Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Program 
Yale-New Haven Hospital
300 George St.
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
Phone: (203) 688-2397
Fax: (203) 688-6293

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program beginning mid-June of each year. Six positions are offered on a yearly cycle.

Program Type

This is a hospital-based program offering a certificate degree. Additional degrees of study are available through the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health.


The program application deadline is October 1st of each year, pending matriculation. The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applications can be requested by contacting PASS directly at (800) 353-2237 or The selected candidates are invited for an interview after the review of the completed applications. Resident selection takes place through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. For further information about this process, please contact the Matching Program at (416) 977- 3431 or

Correspondence regarding the application and admission procedures should be addressed to:
Clara M. Quiles
Residency Program Coordinator
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Department of Dentistry
300 George St
New Haven, CT 06519
Phone: (203) 688-2397
Fax: (203) 688-3293


The residency program is based at the Pediatric Dentistry Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the principle educational affiliate of Yale University School of Medicine. The key objective of the program is preparation of future educators, mentors, researchers, and leaders in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry as well as qualified clinicians for private practices and community services. The mission of this 24-month program is to provide specialty-level training in the delivery of comprehensive dental care for children, with special emphasis on caring for children with special health care needs. 

This program provides in-depth clinical, didactic and research experiences and is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion of the program, the graduate resident receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Yale-New Haven Hospital and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Built on a strong academic foundation, the clinical curriculum is designed to provide a broad array of out-patient and in- patient experiences in delivery of pediatric medical and dental care. The primary clinical activity of the program is delivery of direct patient care in the Pediatric Dentistry Center and the Pediatric Operating Rooms. Residents in pediatric dentistry also have the opportunity to provide consultations to a variety of medical services in the hospital and to participate in multidisciplinary health care teams within the medical center. Residents also obtain a certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Rotations include the outpatient Primary Care Center, the in-patient Pediatric Medicine Department, the Pediatric Emergency Department and the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology. Other rotations include the craniofacial, child abuse and neglect, hematology, oncology and community services.

Didactic courses include lectures in the biomedical sciences including biostatistics, investigational medicine, anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, embryology and genetics. Core courses for pediatric dentistry include lectures in cariology and preventive dentistry, pulp therapy for primary and permanent teeth, restorative dentistry, dental trauma, behavior guidance, moderate sedation, special care patients, dental anomalies and oral pathology. Core courses in orthodontics include craniofacial growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, cephalometrics and occlusion.

Research includes the completion of didactic lectures indicated above as well as the completion and submission of an original research paper of publishable quality and presentation of that paper at the AAPD annual session.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $61,509. Second-year stipend is $63,731. Residents in pediatric dentistry at Yale-New Haven Hospital receive a comprehensive benefits package.


The Pediatric Dentistry Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital is a state-of-the-art clinical facility. The facility includes a child-oriented patient waiting area, six-fully-equipped treatment rooms including digital radiography and computerized chair side record keeping, digital panoramic and cephalometric x-ray facilities, oral and IV sedation suite, dental laboratory space, business and faculty office space, resident study areas, pediatric dentistry library/conference room and staff lounge. Each resident is assigned his/her own treatment room and dental assistant.

  • Yale- New Haven Hospital and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital facilities including the operating rooms
  • Yale School of Medicine

Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA accredited dental school in the US or Canada
  • Applicants must apply through PASS and MATCH
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • National Board Dental Examination scores
  • Certified pre-professional and professional transcripts (sent through PASS)
  • 2x2 photographs (sent through PASS)
  • All interviews are by special invitation

Program Strengths

  • Excellent balance between didactic and clinical experience
  • A large and diverse patient population with a broad array of treatment needs and community services
  • Multidisciplinary approach to treatment of medically compromised pediatric patients
  • Strong integration of the Pediatric Dentistry Program with various clinical and educational programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale’s Department of Pediatrics, Yale’s Pediatric Emergency Department, and Yale’s Department of Pediatric Anesthesia
  •  State-of-the-art clinical facilities of the new Pediatric Dentistry Center
  • Extensive experience in out patient sedation (various routes and agents)
  • Direct access to the faculty and resources of Yale University School of Medicine

Program Faculty

Lauren DiBenedetto, D.D.S.*
Eric Han, D.D.S.◊ 
Raven Henderson, D.D.S. 
Eunice Lee, D.M.D.*
Fernanda Marchi, D.M.D.
Parinaz Mazar-Atabaki, D.M.D. *
Laura Posada, D.D.S. 
Michael Sultan, D.D.S., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry*
Mariya Trentcheva, D.D.S.*

*Board Certified Pediatric Dentistry
◊Board Certified Anesthesiologist

School Profile


Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 4 Full-Time
8 Part-Time
8 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 6
Tuition In-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
0 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 0 First Year
0 Second Year
Salary/Stipend: 61,509 First Year
63,731 Second Year
Application: 0 Fee
October 1 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
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
9 Dental Assistants
2 Dental Hygienists