Prospective Students/Residents

Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program

Program Description

The residency is a university-based/hospital-affiliated program that fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Its latest accreditation was in November 2013. Graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The 24-month program awards graduates with a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. A Master of Science in Oral Sciences degree is optional for those wishing to spend an additional 12 months completing Master’s coursework. Eligible residents receive a competitive stipend through Graduate Medical Education for the duration of the certificate program.

The program provides a rich and diversified educational experience that emphasizes comprehensive oral health care for healthy and medically complex infants, children and adolescents. Its newly-renovated, state-of-the-art graduate clinic with 20 operatories (8 of which are private rooms), attends to a large and diverse population of the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois. Each operatory is equipped with nitrous oxide, digital radiography, a video monitor and a computer. There is an optimal ratio of dental assistants to residents. Residents graduate with significant experience providing care using different modalities of behavior management, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation and general anesthesia.

The department of pediatric dentistry has a diverse and rich faculty that includes 6 full-time and 16 part-time faculty members. In addition to pediatric dentists, our faculty includes psychologists, behavioral scientists, a statistician, an epidemiologist, an orthodontist, and public health experts. Physicians and dental specialists from other departments also contribute to teaching in the program.


Clinical experiences primarily occur in the pediatric dentistry graduate clinic at the UIC College of Dentistry. Dental care under general anesthesia, after-hours emergency dental care, and rotations in subspecialty medical clinics (cardiolog y, hematology/oncology, general pediatrics, anesthesiology, emergency, etc.) take place at the University of Illinois Hospital which is conveniently located adjacent to the College of Dentistry. The residents also rotate in the department of Oral Surgery to observe and/or treat complex pediatric oral surgery cases done under intravenous sedation. Our busy undergraduate pediatric dental clinic, with 16 operatories, provides an excellent venue for both clinical and lab teaching of dental students.

Learning modalities include didactic courses, seminars, and clinical experiences. The curriculum includes, among others: pediatric dentistry seminars, biostatistics, epidemiology, orthodontic theory, dental radiology, dental photography, child psychology, child growth and development, research design, scientific methodology, dental traumatology, pulp therapy, behavior management, dental and oral care for special health care needs patients, pediatric oral pathology, dental materials, cariology, infant oral health, advocacy, practice management, and principles of sedation and general anesthesia. The program offers a specially-designed seminar on leadership development for residents.

The program is designed to fully prepare the resident for clinical practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching or research career in pediatric dentistry.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First-year stipend is $50,280 plus health coverage and fringe benefits. Second-year stipend is $52,020 plus health coverage and fringe benefits. The Certificate program does not have tuition. Tuition for the Master’s program is waived, up to $5,250 annually for the first 2 years, but it is taxed. Each July, it is expected there will be a small increase to the stipend.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  • University of Illinois Health System


Admission Requirement

Applicants please reflect and answer the following two questions in 200 words or less per question.

1)  What are the values that fundamentally guide me?

2)  What are my expectations for the team (ie, working with the other residents, faculty, staff, etc)?

Submit your answer electronically along with a 2x2 photograph to to be considered for review.

 Interviews will take place on October 20th and October 27th. Select candidates will be contacted for a personal interview. The application deadline is September 1st


Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic (25%) and clinic (60%) experience, as well as research (10%), and teaching (5%)
  • Large diverse patient pool
  • Extensive exposure to sedation and general anesthesia
  • Excellent, newly renovated facilities, significant hospital activity, and supporting medical/dental staff
  • Diversified and experienced faculty with clinical and research expertise
  • Extensive opportunities to gain teaching skills and experience

School Profile

  • Program Type: University-based Degree Certificate
  • Program Director: Full-Time Board Certified
  • Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time Pediatric Dentists, 10 Part-Time, 14 Board Certified
  • Program Length: 24 Total Months, July 1 Start Date
  • Program Accreditation: Approved
  • State Licensure: Restricted License Available
  • Number of Entering Positions: Up to 9
  • Tuition In-State: Tuition Waived First Year (for Certificate Program)
  • Tuition Out-Of-State: Tuition Waived First Year (for Certificate Program)
  • Salary/Stipend: 50,280 First Year; 52,020 Second Year
  • Application: September 1 Deadline
  • Participant in National Matching Service: Yes
  • Participant in PASS: Yes
  • Only US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered: Yes
  • US citizens from foreign dental schools considered: No
  • Non-US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered: Yes
  • Non-US citizens from foreign dental schools considered: No
  • Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:8
  • Clinic Experience: Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Sedation, Medical Specialties Rotations, General Anesthesia
  • Emergency Call, Oral Surgery, Infant Oral Health, Medically Compromised Patients, Craniofacial Disorders, Oral Surgery
  • Didactic Experience: Seminars, Literature Review Courses, Case Conferences
  • Research Requirement: Yes
  • Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days, plus Lecture/Presentations
  • Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories, 5 Clinic Receptionist, 12 Dental Assistants

Contact Us

To request an application or more information about our program, please contact Jean O’Finn at (312) 996-7531. Specific questions should be addressed to:

Dr. David Avenetti
Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 250
Chicago, IL 60612-7211