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University of Pittsburgh    
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 08, 2023
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

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The Department of Pediatric Dentistry offers a two-year residency program resulting in a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Residents are trained in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty care to children, adolescents, and individuals with disabilities. Residents are eligible to participate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification examinations, upon successful completion of the Program.

All facilities within the School of Dental Medicine are available for resident use, and there is a vast Health Science Center Library system housed in the medical school directly across the street from the School of Dental Medicine.


Rotations are scheduled at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

The following rotations are completed at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC:

  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
    • Hospital Based Operating Room
    • Hospital Grand Rounds

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry residents also rotate through the Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinic and the Preclinical Simulation Clinic to provide instruction and clinical supervision to pre-doctoral dental students.

Applications to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program must be filed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

Applications are due by October 1 of the preceding year.

For additional information about the residency program in pediatric dentistry, including how to apply, please visit


The advanced specialty education program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 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, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission’s web address is


The program offers a two-year advanced training in the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The program trains residents in the advanced diagnostic and clinical techniques necessary to provide specialty and preventive dental care to children, adolescents, and individuals with disabilities. The program’s didactic and clinical components are designed to advance the resident’s knowledge in all aspects of pediatric dentistry. Upon successful completion of the program, residents will be eligible to participate in the board certification examinations of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 credits and the degree option requires a minimum of 24 credits.

Pediatric Dentistry Curriculum

The multifaceted pediatric dentistry curriculum integrates scientific principles and methods with the clinical application of pediatric dentistry. Ample time is provided for either basic science or clinical research. Emphasis is also given to community and dental public health clinical experiences. In addition to the core curriculum for all specialty residents, the following pediatric dentistry-specific conferences are offered to the residents:

  • Behavior Management
  • Board Review
  • Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Abnormalities
  • Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • Community Dentistry Off-Site Rotations
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Diagnosis and Case Presentation
  • First-Professional Teaching
  • Growth and Development
  • Hospital Inpatient Treatment
  • Interceptive Orthodontics
  • Literature Review
  • Operating Room Dentistry
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Pharmacological Patient Management
  • Pulp Therapy
  • Special Needs Patients
  • Traumatology

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