Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
202 Dental Science Building
801 Newton Road
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1001
Phone: (319) 335-7479
Fax: (319) 353-5508

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year with an orientation in late June. Five positions are offered each year; all with stipends.

Program Type

University based program awarding a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry (24 months).


The application deadline is September 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Dr. Heidi Steinkamp, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, or email


The program in Pediatric Dentistry fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon completion of the program, the student meets all eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

The program addresses all aspects of contemporary pediatric dentistry. Furthermore, the program has been designed to emphasize development in the following areas: 

  1. Leadership skills. 
  2. The development of confidence in rendering dental services in a hospital environment and in understanding the needs and managing the treatment of children with special health care needs. 
  3. The development of an intellectually self-confident, independent, adaptable pediatric dentist with skills that make them effective agents of change at local, regional and national levels. 


The curriculum for Iowa’s advanced specialty education program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to exceed the educational requirements set forth in the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs. Residents participate in seminars, lectures and clinics in preparation for successful program completion and preparation to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s board exam.

Other aspects of the curriculum include a rotation in pediatrics and pediatric acute care; pediatric physical diagnosis; a rotation in anesthesia; cephalometrics; and orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. There is a core of courses that have been designed to help acquaint the pediatric graduate student with research design and methodology. 

Additionally, any student desiring a consultative or supervised relationship with dental educators in other specialties will find that such arrangements can be made. Extramural experience is afforded by participation in consultative clinics in various Iowa communities. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year - at least $30,000 
Second-year - stipend at least $32,000 
Tuition and Instrument Management fees, paid by Department. 
*Tuition and stipends can only be awarded to citizens of the United States. 


  1. Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Iowa College of Dentistry

  2. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

  3. University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

  4. Center for Disabilities and Development

  5. Infant Oral Health Program,

  6. Additional community dental clinics

Admission Requirements

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

  1. D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent.
  2. PASS application. The application can be requested from or for more information go the PASS Application Services Web Site - PASS Application Services has two phone lines for applicant inquiries: (202) 667-1886 and (202) 667-1887 or you may write to: PASS, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington DC. 20036-2212.
  3. Personal interview - by invitation.
  4. NBDE - part I and II or INDBE prior to match ranking.
  5. MATCH number. This can be requested through the website

Program Strengths

  1. Extensive training with patients with special health care needs. 
  2. Fundamental knowledge of the philosophy, principles and practices of dental public health. 
  3. Strong research opportunities and nationally recognized didactic training. 
  4. Contemporary clinical facilities with close working relationship with the Department of Pediatrics and other medical services. 
  5. Well trained auxiliary staff. 
  6. Faculty with diverse research/scholarly interests. 
  7. Tradition in excellence.

Program Faculty

Erik Balster, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Jeffrey Banas, Ph.D. – ProfessorUrsula Diehl, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Bryce Evans, DMD – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Jennifer Feingold, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Matthew K. Geneser, DDS – Clinical Professor and D3 Clerkship Director*Natalie Ghosheh, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*
Ryan Hemsley, DDS - Adjunct Clinical Assistant ProfessorKaitlin Hoogeveen, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Pollyanne Iben, DDS – Clinical Assistant Professor*Sophia Iribarren, DDS, MS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*David C. Johnsen, DDS, MS – Dean Emeritus, Professor*Michael J. Kanellis, DDS, MS – Professor*Kecia S. Leary, DDS – Clinical Professor, Associate Dean of Clinics*Amy Lesch, DDS, MS – Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Graduate Program Director*Michael Mathews, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Thomas Maurice, DDS, MS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Arthur J. Nowak, DMD, MA – Professor Emeritus
Reem Oweis, DDS - Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Diana M. Pelzer, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Elizabeth Pfohl, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Matthew Pyfferoen, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Heidi Steinkamp, DDS, PhD, MS – Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director*Michael Stufflebeam, DDS – Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor*Karin Weber-Gasparoni, DDS, PhD, MS – Professor and Chair, Infant Oral Health Program Director*
Megan Welborn, DDS - Assistant Clinical Professor*

*Board certified

School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 9 Full-Time
16 Part-Time
22 Board Certified
3 Clinic Receptionists
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: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 30,000 First Year
32,000 Second Year
Application: PASS Fee
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: 1:17
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
Public Health
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Day Bi-weekly
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 27 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionists
14 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists