Advanced Dental Education Pediatric Dentistry Program 2012-2013

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry has offered a fully accredited advanced education program in Pediatric Dentistry since 1947. The program leads to a Certificate of Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry which satisfies the requirements mandated by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for Examination and Board Certification.


The program leading toward the attainment of a Certificate of Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry commences each year on July 1 and is a minimum of 24 consecutive months in length. The didactic and clinical curricula are designed to allow an individual to develop those skills required by the practicing pediatric dentist. A research project is required.


Residents accepted for postgraduate training in pediatric dentistry must have a professional dental degree from an A.D.A.-accredited dental college or school. Provisional acceptance may be offered to candidates in the final stages of dental education. At the present time foreign trained dentists (non-U.S. or Canadian dental degrees) are not being accepted for the post-graduate pediatric training program.

Applications to Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry for a program leading to a Certificate of Specialization should be sent to Postgraduate Admissions, UNMC College of Dentistry, on or before October 1 of the year before desired entry.

The postdoctoral program in Pediatric Dentistry participates in the PASS program. Those interested in applying to the program should complete the PASS "Request for Applicant Agreement." The Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) is a central application service. With PASS, applicants complete one standard application, which is then distributed to each of the participating programs to which the applicant wishes to apply. PASS deals with the initial stages of the recruitment process, prior to the evaluation of applicants by the programs.

PASS has been designed and is being administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). This address is:

American Dental Education Association
ostdoctoral Application Support Service
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036-2212
Phone: (800) 353-2237
Fax: (202) 667-4983
Internet Web Site:

The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program provides a mechanism for the simultaneous offering of positions by programs and the acceptance or rejection of offers by applicants. The Matching Program deals with the later stages of the recruitment process, after applicants have been evaluated by programs. The Matching Program is administered by National Matching Services, Inc., acting as an independent contractor to the Sponsoring Organizations. This address is:

National Matching Services
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C2


National Matching Services
P. O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092
Phone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020 Phone: (716) 282-4013
Fax: (716) 282-0611

Internet Web Site:

The deadline to have an application agreement to participate in the matching program is typically around October 1, but should be confirmed with the Matching Service.

Please call the Postgraduate Dental Programs Office (402) 472-6261 if you need clarification of these two services.

Admissions to pursue postgraduate work in pediatric dentistry are limited to four (4) first year residents each year. Preference is given to those who have adequate preparation and aptitude. Applicants for the programs are considered on the basis of the following factors:

  • Grade point average
  • Class standing
  • Pattern of academic achievement
  • National board examination scores
  • Experience and training
  • Recommendations
  • Personal statement of goals (include explanation for choice of graduate field, expectations for learning in your chosen field of study, and anticipated career goals)
  • Other supporting evidence such as a CV or résumé

This program will be ranking all applicants on a "Rank Order List" that must be submitted to the matching service by their deadline. Therefore, it would be advantageous to submit your application to this program through PASS (as well as to the matching service) as soon as possible so that a personal interview can be arranged before their deadline.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry policy requires that all entering residents in programs requiring patient contact must be vaccinated or exhibit active immunity to tetanus, measles*, mumps, diphtheria, chicken pox, polio, rubella and Hepatitis B and have had a TB skin test within the last six months, unless the resident has a previous positive test/medical contraindication. Each entering resident must verify at the time of matriculation that he or she has completed the accepted routine of vaccinations. An immunization record is required in order for the resident to be registered. *Anyone born after 1957 is required to have two measles vaccinations to assure immunity, with the second one given after 1980.

PROGRAM OF STUDY - Postgraduate Certificate Program

  • Hospital Experience
  • Biostatistics
  • Cephalometrics Growth and Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Orthodontic Principles of Mechanics
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Pediatrics
  • Oral Pathology Genetics (molecular genetics, cytogenetics, and clinical genetics)
  • Biomechanics of Orthodontics
  • Child Psychology
  • Ethics in Biomedical Research
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching in the Medical Sciences
  • Scientific Writing
  • Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Current Literature and Research
  • Practice Management
  • Preventive Orthodontics Prevention and Disease Control in Hospital Dentistry
  • Anesthesiology
  • Project Planning and Design
  • Sedation
  • Infant Oral Health Special Needs
  • Hospital rotations are taken in cleft palate-facial anomalies, pediatrics, oral surgery, emergency room and anesthesiology. During the first year of training, approximately 50% of the total time is spent in the clinic and 50% is spent in didactics. During the second year, the approximate percentages are 70% clinic and 30% didactics. Clinical experience is obtained in the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at Munroe Meyer Institute (MMI) and in the University Hospital, as well as offsite clinics at the College of Dentistry, the Craniofacial Clinic at Boys Town National Research Hospital, and Fred LeRoy Health & Wellness Center.

Clinical Experiences

  • Treating patients in the outpatient pediatric dental clinics.
  • Treating disabled infants, children, adolescents and adults.
  • Providing 24 hour dental call service for the University Hospital Emergency Room (alternating).
  • Providing inpatient dental care on a consultatory basis at the UNMC Hospital.
  • Treating orthodontic patients under the supervision of staff orthodontists.
  • Participating in cleft palate team and providing follow-up dental care.
  • Providing dental care under general anesthesia in the operating room for those patients unable to receive treatment in the traditional setting, and oral sedation for selected patients.
  • Providing preoperative and postoperative dental care for pediatric liver and bone marrow transplant patients.
  • Rotation to the Pediatric Dentistry Department at the College of Dentistry
  • Lincoln Rotation to Emergency Room (Emergency Medicine)
  • Rotation to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department.
  • Students spend both years of the program based at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Off-Service Rotations:

  • Four weeks in anesthesiology.
  • Four weeks in pediatrics.
  • Alternating consultation services in hematology clinic (clinical service to BMT ward) including weekends.
  • Emergency room medicine (100 hours- not in conjunction with call schedule).
  • Four weeks in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Alternating rotation to the Craniofacial Clinic at BoysTown National Research Hospital.
  • The resident must maintain a residence within a 20-mile radius of the Omaha UNMC for both years.

Other Program Requirements
In addition to the program of study required by the Postgraduate Education Committee, the following are expected to be satisfactorily completed during the training program and prior to the granting of the Certificate of Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Each resident is required to be currently certified in basic C.P.R. A copy of the valid certification in basic CPR must be maintained at the College of Dentistry.

Departmental Examinations
Each resident is required to take and pass a departmental examination each semester of the program.

Paper Submitted for Publication
Each resident is expected to prepare and submit at least one paper to a refereed journal during their training. The paper must be approved by the department and a receipt of acknowledgment must be given to the department if the paper is accepted.

Table Clinic/Poster Presentation
Each resident is expected to present a table clinic at a local or national meeting during the postgraduate program. Table clinics can be given individually or in groups. A copy of an acknowledgment of participation from the host organization must be given to the department.

AAPD In-service Examination is given at the beginning and the end of his/her residency.

Each resident is required to provide a maximum of 10% teaching during their second year. This is under the supervision of the Growth & Development Department. A regular or temporary Nebraska Dental License is mandatory for all postgraduate students. See clause under heading "Nebraska Licensure."

Clinical Case Transfer
Each resident is responsible for the transfer of all Pediatric Dentistry clinical cases when treatment has not been completed. Documentation of this transfer must be provided in written form and contain all pertinent information necessary for proper completion of treatment.

Each resident is encouraged to participate in professional organizations which provide scholarly activity in Pediatric Dentistry. This should include graduate student memberships and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Participation in the AAPD annual session is also required for second year residents. Residents concurrently enrolled are encouraged to participate in the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) activities.

Residents are supplied with instruments at the MMI Pediatric Dental Clinic.

Program Costs - July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013

Clinical Fees - Postgraduate Certificate Program

Postgraduate resident with a U.S. or Canadian Dental Degree:
$2,691/Fall term (July 1-December 31)
$2,691/Spring term (January 1-June 30)
( $5,382 per year)
Additional $2,000 per year Equipment Assessment
 (total $7,382)

Background check $30

Stipend and Employment Status

Due to a review of GME funding status, resident stipends for the year beginning July 1, 2012, are not established. GME-eligible postgraduate students are eligible for a flexible benefit package which includes choices among health, life, and disability insurance. Future income is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds and, therefore, is subject to change at any time.

Student Loans Loan Deferment
Currently, Residents students are considered postgraduate students of the College of Dentistry for financial aid purposes. Postgraduate students may get financial aid information from the UNMC Financial Aid Office and student loan payments for postgraduate students can be deferred.

Vacation/Sick Leave
Postgraduate students shall have fifteen (15) scheduled working days of paid Leave per year. Leave includes ten (10) for vacation and five (5) for professional development. Leave in excess of fifteen (15) days per year (which will be granted for special circumstances only) must be taken as Leave Without Pay from the College or as Family Leave. Leave requests must be submitted as per the policies of the program and the College.

