Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry 
VCU School of Dentistry
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
1101 E. Leigh Street 
Perkinson Building, Suite 3100
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-2362
Fax: (804) 827-0163
Program Contact: Haisten Bonner, Program Coordinator

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing on July 1 of each year. Six new positions will be offered this year (2023).

Program Type

The program is university-based with hospital affiliations. A certificate and a Master of Science in Dentistry is awarded at the conclusion of the program. The certificate and the Master’s degree must be awarded concurrently.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. The program participates in the PASS and National Matching Service programs.


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry offers the student a comprehensive 24-month course of study in clinical and didactic pediatric dentistry and is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Emphasis is placed on all phases of pediatric dentistry and at the end of the program the student will be able to provide comprehensive oral health care for the well child, the medically compromised child and the child with special health care needs. Extensive experience is provided in the areas of sedation, analgesia and the use of general anesthesia to deliver dental treatment. Research experience is gained through completion of an individual research project and a master’s thesis.


Seminars are held that cover topic relevant to pediatric dentistry and includes literature review and case presentations. Formal courses are presented in research design, pediatric advanced life support, and basic sciences. The residents also participate in undergraduate teaching and supervision. Off service rotations occur in general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency room and craniofacial clinic.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend: $30,000. Second-year stipend: $30,300.

Tuition and fee rates for advanced dental education students are established annually by the VCU Board of Visitors in May. For students enrolling in July 2023, after scholarship credits are applied, the costs for attendance including educational and clinical tuition and fee charges will not exceed $37,500.


Our brand new Pediatric Dental Clinic is located on the 6th of the Children's Pavilion of the Children's Hospital of Richmond- the only building of its kind in the region to bring pediatric medical, dental and surgical services together under one roof for convenient and well-rounded care. It is a modern 15-chair clinic that includes five suites equipped for moderate sedation, and central nitrous oxide. This is also the only pediatric office in the region with a dental laser for both soft tissue surgery and dental fillings.

Residents are provided with desk and filing space in the resident room located within the clinic. The Main Hospital Operating rooms, and the Children's Hospital of Richmond Children's Pavilion are utilized for outpatient dental treatment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered from admission:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited dental School
  • Successful completion of the INBDE or Part 1 and Part 2 of the National Dental Board by the time of matriculation
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Ranking in the top 50% of the class
  • Dental education transcripts
  • Participation in PASS and MATCH
  • Personal Interview
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be considered if they have significant clinical experience

Program Strengths

  • Diverse and balanced educational program in pediatric dentistry with dedicated and experienced dental faculty support
  • Extensive experience in sedation/general anesthesia
  • Operating room experience
  • Cooperative relationships with other departments in the hospital and dental school
  • Facilitated research experience
  • Clinic is managed similar to a private practice

Program Faculty

Full-time Faculty
Jeffrey Johnson DMD, MPH- Department Chair and Professor*Tiffany Williams DDS, MSD- Program Director and Associate Professor*Elizabeth Bortell DDS- Director of Pediatric Dental Services at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Assistant Professor*Carol Caudill DDS- Assistant Professor*Paula Coates DDS, MS- Assistant Professor*Jayakumar Jayaraman BDS, MDS, MS, PhD- Associate Professor*Pallavi Singh DDS- Assistant Professor
Adjunct Faculty
Robert Kendig, DDS
Martin Oakes, DDS
Erika Sachno, DDS, MSD+
Katie Doswell, DDS, MS+

*Board-Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
+Board Certified, American Board of Orthodontics

School Profile


Program Type: University-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time
4 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Required
Number of Entering Positions: 4
Tuition In-State: 37,500
Tuition Out-Of-State: 37,500
Salary/Stipend: 30,300 First Year
30,300 Second Year
Application: 0 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: 1:25
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
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: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: One Week Clinic Half-Days
2 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 15 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
5 Dental Assistants
0 Dental Hygienists