Prospective Students/Residents

Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program

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. The Department accepts 9 residents per year. Its latest accreditation was in November 2013. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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 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. 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. 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, dental and oral care for special health care needs patients, biostatistics, epidemiology, dental radiology, dental photography, 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 or research career in pediatric dentistry.

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.

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

Admission Requirements

Please review the ADEA/PASS website for full details pertaining to the September 1, 2015 deadline. 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. 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.

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

Program Strengths

•Strong didactic (25%) and clinic (60%) experience, as well as research (10%), and teaching (5%)
•Large diverse patient pool
•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: 24 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
•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
•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