Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Maryland Dental School 
650 West Baltimore Street, Room 2218
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410)706-7970

Program Length and Number of Positions

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

Program Type

University-based certificate with option for a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy


The application deadline is November 15 of the year preceding matriculation.  Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:  Dr. Patricia Meehan, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, 650 W. Baltimore St, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21201.


The Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare the student for a career in patient care in a private practice or a hospital setting. The student is expected to develop clinical skills in treating normal and handicapped children, as well as to function effectively in the hospital environment treating patients with complex medical problems. This program combined with a master’s or doctorate is intended for the clinician who wishes to pursue a career as a teacher/researcher and emphasizes scientific methodology together with research experience to develop skills required for independent research. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Postdoctoral students can seek simultaneous enrollment in the program combined with a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. In addition to the requirements for the postdoctoral program, the successful completion of a thesis and specific course work are required for graduation. The student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and either a M.S. or Ph.D. degree at the successful conclusion of the program.

Program’s Goals and Objectives

The overall goals of the Advanced Education Program of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland is to produce proficient specialist that are culturally sensitive, instilled with curiosity for lifelong learning, and are motivated to make a difference in society.  In meeting the overall goal of producing a proficient specialist in Pediatric Dentistry, the specific objectives of the post graduate program which encompass the standards of established care for infants, children and adolescents include:

  1. To prepare residents for a career in private practice and/or academics with emphasis on advocacy and community engagement.
  2. To produce proficient, conscientious, evidence-based clinicians, dedicated to a lifetime of professional development and learning;
  3. To prepare graduates for achieving certification by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry;
  4. To prepare residents to participate in research, scientific writing, and case presentation.
  5. To provide empathetic quality care to patients
  6. To maintain a cost-effective postgraduate program


The Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry is based primarily at the University of Maryland Dental School on the campus of the Health Sciences Center of the University of Maryland.  The academic course work occupies approximately 20 percent of the postdoctoral students’ time and includes: case conferences, research methods, orthodontic diagnosis, laboratory technique, literature review, oral pathology, general anesthesia rotation, pediatrics rotation and applied teaching.  Each postdoctoral student is required to submit a research paper suitable for publication and prepare three documented cases similar to those previously required for board certification.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First- and second-year stipends are $16,788 and $17,610, respectively. Tuition is $22,951 in-state and $42,411 out-of-state.


  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  •  University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (Kernan) Hospital
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital

Admission Requirements

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

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or its equivalent 
  •  Dental and preprofessional education transcripts through PASS Program 
  • Three recommendations (one from full-time faculty member) 
  •  Documentation of professional experiences 
  • Personal interview 
  • Participation in Postdoctoral Matching Program
  • TOEFL scores and National Board Dental Examination results Parts I and II for foreign applicants

Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic program, especially in orthodontics, with flexibility to accommodate diverse professional goals
  • Evidence-based, patient-centered care in both in- and out-patient settings with normal, developmentally disabled and medically compromised preschool and school-aged patients
  • Emphasis is placed on leadership for private practice, hospital or academic careers 
  • Well-qualified and diverse full- and part-time faculty

Program Faculty

Ronald Ackerman, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor+
Warren Brill, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
Glenn Canares, D.D.S., M.S.D., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Barry Cohen, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
James Coll, D.M.D., M.S., Clinical Professor*
Karim Elrafei, D.D.S., Clinical Instructor*
Vineet Dhar, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D., M.B.A., Program Director, Department Chair, Division Chief for Pediatric Dentistry*
Edward Ginsberg, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Kuei-Ling (Christine) Hsu, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Instructor*
Beverly Ann Jimenez, D.D.S., Clinical Instructor|
Shari Kohn, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor*
Marvin Leventer, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor
Glenn Minah, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Preston Shelton, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor*
Deven Shroff, D.D.S., Clinical Instructor*
Norman Tinanoff, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Professor*
Clemencia Vargas, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor

*Board Certified
+Board Certified (Ortho) 

School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 5 Full-Time
11 Part-Time
12 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: $22,951 Both Years
Tuition Out-Of-State: $42,411 Both Years
Salary/Stipend: $16,788 First Year
$17,610 Second Year
Application:  November 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: 1:25
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
Oral Conscious Sedation
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists