Advanced Dental Education/Residency Program

Contact Information
Joseph F. A. Petrone, DDS, MSD, MPH, Director of Residency Education
Ms. Aileen Brasacchio, Residency Education Administrator
University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine
Office of Residency Education

Room 2114 Salk Hall

3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 648-8422
Fax: (412) 648-8219

Advanced Dental Education/Residency Training Programs
Listed below are the Advanced Dental Education and Residency Programs offered at the School of Dental Medicine which lead to a Certificate of Completion in the respective Program.  Programs of three-year duration offer an optional educational tract leading to a Master of Dental Science degree (MDS).  These degree programs are similar to those for the MA and MS except that they emphasize instruction in professional affairs and practice and serve as preparation for careers in the respective dental specialty.

Applicants to The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine's Advanced Dental Education and Residency Programs may utilize either the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) or the self-managed application process for applying to the postdoctoral programs as indicated in the chart below. Application deadline dates vary depending on the Program into which entry is being sought. Each Program application deadline is strictly enforced. Please reference the chart below to determine which application method to use.

Program PASS Self Managed MATCH Application Deadline
Advanced Education in General Dentistry X X X 12/3/12
Dental Anesthesiology X   x 9/17/12
Endodontics X X   8/15/12
General Practice Residency X    

PGY I - 10/1/12

PGY II - 12/1/12

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology   X   10/1/12
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery X   X 9/17/12
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics X   X 10/1/12
Pediatric Dentistry X   X 10/1/12
Periodontics X X   8/15/2013
Prosthodontics X X   10/15/12

Applications for the Dental Anesthesiology, General Practice Residency, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Pediatric Dentistry programs must be filed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applications to the AEGD, Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics Programs can be made through either PASS or the Self-Managed application process. Applications for the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology program should be made through the Self-Managed process. When filing a PASS application, those applying to the AEGD, Dental Anesthesiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Pediatric Dentistry programs must also apply through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.

For information regarding the PASS/MATCH process, you may contact:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)

Suite 1100 B

1400 K Street, N.W.

Washington, DC  20005

Phone: 1-800-353-2237


Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH)
National Matching Services, Inc
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1
Phone: 416-977-3431
Fax: 416-977-5020

Application Deadlines

Completed applications (including the non-refundable application fee, letters of recommendation, and all test scores) must be received in the Office of Residency Education by the Program's Application Deadline date.

Application Procedures for Self-Managed Application

Carefully read and follow the instructions so that there will not be a delay in the presentation of your application to the Admissions' Committee. The list below states the required application materials and specific instructions for submitting these items.

  1. Complete and print the School of Dental Medicine Self-Managed Application.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae and a one-page Personal Statement stating your reasons and objectives for undertaking graduate study.
  3. Three letters of recommendation (the Dean's recommendation and two other recommendations).
  4. A non-refundable application fee of $50 (check made payable to the University of Pittsburgh). THIS FEE IS FOR SELF-MANAGED APPLICATIONS ONLY. DO NOT SEND THIS FEE IF YOU ARE APPLYING THROUGH PASS.
  5. Official score report of the National Board Dental Examinations (Parts I and II). Results are to be submitted directly to the School of Dental Medicine from the National Boards, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678.
  6. Original or certified (notarized) copies of all original language academic records, mark sheets, and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Certified copies of the original certificates or diplomas awarded at the completion of studies must also be submitted. Where official, original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified (notarized) English translations must also be submitted. English translations of documents alone are not acceptable.

If submitting by mail, place the application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic records and transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the application fee in one envelope. The letters of recommendation must be in envelopes that are sealed by the individual writing the recommendation, and this person's signature must also appear on the back flap of the envelope.

Mail the application to the

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

Office of Residency Education

Attention: Ms. Aileen Brasacchio

3501 Terrace Street

2114 Salk Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

All materials, including the National Board and TOEFL Scores, must be received in our Office by the application deadline for the respective Program.

All application instructions should be followed carefully. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be processed. All materials submitted for consideration become the property of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason.


