Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry
The College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, offers a postdoctoral program in pediatric dentistry designed to meet the needs of practitioners who wish to specialize in the practice of dentistry for children.
Certificate Program & Master of Science Degree Programs
Program Length and Number of Positions
A 24-month certificate program and a 36-month Master's Degree program commencing on July 1 of each year. Six new positions are available each year. Successful completion of the program renders the student educationally qualified for specialty examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. An optional Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.) is available.
Hospital-based, university affiliated, certificate program with optional Master of Science degree.
Applicants to the program must be citizens of the United States at the time of application, and have graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a dental school approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Applicants must satisfy the following additional requirements to be considered for admission:
- Complete a Postdoctoral Application Services (PASS) Application. The types of letters required are described a the PASS website.
- Register with the National Matching Service (MATCH) and submit your MATCH number.
- Submit a Curriculum Vita
- Send a passport-sized photo
- Be selected for a personal interivew
- Official (sent by school) pre-dental and dental school transcripts may be requested at a later date.
- Official National Board of Dental Examiners scores may be requested at a later date
Invitations for applicant interviews are based on the following criteria:
- Academic background and achievement
- Extracurricular activities
- Scholarly endeavors
- Clinical experiences
Applicants who plan to enter the program immediately following graduation from dental school must satisfy these additional criteria:
- Class rank - upper one-third
- National Board Scores Part I - 85 average of above
- G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
PASS is a centralized application service for dental students and recent graduates who wish to apply to residency programs in the United States. For more information and to apply to the University of Tennessee Pediatric Dentistry program please contact PASS at:
- Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
- American Dental Education Association's (ADEA)
- Phone: 202-289-8123 or 800-353-2237
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://portal.passweb.org
PASS Application Deadline: September 17
Program Application Deadline: October 01
The Match is a service that provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain placement in the first year postdoctoral program of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. For more information please contact the National Matching Services Inc. at:
- National Matching Services Inc.
- P.O. Box 1208
- Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
- Phone: 716-282-4013
- Fax: 716-282-0611
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.natmatch.com
The application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Additional questions regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to the Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, 875 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163, (901) 448-6206.
Continuous fulltime attendance is a requisite of the course that leads to a Certificate of Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry. Successful completion of the program renders the student educationally qualified for specialty examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. On completion of an optional third year and fulfillment of the thesis requirement, students can receive the Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.).
The curriculum for this course of study includes head and neck anatomy, dental pediatrics, cephalometrics, growth and development, genetics, biostatistics, embryology and histology, child behavior management, oral pathology, pediatrics, experimental design, dental materials, pharmacology, nutrition, microbiology and immunology, pediatric dental laboratory techniques, and clinical pediatric dentistry.
The student also receives training in the treatment of non-ambulatory patients under general anesthesia at Crittenden Regional Hospital and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. A one-month rotation in general anesthesia, a two week pediatric medicine and a two week in the emergency room, on a rotation basis, is also required.
Each student must complete a research project and paper, with data collection and analysis, and suitable for publication, during the 24 months in the program.
The clinical setting of the program is located in Crittenden Regional Hospital, with additional clinical assignments in the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Students take part in many activities at all locations and are expected to enter all phases of these assignments. Six students are selected for matriculation each July 1st. Postdoctoral students receive a tuition waver.
Program Stipend and Tuition
The stipend is $40,242 for first year residents and $41,416 for second year residents. No tuition is required for first or second year residents; however, fees associated with the College of Graduate Health Sciences are required (approximately $800 a year). Fringe benefits include health insurance for the resident, malpractice insurance, one week of vacation a year, University Holidays and 3 1/2 Personal Days. Health insurance is available for dependants for an additional premium.
Crittenden Regional Hospital serves as the primary outpatient clinical site. The excellent professional staff and large patient population provide a challenging environment for learning. Additional affiliated clinical site include Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
- Program provides excellent integration between the didactic and clinical sciences.
- Comprehensive program with many hospital resources.
- In depth training in generals anesthesia, premedication and sedation through the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatric Dentistry.
- Clinical experience with medically compromised and/or developmentally disabled patients.
Billy W. McCann, Sr., DDS, MS, Professor, Pediatric Dentistry (Interim Chair)
John M. Burrows, DDS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Alka V. Cohen, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Martin E. Donaldson, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Jennifer B. Lou, DDS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Harry Sharp, DDS. Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Martha Wells, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry * (Interim Program Director)
Hamid Yazdi, DDS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Marcia Seeberg, PhD, Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry
Todderick Smith, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Mark Scarbecz, MA, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Bioscience Research
William G. Parris, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Orthodontics
Shelia Stinson, M.D., Medical Director, Anesthesiology, Crittenden Regional Hospital
Chris Rowland, DDS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
* Board certified