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Pediatric Dental Residency Program

The Pediatric Dental Residency Program at St. Barnabas Hospital was founded in 1995. It is fully accredited by the ADA Council on dental education and was re-accredited in May 2018. The program offers clinical and didactic training in all areas of pediatric dentistry, including restorative dentistry, pediatric endodontic techniques, behavior management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological), orthodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, oral conscious (moderate) sedation, pediatric medicine, trauma management, medically complex patient management, and treatment under general anesthesia.

The dental department at St. Barnabas Hospital also offers an Orthodontic Residency Program, General Practice Residency Program, and Dental Anesthesia Program.

Pediatric dental residents receive clinical and didactic training from attendings representing all dental specialties and medical specialties.

The clinical curriculum emphasizes restorative techniques in pediatric dentistry, non-pharmacological behavior management, nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious (moderate) sedation, intravenous sedation, management of cases under general anesthesia, and public health.

St. Barnabas Hospital is a trauma center, resulting in extensive exposure to trauma management. Hospital rotations include: pediatric medicine (inpatient and outpatient clinics), general anesthesia, ENT clinic, audiology, infectious disease, and pediatric emergency department. Residents also rotate through the dental department at the Rose F. Kennedy Center for patients with special needs.

The didactic curriculum emphasizes literature review, pediatric dental textbook review, orthodontic theory, orthodontic management, oral medicine, pharmacology, traumatology, growth and development, restorative techniques, special needs patients, and practice management. Residents present cases of interest in monthly case presentation meetings. Treatment planning seminars are held bi-weekly. Accommodations are made for residents to attend continuing education courses as well as board preparatory courses. Residents also participate in a monthly craniofacial conference sponsored by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. With this comprehensive background, the program promotes completion of the board certification process by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The program supports SBH Health System’s comprehensive approach to care through monthly outreach to local pediatricians, local head starts, Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) programs, local schools (elementary, middle, & high school levels), and oral health demonstrations at The Bronx Zoo. Since 2004, St. Barnabas Hospital pediatric dental residents have sat on local head start health committees, reinforcing oral health habits in the educational setting. Residents are also encouraged to participate in international outreach. Residents have provided dental care to countries such as Honduras, Jerusalem, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Thailand.

Practice management is an integral component of the program. Every pediatric dental attending at St. Barnabas Hospital delivers care directly to patients in their respective private practices. Residents thus learn a variety of dental treatment and practice management philosophies. Monthly elective time is scheduled to allow residents to visit pediatric dentists in private practice.

The program’s residents have received accolades for outstanding performance on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s Examination process, Research Awards, and as educators. Several of the program’s alumni have gone on to become pediatric residency program directors themselves. During these unprecedented times, the goal of the program remains the same: to graduate competent, knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate specialists prepared to deliver appropriate care to the pediatric population.

Learn more about the Program via Instagram: @sbhpedsdental

Vacation: 20 days
Sick days: 1 day per month in the first year and twelve per year thereafter
CIR Union Educational Stipend: 650 each residency year
Additional 2nd Year Pediatric Dental Meeting Stipend: $750
Salary: Commensurate with post-graduate year as stipulated in the CIR Collective Bargaining Agreement:

PGY 1: $76,343
PGY 2: $80,757

PGY 1: $80,160
PGY 2: $84,795

General Requirements

Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes
Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: Yes
Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Prior to matriculation

Program-Specific Requirements

Must upload undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes
Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes
Must submit a 2″ x 2″ photo to the program: Yes
Must submit Dental School transcripts to PASS: Yes
Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No
Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No
Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No
Must submit official NDBE score to the program: No
Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners Comprehensive Basic Science Examination score (OMS only): No


Additional Information

Two supplemental items are required with application:
• 2 x 2 photo emailed to
• $50 fee 


Program Supplemental Requirements

Must submit supplemental application to the program: No
Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: Yes
Domestic Applicants:  $ 50.00
International Applicants: 50.00

Must submit application processing fee of $50 (check or money order) payable to
SBH Health System Department of Dentistry
and mail to:

SBH Health System
Department of Dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Mills Building First Floor
Attn: Mrs. Lydia Pagan
4422 Third Ave.
Bronx, NY 10457


Must be a U.S. Citizen: Yes
Can be a permanent resident: Yes
Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes
Will accept Canadian citizens: Yes