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Pediatric Dentistry



Dr. Sean Mclaren

 Chair & Program Director
Sean McLaren, D.D.S.

  • Open to US/Canadian trained dentists
  • Two-year certificate, approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Six residents are accepted each year
  • Admission requirements

A university-based and hospital-affiliated certificate program, graduates are prepared to be clinical specialists, to critically evaluate the scientific literature, to teach, or to combine these activities to suit personal goals in private practice, academics, research, or public health dentistry.

Program Strengths

  • Diverse patient population with significant dental and orthodontic needs
  • Experience treating children in a hospital setting
  • Training in managing pediatric patients with special health care needs
  • Advanced training in orthodontic diagnosis and care
  • Abundant educational resources
  • Flexibility to suit individual interests and goals
  • Philosophy of interdisciplinary care between pediatric dentists and other pediatric health care professionals

Didactic Courses & Lectures

  • Residents attend lectures presented by leading practitioners and researchers on topics such as oral disease prevention, epidemiology, cariology, scientific foundations of pediatric dentistry, and growth and development.
  • Specialty courses include behavior management, pediatric pharmacology, interceptive orthodontics, speech, minor oral surgery, enteral sedation, pulp therapy, traumatic injuries, dental care for people with developmental disabilities and the medically compromised, and pediatric physical diagnosis.
  • Lectures and seminars on other areas of dentistry and science are offered along with specialty courses in child psychology, management of child behavior, premedication and analgesia, pediatric advanced life support, hospital dentistry, cleft and craniofacial anomalies, pediatric dental radiology, cariology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and pediatric medicine.
  • Occlusal guidance, operative and prosthetic procedures for primary and mixed dentitions, infant oral health education, and scientific research methods.
  • Seminars are an important part of the pediatric dentistry program. Residents are expected to prepare seminars and present lectures to the department as part of the teaching experience.
  • The Departments of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine provide intensive clinical rotations at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

Pediatric Dentistry Course Listing


Under the supervision of faculty, each resident will prepare and present a research project, with application to pediatric dentistry. This project is required for certification. Research may be of a clinical or basic-science nature. Residents choose research based on their interests and the topics's relationship to children's oral health.

Those interested in graduate studies may be allowed to expand these projects and combine them with course work at the University of Rochester leading to an advanced academic degree after one or more additional years of study. Residents are eligible to apply for positions as graduate students in programs leading to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree sponsored by the University of Rochester.

Pediatric Dental Faculty

* Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry