UIC College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program

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 up to 9 residents per year. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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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 (CODA).  Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). Graduates have a track record of success with both the written and oral 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 will accept up to 9 residents into the 2020 entering class.  All positions will be awarded through the Dental Match Service.

  • 2-year Certificate Program. The department offers a 2-year Certificate program with a required integrated Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences. 


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 pediatric and subspeciality medical clinics (Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, General Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Craniofacial clinic, 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 at the College to observe and/or treat complex pediatric and adult 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 and didactic orthodontic experiences in the Mixed Dentition Clinic, which is a collaboration with the Department of Orthodontics.

Second-year residents receive additional general anesthesia experience at St. Bernard Hospital and provide care at the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and Children's Clinic in Oak Park.

Learning modalities include didactic courses, seminars, continuing education courses, and clinical experiences. The curriculum includes, among others: behavior management, child development and psychology, pulp therapy, orthodontics/growth & development, oral care for special health care needs patients/hospital dentistry, dental traumatology, biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods, dental radiology, pediatric oral pathology, dental materials, cariology/microbiology, infant oral health and prevention, practice management, inherited and acquired dental anomalies, and principles of sedation and general anesthesia. The program offers a specially-designed seminar on advocacy and leadership development for residents. Additional topics are covered in the MS curriculum, rounds, and in a seminar format.

 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. 


Program Stipend and Tuition

The program awards graduates with a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Graduate Medical Education (GME) residents receive a competitive stipend for the duration of the certificate program. For 2019-2020, the first-year stipend is $57,000, and the second-year stipend is $59,000, 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. Note that eligibility for a GME stipend is determined by GME policies and not by the residency program.

A Master of Science in Oral Sciences degree is integrated in the residency program. 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 GME, College of Dentistry, and Program orientation prior to the program start.


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

About the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry provides pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in comprehensive oral health care for pediatric patients. The Department operates a general pediatric clinic, and a specialty pediatric clinic in conjunction with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Faculty provides leadership in the field by conducting research and other scholarly activity. The mission of our two unique pediatric dental clinics reflects our belief that children deserve the best of oral health care. We offer a full spectrum of services for all children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs. Our clinics provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.), extractions and minor surgical procedures, space-maintainers, athletic mouth guard, teeth whitening (for adolescents), interceptive orthodontic when applicable, and urgent care (trauma, infection, etc.). These services can be completed using inhalation sedation (Nitrous oxide), moderate sedation, and general anesthesia.

The Department has a diverse and rich clinical faculty that includes 7 full-time and 6 part-time clinical faculty members who are pediatric dentists. In addition to pediatric dentists, our faculty includes a behavioral psychologist, a statistician, an epidemiologist, a team of orthodontists, and public health experts. Physicians and dental specialists from other departments also contribute to teaching in the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Review the ADEA/PASS website for full details pertaining to the application requirements. 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 application deadline is September 1, 2019.
  • In lieu of a supplemental application, applicants must complete the three supplemental questions within the ADEA PASS application. 
  • ADAT. We will not require the ADAT for the 2019-2020 cycle. Applicants wishing to take the ADAT may submit score reports for consideration with the application materials, but this is optional.
  • Interviews. Interviews will occur on three dates in late-October and early-November.

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
  • Significant exposure to healthy patients and children with special health care needs
  • Opportunity for interdisciplinary care with other dental and medical specialties
  • 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 Director: Full-Time Board Certified 
• Program Faculty: 7 Full-Time Pediatric Dentists, 6 Part-Time Pediatric Dentists, Orthodontists, and 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  
• Tuition Out-Of-State: Tuition Waived
• Salary/Stipend: $57,000 First Year; $59,000 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, 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, 16 Dental

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:

David Avenetti, DDS, MSD, MPH

Resident Program Director

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