Interviews/Selection of Students

Interviews will be granted after the applicant's credentials have been reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by the respective Program.

Selection Process Criteria
Due to the diverse needs of the individual programs, each specialty Program will establish specific criteria for selection of applicants. The following criteria must be met by all candidates for acceptance:

  • Academic qualifications that exhibit the potential for success;
  • National Board Scores which demonstrate a high level of competency;
  • Letters of recommendations;
  • An interview.

Entrance Requirements

  • All successful applicants must possess a DMD or DDS degree to matriculate into an Advanced Dental Education or Residency Program.  Applicants with degrees from dental schools outside of the United States or Canada must meet educational requirements established and evaluated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to matriculation.
  • The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provides incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals including dental schools as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. It is expected that if you are an Eligible Professionals (EP) who has received a National Provider Identifier (NPI) will support the SDM in the acquisition of Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program funds by facilitating your enrollment through Medical Assistance and the Pennsylvania PROMISeTM System while you are enrolled in one of the SDM residency programs. All payments of funds out of these programs will be used to support the SDM's EHR infrastructure and are not part of your compensation


The Common Core Curriculum is designed for all residents in the various specialties and includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects:

Orientation Program
Clinical Operations;
BLS Certification;
Infection Control Policies and Procedures;
Chemical Dependency;
Hospital Protocols and Procedures.

Conferences / Classes

Advanced Oral Pathology
Applied Head and Neck Anatomy
Clinical Pharmacology
Intravenous and Inhalation Sedation
Management of Medical Emergencies

Mineralized Tissue Biology
Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning Grand Rounds
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Imaging
Pathobiology and Immunology
Research Design and Methodology


Advanced Education in General Dentistry

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program enrolls up to three residents each year. The program follows the School's academic calendar. All residents are required to participate in the School of Dental Medicine's (SDM) emergency on-call rotation during evenings and weekends.  There is approximately a two-week break at the end of December, and about 10 holidays during the year. In conjunction with the School of Dental Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, the residents treat patients using intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide, and/or general anesthesia in the Center for Patients with Special Needs. As one component of this segment, residents receive the instruction required for eligibility to apply for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II necessary to administer nitrous oxide in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Depending on the nature of the treatment being delivered, residents treat between four and six patients daily. Patient supervision is provided by four faculty on a rotational basis:  Dr. Krzesinski, the Program Director, and Drs. Dietz, Hoffman and Kohler. The school uses Hugh-Freidy's Instrument Management System (IMS) cassettes as part of its infection control activities, and compliance is monitored on a regular basis.  As of July 2008, the SDM has become paperless using the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.  This centralized system maintains patient records, manages the resident schedule, and requests IMS cassettes and hand pieces.  Each operatory is fully equipped with a computer, monitor, and necessary hardware for the full treatment of patients.  In addition, there is a computer for developing and viewing digital radiographs on the clinic floor.  There are several computers with internet access available for resident use adjacent to the AEGD Clinic.  As of December 2009, the clinic was renovated, including six Adec dental chairs.  The program has its own dental assistant and conference room.

In addition, residents consult with the School's faculty in many of the Departments and can provide treatment under their supervision. This has proven to be beneficial to former residents who elected to further their education in a graduate specialty program.  Teaching opportunities/experiences are available and encouraged.

More information can be obtained by visiting If you have further questions regarding our Program, please do not hesitate to contact our office (412-648-8093) or the Office of Residency Education (412-648-8406).

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD)
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Box AA Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261-1923
Phone: 412-648-8093
Fax: 412-383-7796

Program Director
Dr. Maribeth Krzesinski

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine
3190 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8093
Fax: 412-648-3293

Dental Anesthesiology


The UPMC Medical Education Program (UPMC-MEP) offers a 24-month, hospital-based residency program in dental anesthesiology.  The mission of this dental anesthesiology residency program is to prepare dentists to manage pain and anxiety in adult, pediatric, and special needs patients by using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques.  At the conclusion of the program, the dentist will be proficient in providing all levels of anesthesia services for ambulatory patients undergoing a variety of medical and dental procedures.


The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine's hospital-based Graduate Dental Anesthesiology Program is a unit of the medical anesthesiology residency program and is administered through the UPMC Medical Education Program (UPMC-MEP).  The education and training experiences are directed and coordinated by the faculty of the Department of Dental Anesthesiology within the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine.

Based on the availability of funds, up to three dental residents have the same responsibilities and are expected to meet the same competencies as their medical counterparts.  They receive standard postgraduate salaries and benefits.             

Program Description:

The first year of the resident’s clinical experience begins with the resident attending all introductory courses and conferences in anesthesiology intended for post-graduate first-year residents. The dental resident becomes familiar with the management of patients undergoing an array of procedures including general surgery, complex head and neck procedures, orthopedic surgery, and transplantation operations.  Within this first year, one month each is devoted to training in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. Rotations through the UPMC Health System begin during the first year of training at UPMC Presbyterian/Montifiore and Mercy Hospitals.

The second year of the residency continues with rotations through UPMC St. Margaret, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.  The resident devotes three months at UPMC St. Margaret, where experience will be gained in a high-paced operating room that prepares the resident for private practice.  Regional anesthesia and advanced pain management techniques are also developed.  Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers a diversity of experiences in managing the anesthetic requirements of children of all physical statuses and ages, undergoing a wide variety of surgical procedures.  Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC teaches the resident epidural and spinal anesthesia techniques intended for obstetric procedures, in addition to general surgery experience in the hospital operating rooms.  There is an after-hours call schedule at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.  The resident serves at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (SDM) one day per week in the winter months; providing clinical care and lectures in the management of medical emergencies in the dental setting to post-graduate dental specialty students. During the final three months, residents devote time to completing research projects, providing clinical anesthesia care, and teaching concepts of outpatient anesthesia to pre-doctoral students.

For applicants with little clinical experience in dental anesthesiology, a 12-month training experience is offered prior to beginning the two-year hospital-based residency.  This opportunity permits the dentist candidate to establish many of the skills and knowledge of out-patient anesthesia.  The training encompasses all forms of anesthesia -- from nitrous oxide and conscious sedation to intubated and non-intubated general anesthesia.  A focus of the training includes developing skills in the management of special needs patients receiving dental care.  The trainee will take part in regular journal reviews of current literature and a structured lecture series in anesthesiology.  In addition, the trainee is expected to attend at least one national conference and initiate work on a mentored clinical research project.      

The department also offers an externship for third- and forth-year pre-doctoral students, at which time externs can evaluate the program and a formal application interview for the dental anesthesiology program can be initiated.  Information for the externship can be received through e-mail from Dr. Joseph Giovannitti at

The application process must be initiated directly through PASS.  The Dental Anesthesiology Residency Program is now part of the Match Program.

Applicants must participate in both the PASS and Match Programs.

Program Director
Dr. Michael A. Cuddy
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
G89 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8609
Fax: 412-648-2591


Dr. Andrew Michanowicz initiated the Endodontic Program in May of 1969. The program is fully accredited, begins on July 1 of each year, is two years in length, and enrolls three students per year. Each student has his/her cubicle with a fully equipped two-chair surgery suite with microscopes and a laser. An endodontic research laboratory with a computer is adjacent to the clinic. The Program has its own dental assistant and conference room. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore a wide range of topics while pursuing specialty training. The Program helps students develop and master endodontic skills, and identify and pursue avenues of interest in relevant basic science areas.

The Program's overall goals and objectives are to:

  • prepare the specialist in areas of diagnosis and treatment/prevention of pulpal and periapical dental tissue diseases;
  • emphasize surgical endodontics and implants;
  • provide an essential biological understanding of the clinical procedures and problems encountered by endodontists;
  • provide training in research methodology as it relates to endodontics;
  • provide the residents with a teaching experience and promote board certification.

Endodontic Certificate of Completion requirements:

1. Students must have completed:

  • 250 acceptable conventional root canal cases;
  • at least 25 surgical cases, with some involving implants, along with 25 assists;
  • 50 cases with warm gutta percha technique.

