Pediatric Dentistry Residency

Pediatric Dentistry Residency

The ULSD Pediatric Dental Residency Program has three residency positions open each year for a 24-month combined certificate and masters degree program, offered to USA citizens and one position offered to an International applicant.  The program is a school-based program with close association with Norton Children’s Hospital.

Emergency call at Norton's Emergency Department is covered 24/7 by the Pediatric Dental Residents and most rotations occur there as well. Norton Children’s Hospital is the only exclusively pediatric hospital in the state of Kentucky.

The graduates of Pediatric Dental Residency Program are in successful practices, in academics, and research. They have evidence-based knowledge of “best practices” in all areas of pediatric dentistry from infant oral health to trauma and hospital dentistry.

The program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. View all School of Dentistry accreditation information.

The residents treat patients in the UofL Pediatric Dental Clinic and at the Kosair Charities Pediatric Center on Eastern Parkway. Rotations include:

  • Anesthesia at Norton Children’s Out Patient Surgery – 5 weeks
  • Sedation Clinic at Norton Children’s Hospital – 2 weeks
  • Emergency Dept. at Norton Children’s – 2 weeks
  • Haematology-Oncology – 1 afternoon per month

The didactic portion of the curriculum provides in-depth information in:

  • Growth and development
  • Current restorative care
  • Interceptive orthodontic care
  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics-Research methodology
  • Anatomy
  • Oral biology/research methods
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Pathology

Research projects are required. This research project must result in a presentation at the Kentucky Dental Association and/or the AAPD annual meetings, as well as a publishable paper.

The program starts July 1.

Future Residents

The University of Louisville Pediatric Dental Residency has four residency positions per year, for a 24-month combined Masters/Certificate program. Three GME funded positions are offered to USA citizens or permanent residents who are graduates from CODA accredited Dental Schools. The program also offers one residency position to an International dentist who graduated from a CODA equivalent Dental school.

This program is a school-based program with close association with Norton Children’s Hospital. The residents obtain clinical experience in their clinic at the University of Louisville Dental School and rotate through the UofL Pediatric Dental Clinic at the Kosair Charities Building at 982 Eastern Parkway, 40217.

Our curriculum follows the ADA accreditation guidelines to have fully prepared graduates to successfully pass the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry written and oral exams.

First Year - Fall Semester Courses

  • Advanced Oral Pathology
  • Oral Biology / Research Methods
  • Biomedical Data Analysis
  • Oral Diagnosis / Oral Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Multidisciplinary Seminar
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project

First Year – Spring Semester

  • Advanced Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology / Immunology
  • Oral Biology / Research Methods
  • Multidisciplinary Seminar
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project

Second year – Both Semesters

  • Anesthesia Rotation – 5 weeks at Norton Children's Hospital
  • Sedation Rotation – 2 weeks at Norton Children's Hospital
  • Emergency Rotation – 2 weeks at Norton Children's Hospital
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Literature Review
  • Research Project
  • Multidisciplinary Seminar

Extra Clinical Experiences - All Residents

  • Kosair Charities - Clinical Rotation
  • Haematology - Oncology - Clinical Rotation

Community Service – All Residents

  • Head Start Screenings
  • Smile KY! (Give Kids a Smile) Screenings and Treatment
  • Downs Syndrome of Louisville Health Fair
  • Special Olympics – Special Smiles Screenings
  • JCPS - School Health Fairs as requested
  • Scholar House Health Fairs

Application process:

Applications are accepted through PASS (link – ADEA.org). Deadline for applications is September 1st. The Pediatric Dental Residency Program also participates in the MATCH program for the final selection of residents.

Applicant Requirements

For the three GME funded residency positions
• US citizens or permanent residents
• Applicants must hold a DMD or DDS degree from an ADA accredited dental school

International applicants

New residents should have the following by July 1 of the admission year:

  • Kentucky Dental License (Limited License is satisfactory)
  • ADA Membership
  • Textbooks:
    • McDonald, Avery, Dean; Dentistry for Children & Adolescents
    • Profit; Contemporary Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support training (PALS) (to be obtained within the 1st month of admission)

Pediatric Dental Residency

Dr. Katerina Kavvadia
Program Director, Pediatric Dental Residency Program
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202
katerina.kavvadia@louisville.edu

Hospital Services at Norton Children's Hospital

Dr. Ann Greenwell
Chief of Hospital Services at Norton Children's Hospital
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202
ann.greenwell@louisville.edu

Undergraduate Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Hector Martinez
Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
501 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY 40202
hector.martinez@louisville.edu

General Questions

Dianne Foster
Asst. Dean for Admissions
502-852-1325
dianne.foster@louisville.edu

Tuition and Fees

  • No tuition is charged.
  • A Program Fee of $7,000 per year is assessed by ULSD for every graduate student.

Stipend

  • Stipend of $40,000 per year is paid to residents.

Financial Aid

Information on financial aid is available at the University's Financial Aid Office and also the School of Dentistry's Financial Aid Office.