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Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry

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General Description
The goals of the program are to provide foundation knowledge and educational experiences in pediatric dentistry and offer diverse experiences in all aspects of pediatric dentistry clinical care as recognized by the specialty. The program instills in the resident all the values and beliefs of the specialty and ensures they have the skills to be responsible for care of the growing child. Graduates become skilled as the primary care provider for the pediatric patient from infant, child, and adolescent and for the special needs patients. There is a strong hospital component ensuring the graduate is able to fully integrate into the medical community. The program experiences foster interest in community service and helps to prepare and encourage the graduate to become committed to dental education.

The program comprises formal instruction in the biomedical sciences and clinical and didactic subjects of pediatric dentistry. Residents become fully integrated in the medical care of the pediatric patient through rotations at affiliated hospital experiences including anesthesia, pediatric medicine and its subspecialties, pediatric emergency services, and operating room services.

Program Strengths

  • The program will provide the student with a wide range of clinical, didactic, and research experiences.
  • Based in a major urban setting, the program provides opportunities to interact and treat diverse populations.
  • Strong hospital training component at Bellevue Hospital Center and NYU School of Medicine
  • Pediatric and public health concerns at the community level are addressed.
  • The program offers multifaceted faculty that include full- and part-time practitioners.
  • Flexibility is built into the program to allow for independent studies.
  • Residents are prepared to successfully complete ABPD certification
  • All residents are encouraged to pursue a full- or part-time academic career.

Didactic Program
Approximately 20 percent of the overall program time is dedicated to the didactic component. Emphasis is placed on gaining a critical and analytical attitude toward existing and new information. Seminars are evidence-based and used to provide education in the areas of growth and development, child development and its applications to dentistry, health promotion and prevention of disease, patient care, behavior guidance, and moderate sedation techniques.

Year One
Pediatric courses include Core Techniques, Evidence-Based Studies, Community Practice, Moderate Sedation, Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic, Literature Review, Child Psychology and Development, Pediatric Dentistry Case-Based Seminar, Pediatric Oral Pathology and Growth and Development. Interdisciplinary Seminars are scheduled throughout the year to interact about cases that require multi-specialty care. All first-year residents must also successfully complete BCLS, PALS, and Human Subjects Training.

Core basic science courses are taken during the first year to provide the resident with foundation knowledge. These courses include Craniofacial Development, Clinical Pharmacology, Research Design, and Practice Management. Prior to residents’ clinical teaching assignments, a course in Introduction to Pedagogy presents the theory and application of clinical education methods.

Year Two
Pediatric courses include Literature Review, Evidence-Based Studies, Orthodontic Seminars and Clinic, Pediatric Dentistry Diagnostic Seminar, Practice Management, Hospital Dentistry and Related Studies in Pediatric Dentistry.

Clinical Program
Clinical training overall comprises approximately 65 percent of the program time. The pediatric patient population available for care is extensive and diverse, and a very wide range of clinical opportunities is available. Residents become skilled in being the primary care provider for the pediatric patient in different clinical settings, including university, hospital, mobile dental van, and community health centers. Care of the special needs pediatric patient is provided on-site and at affiliated hospitals. Residents become part of the health care team and work in a multi-specialty interdisciplinary group.

An extensive outreach program provides unique educational and service delivery experiences for residents and offers an exciting opportunity to work with children in community-based settings and in the College of Dentistry’s Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile dental care van. There are international outreach opportunities throughout the year that qualified residents participate in. To encourage future participation in academic venues, all residents teach in both preclinical and clinical aspects of the pre-doctoral program.

Hospital rotations occur at Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Hospitals Center, Rose F. Kennedy Center, and Lutheran Medical Center. The rotations include Anesthesia, Physical Diagnosis, Operating Room Services, Pediatric Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Services, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Infectious Disease Clinic, Family Care Center, Special Care, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Center, and the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Research Program
All residents are required to complete an approved research project. This project requires residents to learn and demonstrate their ability to understand the scientific process including data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation in a scientific forum or as a submission for publication. Residents take a course in research design and have consultation for the statistical aspects of the project. All residents must complete the Human Subjects Tutorial. Opportunities exist for association and guidance from a wide array of biomedical and clinical experiences.

Teaching Program
Residents teach both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Accreditation Status
The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and fulfills all requirements for board eligibility as stated by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Length of the Program
This is a two-year (24-month) postdoctoral certificate course for specialty practice. Program dates: July 1 through June 30.

All applicants must be graduates of dental schools accredited by the American or Canadian Dental Association and qualify for a New York State license or limited permit.

Application Deadline
Application deadline: September 15 through PASS.

Courtney Chinn, DDS, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

The program participates in the PASS application process and all applications must be submitted through PASS. Please see the PASS website for current application requirements. A personal interview is then offered to qualified applicants and is required for consideration for admission. Applicants must hold a New York State dental license or qualify for a New York State limited permit.

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to The Program Director, Dr. Courtney Chinn, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street, 968W, New York, NY 10010-4086.

Supplemental (NYU) Application Fee:
There is an application fee of $100 dollars to be made payable to 'NYU College of Dentistry'. Please indicate 'Pediatric Dentistry' on your check or other form of payment.. Mail to:

New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street, 10th Floor
Office of Student Affairs and Admission
New York, NY 10010-4086
(NOTE: This is separate from PASS service fees)

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