The University of Michigan Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program is designed to prepare qualified dentists for specialized private practice, teaching, research, or service within a large hospital.
Application deadline is October 1.
The 30-month course of study includes seminars, lectures, demonstrations, and intensive mentored clinical experience on physical and psychological growth and development, therapy for the primary and young permanent tooth, restoration of the primary and young permanent dentition, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic guidance of child behavior, trauma, and diagnosis and treatment of selected Class I and Class II malocclusions. In addition, significant blocks of time are dedicated to hospital training and treatment of patients under general anesthesia and care of the child with special healthcare needs both at the Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and facilities in Flint. Residents spend the first 12 months of the program in Ann Arbor engaged in coursework, patient care, and development of a research project. The second 12 months are mainly spent in advanced clinical training in Flint at Mott Children’s Health Center and Hurley Medical Center. Mott Children’s Health Center is a technologically advanced multi-disciplinary clinic whose services (including pediatric dentistry) are provided at no cost to families, allowing for the highest quality of care irrespective of the family’s ability to pay. The final six months of the program are mainly spent in Ann Arbor engaged in completion of research, teaching of predoctoral dental students, and advanced clinical activities. This program provides mentored research experience throughout the program.
Upon completion of requirements, the graduate receives a Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry degree and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination.
- Excellent balance between didactic and clinical experience
- Multidisciplinary approach to treatment of complex pediatric dentistry problems
- Extensive orthodontic instruction in diagnosis and clinical management of malocclusions
- Affiliation with the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, and Mott Children’s Health Center and Hurley Medical Center in Flint
- Mentored research experience related to the Master’s thesis project
MATCH positions (5 per year):
- DDS or equivalent from ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited institution
- Application through PASS
- Institutional evaluation form (IEF)
- 3 professional evaluation forms (PEF)
- National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 (domestic applicants only) or INBDE
- Participation with Match
During the 2022-23 and 2023-24 application cycles, only applicants with dental degrees from the U.S. or Canada will be considered for the 5 Match positions. Applicants with dental degrees from institutions outside of the U.S. or Canada will not be considered until the 2024-25 application cycle.
The University sets tuition rates in July for the upcoming academic year. For students eligible for a stipend, stipend support is $32,000 for the first year, $40,500 for the second year, and $20,500 for the third half-year.
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry/Mott Children's Health Center/Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This program satisfies educational prerequisites for pediatric dentistry speciality licensure in the state of Michigan. It has not been determined whether educational prerequisites to specialty licensure would be satisfied in other states or internationally. Applicants should consult the dental board in their state to confirm if the degree from University of Michigan School of Dentistry meets the criteria for specialty licensure in their state. Contact information for the state dental boards can be found at the American Dental Association.