Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
114 Squire Hall
Buffalo, New York 14214-8006
Phone: (716) 829-3717
Fax: (716) 829-3895

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

Hospital-based certificate program; with a Master of Science in Oral Science degree as an elective. Degree candidates may require more than two years to complete research and thesis requirements.


The program participates in both the National Matching program and in PASS. Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to: 

Ms. Marlene Ohar, Residency Program Administrator, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry, 114 Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214-8006


The Pediatric and Community Dentistry Department has been serving the children of Western New York since 1917. Our faculty and staff employ the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment techniques and materials to ensure excellent dental care for children at multiple locations throughout Western New York.

Each year over 110,000 patients visit us for hygiene procedures, sealants, cleanings and comprehensive dental care. Our patient population is large and diverse with many medically and physically compromised children.


The Pediatric Dentistry Specialty Training Program is a hospital-based, 24-month certificate program fully accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. The residents rotate at several clinical sites, including the John Oishei Children's Hospital, the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, the Conventus Center for Collaborative Care, and multiple faculty practice sites at University Pediatric Dentistry. Our goal is to train residents to become proficient in all phases of pediatric dentistry including treatment planning, prevention, growth and development, comprehensive pediatric and adolescent restorative care, pharmacological and non-pharmacological behavior management techniques, treatment of children under general anesthesia, the management of the medically compromised child, and the management of dental traumas. Off-service rotations such as anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency medicine and various specialty care clinics are included in the program.

The opportunity for continued study and work in the area of dentistry for children is unlimited. The curriculum is organized to provide experience in all phases of clinical care, comprehensive academic instruction, and research experience. At the hospital, residents treat patients with special healthcare needs, respond to dental emergencies while on-call, attend rotations, and perform pediatric dental cases under general anesthesia. Residents also spend a large amount of their training time working alongside pediatric dental faculty in various clinical environments at multiple University Pediatric Dentistry offices. The diverse patient base and the variety of clinical training sites prepare residents for their future careers, whether they choose to be in a clinical, private office, or academic environment. The oral and IV sedation training curriculum that exists within this program is unparalleled, with residents working closely with a pediatric anesthesiologist to ensure that safe, effective sedation techniques are being utilized for patient care. Residents are trained extensively enough to become IV sedation-certified in NYS at the completion of the program. 

Residents also have the opportunity to teach third and fourth year dental students who rotate through the hospital and other affiliated sites as part of their pediatric dentistry assignment. Lectures, seminars, case presentations and literature review sessions are incorporated into the curriculum as part of their schedule.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $53,119. Second-year stipend is $53,895. There is no tuition for certificate students. For those students working towards the Masters certificate, in-state tuition is approximately $38,474 and out-of-state tuition is $65,594. Health insurance coverage is provided for residents and their families.


  • John R. Oishei Children's Hospital 
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine 
  • Kaleida Dental Clinic at the Conventus Center for Collaborative Care
  • Various University Pediatric Dentistry clinical sites around Western New York

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited dental school 
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident, Green Card Holder, or Canadian Citizenship
  • Dental education transcripts 
  • Institutional Evaluation, Electronic Professional Evaluations 
  • Personal interview

Program Strengths

  • Large, diverse patient pool with exposure to many medically and physically compromised patients 
  • A strong clinical component, with the majority of time each week devoted to direct patient care 
  • Outstanding community involvement and advocacy, with extensive opportunity to participate in outreach 
  • Extensive exposure to dental trauma
  • Unparalleled academic and clinical sedation program with opportunity to apply for sedation certificate upon completion of the residency
  • Academic and didactic instruction relative to clinical experiences in the form of lectures, courses, case presentations, trauma rounds, and literature reviews.
  • Orthodontics taught in both off-site clinical locations by our orthodontic faculty and also at the dental school alongside the Orthodontic residents.
  • Great team environment and strong working relationships with faculty, residents and staff
  • State-of-the-art facilities 
  • Residents will always have a dental assistant and adequate support while treating patients in clinic
  • Work alongside energetic faculty with breadth of training background and experience 
  • All residents receive faculty appointment at the dental school
  • A rich mix of non-pediatric dentistry faculty and clinicians in the department to assist residents with their engagement in care and academic enterprises
  • Large medical library available
  • Excellent working relationships with pediatric, surgical and specialty departments at the hospital
  • Opportunities for collaboration and enhancement of clinical, teaching and research areas within a major medical system

Program Faculty

Rachel Anderson, D.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor*
Victor Bochacki, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor 
Kelly R. Burke, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor* 
Meelin ChinKit-Wells, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor* 
Paul Creighton, D.D.S., Interim Chair, Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry, Clinical Associate Professor
Mary Beth Dunn, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor* 
Christopher Heard, M.B.ChB, FRCA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesia* 
Joseph Johnson, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
David McCloe, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Douglas Olson, D.M.D., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontics*
Suketu N. Patel, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Vineela Redla, B.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Tammy Thompson, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Mark Trautman, D.D.S., Clinical Instructor
Timothy J. Votta, M.D., D.D.S., Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery* 
Carrie Wanamaker, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Interim Residency Program Director*
Juan F. Yepes, D.D.S., M.D., M.P.H., M.S., DrPH, Clinical Assistant Professor* 


School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 10 Full-Time
7 Part-Time
12 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 8
Tuition In-State: 38,474 First Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 65,594 First Year
Salary/Stipend: 53,119 First Year
53,895 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: 1:15
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
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 68 Chair/Operatories
21 Clinic Receptionist
55 Dental Assistants
99 Dental Hygienists