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The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

Graduate residency program


The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. There are two tracks, both of which award a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and an MSD. The three-year option awards a concurrent MSD/MPH.

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Mission statement

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry shares the University’s overall mission to generate and disseminate knowledge and to serve the community. Through its exemplary educational, research and service programs the Department:

  • Educates pediatric dentists for a lifetime of continuous learning and leadership;
  • Generates new knowledge through basic and clinical research;
  • Promotes effective preventive measures to ensure a lifetime of oral health; and
  • Collaborates with other disciplines and organizations to develop policies to increase access to oral health care for all people.

Programs offered

There are two separate and distinct tracks offered in advanced education in pediatric dentistry by the University of Washington. Both lead to a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. The differences are in the focus of education, research and academic requirements and duration of the tracks.

Two-year MSD: Four positions
Match # 4363

This track is a joint Residency/Master’s degree program. Students must be accepted to the Pediatric Dentistry Program and the Graduate School at the University of Washington.The research component will result in the award of a Master of Sciences in Dentistry. This must be obtained before the certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is given. Students must be accepted to both the

Three-year Concurrent MSD/MPH Program: One position
Match # 4364

Students must be accepted to both the Pediatric Dentistry Program and the Graduate School at the University of Washington. Application to the School of Public Health will be done AFTER acceptance to the program; it is not required before the first year.

  • Concurrent MSD-MPH and certificate in Pediatric Dentistry (for more information, click here).

The same clinical training as the two-year tracks is spread over three years to allow for the extra didactic training required. The MSD must be obtained prior to receiving the certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Funding for the third year of training is not guaranteed.

Training is carried out in two primary teaching sites: The Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), which are 2.3 miles apart. SCH is a highly regarded tertiary care pediatric medical center.

Clinical Rotations

The Center for Pediatric Dentistry Clinic:

  • Healthy children
  • Mild/moderate special healthcare needs
  • Daytime emergencies
  • Autism clinic
  • Sedation clinic

Seattle Children’s Hospital:

  • Severe special healthcare needs
  • Inpatient consults
  • ED (after-hours call)
  • Craniofacial team
  • Medical subspecialties
  • OR
  • Odessa Brown Community Clinic

Admissions information

Application prerequisites

  • Applicant must hold a DDS or DMD degree from accredited college/university in the United States or equivalent degree from a foreign institution.
  • Must be eligible for state dental license.
  • Must have passed Part 1 of the National Board exam.
  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants who do not have degrees from accredited institutions within the U.S. or Canada must complete at least two years of clinical training from an accredited institution, i.e., two years of an International Dentist program, two years of an AEGD residency, or two years of a GPR residency.
  • Applicants who do not have degrees from accredited institutions within the United States or Canada will be required to supply GRE scores to UW Graduate School; graduates of accredited US or Canadian institutions are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Student’s record should be strong with an average of grade B or better.

How to apply

Only one application through PASS is necessary to apply to both tracks. The decision about the track or tracks to which you wish to apply can be made at the time of the match.

Application must be made to:

  1. Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
    Phone: 202-667-4015
    PASS deadline is October 1st.
    Request application materials from PASS. You will be given instructions for materials required. These materials will be processed and sent to the UW Pediatric Dentistry Department. DO NOT send these materials or duplicates of them to our department. They will not be accepted.
  2. National Matching Program
    Phone: 716-282-4013
    Go to the website and follow instructions.
    In addition, application must be made to:
  3. UW graduate school
    Phone: 206-543-5929
    We recommend waiting to apply to the Graduate School until you are invited for an interview. The application is online ($85). To apply click here. Print your acceptance and send it to the Pediatric Dentistry department address below.

Send directly to the department:

Cheryl Shaul
Post-Graduate Program Manager
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry
6222 NE 74th Street
Box 354915
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98115

Your application must be complete in order to be reviewed by members of our selection committee. If you are selected as a candidate, you will be notified by phone and/or mail.

Interviews will be by invitation after review of all applicants.

Program stipend and tuition (GME)

Stipends are available only for U.S citizens and for permanent residents of the U.S. For fiscal year 2016-17 stipends are as follows:

  • First year: $ 53,268
  • Second year: $ 55,368
  • Third year: up to $ 57,636

Stipends will be increased each year if approved. Students are expected to pay their own tuition if enrolled in the MSD or MSD/MPH programs. US citizens will be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver for the first year so they may establish residency to qualify for in-state tuition.

Tuition for the academic year 2016-17 is approximately $22,180 for in-state residents and $38,500 for out-of-state residents. Non-supported students must be able to demonstrate the ability to pay all university expenses.

Application checklist

Use this application checklist to help determine when your application is complete:

For questions about the program or the application process, please contact Cheryl Shaul, Graduate Program Manager, 206-543-7906.