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Pediatric Dentistry

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St. Joseph's University Medical Center includes a state-designated children’s hospital and is a level two trauma facility with one of the nation’s busiest emergency departments. Though the pediatric dentistry program is still in its first decade of operation, the Department of Dentistry/OMS has sponsored advanced dental education programs for over 40 years. A key departmental goal is to produce skilled, well-rounded clinicians by providing resources and a committed faculty in a supportive environment conducive to learning.

Patient care is provided at two locations: the main hospital campus and the outpatient DePaul Dental Facility located in an ambulatory center on the hospital’s main campus. Services provided in the hospital include: treatment of emergency patients, management of in-house patients, sedation cases in the outpatient oral surgery suites and general anesthesia cases in the operating room. While at the DePaul Dental Facility, residents see both regularly scheduled and emergency patients for outpatient pediatric oral health care. The patient population is large and quite diverse, providing residents with extensive experience in the management of medically fragile and special needs patients.

Rotations are offered in: pediatric emergency medicine, inpatient and outpatient pediatric and adolescent medicine and anesthesiology. Residents also spend time in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU). Time is built into the schedule for elective rotations such as pediatric hematology and oncology, Our World: The Palestroni Center for Genetic Conditions, the internationally recognized Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center, the Binder Autism Center and the Prader-Willi Center. Given the scope of subspecialty services represented at the Children’s Hospital, elective rotations are easily developed to suit each resident’s interests. 

Pediatric dental residents participate in monthly team meetings of the Regional Craniofacial Center and are involved in the dental, orthodontic & surgical care of team patients. Residents receive training in the other dental specialties including:  endodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics and very notably, orthodontics. Residents provide orthodontic care under the supervision of two staff orthodontists who also provide lectures and conduct journal clubs regularly.

The department’s core didactic program consists of:

• Daily morning rounds

• Weekly lectures and seminars

• Journal Club

• Special presentations

Teaching is ongoing in morning rounds, the clinics and in the operating room. An open exchange of ideas and treatment rationales is encouraged. A research project must be initiated and completed prior to graduation as required in CODA Standards. Faculty members are actively involved in mentoring these projects.

The pediatric dental program is well-staffed by board certified pediatric dentists. The low resident to faculty ratio allows for an unparalleled educational opportunity. Pediatric dentistry residents also gain valuable experience working closely with residents and faculty members from the oral and maxillofacial surgery and general practice residency programs and benefit greatly from the interdisciplinary, collaborative approach that is practiced routinely at St. Joseph’s.

Potential applicants are encouraged to open the Apply Here tab and review our admissions policy and the Notice to Applicants that describes the holistic review process used to identify and recruit outstanding applicants from diverse backgrounds, particularly those with an interest in caring for under-served populations.


Dental students seeking residencies can apply via the PASS website - a function of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) where instructions are posted and special requirements for each program are found. You can access this website via portal.passweb.org.

For more information please contact the program coordinator, Ms. Sharmi Talpade, at talpades@sjhmc.org or call 973.754.2050.



All three advanced education programs in the Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s abide by institutional and departmental admissions policies.  Our attempt is to create a cohort of residents who function together collegially and collaboratively guided by the institution’s overall mission and vision, our educational mission and our desire to produce a diverse group of clinically excellent, culturally competent and morally centered graduates.  To that end, the department employs holistic review in resident selection, utilizing mission-driven, evidence-based, diversity-aware processes.  Holistic review is “a flexible, individualized way of assessing each applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attitudes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value” as a resident and a clinician.*
“Non-traditional” as well as “traditional” candidates who meet admissions criteria are encouraged to apply.  Among the many factors considered in holistic review is the applicant’s awareness of healthcare disparities and level of interest in serving the needs of communities with limited resources.  Applicants with post-training service commitments including those in NHSC programs are encouraged to apply as are any residency candidates who may have interest in a career path that includes practice in under-served areas.
The department focuses on delivering compassionate and high quality care for patients, providing an outstanding set of educational experiences for each resident and producing residency training graduates who embody the institutional mission by providing “exceptional quality care which sustains and improves both individual and community health, with a special concern for those who are poor, vulnerable and underserved.”**

*AAMC  7/29/2016
**The Mission of St. Joseph’s Health

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