Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
240 S. 40th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Contact: Alina O'Brien, Program Director
Program Length and Number of Positions
This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Four new positions are offered each year.
Combined university- and hospital-based certificate program.
The application deadline is October 1 for the program and September 16 for PASS of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence requesting application and admissions should be addressed to:
Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) 1400 K Street, NW Suite 1100B Washington, D.C., 20005-2403
This program participates with PASS and the MATCH.
This Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is offered jointly by the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The residency program is 24 months in length and is strongly clinical in orientation. The clinical portion of the program is conducted at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine. CHOP is a 512-bed tertiary care teaching and research hospital with and extremely large patient population. The hospital and its medical staff have been widely recognized as extraordinary and one of the finest in the United States.
The primary philosophy of care in the program is the care of the whole child. Residents will receive extensive clinical and didactic training in pediatric dentistry, including: comprehensive care of both healthy and special needs children and adolescents, restorative dentistry, pulp therapy, periodontal therapy, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques, space maintenance, orthodontic therapy, growth and development, treatment of patients under sedation, treatment of patients in the operating room under general anesthesia, and management of traumatic injuries and emergency care. Hospital rotations include anesthesia, pediatric medicine, emergency room, craniofacial/cleft lip and palate clinic, sedation and hematology/oncology clinics, OMFS, spina bifida, community outreach (HHI), and practice management. These rotations will help residents gain a deeper understanding of medical conditions as they work closely with medical colleagues and other members of the health care team.
Residents will have time designated for research and involvement in community activity. They will have teaching experiences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. A research project or report is required of each resident. The program encourages development of critical thinking and inquiry.
Clinical and didactic training in this residency meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.
Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) and a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) will be offered. For more information: http://www.dental.upenn.edu/academic_programs_admissions/graduate_dental_education_programs
The didactic curriculum - including seminars, case reviews, journal club and grand rounds - complements and supports the clinical curriculum and training. Correlation between the basic medical and dental sciences and clinical care is a focus. The University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Graduate Dental Education offers many of the basic science courses, which are required for ADA accreditation. This DADE portion of the curriculum includes clinical microbiology, oral biochemistry, pharmacology, head and neck anatomy, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, and research methodology.
Program Stipend and Tuition
There is an annual tuition of approximately $30,000 for the pediatric dentistry program; residents receive an annual stipend from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia of approximately $41,000 and medical benefits. Benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance, malpractice coverage and subsidized transportation funding. There is support for travel to meetings.
- University of Pennsylvania
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- Patricipation in National Matching Services
- D.M.D. or D.D.S. from and ADA-accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school
- PASS application
- U.S. citizenship at time of application
- Eligibility for training license in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Supplemental Application sent directly to the school by October 1-See Graduate Dental Education Programs Admissions Requirements and Procedures for detailed information and instructions.
- Large patient population, including significant number of special needs children with medical, physical or emotional illnesses; large number of very young children with significant dental disease
- Extensive experiences in treating patients in the operating room and use of nitrous oxide and other sedation techniques
- Large number of trauma and emergency patients
- Strong commitment to training in orthodontics and growth and development
- Strong faculty, which includes two full-time pediatric dentists and a number of part-time specialists
- Commitment to diversity
- Resources, including a large highly specialized medical staff that are available for training, education and research at both the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania
Evlambia Hajishengallis, Chair, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry*Alina O’Brien, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* Maria Velasco, Associate Professor, Predoctoral Director, Pediatric Dentistry* Joshua Bresler, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* Shurong Cao, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Erica Chang, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Carlos Gomez, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Hamid Hayat, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Satish Iyer, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Constance Killian, Adjunct Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* Kristianne Vidal Macaraeg Kracke, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Catherine Lee, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Bret Lesavoy, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Rochelle G. Lindemeyer, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* George Lynch, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Elliot D. Maser, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Greg McGann, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Asal Mirhadizadeh, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Neil Moscow, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Stephen Perlman, Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Rosana Rosentrater, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Tony Saito, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry * Deep Shah, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry Abhinav Sinha, Clinical Associate, Pediatric Dentistry* Patti Werther, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry Lauren Yap, Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry * Board Certified
|Program Faculty:||2 Full-Time
11 Board Certified
|Program Length:||24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
|State Licensure:||Restricted License Available|
|Number of Entering Positions:||4|
|Tuition In-State:||30,000 First Year
30,000 Second Year
|Salary/Stipend:||41,000 First Year
41,000 Second Year
October 1 Deadline
|Participant in National
|Participant in PASS:||Yes|
|Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|US citizens from foreign dental
|Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
|Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
|Acceptance Applicant Ratio:||N/A|
Infant Oral Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Data Collection Project
|Teaching Experience:||2 Clinic Half-Days
4 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists