Postdoctoral Program

Richard K. Yoon, DDS
Director, Postdoctoral Residency Program

For a description of the program including application requirements, please visit the program's website -


Predoctoral Program

Shantanu Lal, DDS
Director, Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Program

The Columbia D.D.S. candidate spends over two years with our Division learning to understand and manage children in the health care environment, and to provide them with the best possible dental care.

The educational experiences in pediatric dentistry are organized into several phases. The course “Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry” begins in the second semester of the second year and includes a carefully coordinated sequence of lecture-lab simulations to help students prepare for pediatric clinical care. This is followed by brief courses in “Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting", "Pediatric Patient Management", and "Nitrous Oxide Training".  The last course is “Clinical Practice of Pediatric Dentistry” offered during the third and fourth years of dental school.  These experiences are further supplemented via journal club meetings, rotations and various activities related to the Pediatric Dentistry student chapter.

The pediatric experience is directed by two philosophical goals: (1) to obtain optimum oral health for the child through the pursuit of excellence in contemporary preventive, interceptive, and restorative concepts, and (2) to create a positive understanding and acceptance of dentistry on the part of the child patient. The lectures on techniques, materials, growth and development, and behavior management are carefully coordinated with the required, assigned readings.


College of Dental Medicine of Columbia University

Pediatric Dentistry One-week Observership for 3rd Year/Rising 4th Year Dental Students

The observership program at the College of Dental Medicine’s Pediatric Dentistry Residency Clinic is simply an opportunity for the dental student to get a glimpse into life as resident here at the Columbia University Medical Center. Please see Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program.

Restrictions:  Two observers can be accommodated during any given one-week period.

Requirements:  The observership is competitive in the summer months due to numerous requests, so please plan in advance if you are serious. Accepted applicants are expected to honor their commitment. All applicants must be enrolled in their 3rd year (or the summer of their 4th year) of a US or Canadian dental school curriculum prior to starting their observership, qualify for and intend to apply to Columbia Presbyterian’s Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, and must be at least in the top third of their class.

Procedure:  Positions are available from March through mid-May and from August through September (except for the week including Labor Day) for a duration of one week. The first step would be to send an email or letter of request including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of desired dates and an unofficial dental school transcript for review. If accepted, the following supporting documents would be required:

·        Official dental school transcript with documentation of class rank, if available

·        National Board Scores Part I if available (official Dean's or Registrar's letter is acceptable)

·        Letter of recommendation from the Dean of Students

·        Letter from applicant's institution verifying professional liability coverage during the observership. If observers are not covered under the institution's liability policy, the applicant must purchase and provide proof of coverage.

·        Signed confidentiality agreement

If the applicant is unable to commit to a full week or is not eligible for the observership, he/she may observe in the residency clinic on either a Thursday morning or afternoon. Openings are available between February and early October, with some restrictions. Other than the confidentiality agreement, no observership documentation is required. A formal request in advance is necessary, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of Thursday dates and sessions.

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Ms. Melendez at