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Pediatric Dentistry Courses

Anesthesia Rotation

  • Serve a one month rotation on the Anesthesia Service at Strong Memorial Hospital.
  • This rotation provides residents with a greater understanding of the workings of a hospital operating room, the interdisciplinary care provided by various pediatric health care providers, and the ability to provide airway management in the sedated or unconscious patient.


  • Review the caries process and its prevention as related to the practice of clinical dentistry.
  • Topics will include the etiology of dental caries; caries risk assessment, role of diet in caries prevention, clinical use of fluorides, management of early childhood caries, rationale and efficacy of dental sealants, management of the xerostomic patient and the prevention and management of root caries.

Case Presentation Seminar

  • Residents will present cases that emphasize complex medical and/or social histories and require special consideration when formulating dental treatment plans.
  • Discussions involve active participation of all residents and faculty.
  • This course encourages residents to be active learners in preparation for the oral examination portion of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.

Craniofacial Deformities

  • Residents will participate in the interdisciplinary activities of the Golisano Cleft and Craniofacial Team;
  • Residents will receive formal didactic and clinical teaching in the role of the pediatric dentist in managing children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

Emergency Medicine Rotation

  • Residents will serve a two week rotation on the Emergency Medicine Service at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Growth & Development

  • Prenatal embryogenesis and potential growth and development of the craniofacial complex
  • Mechanisms of growth control
  • Development of occlusion and methods of study and timing
  • Clinical implications for normal and abnormal facial development.

Guidance of Occlusion II

  • To study case and patient exercises.
  • Subjects include: clinical examination; cephalometric tracing and interpretation; photography; and orthodontic model trimming and interpretation.

Guidance of Occlusion I

  • Basic biomechanical principles; orthodontic wire properties; bone physiology; appliance manufacture, ibracket systems and indications and contraindications
  • The course format is seminar and laboratory based.

Hospital Dentistry

  • Formal didactic training in all aspects of hospital dentistry for children.

Journal Club

  • To critically review recently published literature relevant to pediatric dentistry.

The Medically Compromised Child

  • To review medical problems affecting children and adolescents and their implications to dental management.
  • This course invites subspecialists from the Department of Pediatrics and other pediatric allied health professions at the University to provide contemporary overviews of specific health conditions relevant to pediatric dental care.

Oral Epidemiology

  • Fundamentals of epidemiology with emphasis on the natural history of common oral diseases.

Orthodontic Treatment Planning & Case Management

  • To interpret the various aspects of orthodontic case management in light of each resident’s experience.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • American Heart Association/ American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Earn certification in PALS as a requirement to utilize procedural sedation.

Pediatric Board Literature Review

  • Review of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Core Reading List, which forms the basis of the qualifying exam for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatric Clerkship

  • Residents will serve a five-week rotation on the Pediatric Service at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

Pediatric Periodontology

  • Review the epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the periodontium that affect pediatric patients.

Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

  • To demonstrate and supervise the examination of patients.
  • Course is a tutorial given by the Pediatric Chief Residents at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

Practice Management

  • Information and material about all aspects of managing and running a dental practice.
  • Guest lectures will include experts in the field of law, financial planning, dealing with staff, banking, accounting, computers, equipment and practice.

Procedural Sedation

  • Basic didactic training in the pharmacology, monitoring and indications for procedural sedation in children.

Research Design & Biostatistics

  • Develop the ability to use scientific reasoning in planning studies and interpreting resultant data.
  • At the conclusion of the course the resident should have knowledge and skills necessary for development of a research protocol; knowledge and skills essential for understanding and critically evaluating the methodological aspects of publications in the contemporary dental literature; and sufficient mastery of statistical concepts to communicate effectively with biostatisticians as research team members.

Research Design (Combined with EDD 701 – Research Design and Biostatistics)

Research Project

  • Completion of a research project with applicability to the practice of pediatric dentistry as a requirement in partial fulfillment of program certification.

Standards of Care in Pediatric Dentistry

  • Review of the Reference Manual of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Topics in Pediatric Dentistry

  • A review of all basic areas of Pediatric Dentistry in an undergraduate curriculum during the summer of the first year of the residency program.