Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
Kentucky Clinic Dentistry
University of Kentucky
A-218 Kentucky Clinic
740 S. Limestone
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0284
Phone: (859) 257-3462
Fax: (859) 323-2036

Program Length and Number of Positions

Our program is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Four first year post-doctoral students (residents) are admitted each year.

Program Type

Our program is an Academic/Hospital Combined residency certificate program.


Participants must apply through PASS (of ADEA) and the National matching Service. The application deadline is September 15 of the year proceeding matriculation. Correspondence and questions regarding application procedures and admission should be addressed to:

Dr. Cristina Perez, Program Director
Pediatric Dentistry
A-218 Kentucky Clinic
7420 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0284


The program is a two year hospital residency in the University of Kentucky Hospital, integrated with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. It is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation and meets the advanced education requirements of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Successful completion of the program results in the awarding of a certificate from the University of Kentucky Hospital.


The curriculum is balanced between the didactic and the clinical, emphasizing evidence-based science foundational to the clinical care of children’s oral health. Basic courses, which are core to all specialty programs, are taken with other advanced education students in the UK College of Dentistry. These include: oral biology, research design and statistics, oral medicine, and oral pathology. Courses in orthodontic theory, technique, and practice are given by the Orthodontic faculty and a Board Certified private practice Orthodontist. Weekly seminars to review the research literature of pediatric dentistry are conducted by the pediatric dentistry faculty. Regular case conferences are scheduled to analyze cases being treated by residents and faculty members. A four week rotation in the Department of Anesthesia exposes the resident to the administration of general anesthesia. A four week rotation in the Department of Pediatrics focuses on the diagnosis and care of the ill child. Residents participate in weekly grand rounds of the Department of Pediatrics, and monthly grand rounds of the College of Dentistry.

Clinical out-patient care is in the clinic of Pediatric Dentistry of the Kentucky Clinic, UK Health Care’s ambulatory care facility. Experience in both Oral and IV conscious sedation is provided. Treatment of children under general anesthesia is conducted in the UK Hospital’s operating rooms as well as its surgery center. Residents participate in care for school children on the College of Dentistry mobile van, which visits area schools.

All residents are expected to conduct an empirical research project, and prepare the results for publication, prior to the awarding of the certificate.

Program Stipend and Tuition

The first year stipend is $55,080, and the second year stipend is $56,319. Stipends are adjusted each year. Residents in pediatric dentistry receive the same stipends as all other residents in the University of Kentucky Hospital.


  • College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky
  • Kentucky Clinic (UK’s Ambulatory Care Facility)
  • College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
  • College of Public Health, University of Kentucky
  • University of Kentucky Hospital and Children’s Hospital
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children
  • College of Dentistry Mobile Dental Vans

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following to be considered for admission:

  • Be a graduate of a Commission on Dental Accreditation dental school, or Canadian equivalent.
  • Complete a PASS application with the American Dental Education Association, and participate in the National Matching Service. This PASS application should contain 3 PPIs and 2 PEFs. 
  • Submit official copies of pre-professional transcripts directly to the program.
  • Submit a 2 x 2 photograph directly to the program.
  • Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae or Resume directly to the program.

Program Strengths

  • Balanced and blended didactic and clinical education
  • Participation in basic core curriculum with all other advanced education students in the College of Dentistry which includes oral biology, research design and statistics, oral medicine, anesthesia, oral photography, and oral pathology
  • Full status as a resident in a quaternary care academic hospital, with integrated children’s hospital
  • Didactic education in orthodontics is taught by the members of the Division of Orthodontics and clinical orthodontic supervision is provided by a Board Certified private practice orthodontist who is sensitive to the required competencies required for pediatric dentists to manage the developing occlusion
  • Comprehensive review of the pediatric dentistry literature in weekly seminars
  • Grand Rounds with Department of Pediatrics
  • Four-week anesthesia rotation in the Department of Anesthesia
  • Four-week pediatric rotation in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Regular case conferences
  • Participation on a cleft palate team
  • Experienced and diverse faculty with experience in all aspects of pediatric dentistry: practice, research, administration, policy, leadership, and public service
  • Situated in a major academic health sciences center with colleges of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health, and located on the campus of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s doctoral degree granting, comprehensive, research and land-grant university with over 25,000 students.

Program Faculty

Cristina Perez, D.D.S., Program Director, Interim Division Chief and Associate Professor (full time)*
Erwin G. Turner, D.M.D., Associate Professor (full time)*
Ronald Singer, D.D.S., Assistant Professor (full time)*
Kelly Dingrando, D.M.D., Assistant Professor (full time)
Wendy Humphrey, D.M.D., Assistant Professor (part time)*
Rodney Jackson, D.M.D., Assistant Professor (part time)*
Lisa Kochis, D.D.S., M.S., Assistant Professor, Orthodontics (part time)*
Julie Keller, D.M.D., Assistant Professors (part time)*

*Board Certified

School Profile


Program Type: Combine
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
4 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: 4
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 55,080 First Year
56,319 Second Year
Application: 0 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: 1:40
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: Yes Clinic Half-days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 8 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
1.5 Dental Hygienists