​​Pediatric Dentistry Residency

About the Program 

The Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/ College of Dental Medicine is affiliated with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/ NewYork-Presbyterian Kids. The program accepts 5 postdoctoral residency fellows per year for the 2-year residency program and enables the resident to meet Board-eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry with competence in special care dentistry and complex patient care.


Pathway to competency in pediatric dentistry is obtained through study in core areas common to all. The curriculum provides broad-based sequential and milestone-based experiences at the Children's Hospital and University Teaching and Residency Clinics. Upon completion, the individual is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

General curriculum: Includes all topics obligatory to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to advance the resident's educational experiences, enhance their ability to think and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. Seminars, conferencs, and case-based learning sessions allow the trainee to develop a strong theoretical knowledge base.  

Experimental curriculum: Consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents’ diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with an understanding of comprehensive care. Block rotations are in medicine and anesthesia; longitudinal rotations are provided in on-call as night resident at the emergency department, cleft lip and palate and craniofacial team, hospital dentistry, clinical insruction preceptorship, and educational and direct patient care outreach.

Didactic curriculum: Includes core domains to all and includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology and embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lectures, seminars and journal reviews are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry, but not exclusive to other pediatric dentistry domains.


  • Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Kids
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Mailman School of Public Health
  • University Medical Center Enterprise

Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents. For the academic year 2020-2021, stipends were $73,489 and $77,048, for program years one and two, respectively. Tuition is waived.

Program Strengths

  • National reputation as a mentoring program
  • High patient volume and a diverse patient pool
  • Mentorship with Faculty in academe or in private practice from New York metropolitan area

Accreditation Statement

The program in Pediatric Dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653, by visiting the ADA or by mail at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678.

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