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.


New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry Observership for 3rd Year/Rising 4th Year DDS Students

  The Pediatric Dentistry Observership Program at the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center is based at the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Clinic which houses an accredited 24-month hospital-based certificate program with Columbia University affiliation.  Program design is to give the extern a glimpse into life as resident.  Program curriculum provides broad-based clinical exposure at several practice settings including Children’s Hospital of New York and Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine which includes our Division of Pediatric Dentistry.

Curriculum: Course study depends on the timeframe that an extern arrives but may include a wide range of clinically oriented multidisciplinary basic science core courses.  The program enables the observers to familiarize themselves with the well child and the child with special needs. Exposure in resident research and resident fellow teaching are additional program components.

Clinical: advanced clinical practice in pediatric dentistry, preventive and interceptive orthodontics, N2O/O2psychosedation, care for the child with special needs (medically compromised, mentally disabled, craniofacial disorders, physically disabled), pediatric anesthesiology and operating room protocol, conscious sedation, pediatric dentistry instruction preceptorship, pediatric oral trauma management, oral surgery, and infant oral health.

Rotation: residents rotate in pediatric medicine, the pediatric emergency department, and in pediatric anesthesiology all within CHONY.  Other rotators are through school based and mobile van based clinics.  The observer may shadow the rotator resident. 

Didactic: seminars, literature, board and book reviews, case conferences, oral medicine, oral pathology, orthodontics, cephalometrics, cariology, pediatric medicine, and research methodology in preventive dentistry and advanced pediatric dental research focused on health services and a series of courses that explore children's oral health in the context of family, community, and society; alternative career options; and partnerships with others who serve the interests of children's health and welfare.

Strengths: (1) Didactic program featuring outstanding faculty from the Dental and Medical School and Children’s Hospital, (2) Diverse patient pool with extensive clinical exposure to pharmacologic/non-pharmacologic management, (3) Faculty balance between those with academic commitments and those in clinical practice.  Observers will be encouraged to function at the level of a first-year resident and will be expected to participate in all aspects of the residency program including inpatient and outpatient care, presentations on rounds, writing of notes, in-house call, and participation in all conferences.

Restrictions:  Two externs can be accommodated during any given period. 

Requirements:  Acceptance to the externship program is competitive, especially in the summer months.  Applicants who accept an offered position 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 the New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, and must be at least in the top third of their class. 

Application 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:

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

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

3.  Letter of recommendation from the pediatric dentistry pre-doctoral program director

4.  Letter from applicant's institution verifying malpractice coverage during the externship.  If externships are not covered under the institution's liability policy, the applicant must purchase and provide proof of coverage.

5.  Signed confidentiality agreement

If the applicant is unable to commit to a full week or is not eligible for the externship program, he/she may observe in the 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 (am or pm).

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to:

Ms. Jacqueline Melendez, Administrative Coordinator
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street, P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, NY 10032