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Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

Accreditation Status

The University at Buffalo Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program Strengths

  • Teaching faculty
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Patient Pool
  • Community Services


This is a hospital based 24-month certificate program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is located at the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo is a 225-bed pediatric hospital with its own obstetrical unit. It is the only free standing children's hospital in New York and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Our goal is to train residents to become proficient in all phases of pediatric dentistry including:

  • hospital dentistry
  • case analysis
  • child growth and development
  • pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques
  • treatment of children under general anesthesia
  • the management of the compromised child
  • advanced restorative techniques
  • management of trauma
  • minor tooth movement

Rotations to medicine, anesthesia, the emergency room and specialty pediatric clinics are also included. Limited time is also spent teaching pre-doctoral dental students in the hospital and university clinics.

The clinical facilities include 18 operatories in an outpatient clinic on the medical campus, and clinical facilities at the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, private practice sites, the UB School of Dental Medicine and a mobile dental van.

Advanced Degree

A certificate is awarded upon completion of the program. The Pediatric Dentistry master's degree program is offered as an optional three-year program. Clinical certification and awarding of a degree occur simultaneously. Master's degree course syllabi will be selected, reviewed, and approved based on each resident's research interests and performance. Approval of basic science courses must be obtained from the Program Director.


All residents are required to complete and present an approved research project. Residents must demonstrate that they have learned and understand the scientific process of research design, data collection, statistical analysis and public speaking skills (oral or poster presentation). Residents may collaborate with and are encouraged to choose faculty outside the department as mentors to broaden their research experience.


All pediatric dentistry residents are employed by the Graduate Medical/Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo and receive a stipend and benefits. Current stipends are $48,900 for first year and $49,940 for the second year. All usual benefits are included and there is no tuition for the certificate program. Master's degree students must pay University tuition for courses taken.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must possess a DDS or DMD from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental school and submit all application materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS program). PASS allows you as the applicant to provide standard information required for participating dental schools so that you do not have to complete multiple applications. The program participates in the National Match Program so you will need to register with the National Match Service in order to be admitted to the program. To register, go to the Match website:

The deadline for PASS applications is October 2, 2017.

Interview Process

All applicants will receive a written response from the Program Director. Responses are either a declination of your application or a request for a personal interview. Personal interviews are required for further consideration for admission to the program.

Six residents are accepted per year into the program.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions page for general questions and answers. For specific questions and information, please e-mail Jackie DiMartino, Pediatric Dentistry Certificate Program Administrator.