Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15216
Phone: (412) 648-8183
Fax: (412) 648-8435
Program Website: 

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Two new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

University-based certificate program with an option for a Master of Dental Science


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

Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich
366B Salk Hall
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Applicants must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), and the program is a member of the MATCH Service also.


This program prepares residents in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty and preventive dental care to children, adolescents and individuals with special needs. The program’s didactic and clinical components are designed to advance the resident’s knowledge in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Upon successful completion of the program, residents meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.


The multifaceted advanced pediatric dentistry curriculum integrates scientific principles and methods with the clinical application of pediatric dentistry. Ample time is provided for either basic science or clinical research. Opportunities exist for community and dental public health clinic experiences. In addition to the core curriculum for all specialty residents, the following pediatric dentistry conferences are offered to the residents: behavior management, board review, cleft palate/craniofacial abnormalities, clinical pediatric dentistry, diagnosis and case presentation, first professional teaching, growth and development, hospital inpatient treatment, interceptive orthodontics, operating room dentistry, pediatric medicine, pharmacological patient management, pulp therapy, special needs patient management and traumatology.

Rotations in pediatric general anesthesia, pediatric medicine and emergency room medicine are provided at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Residents have teaching responsibilities in the preclinical dental simulation clinic, as well as in the predoctoral pediatric dentistry and special needs clinic.

A research project with an oral defense is also required.

Program Stipend and Tuition

In-State Tuition:
First Year: $57,392
Second Year: $57,392

Out-of-State Tuition:
First Year: $69,228
Second Year: $69,228

First-year stipend is $24,000. Second-year stipend is $24,000.


  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Center for Patients with Special Needs - School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Presbyterian University Hospital
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an accredited dental school in the U.S. or Canada
  • Academic qualifications that exhibit the potential for success
  • Completion of Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination 
  • Three letters of recommendation; one from a full-time pediatric dental faculty member
  • Personal interview

Program Strengths

  • Provides clinical experiences in varied settings with the opportunity to provide care to patients with special needs
  • Strong didactic background is presented to integrate scientific principles into the clinical practice of pediatric dentistry
  • Option exists to pursue a Master of Dental Science degree

Program Faculty

*Deborah Studen-Pavlovich, D.M.D., Professor/Graduate Program Director
*Adriana Modesto-Vieira, D.D.S., D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D, Professor/Predoctoral Program Director
*Joseph Giovannitti, Jr. D.M.D., Professor and Chair, Anesthesia (part-time)
*Michael Grimes, D.M.D., M.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
*Margaret Gurtner, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
*Michael Hanna, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Mark Harvey, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
*Erin Isaac, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Jamie Kaufer, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Stephanie Kobil, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
Jack Pechersky, D.M.D., M.D.S., Clinical Associate Professor (part-time)
*Herbert Ray, Jr., D.M.D., Associate Professor, Chair, Program Director, Endodontics (part-time)
Sara Ruby, D.M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)
*Maurielle Stacy, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor (part-time)

* Board-Certified

School Profile

Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 2 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
State Licensure Required to Begin Program No
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State: 57,392 First & Second Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 69,228 First & Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 24,00 First & Second Year
Application: No other application fee other than PASS/MATCH - September 15th
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:
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 adn Moderate Sedations
Special HealthCare Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Courses
Case Conferences
Literature Review
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Preclinical simulation clinic for one term, predoctoral pediatric dental clinic, and one or two predoctoral lectures
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
1 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists