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Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Program Length and Number of Positions
This is a 24-month program commencing June 30th of each year. Four positions are offered each year; all with stipends.
Program Type
University based program awarding a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry (24 months).
Application
The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Dr. Matthew Geneser, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, 201 Dental Science Building South, Iowa City, IA 52242 or e-mail .
Description
The program in Pediatric Dentistry fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Upon completion of the program, the student meets all eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
The program addresses all aspects of contemporary pediatric dentistry. Furthermore, the program has been designed to emphasize development in the following areas:
  • Leadership skills.
  • The development of confidence in rendering dental services in a hospital environment and in understanding the needs and managing the treatment of children with special health care needs.
  • The development of an intellectually self-confident, independent, adaptable pediatric dentist with skills that make them effective agents of change at local, regional and national levels.
Curriculum
The curriculum for Iowa’s advanced specialty education program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to exceed the educational requirements set forth in the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs. Residents participate in seminars, lectures and clinics in preparation for successful program completion and preparation to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s board exam.
Other aspects of the curriculum include a rotation in pediatrics and pediatric acute care; pediatric physical diagnosis; a rotation in anesthesia; cephalometrics; and orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. There is a core of courses that have been designed to help acquaint the pediatric graduate student with research design and methodology.
Additionally, any student desiring a consultative or supervised relationship with dental educators in other specialties will find that such arrangements can be made. Extramural experience is afforded by participation in consultative clinics in various Iowa communities.
Program Stipend and Tuition
  • First-year - up to $20,000
  • Second-year - stipend up to $22,000
  • Tuition and Instrument Management fees, paid by Department.
  • *Note: Tuition and stipends can only be awarded to citizens of the United States.
  • Non-supported students must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay all University expenses which total $20,000 per year plus an instrument fee ($2,900 per year).
Facilities
  1. Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  2. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  3. University of Iowa Children's Hospital
  4. Center for Disabilities and Development
  5. Dows Institute for Dental Research
  6. Muscatine Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
Clinical Activities
Residents treat patients in our clinics at the College of Dentistry, the Muscatine Pediatric Dental Center, as well as at the Center for Disabilities and Development. The patients we treat include children of all ages and individuals with special health care needs.
Faculty and residents are very active in caring for patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and the Children's Hospital of Iowa. Responsibilities include consultation for inpatients with dental needs, screenings for patients who are going to be receiving bone marrow transplants, and the fabrication of palatal plates for infants who are intubated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition, we treat patients at the UIHC under general anesthesia, if they are unable to receive care in the traditional dental setting.
The residents take part in Iowa LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities). ILEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program for graduate students with a commitment to providing culturally competent, family-centered, coordinated systems of health care and related services for children with special health care needs and their families.
More information about ILEND can be found here: http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/cdd/ucedd/ilend/.
The residents take part in multiple rotations at the UIHC, including:
  • General anesthesia rotation
  • Genetics rotation
  • Pediatric Medicine rotation
  • Hemophilia Clinic
  • Cleft Lip and Palate team member
Admission Requirements
Applicants must have available the following items to be considered for admission.
  1. D.D.S., D.M.D. or non-U.S. equivalent.
  2. PASS application. The application can be requested from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) PASS Application Services Web Site - https://portal.passweb.org/.
    PASS Application Services has two phone lines for applicant inquiries: (202) 667-1886 and (202) 667-1887 or you may write to: PASS, 1625 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Washington DC. 20036-2212.
  3. National Board Dental Examination -- Part I prior to interview; Part II prior to admission.
  4. Personal interview - by invitation.
  5. Photograph (2x2 head shot) to be sent directly to the Department.
  6. National Matching Service "MATCH" Number.
Program Strengths
  1. Extensive training with patients with special health care needs.
  2. Fundamental knowledge of the philosophy, principles and practices of dental public health.
  3. Strong research opportunities and nationally recognized didactic training.
  4. Contemporary clinical facilities with close working relationship with the Department of Pediatrics and other medical services.
  5. Well trained auxiliary staff.
  6. Faculty with diverse research/scholarly interests.
  7. Tradition in excellence.