Pediatric Dentistry

Advanced Dental Education Pediatric Dentistry Program 2016-2017

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Gainful Employment Disclosures - Pediatric

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

Program Address

UNMC Pediatric Dental Residency
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
8200 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 552-7267
Fax: (402)-552-7765

Program Length and Number of Positions

The residency is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. Five new positions are offered each year. 

Program Type

Certificate Program: Five new positions are offered each year and are administered by the UNMC College of Dentistry. The program is university-based and hospital-affiliated.

Masters/Certificate Program: Residents enrolled in the certificate program may also complete a master’s degree through the UNMC Graduate College. The certificate in pediatric dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the master’s degree program. For more information, please contact Dr. Zachary Houser at


Application should be made directly to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applicants must also be registered with the National Matching Service. Application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation.  

Applicants should submit the following directly to Diane Thompson at the UNMC College of Dentistry by October 1:

The above items, as well as any other application questions should be sent to:

Diane Thompson
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740
Phone: (402) 472-6261
Email (preferred):


The residency program is designed to prepare competent pediatric dentists that are able to provide comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

During their course of training, graduates become prepared to participate in teaching, research, private-practice and public health settings.

The research experience is designed to prepare residents to critically evaluate literature, understand research methodologies, carry out meaningful research, and incorporate evidence-based dentistry in practice. The master’s degree requires a thesis that is completed under supervision of the graduate college. 


Formal courses and departmental seminars include: biostatistics, microbiology and immunology, oral pathology, orthodontics, growth and development, speech development, physical diagnosis, pediatrics, oral pathology, genetics, orthodontics, child psychology, ethics and dentistry, research planning and design, literature review, pediatric dental text review, clinical case seminar, comprehensive treatment planning, comprehensive behavior guidance to include sedation, oral clinical exam preparation, prevention and disease control, practice management, organized dentistry, community dental health and other special topics.

Rotations include: Cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, pediatric medicine, emergency on-call, anesthesiology, oral surgery and interdisciplinary pediatrics (child psychiatry and other developmental disciplines through the Munroe-Meyer Institute), operating room services.

During the first year, sixty-five percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. During the second year, seventy-five percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. The majority of clinical training is conducted at the Pediatric Dental Clinic located at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Residents gain extensive experience working in collaboration with other pediatric medicine specialties.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Program stipend is $37,880 each year. Tuition/fees are $7,662 each year. The program offers health insurance, liability insurance and two weeks of vacation per year.

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 license 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:  

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.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

Program Strengths

Visiting the Program

Program Faculty

Full Time:

Zachary Houser DMD, Program Director *
Sundaralingam Premaraj, BDS, MS, PhD, Orthodontics +
Thyagaseely (Sheela) Premaraj, BDS, PhD, Orthodontics
Bryan Skar, DDS *
Jill Wallen, BDS, MS, Chair of Growth and Development *

Adjunct Faculty:

Frank Driscoll, DDS *
Eric Hodges, DDS *
Ryan Hajek, DDS*
Brent Johnson, DDS *
Gary Lehn DDS *
Edward Lockwood DDS, MS *
Jessica Meeske DDS, MS *
Holly Portwood, DDS, MS *
Lourdes Secola-Ocanto, DDS
Lisa Strunk, DDS, MS, Orthodontics
Greg Weeder, DDS*

* Board-certified in Pediatric Dentistry
+ Board-certified in Orthodontics

School Profile


Program Type: 


Program Director:

 Dr. Houser

Program Faculty:

5 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
12 Board Certified

Program Length:

24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date

Program Accreditation:


State Licensure:

Temporary Nebraska License Available

No. of entering positions:


Tuition and fees:

$ 7,662 First Year
$ 7,662 Second Year


$ 37,880 First Year
$ 37,880 Second Year


$ 50 fee
October 1 Deadline

Participant in National
Matching Service:


Participant in PASS:


Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools


US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:


Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools


Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:


Clinic Experience:

Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Intellectually Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled

Didactic Experience:

Literature Review
Case Conferences

Research Requirement:

Data Collection Project

Teaching Experience:

0.25 Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations


10 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
7 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienist