Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Postgraduate study in Pediatric Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is an intense educational experience.

Our two-year post-doctoral residency program follows closely the principles and policies as outlined in the Guidelines for Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry prepared by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion results in a certificate of specialty education in pediatric dentistry which qualifies the resident for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. There is also an option for students to receive the M.S.D. Students who elect to complete the Master's program pay full tuition. The M.S.D. program is open to non-U.S. citizens and foreign-trained dentists. Foreign-trained dentists MUST complete a U.S. G.P.R. or A.E.G.D. before applying to the program.

Our purpose is to train the specialist as a qualified practitioner, consultant and advocate for complete dental treatment of healthy and special needs children.

The acquired skills prepare the pediatric dental resident to prevent, diagnose, and treat common and unusual oral problems that might arise during the physical, psychological and emotional development of the child and adolescent. In addition to the oral aspects of childcare, the resident becomes cognizant of the general health problems related to children.

Our program offers a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum in advanced infant, child, and adolescent dental care.

The pediatric dentistry curriculum is designed to have the resident play an integral role in the health care of children, side by side with his/her medical colleagues, and to prepare the resident for successful entry into the contemporary practice setting while providing the foundation for future growth in the field.


The Pediatric Dental Center is located in a prime location in Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. The hospital emphasizes team-oriented specialty care for children from birth through adolescence. The Pediatric Dental Center is a modern, state-of-the-art six operatory facility including two quiet rooms and full radiographic equipment. There is a large reception area, business office, and functional laboratory. The support staff includes three dental assistants and two front desk staff.

Program Strengths

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is a primary and tertiary care center for pediatric health care in Northeast Ohio. Consequently, the outpatient clinic offers comprehensive clinical experience in management of medically compromised patients. In addition, extensive opportunities are available for the management of traumatic dental injuries.

A large population base of dentally and medically compromised children provides ample dental experience in all aspects of pediatric dentistry.

The diverse backgrounds and expertise of the clinical faculty allow for excellent clinical training in behavior management, preventive dentistry, interceptive orthodontics and operating room experience, as well as those aspects of pediatric dental care considered to be traditional pediatric dentistry.