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Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month certificate program commencing July 1 of each fiscal year. Six new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

University-based certificate with option for a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.


The Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare the student for a career in patient care in a private practice or a hospital setting. The student is expected to develop clinical skills in treating normal and handicapped children, as well as to function effectively in the hospital environment treating patients with complex medical problems. This program combined with a master’s or doctorate is intended for the clinician who wishes to pursue a career as a teacher/researcher and emphasizes scientific methodology together with research experience to develop skills required for independent research. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Postdoctoral students can seek simultaneous enrollment in the program combined with a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. In addition to the requirements for the postdoctoral program, the successful completion of a thesis and specific course work are required for graduation. The student is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and either a M.S. or Ph.D. degree at the successful conclusion of the program.


The Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry is based primarily at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on the campus of the Health Sciences Center of the University of Maryland. The academic course work occupies approximately 20 percent of the postdoctoral students’ time and includes: case conferences, research methods, orthodontic diagnosis, laboratory technique, literature review, oral pathology, general anesthesia rotation, pediatrics rotation and applied teaching. Each postdoctoral student is required to submit a research paper suitable for publication and prepare three documented cases similar to those previously required for board certification.


  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • University of Maryland School of Dentistry Perryville
  • James Lawrence Kernan Hospital
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital

Program Strengths

  • Strong didactic program, especially in orthodontics, with flexibility to accommodate
    diverse professional goals
  • Evidence-based, patient-centered care in both in- and out-patient settings with normal,
    developmentally disabled and medically compromised preschool and school-aged patients
  • Emphasis is placed on leadership for private practice, hospital or academic careers
  • Well-qualified and diverse full- and part-time faculty

Program Stipend and Tuition

Stipends are $18,098 first year and $22,568 second year.

 Clinic Experience

Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
Emergency Call
Operating Room
IV/IM and Oral Conscious sedation
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled

 Didactic Experience

Literature Review
Postgraduate Level Courses
Case Conferences

Research Requirement

Thesis / Data Collection Project

Teaching Experience

Yes Clinic Half-Days
Yes Lecture/Presentations


24 Chair/Operatories (Baltimore)
26 Chair Operatories (Perryville)
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants (Baltimore)
3 Dental Assistants (Perryville)
0 Dental Hygienists