About The Program
The Temple University Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency Program is a 24-month hospital-based certificate program fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
The program is designed to prepare residents for practice in pediatric dentistry and certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Residents receive in-depth training in pediatric dentistry comprising comprehensive care of infants, children and adolescents including those with special health care needs; pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques; pulp and periodontal therapy; growth and development; treatment of patients under conscious sedation; treatment of patients in the operating room under general anesthesia; and traumatic injury and emergency care management.
The program is affiliated with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Cooper University Hospital and Special Smiles, LTD offering residents diverse experiences in anesthesiology, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, and operating room dentistry as well as comprehensive care for patients with special health care needs.
Additionally, Cooper University Hospital Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Program provides residents with exposure to various phases of craniofacial and cleft palate treatment planning.
Utilizing our extensive and growing Education and Outreach Program, residents have the opportunity to train and educate fellow healthcare professionals, parents, and children about oral health. Residents also provide oral health screenings at day care centers, Head Start programs, and schools. Through our affiliation with Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry second year residents receive pre-doctoral teaching experience.
Didactic courses are run through the program’s attendings and cover all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Outside lectures and enrichment programs are also offered to supplement the residents with information not typically covered by pediatric dentistry curriculum.
The Temple University Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency Program offers a unique clinical and didactic curriculum. The program is proud of our past residents with over 99% of recent graduates passing the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) examination and Pugh Scholars in the classes of 2009, 2010 and 2017. The Pugh Award is given to individuals who have scored in the top 3% in the country on the ABPD exam.
Temple University Hospital’s Advanced Education Residency in Pediatric Dentistry satisfies the educational requirements for advanced specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry as prescribed by the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Our pediatric dental residency program emphasizes:
- 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.
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