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Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Dentistry Residency Program


The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program includes training in advanced Pediatric Dentistry, instruction in behavior management, treatment of children with special needs, preventive and interceptive treatment of malocclusion, general anesthesia, biostatistics, research, physical diagnosis and sedation. Instruction and training is conducted at the dental clinic at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

The structure and content follow the guidelines for advanced education programs established by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Upon completion of the program, the residents receive a certificate of specialty in Pediatric Dentistry and meet requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Examination.

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The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has performed 2 site visits to the Pediatric Dentistry department:

  • March 4th, 2009: full accreditation was granted
  • April 13th, 2016: accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements” was granted
  • Next site visit is scheduled for 2023

Goals & Objectives

Main Goal

To develop competent primary care pediatric dentists who will be qualified in providing comprehensive and preventive care for infants, children, and adolescents—including those with special needs.

Goal 1

To enhance pediatric dental residents to be a specialist proficient on comprehensive diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants, children, and adolescents.

  • Demonstrate adequate oral examination skills in order to formulate diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for infants and children of all ages
  • Diagnose oral pathologies, and be able to treat or supervise the treatment thereof
  • Recognize the need for and provide referrals for patients, while maintaining effective health care team collaboration for the provision of comprehensive and continuous health care for patients
  • Develop the skills in restorative dentistry procedures required for the pediatric patient
  • Develop the skills in the diagnosis and management of primary and young permanent teeth that sustained pulpal injury or disease
  • Develop the skills in orthodontic dentistry required in the management of pediatric patient
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the continuing acquisition of factual knowledge and skills for professional development
  • Develop the capacity to be effective in self-evaluation as a primary-care provider

Goal 2

To prepare dental residents to be a pediatric specialist proficient in the management of the biomedical, psychosocial and developmental aspects of infants, children, and adolescents.

  • Demonstrate appropriate interviewing skills to obtain a history from parents, parents surrogates, children, and adolescents
  • Effectively perform and establish cooperative working relationships with colleagues, general dentist, oral surgeon, endodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist, and orthodontist in meeting the comprehensive oral and psychosocial health care needs of patients and their families
  • Effectively perform and establish cooperative working relationships with colleague pediatricians, subspecialists, and allied health personnel (i.e. nurse practioners, social workers, laboratory technicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.) in meeting the total physical and psychosocial health care needs of patients and their families
  • Provide patient/parent education, including anticipatory guidance in oral health promotion and disease
  • Recognize and adequately address the psychosocial reactions of children of varied ages and their families in stressful situations
  • Develop effective communication skills which will enable discussions with patients and families involving feelings and behavior and the role of behavior management in the dental setting
  • Demonstrate familiarity of the influences of cross-cultural factors in pediatric and alternative healing practices within a multi-ethnic community related to primary health care

Goal 3

To prepare pediatric dentists who assume leadership roles in their communities and to serve as advocates for children.

  • Demonstrate an attitude of commitment to serve the community as a pediatric dental provider and child advocate
  • Recognize the need for and importance of establishing a general primary pediatric dentistry practice, especially in a health manpower shortage area
  • Demonstrate a willingness to accept ethical and legal responsibility for the delivery of patient health care
  • Demonstrate interaction with professionals and institutions in the community
  • Participate in community outreach programs, including the implementation of patient awareness and prevention programs
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to provide primary and comprehensive oral health including those with special healthcare needs

Program Strengths

  • Abundance of patients available at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, which ensures an excellence clinical training in all areas of pediatric dentistry
  • Extensive training with patients with special health care needs
  • Excellent advanced education didactic curriculum. Areas of study in our two year curriculum include the following areas: behavior management, conscious sedation, special patient care, orthodontics, growth and development, clinical pediatric dentistry and hospital dentistry
  • Contemporary clinical facilities with close working relationship with the Department of Pediatrics and other medical services
  • Dedicated and well trained auxiliary staff in pediatric and special needs patients