Private Practice
Residents are allowed to engage in the private practice of dentistry during their program. Please contact the Program Director for details.

Professional Liability
The University of Nebraska has in force professional liability insurance covering all enrolled postgraduate students of the College of Dentistry performing services as part of the College's program. Current coverage is $1,000,000.00 per person per occurrence, with $100,000.00 deductible. The University provides self-insurance for the $100,000.00 deductible through the University's general and professional liability insurance program.

Nebraska Licensure
All postgraduate students are expected to get a Nebraska Dental License (temporary or regular) and federal and state DEA licenses before October 15 of the year of the commencement of their program. The postgraduate student must document efforts to obtain licensure to the Postgraduate Admissions Office by July 15. Failure to obtain Nebraska Dental License and federal and state DEA licenses by October 15 may result in a reduction of duties, reduction or elimination of stipend, an extension of time necessary to complete program requirements, or dismissal from the program.

It is possible for a student who has graduated from an American or Canadian School to obtain a temporary Nebraska Dental License during the time they are enrolled as a full-time postgraduate student. To qualify for this license, students must have passed the National Board Examination, Part I and Part II. The temporary license is only for practice related activities within the College of Dentistry and does not allow extramural private practice. After acceptance into the postgraduate program, licensure information may be obtained from:

State of Nebraska Department of Health
Bureau of Examining Boards
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509-5007
Telephone: (402) 471-2118 (Shirley)

For a regular license, the State Board accepts the results of the clinical examination given by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. The State Board also has provisions for licensure by credentials and interview for individuals licensed in other states.

State of Nebraska Residency
As employees of the University, postgraduate students are considered residents of the State of Nebraska.

Institutional Policy
In accordance with University policy, UNMC prohibits the denial of admission or of Medical Center privileges to postgraduate students or applicants on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or religious or political beliefs. These privileges include but are not limited to admission, class assignments, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid, as well as housing and recreational facilities.

Furthermore, student organizations must base their selection of students for membership in criteria which will not include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Admittance to UNMC programs will not be denied to otherwise qualified disabled individuals solely by reason of their disability. Qualified disabled persons are those who meet the academic and technical standards for each program. These nonacademic skills are essential to successful program completion.

In summary, UNMC policies are in accord with:  

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972

Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Sections 799A and 854 of the Public Health Services Act Americans with Disabilities Act 1990

The objective of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to recruit and retain persons of high moral and ethical character. In accordance with this objective, the University of Nebraska Medical Center reserves the right to review a candidate's suitability for admission.

This is a general information publication. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to residents or complete descriptions of postgraduate or graduate programs. The provisions of this pamphlet do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the College of Dentistry or the University of Nebraska System. The University of Nebraska reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change tuition or fees, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduate procedures, and any other requirement affecting residents. Stipend support is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine.


Frank Driscoll, D.D.S.
Eric Hodges, D.D.S.
Brent Johnson, D.D.S.
Nick Levering, D.D.S.
Lourdes Secola, D.D.S.
Bryan Skar, D.D.S.
Lisa Strunk, D.D.S.
Greg Weeder, D.D.S. 

Further information may be obtained from:

Postgraduate Dental Programs
Attn: Ms. Diane Thompson
UNMC College of Dentistry
40th & Holdrege
P. O. Box 830740
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
(402) 472-6261
Fax: (402) 472-6668

Dr. Zachary Houser
Director of Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
2nd Floor SPC Children's Hospital
8200 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114-4113
(402) 559-0643

David G. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Postgraduate and Graduate Dental Education
UNMC College of Dentistry
40th & Holdrege
P. O. Box 830740
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740
(402) 472-6261

David H. Shaw, Ph.D.
Chair of Oral Biology Department
Director of Oral Biology MSIA Program
UNMC College of Dentistry
40th & Holdrege
P. O. Box 830740
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0740
(402) 472-1379

UNMC Student Admissions & Records
984230 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4230
(402) 559-6468

UNMC Graduate Studies
987810 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-7810
(402) 559-6531

UNMC Office of Financial Aid
984265 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4265
(402) 559-4199

Nebraska Board of Dental Examiners
301 Centennial Mall
P.O. Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2115

Central Regional Dental Testing Service
3715 West 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66614
(913) 273-0380

Western Regional Examining Board
9201 N. 25th Ave., Suite 185
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 944-3315