Advanced Dental Education Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry offers a two-year residency program resulting in a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Residents are trained in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty care to children, adolescents, and individuals with disabilities. Residents are eligible to participate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification examinations, upon successful completion of the Program.

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.


The multifaceted advanced pediatric dentistry curricula integrate 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


Rotations are scheduled at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals, 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 Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Preclinical Simulation Clinic to provide instruction and clinical supervision to pre-doctoral dental students.



The Department of Pediatric Residency Program applications must be filed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

Applications are due by September 15th of the preceding year.

For additional information about how to apply to the advanced dental education residency program in pediatric dentistry, please visit our Advanced Dental Education Residency Programs general information page.

Stipend/ Tuition

Students are responsible for the charged tuition, which varies if you are in-state or out-of-state, and includes a student activity fee, books and professional fees.

A yearly stipend is provided to Pediatric Dental Residents.  In 2014, residents received a stipend of $24,000 a year.


A research project is a graduation requirement for the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program.

The following are projects completed, or in progress, within the last five years:

  • Post-sedation Adverse Events in Patients Undergoing General Anesthesia
  • The Association Between Reported Adolescent High Risk Behaviors and Orofacial Trauma
  • Survey of Senior Pediatric Dental Residents' Attitudes Toward Treatment of Patients with Developmental Disabilities
  • Oral Home Care Practices for Children and Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:  A Descriptive Survey
  • Contemporary Parents' Attitudes and Reasons for Acceptance of General Anesthesia for Dental Treatment
  • Efficacy of Ferric Sulfate and Formocresol Combined Therapy in Pulpotomy of Primary Molars
  • Ectodermal Dysplasia Syndromes:  Etiology, clinical presentation, and dental management considerations for pediatric patients
  • Parental Attitudes Towards Pediatric Dentists Discussing Childhood Obesity
  • Risk Factors for Early Childhood Caries:  A Retrospective Study


The advanced specialty education program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission's web address is