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



College of Dental Medicine of Columbia University/New York Presbyterian

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Program Name:  Columbia-New York Presbyterian

Program Address:

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
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


Program Length and Number of Positions:

Twenty-four month program commencing July 1 of each year (orientation one week earlier) with 5 new positions offered each year.

Program Type:

Hospital-base with College of Dental Medicine (CDM) affiliation certificate program open 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 at


Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to Ms. Jackie Melendez, administrator, at


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


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, 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, conferences, and case-based learning sessions allow the trainee to develop a 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 an 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 and embryology, physiology, pathology, statistics, and research methodology. Supplementary lectures, seminars and journal reviews are provided on child development, behavior management, orthodontics, 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 include medicine and anesthesiology at 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:

For the academic year 2015-16, first year stipend was $60,582.00 and second year stipend was $63,743.00. Tuition is waived.


1.      Children’s Hospital

2.      Columbia Dental School

3.      Columbia Medical School

4.      Columbia School of Public Health

Admission Requirements (new requirements underlined):

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

The ADA-developed Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is to be piloted in 2016. In the pilot year only, ADAT scores will be optional but accepted.

1.      D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited North American dental school

2.      Curriculum vitae

3.      Official dental education transcript

4.      One institutional evaluation

5.      Three (3) letters of recommendation (one must be from the Chair of Pediatric Dentistry)

6.      ADAT results

7.      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.

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

9.      Eligible for New York state dental licensure (

10.   Current portrait photo

11.   US or Canadian citizen or have a permanent immigration card

12.   Interview

Program Strengths:

·        Renowned faculty in the biomedical sciences

·        Diverse patient pool

·        Academe:private practice faculty balance

·        Affiliation with a World center in education

Program Faculty:

FT faculty

Dr. Richard Yoon* - PD

Dr. Steven Chussid* - Division Director

Dr. Shantanu Lal*

Dr. Aaron Myers


PT faculty

Dr. Jed Best*

Dr. Paul Chu*

Dr. Mary Giacona*

Dr. Dana Kapp*

Dr. Sung-Hee Kwak*

Dr. Angie Papandrikos*

Dr. Margaret Park - Orthodontics

Dr. Stacey Reynolds*

Dr. Caryn Siegel*

Dr. Adam Silevitch*

Dr. Zev Tendler*

Dr. Lavanya Venkateswaran*

*Board-certified by ABPD


School Profile:

Program Type:

Hospital-base; University affiliation

Program Director:

FT board-certified

Program Faculty:

4 FT

12 PT

14 board-certified

Program Length:

24 total months

July 1 start date (orientation one week earlier)

Program Accreditation:

Approved by CODA

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


No fee

October 1 deadline

Participant in National Matching Service:


Participant in PASS:


Only US citizens from ADA-accredited dental schools considered:

US citizens, US 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 considered:

US permanent residents and Canadian citizens from ADA-accredited dental schools

Non-US citizens from foreign dental schools considered:


Clinical Experience:


Conscious sedation

Hospital rotations

General anesthesia

Emergency call

Operating room

Infant oral health


Mentally disabled

Craniofacial disorders

Physically disabled

Didactic Experience:


Literature review


Case conferences

Research Requirement:

Data collection project

Teaching Experience:

1 Clinic Half-days


6 Chair/operatories

2 Clinic receptionists

4 Dental assistants

1 Dental hygienists

1 Clinic manager


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