Department of Pediatric Dentistry 
UNC Adams School of Dentistry
CB 7450, 228 Brauer Hall
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7450
Phone: (919) 537-3955
Fax: (919) 537-3950
Program Director: Scott W. Cashion, DDS MS

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 36-month program commencing on July 1 each year. Three new positions are offered each year; four positions are offered occasionally.

Program Type

University-based certificate/degree program with hospital affiliations at UNC Children’s Hospital.


The application deadline is September 15th of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Elyse Crawford, Educational Programs Coordinatorelysemc@unc.eduUNC Adams School of DentistryCB 7450, 228 Brauer HallChapel Hill , NC 27599-7450919-537-3785


The program emphasis is placed on diversified educational experiences aimed at problem solving. The department enjoys harmonious teaching and patient care relationships with other departments/units including anesthesiology, orthodontics, endodontics, oral medicine, radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics and pediatrics. This program offers more in-depth clinical and research experiences than traditional programs and is aimed at the serious clinician, future academician or the budding investigator. Development of health care leadership skills is emphasized with externships and training at the local, state and national levels.


Clinic patients are selected to provide a variety of experiences in the areas of restorative dentistry, orthodontics, dentistry for the handicapped, dental developmental deformities, genetic abnormalities, behavior management and hospital dental care. Clinical activities are carried out in a school-based children's clinic and at several extramural sites. Clinical experience is distributed during all three years.

Education and experience in sedation and anesthesia are received through didactic and clinical training at the School of Dentistry and through a rotation in anesthesia at University of North Carolina Hospitals. Physical diagnosis and pediatric medicine are taught through an association and rotation with the Department of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine.

Each student completes several experiences focused on developing and improving skills in scholarship and research. During the first year each student is encouraged to write and submit for publication a case report and complete courses in research design, statistics and dental education techniques in conjunction with protocol preparation. The second year is devoted largely to an original investigation that was planned and organized during the first year. This provides a background in the scientific method and writing. Numerous projects have received national acclaim and been published in the refereed dental literature. 

The Program in Pediatric Dentistry can be combined with an individual Dentist-Scientist Award or postdoctoral training leading to a Ph.D. The student also is an active member of the department's teaching team during the second and third years. During the third year, the thesis is prepared along with a publishable copy. Upon completion of the program, students meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Program Stipend and Tuition

Program stipend is $35,000 per year plus fellowship funds (varies annually). Tuition is approximately $10,500 per semester for in-state residents and $19,500 per semester for out-of-state residents.


  • Adams School of Dentistry, UNC-Chapel Hill 
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals 
  • Durham County Department of Public Health

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through PASS and MATCH. All interviews are by special invitation.

Program Strengths

  • Excellent didactic background with thorough exposure to critical thinking and research methodology 
  • Unique opportunity to receive training and experience in developing leadership skills for a career in academia, health care-related organizations or government agencies 
  • Strong clinical program with excellent liaison with the Department of Orthodontics
  • Significant dental experience in a university teaching hospital including dental care in the operating room under general anesthesia 
  • Significant experience in moderate oral sedation in children
  • Exceptional clinical experience in managing trauma and infection and great seminar experiences in those areas in joint seminars with the endodontic faculty/residents 
  • An intensive research program that allows an in- depth investigation 

Program Faculty

Jessica Y. Lee, Distinguished Professor and Chair (full time)*Scott W. Cashion, Associate Professor and Program Director (full time)*Miguel A. Simancas-Pallares, Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director (full time)Kimon Divaris, Professor (full time)*Jean Kontos Ginnis, Associate Professor (full time)*Lorne Korluck, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics (full time)*Rocio Quinonnez, Professor (full time)*Michael W. Roberts, Distinguished Professor (full time)*William F. Vann, Jr., Distinguished Professor (part time)*J. Timothy Wright, Distinguished Professor (part time)*John Christensen, Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics (part time)*Linwood Long, Adjunct Associate Professor Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics (part time)Roslyn Crisp, Adjunct Associate Professor (part time)*Ivy Brisbin, Adjunct Assistant Professor (part time)Anne Sanders, Associate Professor Public Health (full time)Gary Slade, Associate Professor Public Health (full time)Jane Weintraub, Distinguished Professor Public Health (full time)Ron Strauss, Distinguished Professor Public Health (full time)Zachary Brian, Associate Professor Public Health and Director, DISC Program (full time)

*Board certified  


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 8 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
11 Board Certified
Program Length: 36 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 3 occasionally 4
Tuition In-State: $10,500 Per Semester
Tuition Out-Of-State: $19,500 Per Semester
Salary/Stipend: $35,000 Per Year Plus Fellowship Funds (varies annually)
Application: PASS Fee
September 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: 3:90
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
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 12 Chair/Operatories
2 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists