Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic
Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota
701 25th Avenue South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
Phone: (612) 626-7232
Fax: (612) 626-2900

Program Length and Number of Positions

The program is 24 months in duration. Resident orientation activities begin the last week of June. The official start date for the program is July 1 of the matriculating year. Six positions are available for the entering class.

Program Type

Hospital pediatric dentistry residency program located in an outpatient facility of the University of Minnesota Physicians. A specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded by the sponsoring institution, the University of Minnesota.


Applications are accepted through the Postdoctoral Applicant Support Service (PASS). The application deadline is September 15th. Applicants must also be registered with the National Matching Service. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to Chelsey Favretto, Residency Program Coordinator, at the email address listed above. We utilize the ADEA PASS system to collect educational transcripts. We do not need to receive a separate copy of your transcripts during the application process. Please visit the residency program website listed above for additional instructions regarding optional submission of a video essay as a supplemental application material.


The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program offers its residents didactic and clinical training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry with special emphasis on pediatric medicine and interdisciplinary team care, growth and development, and clinical pediatric dentistry. The program’s main clinical site, the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, is a community located practice adjacent to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Physicians pediatric subspecialty clinics. The residency program clinic provides a dental home to infants, children, and adolescents including the generally healthy, those with complex medical conditions, physical and neurodevelopmental disabilities, cleft and craniofacial conditions, and inherited dental disorders. This site along with the Pediatric Dentistry hospital service (ED, OR, inpatient wards) at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital serves as a primary referral location for complex children receiving medical care at all of the Children’s Hospitals in the Twin Cities. Pediatric patients from distant sites in the United States and internationally also seek dental care at this program site when receiving care for bone marrow and solid organ transplants as well as other complex conditions at children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities. Clinical experience in space maintenance and orthodontics, oral and intranasal sedation, endodontic therapy, pediatric prosthodontics, and oral surgery is taught in the residency clinic during both years of the program. Second year residents staff the weekly cleft palate clinic at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. They also teach dental students in the pre-doctoral and graduate pediatric dental clinic, as well as pediatric medical residents who rotate through the residency program clinic. Pediatric dentistry residents provide dental services at the Community University Health Care Center, a University-sponsored federally qualified health center, in both years of their program. Residents who successfully complete all requirements of the program receive a Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and are educationally qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.


Residents attend structured lecture and seminar courses given by program faculty in pediatric dentistry, dental specialists from the School of Dentistry, basic and clinical science researchers from the Academic Health Center, general and subspecialty pediatricians, allied health providers, and other experts from the Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area. Evidence-based practice and fluency in the AAPD guidelines are stressed throughout the curriculum. Content areas within the curriculum include but are not limited to behavior guidance, pediatric medicine, restorative dentistry, pulp therapy, growth and development, sedation and general anesthesia, hospital dentistry, dental traumatology, clinical orthodontics, cariology and caries management, infant oral health and dental home, pediatric oral pathology, periodontology, infectious disease, biostatistics, practice management, advocacy and education, and care of children with cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Intensive hospital rotations in anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, hospital pediatric medicine and emergency department at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, and individuals with special health care needs at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare are completed at the aforementioned US News & World Report top Children’s Hospitals. All residents complete a hypothesis driven research project, present their results at a professional meeting, and are encouraged to seek publication of their work in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year resident (2021-2022): base salary $58,642. Second year resident (2021-2022): base salary $60,447. 

First year resident (2021-2022): tuition $14,000. Second year resident (2021-2022): tuition $14,000. 

The program stipend, tuition, and fringe benefits listed here are estimates for the academic year 2021-2022. Note: there is no difference in tuition for in-state or out-of-state residents.

For more information, please visit the program's University of Minnesota webpage here.


University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota
Moos Health Sciences Tower, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota 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

  • Graduate of Commission on Dental Accreditation approved United States or Canadian dental school
  • Eligible to obtain a dentist or resident dentist license with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry before program start
  • Complete application including educational transcripts on file with the ADEA PASS service
  • Personal interview

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 Apps for Education

Program Faculty

Soraya Beiraghi, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.S., M.S.D., Division Director, Pediatric Dentistry
Jeffrey Karp, D.M.D., M.S., Residency Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Robert Jones, D.D.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Elise Sarvas, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H., Pediatric Dentistry*
Savitha Deepthi Yannam, B.D.S., M.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Brent E. Larson, D.D.S, M.S., Orthodontics*
Ronald Curran, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Julio Sotillo, D.D.S., Ph.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Daniel Raether, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Richard Baylon, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Ellie Sakhi, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Dennis Carreras, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
John Collier, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Zeynep 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*
Taylor Stephens, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Gloria Lopez Franco, D.D.S., General Dentist
Robert Nadeau, D.D.S., M.D., Oral Maxillofacial Surgery*
Emma Zimmerman, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Matthew Husman, D.M.D., Pediatric Dentistry*
Lindsay Bedeaux, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
James Nickman, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Judy Pedro-Lim, D.M.D., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Aruna Rao, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry*

* Board certified 

School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
19 Part-Time
17 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 14,000 First Year
14,000 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 58,642 First Year
60,447 Second Year
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: 15:1
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/wk Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
5 Clinic Receptionist
11 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists