Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry (M/C 850)
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7211
Phone: (312) 996-7531
Fax: (312) 996-1638

Program Length and Number of Positions

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry will accept up to 9 residents into the 2019-2020 entering class. All positions will be awarded through the Dental Match Service.

The program is a 2-year Certificate Program with an intregrated Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences.

Program Type

University-based, hospital-affiliated program


The application deadline is September 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Jean O’Finn, at the following address: 

Jean O'Finn
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Dentistry 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, M/C 850
801 South Paulina Street, Room 256
Chicago, IL 60612

Specific questions should be addressed to:
Dr. David Avenetti,; Postgraduate Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612-7211; (312) 996-7531. 


The program is university-based/hospital-affiliated and fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). Graduates have a track record of success with both the written and oral ABPD examinations.

The program provides a rich and diversified educational experience that emphasizes comprehensive oral health care for healthy and medically complex infants, children and adolescents. Its newly-renovated, state-of-the-art graduate clinic with 20 operatories (8 of which are private rooms), attends to a large and diverse population of the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois. Each operatory is equipped with nitrous oxide, digital radiography, a video monitor and a computer. There is an optimal ratio of dental assistants to residents. Residents graduate with significant experience providing care using different modalities of behavior management, including nitrous oxide, moderate sedation (oral and intranasal modalities) and general anesthesia.


Clinical experiences primarily occur in the pediatric dentistry graduate clinic at the UIC College of Dentistry. Our facilities offer collaboration and consultation with professionals from other departments within the College of Dentistry and other health sciences. Dental care under general anesthesia, after-hours emergency dental care, and rotations in pediatric and subspeciality medical clinics (Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, General Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Craniofacial clinic, etc.) take place at the University of Illinois Hospital which is conveniently located adjacent to the College of Dentistry. Plans are underway to integrate in-office general anesthesia to supplement the operating room experience at UI Hospital. The residents also rotate in the Department of Oral Surgery at the College to observe and/or treat complex pediatric and adult oral surgery cases done under intravenous sedation. Our busy undergraduate pediatric dental clinic provides an excellent venue for both clinical and lab teaching of dental students. Residents receive clinical and didactic orthodontic experiences in the Mixed Dentition Clinic, which is a collaboration with the Department of Orthodontics.

Second-year residents receive additional general anesthesia experience at St. Bernard Hospital and provide care at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and Children's Clinic in Oak Park. Plans are currently underway to open an Ambulatory Surgery center in the College of Dentistry in Fall 2019 to treat patients under general anesthesia.

Learning modalities include didactic courses, seminars, continuing education courses, and clinical experiences. The curriculum includes, among others: behavior management, child development and psychology, pulp therapy, orthodontics/growth & development, oral care for special health care needs patients/hospital dentistry, dental traumatology, biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods, dental radiology, pediatric oral pathology, dental materials, cariology/microbiology, infant oral health and prevention, practice management, inherited and acquired dental anomalies, and principles of sedation and general anesthesia. The program offers a specially-designed seminar on advocacy and leadership development for residents. Additional topics are covered in the MS curriculum, rounds, and in a seminar format.

 The program is designed to fully prepare the resident for clinical practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching, public health, or research career in pediatric dentistry. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

The program awards graduates with a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Graduate Medical Education (GME) residents receive a competitive stipend for the duration of the certificate program. For 2019-2020, the first-year stipend is $57,000, and the second-year stipend is $59,000, plus health coverage and fringe benefits. Each July, it is expected there will be a small increase to the stipend. There are no tuition fees for enrollment in the Certificate program. Note that eligibility for a GME stipend is determined by GME policies and not by the residency program.

A Master of Science in Oral Sciences degree is integrated in the residency program. Tuition for the Master's program is waived, up to $5,250 annually for the first 2 years, but it is taxed.

Accepted residents must plan to be in Chicago by mid-June for mandatory GME, College of Dentistry, and Program orientation prior to the program start.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry 
  • University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System 
  • St. Bernard Hospital
  • Community partner clinics

Admission Requirements

  • Review the ADEA/PASS website for full details pertaining to the application requirements. We ask that applicants review the program description and application requirements listed prior to contacting the department. We try to ensure that these resources provide consistent and up-to-date information. The application deadline is September 1, 2019.
  • In lieu of a supplemental application, applicants must complete three supplemental questions within the ADEA PASS application
  • ADAT. We will not require the ADAT for the 2019-2020 cycle. Applicants wishing to take the ADAT may submit score reports for consideration with the application materials, but this is optional.
  • Interviews. Interviews will occur on three dates in late-October and early-November.

Program Strengths

Strong didactic (25%) and clinic (60%) experience, as well as research (10%), and teaching (5%) 

  • Large diverse patient pool with a public health emphasis
  • Significant exposure to healthy patients and children with special health care needs
  • Opportunity for interdisciplinary care with other dental and medical specialties
  • Extensive exposure to minimal and moderate sedation and general anesthesia
  • Excellent, newly renovated facilities, significant hospital activity, and supporting medical/dental staff 
  • Diversified and experienced faculty with clinical and research expertise 
  • Extensive opportunities to gain teaching skills and experience

Program Faculty

Full-Time Clinical Pediatric Dentistry Faculty
Marcio da Fonseca, D.D.S., M.S.,Chicago Dental Society Professor, Department Head, Director of Oral Health for Special Needs Children* 
David Avenetti, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H, Clinical Associate Professor and Postgraduate Program Director* 
Sahar Alrayyes, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Clinic Director * 
Evelina Kratunova, B.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Ian Marion, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Brittaney Hill, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H. Clinical Assistant Professor

Full-Time Non-Clinical Pediatric Dentistry Faculty
Linda Kaste, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Dental Public Health and Epidemiology Associate Professor
Sheela Raja, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology and Assistant Professor
Chuck LeHew, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
Christine Wu, Ph.D., Professor, Director Caries Research

Part-Time Clinical Pediatric Dentistry Faculty
Mary Claire Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Shahrbanoo Fadavi, D.D.S., M.S., Professor* 
Nicola Hill-Cordell, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Flavia Lamberghini, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Indru Punwani, D.D.S., M.S.D., Professor Emeritus*
Maribel Reyes de Lobos, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Justin Welke, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*

* Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry 


School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: Up to 9
Tuition In-State: Tuition Waived (for Certificate Program) First Year
Tuition Waived (for Certificate Program) Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: Tuition Waived (for Certificate Program) First Year
Tuition Waived (for Certificate Program) Second Year
Salary/Stipend: $57,000 First Year
$59,000 Second Year
Application: September 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: 1:24
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: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
15 Dental Assistants