2. Student research projects must be sent to publishers before a certificate is provided.

3. Attendance is mandatory for Endodontic Study Club and continuing education presentations.

4. Students must participate in continuing education courses.

5. Students must take the American Academy of Endodontics (AAE)   written board in June of the second year, and the oral exam in May    of the first and second years.

Program Director
Dr. Herbert L. Ray, Jr.
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3064 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8647
Fax: 412-383-7796

General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), offers a one-year and an optional second year program that provides residents with postdoctoral clinical and didactic experiences. Based in the UPMC Montefiore Dental Center on the UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Campus, the program enrolls a combined total of three (3) residents each year. Residents completing the GPR earn a Certificate of Training.

Guided by the philosophy that oral health is an integral and interactive aspect of total health, residents engage in approximately nine months of comprehensive dental care; the remaining three months are spent on rotations in anesthesia, emergency medicine, head and neck radiology, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The optional second year program requires additional rotations in general medicine and private practice.

In addition to intensive exposure to hospital-based dentistry, the program provides clinical and didactic training across a range of dental specialties, including endodontics, periodontics, implant dentistry, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology/oral medicine, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and treating patients with special needs. Instruction is also provided in ancillary topics pertinent to dental practice, such as patient evaluation and physical examination, emergency medical care, inpatient care and hospital organization, and a multitude of other medical and dental subjects.

Throughout the program, residents focus on the attainment of several objectives, all of which are derived from the Commission on Dental Accreditation’s Standards for Advanced Education Programs in General Practice Residency. Upon completion of the program, General Practice residents are prepared to:

  • Act as primary care providers; delivering emergency and comprehensive oral health care which is patient-focused and coordinated across disciplines;
  • Use advanced dental treatment modalities;
  • Direct health promotion and disease prevention activities;
  • Function effectively in hospital and non-hospital health care environments;
  • Function effectively as members of multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care, which entails thinking critically, making evidence/outcomes-based clinical decisions, and utilizing technology-based information retrieval systems;
  • Engage in research, scientific writing, and presentations in order to advance dental medicine;
  • Adopt a system of values that emphasizes lifelong learning, patient-centered care, exercise of professional ethics, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity among patients and colleagues;
  • Understand public oral health needs and practice community service.

While in the program, residents receive UPMC Health System’s postgraduate trainee stipend. Those interested in making application to the program may do so through the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).  For additional information, please contact:

Program Director
Dr. Keith Richmond
UPMC Montefiore

Suite 202 South
3459 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 648-6730
Fax: (412) 648-6798

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

UPMC Medical Education (UPMC-ME) offers a minimum 36-month residency certificate program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion of the program will lead to a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and will qualify the graduate to sit for the specialty board examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

The program offers a mix of didactic courses, electives, microscopic general and oral pathology, clinical oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, head and neck pain, hospital rotations, and research. Clinical patients will be seen at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and at University Dental Health Services, Inc.

The School of Dental Medicine also has an active surgical pathology (biopsy) service, with approximately 2200 accessions per year. Abundant research opportunities are available within the School of Dental Medicine, in other graduate schools of the University and in the medical center. A significant portion of the residency is devoted to clinical rotations at the UPMC Presbyterian Department of Pathology. The medical center is a major regional tertiary care and transplant center that will expose the resident to a large volume and a wide variety of experiences. A unique facet of the program is a 12-week rotation in head and neck anatomic pathology. Other required rotations include general anatomic pathology, dermatopathology, and clinical laboratory medicine. The program is designed to allow some flexibility for the resident to concentrate on a particular area of oral and maxillofacial pathology.

For further information on applying to this program, please go to

Program Director
Dr. Kurt Summersgill
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 648-8636
Fax: (412) 383-9142

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at the University of Pittsburgh offers a six-year dual degree program.  New residents commence training as interns in the department, joining their corresponding medical school class in the spring of the first year. Residents earn a medical degree and participate in advanced surgical training in oral and maxillofacial surgery; they spend a total of 32 months on the OMS service. The program is designed to be truly “integrated” and allow for the maximal benefit of coordinated medical training, and progression of knowledge and skill in oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Residents are exposed to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery throughout their training—including interdisciplinary care.

