Pediatric Dentistry Certificate

The Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry program is fully accredited, diverse, and dynamic in nature.  Although it is a hospital-based program, it consists of multiple unique rotation sites where residents will spend a lot of their training that allows them to become proficient in working with in many types of clinical environments with diverse patient populations.   Residents rotate through the brand new John Oishei Children’s Hospital, the Kaleida Ambulatory Care Center at the Conventus Center for Collaborative Care, the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and multiple University Pediatric Dentistry Dental Associates off-site faculty-practice clinics.  Residents will gain extensive experience in treating patients of all ages, cultures, and healthcare needs.  A comprehensive education is provided in the form of clinical and didactic training, supplemented with close personal interactions with faculty and related healthcare providers. 


Fall 2021 Enrollment

Applications will be accepted May 14 - October 1, 2020.

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About the Program

At the University at Buffalo’s post-graduate Pediatric Dentistry program, residents treat a diverse patient population including underserved refugees, immigrants, and patients with special healthcare needs. Our Program is committed to promoting and advancing the knowledge and skills of our residents in every aspect of Pediatric Dentistry.  Our exceptional faculty members are dedicated to teaching our residents the highest quality oral health care services for the pediatric population in Western New York.  Residents have an unparalleled education through their exposure to a dynamic curriculum consisting of clinical rotations, academic lectures, active-learning case presentations, literature reviews, and interactive seminars.   The various clinical training sites produce successful residents that are strong, capable, compassionate, and fully prepared to practice in any environment upon graduation.   

All Areas of Pediatric Dentistry

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

  • Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic behavior guidance techniques
  • Treatment of children under general anesthesia
  • Hospital Dentistry Inpatient care
  • Interceptive Orthodontics for the pediatric and adolescent patient
  • Child growth and development
  • The management of medically compromised patients
  • Dental and orofacial trauma and the management of dental emergencies
  • Recognition and treatment of oral pathological conditions
  • Preventive therapies and promotion of oral health
  • Treatment planning and providing comprehensive oral health care
  • Performing restorative techniques for pediatric and adolescent patients
  • Treatment of common oral diseases
  • Pulp therapy in the primary and immature permanent dentition
  • Community outreach, service and advocacy
  • Management of a pediatric dental office
  • PALS/BLS Certification

Rotations in Pediatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Otolaryngology, Craniofacial Clinic, and other specialty pediatric clinics are also a required component of the program. The sedation educational experience in this program is unparalleled, with in-depth training in oral and intranasal conscious sedation and IV deep sedation techniques practiced on pediatric patients throughout the duration of the program. Time is also spent teaching pre-doctoral dental students in the hospital and university clinics, with each resident obtaining the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at the start of the program.   Residents are sent to the AAPD Comprehensive Review Course and Oral Board Review during their second year of training in effort to prepare them for the ABPD Qualifying Exam, which is a requirement to take prior to graduation.

Clinical Facilities

The clinical facilities currently include 10 sites that residents rotate through.  The brand new Oishei Children’s Hospital site is utilized for resident multiple rotations, operating room experiences, and on-call emergency care, and is located strategically in the downtown medical corridor.  Treatment for patients exclusively with special healthcare needs is provided at the Kaleida Ambulatory Care Center at the Conventus Center for Collaborative Care, which is attached to the new hospital.  University Pediatric Dentistry Dental Associates has 7 different offices in which residents rotate through.  Residents will have full auxiliary support during patient care at these sites, allowing the resident to treat the patient with the highest level of care.  Residents also work at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, providing supervision to pre-doctoral dental students under the supervision of a faculty dentist. 


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

Clinical Associate Professors

Paul R. Creighton, DDS, Interim Department Chair 
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
Amy Nagai, DDS
Mark Trautman, DDS

Program Requirements

All residents are required to complete and present an approved research project during the two-year duration of the residency program. Residents develop and implement the scientific process of research design, data collection, and statistical analysis and are required to present their findings in a public forum.  Residents attend the AAPD Annual Session during their second year of training to present their research.  Residents are encouraged to seek publication of their research during the program and after graduation. 

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:

  • PALS Certification
  • GME Policies
  • Benefits Overview
  • Physicals and Health assessments
  • Hopsital policies and computer training
  • Completion of the AAPD In-service examination
  • Review of Resident Handbook
  • Reimbursement policies
  • Clinic Protocol
  • Hospital On-call protocal
  • In-house Consultations and Special Clinics Overview
  • Infection control policies
  • Introduction to Scientific Research
  • Introduction to Treatment Planning and Diagnosis
  • Radiographic Policies
  • Scheduling Overview

During orientation, first-year residents will spend time initially working alongside the second year residents in clinics and on-call. After the initial introduction, each resident is will begin treating patients independently in the clinic and hospital setting alongside the pediatric dental faculty.

Resident’s Program Time

  • 75%  Clinical Activities
  • 15%  Didactic
  • 5%  Research Activities
  • 5%  Teaching Activities

Formal Courses

  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Oral Microbial Ecology
  • Pediatric Core Medicine Clerkship
  • Dental Pharmacology
  • Interdisciplinary Patient Care
  • Oral Diagnosis
  • Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Ethics and Risk Management

Seminar Topics

  • Sedation and Anesthesia
  • Emergency Management
  • Biostatistics
  • Research Design
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Embryology
  • Growth and Development and Orthodontics
  • PALS
  • Practice Management
  • Craniofacial Case Conferences
  • Case Presentations
  • Literature Reviews

Core Topics in Pediatric Dentistry

  • Interceptive Orthodontics
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Management of Patients with Special Healthcare needs
  • Dental and Orofacial Trauma
  • Treatment Planning
  • Pediatric Dental Procedures
  • Behavior Guidance Technicques
  • And More ...

Off-Service Assignments

  • Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Operating Room
  • Community Outreach
  • Special Care Clinics - ENT, Williams Syndrome, Craniofacial


  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Comprehensive Review Course
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Board Review Course
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session
  • Joseph E. Bernat Symposium (sponsored by the Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry)
  • Craniofacial Center of Western New York Conferences

Funding / Cost of Attendance

First-year stipend is $51,131. Second-year stipend is $ $51,892. There is no tuition for certificate students. Full medical and dental benefits are included.  For those students working towards the Masters certificate, tuition is approximately $17,565 for in-state students and $18,857 for out-of-state students. Health insurance coverage is provided for residents and their families.

Application Information

Fall 2021 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Application Deadline October 1, 2020

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited dental school 
  • Must be eligible for temporary license in New York State 
  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident; Canadian citizens will be considered 
  • Dental education transcripts 
  • Institutional Evaluation, Electronic Professional Evaluations 
  • Personal interview


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 1, 2019.

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 120 applications are received and reviewed, of which eight are chosen every year for the residency program.


Carrie Wanamaker

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry

114 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-3717


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