Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Florida
College of Dentistry, PO Box 100426
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0426
Phone: (352) 273-7631
Fax: (352) 273-6765

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 25-month program commencing July 1 of each year. The program offers five new positions each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based program offering a certificate degree.


The application deadline is September 15th of the year, pending matriculation. The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and applications can be requested by contacting them directly at (800)353-2237 or The PASS deadline is September 15. 

Selected candidates are invited for an interview after the review of the completed application. Resident selection takes place through the Postdoctoral Dental matching Program. For further information about this process you can contact them at (416) 977-3431 or

Correspondence regarding the application and admission procedures should be addressed to: 
Dr. Pamela Sandow, Office of Admissions, PO Box 100402, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610-0402.


The residency in pediatric dentistry is designed to provide training in comprehensive dental care for children and eligibility for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The first year addresses dental care for the routine pediatric patient, inpatient and outpatient hospital procedures, pediatric dental medicine, growth and development, preventive dentistry and a rotation in general anesthesia. The second year is designed to increase resident responsibility and challenge the individual through staffing of pediatric specialty clinics and a caseload of increasing complexity. The residency is primarily clinical in nature with seminars designed to support and enhance the experiences gained in providing clinical care. This program provides in-depth clinical, didactic and research experiences and is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation.


The didactic core curriculum includes: oral biology, oral pathology, oral radiology, anatomy, advanced cardiac life support, biostatistics, pediatrics, growth and development, physical diagnosis, practice management, sedation and orthodontics. Residents also participate in seminars on photography, scientific writing, treatment planning, comprehensive care, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions, and research design. Core courses for pediatric dentistry include lectures in cariology and preventive dentistry, pulp therapy for primary and permanent teeth, restorative dentistry, dental trauma, behavior guidance, moderate sedation, special care patients, dental anomalies and oral pathology. Most of the didactic core curriculum is provided through teleconferencing in an interactive way with the main site, Gainesville.

The clinical curriculum provides for a diverse experience, which includes: comprehensive preventive and restorative care, hospital-based dental care in an operating room setting, oral sedation and intra-venous sedation and monitoring in the office setting, treatment of patients with oral-facial anomalies, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions and emergency dental care. Consultation and dental care is also provided to patients referred from Pediatric Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology. The residents participate in a four-week rotation in anesthesiology and a two-week rotation in pediatric medicine. A research project is required, as well as a limited teaching commitment as part of the second-year training.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $35,000. Second-year stipend is $35,000. Tuition is waived for both years. Professional liability, health and life insurance are provided by the university.


  • Naples Children Education and Foundation (NCEF) Pediatric Dental Center
  • Physicians Regional Hospital
  • Health Care Network of Southwest Florida
  • Lee Memorial Hospital (Fort Myers)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a U.S. accredited dental school
  • Dental education transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation/Professional Evaluation Forms (PEFs)
  • Personal Statement
  • National Board of Dental Examination Scores
  • 2x2 digital photograph (emailed directly to the program:
  • Personal interview - All interviews are by special invitation

Please check the Program Webpage for the most up-to-date information concerning the Application Process.

Program Strengths

  • Combination of dental school didactic strengths and hospital clinical strengths.
  • Close working relationships with the medical staff of the university hospital and integral involvement of dental residents in all phases of pediatric care.
  • A large and diverse patient population with a broad array of treatment needs and community services

Program Faculty

Marcio Guelmann, D.D.S., Chair and Residency Program Director*Lauren Governale, D.M.D, M.P.H.* (Associate Director)Kelly Magher, D.M.D.*Eugene Simon, D.M.D. (Orthodontic Director)Kay O'leary, D.M.D, MS (Orthodontics)Jake Hester, D.M.D. (Part-time)Neal Benham, D.D.S.* (Part-time)Nilofer Khatri, D.M.D.* (Part-time)

*Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
5 Part-Time
7 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 3/4
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 35,000 First Year
35,000 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:  
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience:  
Facilities: 17 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
15 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists