Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
University of Minnesota - School of Dentistry
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Phone: (612) 625-1422
Fax: (612) 626-2900
Email: Jordan Knapp, Residency Program Coordinator,

Program Length and Number of Positions

The program is 24 months in duration. The official start date for the program is July 1 of the matriculating year. Six positions are planned for the class beginning on July 1, 2025.

Program Type

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program


Prospective students must apply through ADEA PASS and register with the National Matching Services. Our application deadline is September 15th of the year prior to the program’s start date.To answer common questions about the residency program, Dr. Jeff Karp, our residency program director, hosts quarterly 75-minute Q&A sessions via Zoom. Schedule and registration for the Q&A sessions can be found on the University of Minnesota residency page linked above.


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry trains pediatric dentists for careers in private practice, academia, public health, and hospital dentistry consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We strive to improve pediatric health care and advance the specialty through the education of pediatric dentists who are committed to safe, high-quality, evidence-based clinical practice, interdisciplinary team care, research discovery, community service, and advocacy.The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry holds the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements with the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Graduates of the program are educationally qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.


Designed in accordance with American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines, the residency includes didactic curriculum, clinical training, medical rotations, research projects, teaching responsibilities, and advocacy experiences. Residents learn from experts in the School of Dentistry, the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, and talented clinicians from the local pediatric healthcare community.Residents practice at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, where they treat infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs. Residents care for healthy patients as well as those with conditions including the following:

chronic diseases of childhoodcongenital heart diseaseblood and solid organ cancersdisorders treated with bone marrow therapiesgenetic syndromesphysical, intellectual, and neurodevelopmental disabilitiescleft and craniofacial differencespsychiatric, mood, emotional and behavioral conditions.Residents provide preventive, diagnostic, restorative, orthodontic, endodontic, prosthodontic, periodontal and surgical pediatric dental services in this clinic.

The residency clinic offers treatment with nitrous oxide oxygen analgesia as well as various types of moderate sedation. Dental rehabilitation cases under general anesthesia are performed at the MHealth Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital.Pediatric medicine, interdisciplinary team care, growth and development, clinical pediatric dentistry and advocacy are emphasized throughout the training experience. First year residents complete medical rotations in emergency medicine and hospital pediatric medicine at the MHealth Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital. They also rotate to Children’s Minnesota for their 4-week anesthesiology rotation. Second year residents complete rotations with the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Clinic, the interdisciplinary clinics at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, and the oral maxillofacial surgery clinic at the School of Dentistry. Second year residents also staff the cleft palate clinic at the School of Dentistry and teach dental education students in the predoctoral pediatric dentistry clinic. First and second year pediatric dental residents provide pediatric dental services at the Community University Health Care Center, a University of Minnesota affiliated federally qualified health center.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year resident (2024-2025): base salary $68,531. First-year resident (2024-2025): resident responsibility towards tuition and fees $14,391. Second-year resident (2024-2025): base salary $70,640. Second-year resident (2024-2025): resident responsibility towards tuition and fees $14,391. The University’s Office of Student Health Benefits coordinates the benefits and enrollment for health, dental, disability, and life insurance. The Office of Human Resources administers the flexible spending accounts and voluntary retirement options.

The program stipend, tuition, and fringe benefits listed here are estimates for the academic year 2024-2025. Note: there is no difference in tuition for in-state versus out-of-state residents.


  • University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota
  • Moos Health Sciences Tower, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota
  • MHealth Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • University of Minnesota Community University Health Care Center

Admission Requirements

  • Test scores
    • ADA ADAT scores are accepted but not required.
    • GRE, NBDE, and INBDE scores are not required.
  • Official undergraduate and dental school transcripts via ADEA PASS.
  • Submit curriculum vitae (CV) to ADEA PASS.
  • Must be eligible for a Minnesota resident or full dental license.
  • DMD/DDS degree from a CODA accredited United States or Canadian dental school
  • International applicants: must be eligible for either an F1 or TN visa.

Program Strengths

  • Major public land grant institution with vast resources and a highly regarded Academic Health Center
  • Commitment to train a pediatric health care provider for interdisciplinary team care
  • Residency program faculty with diverse experiences and patient care philosophies
  • Residents provide comprehensive dental home including orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery
  • Rich partnerships with 3 metropolitan Children’s Hospitals 
  • Ethnically, culturally, medically, and socioeconomically diverse patient base
  • Family friendly, state of the art pediatric dental clinic
  • Technology friendly program including Google Workspace

Program Faculty

Jeff Karp, D.M.D., M.S., Interim Division Director and Residency Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*Soraya Beiraghi, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.S., M.S.D., Pediatric DentistryRobert Jones, D.D.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry*Dennis Carreras, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*John Collier, D.D.S., Pediatric DentistryRonald Curran, D.D.S., Pediatric DentistryZeynep Havva Ertugrul, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry*Teresa Fong, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Xu Han, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Quentin Knutson, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Mitch Kramer, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Archana Mani, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*Mackensie McBeain, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Meghan Mester, D.D.S., Pediatric DentistryClaire Mielke, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Robert Nadeau, D.D.S., M.D., Oral Maxillofacial Surgery*James Nickman, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Judy Pedro-Lim, D.M.D., M.S., Pediatric DentistryDaniel Raether, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Aruna Rao, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*Julio Sotillo, D.D.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry*Rachel Uppgaard, D.D.S. Oral Maxillofacial Surgery*


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
16 Part-Time
17 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 of the matriculating year
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 14,391 First Year
14,391 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 14,391 First Year
14,391 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 68,531 First Year (2024-2025)
70,640 Second Year (2024-2025)
Application: Pass Fee Only Fee
September 15, PASS 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: 14:1
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Craniofacial Disorders
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:  Second-year residents serve as teaching assistants in the predoctoral pediatric dentistry clinic
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists