Prospective Students/Residents

Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program

Program Types

The UIC Department of Pediatric Dentistry will accept 9 residents into the 2017-2018 entering class. All positions will be awarded through the Dental Match Service.

Seven positions are offered for the 2-year Certificate program with an optional Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences Degree.

Two positions are offered for the 3-year combined Certificate program with a Master of Public Health (MPH). Residents may also concurrently pursue an optional Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences Degree. For more information about the 3-year Certificate/MPH program, click here.

Program Description

The program is university-based/hospital-affiliated and fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.  Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Graduates have a track record of success with the ABPD examinations.

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, moderate sedation (oral and intranasal modalities) and general anesthesia.

The department of pediatric dentistry has a diverse and rich clinical faculty that includes 6 full-time and 8 part-time clinical faculty members who are pediatric dentists. 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. Our facilities offer collaboration and consultation with professionals from other departments within the College of Dentistry and other health sciences. Dental care under general anesthesia, after-hours emergency dental care, and rotations in subspecialty medical clinics (cardiology, hematology/oncology, general pediatrics, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, etc.) take place at the University of Illinois Hospital which is conveniently located adjacent to the College of Dentistry. Plans are underway to integrate in-office general anesthesia to supplement the operating room experience at UI Hospital. 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 provides an excellent venue for both clinical and lab teaching of dental students. Residents receive clinical orthodontic experience in the Mixed Dentition Clinic, which is a collaboration with the Department of Orthodontics.

Learning modalities include didactic courses, seminars, and clinical experiences. The curriculum includes, among others: pediatric dentistry seminars, child growth and development, dental traumatology, pulp therapy, orthodontic theory, oral care for special health care needs patients, biostatistics, epidemiology, dental radiology, child psychology, research design, scientific methodology, behavior management, pediatric oral pathology, dental materials, cariology and 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, public health or research career in pediatric dentistry. Applicants are encouraged to explore the 3-year program with the integrated MPH.


Program Stipend and Tuition

The 24-month program awards graduates with a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. GME Eligible residents receive a competitive stipend through Graduate Medical Education for the duration of the certificate program. In 2015-2016, the first-year stipend was $52,680 plus health coverage and fringe benefits. Second-year stipend is $54,540 plus health coverage and fringe benefits. Each July, it is expected there will be a small increase to the stipend. There are no tuition fees for enrollment in the Certificate program.

During the 3rd year Residents are paid at the rate of a PGY-3 resident through grant funds. Benefits are also covered by the grant.

A Master of Science in Oral Sciences degree is optional for those wishing to concurrently complete Master's coursework. Enrollment in the MS program is optional but strongly suggested. Tuition for the Master's program is waived, up to $5,250 annually for the first 2 years, but it is taxed.

Accepted residents must plan to be in Chicago by mid-June for mandatory orientation prior to the program start.


• University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
• University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System
• Community partner clinics

Admission Requirements

Please review the ADEA/PASS website for full details pertaining to the. We ask that applicants review the program description and application requirements listed prior to contacting the department. We try to ensure that these resources provide consistent and up-to-date information.

The program requires completion of the Supplemental Application, click here. Please e-mail your completed supplemental application and a digital copy of your passport-style 2x2 photograph to Jean O'Finn, Program Coordinator, at Hard-copies of photos and supplemental applications should not be mailed directly to the program. There is no supplemental charge to apply to the program.

We will not require the ADAT for the 2016-2017 cycle. Applicants wishing to take the ADAT may submit score reports for consideration with the application materials, but this is optional.

Candidates from non-US dental school should review the ADEA/PASS website for additional details pertaining to the application process.

Interviews usually take place in October. Interviewees can rank one, both, or neither program depending on professional interests and perceived fit for the individual programs. The Match Program code for the 2-year program is 4133, and the Match Program code for the 3-year program is 4134.


Program Strengths

• Strong didactic (25%) and clinic (60%) experience, as well as research (10%), and teaching (5%)
• Large diverse patient pool with a public health emphasis
• Extensive exposure to minimal and moderate 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, Hospital-Affiliated Certificate Program with Optional MS degree
• Program Director: Full-Time Board Certified
• Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time Pediatric, 8 Part-Time plus additional non-clinical faculty
• Program Length for 2-year program: 24 Total Months, July 1 Start Date
• Program Length for 3-year program: 36 Total Months, July 1 Start Date
• Program Accreditation: Approved (most recently in 2013)
• 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: 52,680 First Year; 54,540 Second Year
• Application: September 1 Deadline (for 2015-2016 cycle)
• Participant in National Matching Service: Yes
• Participant in PASS: Yes
• Only US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered: No
• US citizens from foreign dental schools considered: Yes
• Non-US citizens from ADA accredited dental schools considered: Yes
• Non-US citizens from foreign dental schools considered: Yes
• Clinic Experience: Pediatric Dentistry Clinic, Interceptive Orthodontics, Moderate Sedation, Medical Specialties rotations, General         Anesthesia, Oral surgery rotation, Craniofacial
• Additional: Emergency Call, Oral Surgery, Infant Oral Health, Medically Compromised Patients, Craniofacial Disorders, Oral Surgery
• Didactic Experience: Lecture, Seminars, Literature Review Courses, Case Conferences
• Research Requirement: Yes
• Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days in 2nd year plus Lecture/Presentations
• Facilities: 20 Chair/Operatories, 5 Clinic Receptionist, 12 Dental Assistants

Contact Us

To request information about the program please contact:

Jean O’Finn
Program Coordinator
UIC College of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
801 South Paulina Street, Room 256
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
(312) 996-7531

Other 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