Innovation and conducting research are key aspects of our mission at the University.  Scholarly activity, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at scientific meetings of national scope and merit are strongly encouraged and facilitated. The two residents accepted each year are among the best-prepared and most qualified students in the nation. The department's graduates have accepted positions in both outstanding surgical practices and university attending positions at major medical centers throughout the United States.

Eight full-time oral and maxillofacial surgery faculty members, as well as part-time faculty and private practice oral and maxillofacial surgeons from the Pittsburgh area provide surgical training and mentoring. The School of Dental Medicine has, on-site, a modern ambulatory surgical suite with full anesthesia support and facilities that enhance caseload and outpatient surgical management. From day one, new residents work with first professional dental students in a training and supervisory role in the undergraduate OMS clinic. They are involved in managing emergency cases at the UPMC Montefiore Dental Center and in assisting the attending surgical faculty in the operating rooms of UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, Mercy Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. During the entire sixth year of the program, the chief residents devote a full 12 months to the OMS service, working with an enviable surgical caseload.

In addition to the medical school curriculum, the department provides instruction in anesthesia, head and neck pathology, cleft and craniofacial disorders, cosmetic surgery, craniofacial trauma, and head and neck anatomy. Residents are also required to attend the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds, Journal Club, treatment planning conferences in the Dentofacial Deformities Program (in conjunction with the Orthodontic Program), and the weekly Surgical Treatment Planning and Trauma Conference.

The deadline for application to the program is October 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are screened for interviews that occur in November and December. In late January, through the Match Program [], two applicants are selected to matriculate into the first year of residency, which commences in late June. Applicants matched to the University of Pittsburgh are enrolled in both the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Applicants must graduate from an ADA-accredited dental school, must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and must participate in the Match selection process. Residents receive a full UPMC post-graduate trainee stipend during each year of the program. In addition, health and disability insurance benefits are provided. Tuition is incurred while residents are enrolled in the medical school phase of the program. The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery adheres to the University of Pittsburgh's non-discrimination policy. More information can be obtained by contacting Andrea Ford at the address provided below.

Program Director

Dr. Bernard J. Costello III

University of Pittsburgh

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Eye and Ear Institute

200 Lothrop Street, Suite 214

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-648-6801

Fax: 412-648-6768



Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

The Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine requires a three-year course of study. The goals of the program are to provide excellent education in the specialty of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, to provide high quality clinical care and to conduct research designed to advance the knowledge of the Specialty. The curriculum reflects this mission and provides residents with the necessary knowledge and experience to enter the Specialty well prepared for practice. The curriculum is based upon a solid foundation of scientific principles and methods that residents may use as a rational framework for understanding treatment and evaluating future changes. The application of basic and clinical scientific knowledge to the practice of orthodontics is the fundamental tenet of the curriculum.

Successful completion of the Program leads to a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and qualifies graduates to participate in the American Board of Orthodontics certifying examination. Students may also pursue a course of study leading to a Master of Dental Science degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

The program is made up of complementary components designed to produce well-rounded orthodontists. The components are as follows:

  • Clinical training, which prepares the resident for specialty board certification;
  • Education from a broad curriculum, which provides residents with greater insight on the nature of orthodontics; and,
  • Research, which enriches the profession and develops critical thinking.

The curriculum for the Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedic Program is designed to be taught at the postdoctoral level. The path of study followed by the residents comprises a core curriculum of graduate level basic sciences followed by a broad course of study in craniofacial biology, clinical sciences, and orthodontic techniques. A significant portion of the curriculum is devoted to clinical orthodontics allowing the resident to attain proficiency developed through a broad and diverse experience in patient care.

