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 limited license.
  • Must have passed Part 1 of the National Board exam.
  • Must be proficient in the English language and meet the requirements as described by the UW Graduate School.

How to apply

  1. The program participates in the PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), phone 202-667-4015. The deadline for PASS applications is September 17 preceding matriculation. Our program does not require the ADA Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) but will accept the scores as part of the application.
  2. The program also participates in the National Matching Program, phone 716-282-4013. The program code for the UW Pediatric Dentistry residency program is 4363.
  3. We recommend waiting to apply to the UW Graduate School until after the Match (late January). The application is online  and the phone is 206-543-5900.
  4. Send directly to the Department:

An application processing fee of $50.00 (check or money order) made to UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry with your full name and PASS ID number in the memo and mailed to the Program Manager (address below).

Cheryl Shaul
Graduate Program Manager
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry
6222 NE 74th Street
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 an interview 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 2019-20 stipends are as follows:

  • First year: $ 58,224
  • Second year: $ 60,492

Stipends will be increased each year if approved. Students are expected to pay their own tuition. 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 2019-20 will be approximately $26,000 for in-state residents and $46,000 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.