Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
2500 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505
Phone: (601)-984-6100
Fax: (601)-984-6103
Program Contact: Brooke Litchliter,

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. The program offers two new positions each year.

Program Type

Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program


The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admissions procedures should be addressed to: 

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson MS 39216 

The University of Mississippi participates in the application support service, PASS, administered by ADEA and the National Dental Matching Program. 


The postdoctoral specialty program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum in advanced infant, child and adolescent dental care as well as care of persons with special health care needs. Sponsored by the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson, Mississippi; the residency program is primarily based at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. A certificate of specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program which qualifies the resident for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


The didactic curriculum includes instruction in: oral pathology, oral radiology, anatomy, advanced cardiac life support, research design, growth and development, physical diagnosis, practice management, cariology and preventive dentistry, pulp therapy for primary and permanent teeth, restorative dentistry, dental trauma, behavior guidance, special care patients, and dental anomalies.

Residents also participate in seminars on treatment planning, comprehensive care, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions, and research design. The clinical curriculum provides for a diverse experience, which includes: comprehensive preventive and restorative care, hospital-based dental care in an operating room setting, sedation and monitoring in the office/hospital setting, treatment of patients with oral-facial anomalies, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusions and emergency dental care. Consultation and dental care is also provided to patients referred from pediatric subspecialties within the Batson children’s hospital. The residents participate in a four-week rotation in anesthesiology, a four-week rotation in pediatric medicine as well as a two week after hours rotation in pediatric emergency medicine.

The overall curriculum goal is to prepare our graduates with the knowledge base and clinical skills to enter the practice of pediatric dentistry as well as prepare for future professional growth.

The academic year begins at July 1 and goes through June 30th of each year. There are no fixed quarters or semesters as such; but the program will generally follow the academic calendar of the Medical Center. The residency program is considered a seven a day week, 24 hour a day commitment. The formal schedule for residents in the Department will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, however residents will participate in an after-hour call schedule to provide emergency care in the pediatric emergency room. Open time available in the daily schedule is used for laboratory work, patient records preparation, research endeavors or academic study. Because of the demands of clinical care and scheduling, some scheduled coursework may be required in the evening.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $54,000. Second-year stipend is $55,000. Tuition is waived for both years. Professional liability, health and life insurance are provided by the university.


  • University of Mississippi School of Dentistry 
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center 
  • Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children 
  • Jackson Medical Mall/University Hospitals and Clinics

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission: 

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from a U.S. accredited dental school 
  • Dental education transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Personal interview 
  • Biographical statement 
  • Curriculum vitae

Program Strengths

  • Combination of dental school didactic strengths and hospital clinical strengths.
  • State of the art facilities integral within the Pediatric Surgical Suite of Children’s Hospital
  • Access to General Anesthesia facilities and Personnel
  • Strong commitment of interdisciplinary care with Department of Pediatrics (Medicine) and Pediatric Surgical Subspecialties

Program Faculty

*Sara Jane McCrary, DMD - Program Director*Teresa Perkins, DMD


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty:  
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
  Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State:  
Tuition Out-Of-State:  
Salary/Stipend: 54,000 First Year
55,000 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: 1:12
Clinic Experience: Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Case Conferences
Research Requirement:  
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
Facilities: 14 Chair/Operatories
1 Clinic Receptionist
3 Dental Assistants