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 30-month Master's Degree program commencing on July 1 of each year. Four 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.

Program Type

University-based, hospital affiliated certificate program with optional Master of Science degree.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Complete a Postdoctoral Application Services (PASS) Application. The types of letters required are described on the PASS website.
  2. Register with the National Matching Service (MATCH) and submit your MATCH number.
  3. Submit a Curriculum Vitae through PASS
  4. Send a passport-sized photo
  5. Be selected for a personal interview
  6. Official (sent by school) pre-dental and dental school transcripts may be requested at a later date.
  7. Official National Board of Dental Examiners scores may be requested at a later date

Invitations for applicant interviews are based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic background and achievement
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Scholarly endeavors
  4. Clinical experiences

Applicants who plan to enter the program immediately following graduation from dental school must satisfy these additional criteria:

  1. Class rank - upper one-third
  2. National Board Scores Part I - 85 average of above
  3. 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:

PASS Application Deadline: September 1
Program Application Deadline: September 1

The Match

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:

The application deadline is September 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) 448-6260.


Continuous full-time 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 a research paper submitted for publication and an oral defense, along with successful coursework completion, students can receive the Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.).  This may require an additional six months to accomplish which can be completed off-campus.


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 Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. A one-month rotation in general anesthesia, a two week rotation in pediatric medicine and a two week rotation in the emergency room are required.

The clinical setting of the program is located in the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, with additional assignments at 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. Four 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 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 coverage, one week of vacation a year, University Holidays and 3 1/2 Personal Days. Health insurance is available for dependentsfor an additional premium.


The UTHSC College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry 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 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Program Strengths

  1. Program provides excellent integration between the didactic and clinical sciences.
  2. Comprehensive program with many hospital resources.
  3. In depth training in general anesthesia, premedication and sedation through the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pediatric Dentistry.
  4. Clinical experience with medically compromised and/or developmentally disabled patients.

Program Faculty

Larry Dormois, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry* (Chair)
Alka V. Cohen, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Martin E. Donaldson, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Harry Sharp, DDS. Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Martha Wells, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry * (Program Director)
Todderick Smith, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Wes McCann, DDS, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Orpheus Triplett, D.D.S, Associate Professor, Director of Community Relations and Outreach
Mark Scarbecz, MA, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Bioscience Research 
William G. Parris, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Orthodontics 
Chris Rowland, DDS, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry *
Nakeshi L. Dyer, MS, Assistant Professor, Community Oral Health

* Board certified

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Contact Us

Pediatric Dentistry Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

Dept. Office: 901-448-6206
Clinic: 901-448-6206
Fax: 901-448-3817

Program Director

Martha Wells, DMD, MS


Martha Wells, DMD, MS


Harry K. Sharp