Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program
The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a two-year graduate residency program. This program offers both a certificate and a degree conferred by the University. The degree program offers the Master of Science in Dentistry. The program is approved and accredited by the Council of Dental Education of the American Dental Associations.
Advanced study in pediatric dentistry is offered through two separate, yet complementary programs: The Specialty Certificate Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the Graduate MS degree in Oral Sciences. Information about the Specialty Certificate Program is available below; learn more about the MS degree in Oral Sciences.
The clinical specialty program in pediatric dentistry has as its goal the training of the specialist for the comprehensive treatment of the healthy child as well as the medically compromised and neurologically challenged patient. The program is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education and has been planned in accordance with the guidelines for postdoctoral education of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It meets eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Of our 20 faculty, 14 are board certified, including our Department Head, Indru C. Punwani, DDS, MSD. Read the detailed description of the program below. Please contact us with any questions.
The program only accepts applicants from ADA accredited dental schools. Applicants from foreign dental schools will not be considered. US and non-US citizens are welcome to apply.
Applicants must complete the PASS/MATCH application. In addition, applicants will be required to submit the following:
- DDS, DMD, or equivalent if not included in PASS/MATCH application;
- Original dental and preprofessional education transcripts;
- Three letters of recommendation;
- 2" x 2" photograph; and
- a curriculum vitae.
Applicants may also be invited for a personal interview.
How to Apply
To begin the application process, please contact the department directly. The application deadline is September 16 of the year preceding matriculation.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition is waived for program residents; a breakdown of fees is available on the university website. (Note: Please refer to the “Advanced Certificate Program” row, “Range I” column.)
The Department of Pediatrics equipment and book fees are estimated as follows:
Textbooks: $1,000.00 (first year only)
Instruments: $1,500.00 (first year only)
During the two years of the residency training program, residents are compensated a resident's salary, and are provided with University-paid health care benefits.
Estimated salaries information for dental specialists can be found on the ONET website using the appropriate SOC code 29-1029.
Program Length and Number of Positions
This is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year which accepts nine new residents each year. The acceptance to applicant ratio is 1:8.
University-based, hospital-affiliated degree/certificate program.
The program is arranged to provide 60 percent patient care activities and 40 percent in seminars, research and teaching activities.
Required clinical courses include: advanced clinical pediatric dentistry, case analysis, interceptive orthodontics, minor tooth movement, sedation and hospital dentistry. Each student participates in formal rotations through the Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency Room, Pediatric Ward, Pediatric Clinic and sub-specialty clinics in Cardiology, Neurology and Hematology/Oncology, and the affilliated institution, Children’s Habilitation Clinic. Clinical experiences include: orthodontics, conscious sedation, hospital rotations, general, anesthesia, emergency call, operating room, oral surgery, infant oral health, craniofacial disorders, and medically-compromised, mentally-disabled, and physically-disabled patients.
Coursework includes: advanced pediatric dentistry, biostatistics, craniofacial anomalies, dental pediatrics, diagnostic procedures, hospital dentistry, pediatric dentistry research, pediatric dentistry seminar, pediatric oral pathology, pediatric physical diagnosis, practice management, research methodology, seminar on anesthesia and pain control and temporomandibular disorders. A research requirement must be fulfilled for certification (nondegree candidates). Additional elective clinical and graduate courses are also available. Other didactic experiences include: seminars, literature review, and case conferences.
Residents will meet their research requirement by completing a data collection project and will obtain teaching experiences through lectures and presentations as well as one clinic half-day.
- University of Illinois
- University of Illinois Hospital
- Children's Habilitation Clinic
- 24 Chairs/Operatories
- 4 Clinic Receptionists
- 10 Dental Assistants
- Strong didactic (40%) and clinic (60%) experience
- Extensive and diverse patient pool
- Extensive clinical exposure to utilization of sedation and general anesthesia for management of behavior and special needs patients
- Excellent 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
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. Indru Punwani, Postgraduate Program Director
Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 250
Chicago, IL 60612-7211