Residency Program Requirements
Our Pediatric Dental Residency Programs Emphasize:
- Developing competency in the prevention and management of oral-facial health problems of children and adolescents.
- Instilling the ability to provide comprehensive oral health care for patients with emotional, intellectual, or psychological disabilities.
- Providing an understanding of the biological basis for pediatric dentistry and the application of scientific knowledge to clinical practice.
- Developing an understanding of research principles, knowledge of published literature, the ability to critically evaluate research literature, and to make a contribution in the advancement of pediatric dentistry.
- Developing creativity, the desire for new skills and the ability to coordinate with members of other health care disciplines to provide innovative care for pediatric dental patients.
- Developing practical administrative skills to provide efficient provision of dental health care.
- Developing educational and teaching skills to prepare for assignments as mentors in education programs.
- Developing an understanding of general concepts and principles of pharmacology, anesthetic drugs, pre-operative patient assessment, monitoring, recordkeeping, discharge instructions, and best practices for managing complications.
- Developing operating room skills including airway management, IV placement, full-mouth rehabilitation, and intubation.
- Developing competency with a number of restorative materials as well as isolation techniques and digital film technology.
The program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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: https://coda.ada.org/en. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the program in pediatric dentistry. However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.