Pediatric Dentistry


The goals of the program are to provide foundation knowledge and educational experiences in pediatric dentistry and offer diverse experiences in all aspects of pediatric dentistry clinical care as recognized by the specialty. The program instills in the resident all the values and beliefs of the specialty and ensures they have the skills to be responsible for care of the growing child. Graduates become skilled as the primary care provider for the pediatric patient from infant, child, and adolescent and for the special needs patients. There is a strong hospital component ensuring the graduate is able to fully integrate into the medical community. The program experiences foster interest in community service and helps to prepare and encourage the graduate to become committed to dental education. The program comprises formal instruction in the biomedical sciences and clinical and didactic subjects of pediatric dentistry. Residents become fully integrated in the medical care of the pediatric patient through rotations at affiliated hospital experiences including anesthesia, pediatric medicine and its subspecialties, pediatric emergency services, and operating room services.

Program Strengths

  • The program will provide the student with a wide range of clinical, didactic, and research experiences.
  • Based in a major urban setting, the program provides opportunities to interact and treat diverse populations.
  • Strong hospital training component at Bellevue Hospital Center and NYU School of Medicine
  • Pediatric and public health concerns at the community level are addressed.
  • The program offers multifaceted faculty that include full- and part-time practitioners.
  • Flexibility is built into the program to allow for independent studies.
  • Residents are prepared to successfully complete ABPD certification
  • All residents are encouraged to pursue a full- or part-time academic career. 

Approximately 20 percent of the overall program time is dedicated to the didactic component. Emphasis is placed on gaining a critical and analytical attitude toward existing and new information. Seminars are evidence-based and used to provide education in the areas of growth and development, child development and its applications to dentistry, health promotion and prevention of disease, patient care, behavior guidance, and moderate sedation techniques.  

Year One:

Pediatric courses include Core Techniques, Evidence-Based Studies, Community Practice, Moderate Sedation, Orthodontic Seminar and Clinic, Literature Review, Child Psychology and Development, Pediatric Dentistry Case-Based Seminar, Pediatric Oral Pathology and Growth and Development. Interdisciplinary Seminars are scheduled throughout the year to interact about cases that require multi-specialty care. All first-year residents must also successfully complete BCLS, PALS, and Human Subjects Training.

Core basic science courses are taken during the first year to provide the resident with foundation knowledge. These courses include Craniofacial Development, Clinical Pharmacology, Research Design, and Practice Management. Prior to residents’ clinical teaching assignments, a course in Introduction to Pedagogy presents the theory and application of clinical education methods.  

Year Two:

Pediatric courses include Literature Review, Evidence-Based Studies, Orthodontic Seminars and Clinic, Pediatric Dentistry Diagnostic Seminar, Practice Management, Hospital Dentistry and Related Studies in Pediatric Dentistry.

Clinical training overall comprises approximately 65 percent of the program time. The pediatric patient population available for care is extensive and diverse, and a very wide range of clinical opportunities is available. Residents become skilled in being the primary care provider for the pediatric patient in different clinical settings, including university, hospital, mobile dental van, and community health centers. Care of the special needs pediatric patient is provided on-site and at affiliated hospitals. Residents become part of the health care team and work in a multi-specialty interdisciplinary group.


An extensive outreach program provides unique educational and service delivery experiences for residents and offers an exciting opportunity to work with children in community-based settings and in the College of Dentistry’s Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile dental care van. There are international outreach opportunities throughout the year that qualified residents participate in. To encourage future participation in academic venues, all residents teach in both preclinical and clinical aspects of the pre-doctoral program.

Hospital rotations:

Hospital rotations occur at Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Hospitals Center, Rose F. Kennedy Center, and Lutheran Medical Center. The rotations include Anesthesia, Physical Diagnosis, Operating Room Services, Pediatric Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Services, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Infectious Disease Clinic, Family Care Center, Special Care, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Center, and the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

All residents are required to complete an approved research project. This project requires residents to learn and demonstrate their ability to understand the scientific process including data collection, statistical analysis, and presentation in a scientific forum or as a submission for publication. Residents take a course in research design and have consultation for the statistical aspects of the project. All residents must complete the Human Subjects Tutorial. Opportunities exist for association and guidance from a wide array of biomedical and clinical experiences.

Residents teach both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

This is a two-year (24-month) postdoctoral certificate course for specialty practice. Program dates: July 1 through June 30.

Completion of the CODA-accredited Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry satisfies the training requirements for eligibility for participation in the board certification process for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Eligibility for dental licensure is based on pre-professional, professional and post-graduate training and varies by state/jurisdiction. Candidates should check the state/jurisdiction regulations for dental licensure for the state(s)/jurisdictions(s) in which they are seeking licensure in order to ensure that they comply with all requirements.

The NYU College of Dentistry welcomes dentists and dental students who are interested in applying for specialty dental education to visit our programs. The visits may be scheduled for a period of one day to a maximum of two days. Visitors to the Advanced Specialty Education Programs at NYU College of Dentistry may attend lectures/seminars and may observe, but may not participate in direct clinical patient care.

For additional information and application, interested individuals should contact

The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

To learn more please visit the Commission’s web address.


For more information, please contact:

Courtney Chinn, DDS, MPH
Program Director

Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD
Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Yan Zhao
Department Administrator, Pediatric Dentistry
(212) 998-9435
For Educational Visits/Observership Opportunities