Conferences involving growth and development, dental statistics, occlusion and malocclusion, development of the dentition, dentofacial abnormalities, biomechanical orthodontics, genetics, bone biology, cephalometrics, diagnosis and treatment planning, evidence-based care, oral physiology, surgical orthodontics, practice management, and orthodontic technique provide an excellent foundation in the basic and clinical sciences. Orthodontic conferences and literature review sessions provide opportunities for critical analysis of historical and current literature, with application to contemporary orthodontic principles in case diagnosis and treatment planning.

Scholarly activity in the form of basic or clinical research is a fundamental component of the curriculum. Residents design, implement, and complete a research project that provides greater knowledge of the specialty and permit residents to develop the ability to apply the scientific method.

Applicants must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), and the Program specifically requests that no additional or supplemental materials be submitted in the application process. Four residents are accepted each year, and all positions are awarded through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program in the Phase I (fall) match. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

For more information about this program, please visit

Program Director
Dr. Joseph F. A. Petrone
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
2189 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8638
Fax: 412-648-8817


Pediatric Dentistry

The Pediatric Dentistry residency program offers a two-year advanced training course in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The Program trains residents in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty care to children, adolescents, and individuals with disabilities. The Program's clinical and didactic components are designed to advance the resident's knowledge and skills in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Upon successful completion of the Program, residents will receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and will be eligible to participate in the board certification examinations given by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The multifaceted advanced pediatric dentistry curricula integrates scientific principles and methods with the clinical application of pediatric dentistry. Ample time is provided for either basic science or clinical research. Emphasis is also given to community and dental public health experiences. In addition to the core curriculum for all specialty residents, the following Pediatric Dentistry specific conferences are offered:

Behavior Management
ABPD Board Review
Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies
Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Community Dentistry Off-site Experiences
Diagnosis and Case Presentation
Growth and Development
Interceptive Orthodontics
Operating Room Dentistry
Pharmacological Patient Management
Pulp Therapy
Special Needs Patients

In addition to the conferences and clinical treatment at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, rotations are scheduled at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside and the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Center. The following rotations are completed at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC:

Pediatric Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
In-Patient Hospital Care
Hospital Based Operating Room
Hospital Grand Rounds

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry residents also rotate through the Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Preclinical Simulation Clinic to provide instruction and clinical supervision to predoctoral dental students.

The Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at the School of Dental Medicine is a dedicated area housing a seven-chair clinic. Radiograph facilities are available on-site. A resident laboratory and resident offices with computer internet access are adjacent to the clinic. All facilities within the School of Dental Medicine are available for resident use, and there is a vast Health Science Center Library system housed in the medical school directly across the street from the School of Dental Medicine. There are eight staff members in the Department dedicated to provide both clerical and clinical support to the program.

Program Director
Dr. Deborah Studen-Pavlovich
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
366A Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8183
Fax: 412-648-8435



The residency in periodontics is a three-year Certificate program. Each resident is exposed to all periodontal diagnostics and therapies and is expected to be competent in all phases of clinical periodontal care. All residents are encouraged to participate in the American Academy of Periodontology board certification process, and to graduate as board-certified periodontists. The master's degree option is available to residents in the Department of Periodontics. Three residents are accepted annually for the three-year program.

More information can be obtained from Dr. Pouran Famili, Program Director or by contacting the department administrative assistant, Michelle Nathani (412-648-8595)

All residents must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or Canadian dental school. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Program Director
Dr. Pouran Famili
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
B94 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-648-8595
Fax: 412-648-8594



The objectives of the residency program in the Department of Prosthodontics are to:

A. Provide clinical training in all aspects of prosthodontics including:

  • clinical experiences to ensure proficiency in all aspects of prosthodontics;
  • clinical experiences to ensure proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning, and management of multi-disciplinary cases;
  • to recruit and retain faculty with broad and varying backgrounds in clinical prosthodontics, who espouse diverse philosophies in patient care and prosthodontic procedures, and effectively communicate their knowledge and skills to residents.

B. Provide biologically and scientifically based education in order to:     

  • develop, monitor, and update all prosthodontic seminars and conferences to present contemporary, technologically, and biologically-oriented information;
  • provide opportunities for scholarly activities, applied research, scientific articles, and clinical and/or research presentations.

