general anesthesia.An additional four-week rotation is provided in pediatric medicine. (Developmental Medicine, General Pediatrics, Oncology and the Boston Children's Hospital Primary Care Clinic. During this time, the trainee learns to perform physical examinations and cares for various medical entities treated in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year program stipend is $77,949. Second year program stipend is $81,090. Harvard School of Dental Medicine requires a nominal tuition fee as well as a basic medical insurance fee on a yearly basis (approximately $3000).

There is a $10,000 taxable stipend for housing and cost of living which will be distributed annually for the duration of your ACGME approved residency.

Boston Children's Hospital pays for medical malpractice insurance and offers three weeks paid vacation per year plus holidays.


  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Admission Requirements

U.S., Canadian and International Applications
All applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission: 

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent 
  • CV
  • 2x2 photo
  • Original NBDE (Part I and II) or Original INBDE scores

International Students

  • International students are required to take the TOEFL exam if their native language is not English. 
  • The TOEFL scores must be from a test taken within the past two years.
  • The TOEFL exam can only be waived if both the bachelor’s degree and dental degree were obtained in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, or the United Kingdom. 
  • The minimum acceptable overall score is 95, with subcategory score minimums of Reading 21, Listening 17, Speaking 24, and Writing 25. 

Program Strengths

  • Large number of patients available, both well and medically, physically or emotionally complex
  • Located within a high caliber pediatric teaching hospital with broad national and international referral base 
  • High volume of dental emergency patients seen for orofacial trauma, pain and/or infection 
  • Affiliated with Harvard University, which has strong teaching and research facilities 
  • Extensive use of various treatment modalities for pain control and behavioral management, such as sedation, analgesia and general anesthesia 
  • Large hospital dental staff with representation from all dental specialties

Program Faculty

Man Wai Ng, D.D.S., MPH, Dentist-in-Chief, Pediatric Dentistry*
Isabelle Chase, D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C), Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Stephen Shusterman, D.M.D., (Chief Emeritus), Pediatric Dentistry*
Marc Ackerman, D.M.D., M.B.A., Orthodontics*
Jonathan Ang, D.D.S.*
Vanessa Cho, B.D.Sc., D.C.D., M.R.A.C.D.S., A.F.H.E.A., Ph. D., Pediatric Dentistry
Margaret Choi, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Jim Fukuda, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Jennifer Gibbs, M.A.S., D.D.S., Ph.D, Pediatric Dentistry/ Endodontics*
Matthew Harper, D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C), Pediatric Dentistry*
Shikha Kanotra, D.M.D.
Soo-Woo Kim, D.M.D., Periodontists*
Aram Kim, D.M.D., Prosthodontists*
Mesou Lai, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry/ Orthodontics*
R. Frederick Lambert, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.A., Pediatric Dentistry*
James MacLaine, B.D.S., Craniofacial Orthodontics
Kristin Marso, D.M.D.
Megan McDougall, D.M.D., Orthodontics*
Maritza Morell, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Lawrence L. Phan, D.M.D., Prosthodontics*
Elizabeth Ross, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry/Craniofacial Orthodontics*
Elaine Smyth, D.Ch.Dent., Pediatric Dentistry
Rosalyn Sulyanto Dickson, D.M.D., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Young Yi, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 13 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: 3,000 First Year
3,000 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 3,000 First Year
3,000 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 77,949 First Year
81,090 Second Year
Application: Sept. 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: 1:20
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Craniofacial Disorders
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Procedural Sedation, Operating Room/General Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
BOARD Preparation
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 29 Chair/Operatories
12 Clinic Receptionist
15 Dental Assistants
9 Dental Hygienists