Pediatric Dental Residency Program 
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Ohio State University
700 Children's Drive
LA Suite 5A
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-5651
Fax: (614) 722-5671

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. There are 8 new positions offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-based, university-affiliated certificate and Master of Science program


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Kim Hammersmith, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Interim Program Director, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University, 700 Children's Drive, LA Suite 5A, Columbus, OH 43205;


The residency program in pediatric dentistry is a two-year, hospital-based, university-affiliated certificate and Master of Science program. The program combines clinical training with studies of the basic sciences as related to pediatric dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and persons completing the program meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A Certificate of Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry Education is awarded by The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, as well as a Certificate of Residency from Nationwide Children's Hospital, upon successful completion of the program. On completion of the thesis requirement, students will receive the required MS degree. The program is designed to fully prepare the student for specialty practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.


The curriculum offers the opportunity for extending the student's diagnostic ability, basic and special clinical knowledge and skills and critical judgment. It will offer experience in closely related areas to provide students with the understanding of comprehensive care. The core of the curriculum includes all subject matter indispensable to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. A supporting portion of the curriculum is included to extend the student's educational experience, enhance ability to think critically and independently, and communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. The students will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and health fields. Didactic courses, seminars and clinical experiences are provided to develop these necessary skills.

The didactic courses include: statistics, research design, photography and public health. Lectures and seminars include: physical and emotional growth and development of the child, cephalometrics, preventive procedures, traumatology, advocacy and public policy, biomechanics and limited orthodontics, behavior management, sedation, general anesthesia and other traditional pediatric dentistry courses.

The students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature and be expected to produce a publishable paper. Students must complete a thesis to satisfy the requirements for the certificate.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $55,826.95. Second-year stipend is $57,549.56. Tuition is currently paid by the College of Dentistry since students are teaching assistants. The university provides malpractice insurance and three weeks vacation per year. Residents are eligible for benefits through the University as graduate students and the hospital as employees.


  • The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital

Admission Requirements

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

  • Graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school 
  • ADEA PASS application
  • Dental education transcripts (submit through PASS)
  • CV/Resume (submit through PASS)
  • National Board Examination Part I prior to application and Part II prior to admission (submit through PASS)
  • Four professional evaluation forms, preferably one from Pediatric Dental Faculty (submit through PASS)
  • Personal interview
  • Undergraduate college transcripts not required
  • ADAT results accepted but not required

Program Strengths

  • Program provides an excellent balance between didactic knowledge and clinical experience in all areas of pediatric dentistry 
  • Training by the Department of Orthodontics 
  • Extensive clinical experience with medically compromised patients 
  • In depth anesthesia, premedication and sedation training through the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatric Dentistry 
  • Extensive experience in handling traumatic injuries to the teeth and jaws of children 
  • Availability of outstanding consultants in all areas of health care

Program Faculty

Janice A. Townsend, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry *
Homa Amini, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry*
Ehsan N. Azadani, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
Paul Casamassimo, D.D.S., M.S., Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dan Claman, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Ann Griffen, D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Erin Gross, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor/Director, Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry*
Kim Hammersmith, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Assistant Clinical Professor/Director, Postdoctoral Pediatric Dentistry*
Ashok Kumar, D.D.S., M.S., Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry*
Dennis McTigue, D.D.S., M.S., Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry* 
Rosa Ortega, D.D.S., M.S., Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*
Diego Solis, D.D.S., Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*

Henry Fields, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.D., Professor, Orthodontics* (part-time)
Lucia Gerstmann, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Edith Kang, D.D.S., M.P.H., M.S., Orthodontics (part-time) 
Gerald Kassoy, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Nick Kerns, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Jeff Milton, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Cecilia Moy, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time) 
Scott Nieman, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Colleen Orellana, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Monica Patel, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Jessica Pizano, D.M.D., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Shaun Rotenberg, D.D.S., M.S., Periodontology* (part-time)
Marlina Shah, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Heidi Steinkamp, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)
Kumar Subramanian, D.D.S., M.S., Endodontics (part-time)
Steve Wilson, D.M.D., M.A., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry* (part-time)
Eric VanGilder, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry (part-time)

*Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 9 Full-Time
19 Part-Time
24 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: Waived First Year
Waived Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: Waived First Year
Waived Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 55,826.95 First Year
57,549.56 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: 1:33
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
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1/wk during second year Clinic Half-Days
1/wk during second year Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
20 Dental Assistants
6 Dental Hygienists