Residency Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Halloween 2015 in the Haven Avenue Pediatric Dental Clinic

From the left, Venecia Nunez, Dental Assistant; Dr. Alexandra Delfiner, Peds 2; Dr. Jessica Zucker, Peds 1; Dr. Keren Etzion, Peds 2; Dr. Divya Khera, Peds 1; Dr. Kimberli de Brito Leal, Peds 2 and Chief Resident; Dr. Katherine Fleming, Peds 1; Dr. Rhona Kushner, Peds 2; Dr. Jean Guevarra, Peds 1; Dr. Evan Cyrkin, Peds 2; Jessenia Lopez, Dental Assistant; Lourdes Burgos, Dental Assistant; Christoper Gibson, Peds 1.

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
Att:  Ms. Jacqueline Melendez
630 W 168th Street, P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, NY 10032

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. Richard K. Yoon* - Program Director

Steven Chussid* - Division Director

Dr. Shantanu Lal*

Dr. Aaron G. Myers

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

U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and Canadian Citizens from ADA accredited dental schools

US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:


Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools

U.S. Permanent Residents and Canadian 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

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

Description: 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