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Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

This hospital-based, accredited program is located at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo — a a 225-bed pediatric hospital with its own obstetrical unit. Women and Children’s Hospital is the only free-standing children’s hospital in New York and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

Fall 2018 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted until October 2, 2017

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About the Program

At UB, students have access to exceptional teaching faculty, an innovative curriculum and a diverse patient pool including refugees, immigrants, special needs patients and those who are underserved. Pediatrics is a rewarding speciality, ideal for students who have the unique behavioral managements skills needed to work with children.

All Areas of Pediatric Dentistry

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.

Clinical Facilities

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.


The program in pediatric dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited 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 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is

Length of Study

This is a 24-month certificate program, commencing in July. The Master’s degree is offered as an optional three-year program.

Clinical Faculty

Associate Professor

Elias J. Kaufman, DMD, Emeritus

Clinical Associate Professors

Joseph Bernat, DDS, MS,  Program Director  
Margaret Certo, DDS 
Joli Chou, DMD, MD
Paul R. Creighton, DDS, Interim Department Chair 
Paul Deitrick, DMD, MD
Justin Eckler, MD, PhD
Christopher M. Heard, MD
Juan Yepes, DDS, MD, MPH, Dr. PH

Clinical Assistant Professors

Rachel Anderson, DMD
Victor Bochacki, DDS
Meelin D.ChinKit-Wells, DDS
Douglas Olson, DMD, MS
Suketu N. Patel, DDS
Tammy Thompson, DDS
Carrie Wanamaker, DDS

Clinical Instructors

Kelly R. Burke, DDS
Mary E. Dunn, DDS
J. Bradley Ecker, DDS
Craig McClure, DDS
Jennifer Nauman, DDS
Amy Nagai, DDs
Michael Phillips, DDS
Vineela Redla, BDS
Mark Trautman, DDS

Program Requirements

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.

Advanced (Master’s) Degree

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.

Courses & Curriculum

Incoming residents go through a one-week orientation. Topics covered are:

  • Reimbursement Policies
  • Clinic Protocol
  • Community Dentistry
  • Craniofacial Center of Western New York
  • Emergency Coverage
  • Emergency Protocol
  • Front Desk Protocol
  • In-house Consultations and Special Clinics
  • Infection Control
  • Introduction to Clinical/Scientific Research
  • Introduction to Hospital Paperwork
  • Introduction to OR
  • Introduction to Oral Surgery
  • Introduction to Treatment Plans
  • Outreach into the Community
  • Radiographic Policies
  • Resident Manual Review
  • Scheduling

First year residents spend the first two weeks shadowing the second year residents in clinics and on-call. After the initial two week introduction, each resident is assigned their own patient pool.

Resident’s Program Time

  • 70%  Clinical Activities
  • 15%  Didactic
  • 5%  Research Activities
  • 5%  Teaching Activities
  • 5%  Elective or Community Activities

Formal Courses

  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Oral Microbial Ecology
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Postgraduate Pharmacology
  • Interdisciplinary Patient Care
  • Oral Pathology

Seminar Topics

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics and Embryology
  • Growth and Development and Orthodontics
  • Microbiology
  • Oral Diagnosis and Medicine
  • PALS
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Practice Management
  • Risk Management
  • Speech and Language
  • Behavior Management
  • Case Presentations and Case Reviews
  • Esthetic Dentistry
  • Language and Articulation Development
  • Latex Awareness
  • Literature Review
  • Practice Management
  • Treatment Planning
  • Sedation and Anesthesia

Off-Service Assignments

  • Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Operating Room
  • Community Outreach
  • Special Care Clinics - ENT


  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Review Course
  • American Dental Education Association Annual Meeting (if applicable)
  • American Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting (if applicable)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Meeting
  • Back to School Conference (sponsored by Pediatric and Community Dentistry residents)
  • The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine Research Day
  • Craniofacial Center of Western New York Monthly Conferences
  • Greater Niagara Dental Conference
  • Pediatric and Community Dentistry Research Review Conference

Funding / Cost of Attendance

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.

Application Information

Fall 2018 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Application Deadline October 2, 2017

Admission Requirements

All applicants must possess a DDS or DMD from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited dental school. You may not apply if you only have a foreign dental degree.

How to Apply

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 deadline for PASS applications is October 2, 2017.

The Match Program

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. 

About the 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.

Approximately 130 applications are received and reviewed, of which six are chosen every year for the residency program.


Jackie DiMartino

Pediatric Dentistry Certificate Program Administrator

Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry

114 Squire Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3717


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