Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
University of Minnesota - School of Dentistry
Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Phone: (612) 626-7232
Fax: (612) 626-2900
Email: Jordan Knapp, Residency Program Coordinator,

Program Length and Number of Positions

The program is 48 months in duration. The official start date for the program is July 1 of the matriculating year. Five positions are planned for the class beginning on July 1, 2023.

Program Type

Pediatric Dentistry


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.In addition to the standard ADEA PASS application, we offer applicants the opportunity to submit a video essay to enhance your application. You can learn more about the video essay by reading the video essay instructions sheet.

Interviews are extended to competitive candidates. During the fall 2020 and 2021application cycles, faculty interviews and resident networking sessions have been conducted through videoconferencing. The format for the fall 2022 interviews will be shared during the summer 2022. To answer common questions about the residency program, Dr. Jeff Karp, our residency director, hosts monthly 75-minute Q&A sessions via Zoom videoconferencing. Here is the registration form for sessions held during the 2022-2023 application cycle.

Before the pandemic, we also offered three-day observerships for dental students and licensed dentists from CODA-approved schools who are interested in pursuing specialty training in pediatric dentistry. The 3-day observership program is currently on hold


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry trains pediatric dentists for a future in private practice, academic institutions, public health settings and hospital environments 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 for improved quality of life for the children of Minnesota and the world.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, teaching, 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 patients with conditions including the following:

  • chronic diseases of childhood
  • congenital heart disease
  • blood and solid organ cancers
  • disorders treated with bone marrow therapiesgenetic syndromes
  • physical, intellectual, and neurodevelopmental disabilitiescleft and craniofacial differences
  • psychiatric, 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 federally qualified health center and a department within the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year resident (2022-2023): base salary $61,281. Second-year resident (2022-2023): base salary $63,167. 

First-year resident (2022-2023): resident responsibility towards tuition and fees $12,835. Second-year resident (2022-2023): resident responsibility towards tuition and fees $12,835. 

The program stipend, tuition, and fringe benefits listed here are estimates for the academic year 2022-2023. Note: there is no difference in tuition for in-state or 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.
  • Transcripts - Must submit unofficial undergraduate and dental school transcripts via ADEA PASS.
  • CV/Resume Must submit a CV or resume to ADEA PASS.Supplemental application
  • A supplemental application is not required.
  • Dental licensing must be eligible for a Minnesota resident or full dental license.
  • Degree Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree from a CODA accredited United States or Canadian dental school
  • Additional requirements See above regarding optional video essays
  • International applicants Must be eligible for either an F1 or TN visa.
  • Applicants must have graduated from a CODA accredited United States or Canadian dental school.

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

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*
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*
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*
Quentin Knutson, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Megan Welborn, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Mackensie McBeain, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry
Xu Han, D.D.S., M.S., Pediatric Dentistry*
Robert Nadeau, D.D.S., M.D., Oral Maxillofacial Surgery*
Rachel Uppgaard, D.D.S. Oral Maxillofacial Surgery*
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*


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
14 Part-Time
14 Board Certified
Program Length: 48 Total Months
July 1 2023
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 15,171 First Year
15,171 Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 15,171 First Year
15,171 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 61,281 First Year
63,167 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: 14:1
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: 2/wk Clinic Half-Days
w/ Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
6 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists