School of Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry at OHSU

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Welcome to Pediatric Dentistry

As the leading state advocate for children's oral health, our goals are to provide care that exceeds the need and expectations of our patients and families, train future leaders in pediatric dentistry and oral health sciences, and advance the frontiers of research and discoveries.

Pediatric Dentistry at OHSU is structured on the delivery of patient centered care, evidence -based didactic and clinical training and innovative basic and clinical research.

Our faculty, residents, students and staff are uncompromising in their commitment to the oral health care of children, adolescents, and young adults. Pediatric Dentistry is a dental home and safety net that provides patient-centered care for healthy children as well as children with special health care needs. We are a regional and national destination site for referrals and consultations. Many of our pediatric dental faculty are nationally recognized for their innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of oral health conditions.

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry offers an extensive range of services for patients through multiple programs. Several interdisciplinary programs involve collaborations with multiple departments throughout OHSU School of Dentistry (Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, and Integrative Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences ) and OHSU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (Craniofacial, Hematology-Oncology, Child development, Pulmonology, and Cardiology) and Department of Anesthesiology.

Pediatric Specialty Residency Program

OHSU School of Dentistry offers an advanced certificate in Pediatric Dentistry through its Pediatric Dental Residency. The residency program is based at the OHSU School of Dentistry and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The key objective of the program is preparation of future leaders, educators, mentors and researchers in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as exemplary clinicians who are ready to serve in private practice and community public health. This 24-month program is developed to provide specialty-level training in the delivery of preventive and comprehensive oral health care for infants, children, and adolescents with special emphasis on caring for children with special health care needs.

This program is fully accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Upon successful completion of the program, the resident receives a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from OHSU School of Dentistry and meets the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatrics in the D.M.D.

The curriculum in pediatric dentistry is prepared to train competent dentists who will provide treatment to children and adolescents in various settings. There is a strong emphasis on the community outreach programs and improving the oral health of underserved children. The curriculum focuses on the anatomic, physiologic, and psychological differences and changes that occur as children become adults and the modifications that are necessary in dental care. After acquiring the foundation knowledge and skills required to work with younger patients through lectures, simulations, observations and clinical assessments, the students will provide comprehensive care to pediatric patients in their third and fourth year. Please click on the link below for more details about the courses and syllabi.

Pediatric leadership

Robert Steelman, M.D., D.M.D - Professor and Department Chair

Elizabeth Palmer, D.M.D, M.S. - Assistant Professor, Pediatric Residency Director

Meet our Residents and Faculty

This is a CODA approved, combined university/hospital-based program offering a certificate degree. The program is 24 months in duration, beginning mid-June of each year. Four (4) MATCH positions are offered on a yearly cycle to dentists from ADA-accredited (US/Canadian) dental schools.
More information on Advanced Education Programs at OHSU School of Dentistry.

Pediatric Grand Rounds Schedule

Application

The program application deadline is October 1st of each year, pending matriculation. The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Applications can be requested by contacting PASS directly at 800-353-2237 or csrpass@adea.org. The PASS deadline is September 15. The selected candidates are invited for an interview after the review of the completed application. Resident selection takes place through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. For further information about this process, please contact the Matching Program at 416-977-3431 or www.natmatch.com/dentres.

Learn more about residency at OHSU through the School of Medicine's Graduate Medical Education site.

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
OHSU School of Dentistry
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201-5042
Phone: 503-494-6244

School of Dentistry Admissions website
E-mail: sodadmit@ohsu.edu

Other correspondence may be addressed to:
Elizabeth Palmer, D.M.D., M.S.
Program Director
Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
Oregon Health and Science University
Collaborative Life Science Building 10N072
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-494-3271
E-mail: palmerel@ohsu.edu

Built on a strong academic foundation and scientific research, the clinical curriculum is designed to provide a broad array of out-patient and in- patient experiences in delivery of pediatric medical and dental care. The primary clinical activity of the program is delivery of direct patient care in the pediatric dentistry clinics and the pediatric operating rooms. Residents in pediatric dentistry also have the opportunity to provide consultations to a variety of medical services in the hospital and to participate in multidisciplinary health care teams within the medical center. Residents also obtain a certification in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

CODA required rotations are arranged with the Department of Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine and the Section of Pediatric Anesthesiology. Other rotations unique to our department include the craniofacial, hematology- oncology, survivorship, feeding, leadership and education in neurodevelopmental disabilities (LEND) and community outreach. Our preeminent multidisciplinary team is available during and after hours ensuring a comprehensive and personalized approach to each patient.

Didactic seminars include lectures in the biomedical sciences including biostatistics, investigational medicine, anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, embryology and genetics. Core courses for pediatric dentistry include seminars in cariology and preventive dentistry, pulp therapy for primary and permanent teeth, restorative dentistry, dental trauma, behavior guidance, moderate sedation, special patient care, dental anomalies and oral pathology. Core courses in growth and development and orthodontics include seminars in craniofacial growth and development, interceptive orthodontics, cephalometrics and occlusion.

Research includes the completion and submission of an original research paper of publishable quality and presentation of that paper at a scientific forum such as the AADR, IADR, IAPD and AAPD annual sessions.

We, the faculty in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry are committed to world class resident education and research. The educational home in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry fosters limitless creativity and innovation. Our expertise in teaching inspires and motivates the future torchbearers of this specialty - future scholars who will relentlessly advance the frontiers of the oral health sciences.

Contact Us

503-346-4774

OHSU School of Dentistry
Pediatric Dentistry

Program Director
Elizabeth Palmer, D.M.D., M.S.
palmerel@ohsu.edu

Robertson Life Sciences Building

Modern building with silver, wood, and glass siding sits in front of a blue sky.
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201