C. Prepare and train residents for a career in prosthodontic practice and/or academics to:

  • require all residents to complete annual comprehensive examinations (ACP Annual Board Review Examinations);
  • provide opportunities for completion of a treatment case suitable for presentation to the American Board of Prosthodontics;
  • provide residents with opportunities to pursue academic degree(s) in related disciplines.

D. Provide quality and professional care to all patients to:

  • ensure ethical and professional conduct by all individuals involved in patient care;
  • ensure proper care of all patients in the prosthodontic residency program;
  • ensure patient satisfaction with the care they receive.

The Prosthodontic Residency Program is an advanced three-year course of study and training in all phases of prosthodontics, with special emphasis on total oral rehabilitation of patients. The Program's didactic and clinical components are designed to train and equip the graduate to transfer new prosthodontic knowledge and approaches, to implement evidence-based prosthodontic decision-making in clinical practice, and to prepare for certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics.

The Program's clinical components focus on diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment of edentulous, partially edentulous, and completely edentulous patients. Fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics constitute the major portion of the clinical training, with occlusion, temporomandibular disorder, and geriatrics as integral components of all phases of care. Residents are required to manage and treat patients requiring complete dentures, removable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures, and implant restorations.

Clinical training for residents in implant dentistry emphasizes all aspects of implant treatment including implant placement. Additionally, the Program requires the resident's involvement in the treatment of patients with congenital and acquired defects.

The Program's didactic aspects complement and advance the resident's knowledge in prosthodontics, related disciplines, and research methodology. Residents enrolled in the Prosthodontic Residency Program must complete the prescribed advanced prosthodontic curriculum detailed below. Additionally, there is the required submission of a research paper.

Prosthodontic Curriculum:

The multifaceted prosthodontic curriculum comprises a core curriculum in biomedical sciences for all dental residents and prosthodontic specialty conferences.

The didactic core curriculum and prosthodontic conferences include the following:

  • Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics;
  • Advanced Removable Prosthodontics;
  • Biomaterials;
  • Implant Surgery and Prosthodontics;
  • Implant Dentistry Literature Review;
  • Fixed and Removable Literature Review;
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics;
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning;
  • Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning;
  • Occlusion and Management of TMD;
  • Prosthodontic Conferences and Board Reviews.

Fellowships in prosthodontics are available through the Office of Continuing Education in the format of didactic courses and clinical observation. Fellows who enroll in the program will participate/attend seminars and conferences in the residency program, and gain clinical and observational experiences in all facets of prosthodontics in the outpatient clinic and the Multidisciplinary Implant Center. Emphases during this program include fixed prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint dysfunctions, and implant dentistry and esthetic procedures.

The Prosthodontic Postdoctoral Scholar Program is designed to meet specific individual needs of licensed dentists seeking further education and exposure in the area of prosthodontics (complete dentures, removable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures, and implants).  Dentists enrolling in this program can select available courses of individual interest.  This program does not lead to an advanced certificate/degree in prosthodontics. Duration may vary from six months to one year.  

More information can be obtained by contacting Rita Dreucci at (412) 648-8840.

Program Director
Dr. Mohsen Azarbal
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
2070 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: (412) 648-8453
Fax: (412) 648-8850

Frequently Asked Questions
When are the program application deadlines?
The Program deadlines are listed in the table above

Can you send me all available application materials?
All applications are only available online. Please see the PASS website or the University's self-managed application.

What is the current tuition for the residency program?
Tuition varies from year to year and current tuition information is available on the University of Pittsburgh website under clinical post-graduate programs at the School of Dental Medicine.

Are any tuition breaks given?
There are no tuition benefits for the residency programs from the University of Pittsburgh. The only exception is for current residents of Pennsylvania who have lived in Pennsylvania for over one year before the program starts.

Is there a stipend paid during each year of residency?
Yes, there is currently a stipend for each year of residency for each program.