Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry Residents, July 2014

From the left, Dr. Evan Cyrkin (1st yr), Dr. Marisa Pereira (2nd yr),
Dr. Ilana Stollow (2nd yr), Dr. Keren Etzion (1st yr), Dr. Alexandra Delfiner (1st yr), Dr. Erica Pitera (2nd yr), Dr. Alexis Cohen (2nd yr), Dr. Hans Hsu (2nd yr and Chief Resident), Dr. Kimberli Leal (1st yr), Dr. Rona Kushnir (1st yr)

Columbia University/ New York Presbyterian Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Program Director

Richard K. Yoon, DDS



Program Name

Columbia-New York Presbyterian


Program Address

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Division of Pediatric Dentistry

630 W 168th Street, P&S Box 20, PH17-302

New York, NY 10032

Phone: (212) 305-7951



Program Length and Number of Positions

Twenty-four month program commencing July 1 of each year (orientation one week earlier) with five new positions offered each year.

Program Type

Hospital-base with University affiliation open only to US or Canadian dental school graduates who are licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of New York. For more information, please contact Dr. R. Yoon, Program Director, at



Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed via electronic mail to Jackie Melendez, Administrative Coordinator, at



The program is designed to prepare the trainee for active roles in clinical practice and clinical instruction. Proficiency is obtained in the traditional core areas common to all. The curriculum provides broad-based clinical exposure and comprehensive didactic instruction related to the specialty at two practice settings (Children’s Hospital and Teaching Clinic). The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion, the individual is awarded a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the advanced specialty education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


General curriculum includes all topics obligatory to the development of a competent pediatric dentist. It is designed to advance the residents’ educational experiences, enhance their ability to think critically and independently, and to communicate accurate information both clearly and effectively. Residents will learn to work with consultants and clinicians in other dental specialties and in medical or allied health fields. Seminars, case studies, and case presentations allow the trainee to develop a strong theoretical knowledge base.

Clinical curriculum consists of ample patient care opportunities. Regular and repeated patient contact will develop residents’ diagnostic abilities, clinical knowledge and skills, as well as their critical judgment. Additional experiences in related medical areas provide residents with a profound understanding of comprehensive care.

Didactic curriculum includes core domains outlined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and includes selected topics in the basic sciences such as relevant anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lectures, seminars and topic-specific journal clubs are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontic topics, preventive care including fluorides, cariology, limited orthodontics, sedation and emergency preparedness, general anesthesia, ethics, case management, and evidence-based dentistry besides other pediatric dentistry domains.

Rotations are completed in Medicine and Anesthesiology within Children’s Hospital. Other rotators include the Cleft Lip & Palate and Craniofacial Team, Clinical Instruction Preceptorship, and opportunities for University sponsored direct care externships abroad.


Program Stipend and Tuition

Residents receive the same salary as medical residents. For the academic year 2015-16, stipends were $60,582.00 and $63,743.00, for program years one and two, respectively. Tuition is waived.



1. Children’s Hospital

2. Columbia Dental School

3. Columbia Medical School

4. Columbia School of Public Health


Admission Requirements

All information and photo must be submitted via PASS. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:


●      D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an accredited North American dental school

●      Curriculum vitae uploaded to PASS

●      Official dental education transcript submitted via PASS

●      One institutional evaluation (Dean’s) letter

●      One professional evaluation form

●      Four personal potential index (PPI) forms

●      National Board Dental Examination results are normally included in the institutional evaluation and are considered official. Otherwise, official results must be sent directly to the Program Address. Please check with your dental school if you are not sure.

●      Participation with PASS and Postdoctoral Matching Program. Include your match number in your PASS application

●      Eligible for New York state dental licensure (please see

●      Current photo (scanned into your CV or mailed electronically 

●      US or Canadian citizen or have a permanent immigration card

●      Interview (by invitation)


Program Strengths

●      Outstanding faculty in Basic Sciences from the Medical & Dental School

●      Extensive and diverse patient pool

●      Clinical exposure to pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of patients

●      Faculty balance between those in academe and those in clinical pediatric dentistry

●      Affiliation with a world center in education and research


Program Faculty

Dr. Steven Chussid* - Division Director

Dr. Shantanu Lal*

Dr. Aaron G. Myers

Dr. Richard K. Yoon* - PD


Dr. Jed M. Best*

Dr. Paul Chu*

Dr. Mary E. Giacona*

Dr. Dana Kapp*

Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak*

Dr. Angie Papandrikos

Dr. Margaret C. Park

Dr. Stacey C. Reynolds*

Dr. Caryn Siegel*

Dr. Adam R. Silevitch*

Dr. Zev B. Tendler*

Dr. Lavanya Venkateswaran*


*Board Certified


School Profile

Program Type:

Hospital-base; University affiliation

Program Director:

Full-Time Board Certified

Program Faculty:

4 Full-Time
12 Part-Time
13 Board Certified

Program Length:

24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date

Program Accreditation:


State Licensure:


Restricted license available (for US and Canadian graduates only)

No. of entering positions:


Tuition in-state:



$ 60,582.00 First Year
$ 63,743.00 Second Year


$ 0 Fee

October 1 Deadline

Participant in National
Matching Service:


Participant in PASS:


Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools


US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:


Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools


Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:


Clinic Experience:

Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorder
Physically Disabled

Didactic Experience:

Literature Review
Case Conferences

Research Requirement:

Data Collection Project

Teaching Experience:

1 Clinic Half-Days


6 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
4 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists