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Pediatric Dentistry

  • 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.

How to Apply

Dr. Sean Mclaren
Division Chair
Sean McLaren, D.D.S.

Dr. Sean Mclaren
Program Director
Cynthia L. Wong

Program Strengths

  • Exposure to diverse patient population with significant dental and interceptive orthodontic needs
  • Experience treating children in clinical and hospital settings
  • Strong, diverse and dynamic faculty support
  • Strong philosophy of interdisciplinary care between pediatric dentists, medical specialties and other pediatric health care professionals
  • Abundant educational resources

Resident Experience

Opportunities for Additional Experience

  • Nasoalveolar Molding: We are the pioneers in Upstate New York in offering nasoalveolar molding (NAM), a non-surgical device to reshape the lip, nose, and gum pads, prior to cleft lip and palate surgery. We are one of the few pediatric dentistry programs in the country to offer this treatment and are the major hub for NAM treatment in Western New York.
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program: Collaborative interdisciplinary training focused on improving health of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and special healthcare needs through the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). Upon acceptance to the program, residents can integrate this program to their senior year of training.
  • Teledentistry Program: We are one of the first Pediatric Dentistry programs in the country to integrate teledentistry into our curriculum and services. We collaborate with rural community health clinics to provide dental consultation and referral services through teledentistry.

Didactic Courses & Lectures

  • Residents attend core courses presented by leading practitioners and researchers on topics such as oral disease prevention, pain management, pathology, epidemiology and biostatistics, cariology, growth and development, pediatric periodontics, ethics and evidence-based dentistry.
  • Specialty courses include hospital dentistry, pediatric dental radiology, child behavior management, pulp therapy, pediatric operative and restorative dentistry, dental traumatology, pediatric pharmacology, sedation, early-age orthodontics, speech development, perinatal and infant oral health care, minor oral surgery, dentistry for patients with special healthcare needs, pediatric physical diagnosis and practice management.
  • Emergency life support training in Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).
  • Seminars are an important part of the pediatric dentistry program. Residents are expected to prepare regular divisional case presentations and seminars. Residents are also expected to present at departmental grand rounds as part of their teaching experience.

Pediatric Dentistry Course Listing

Clinical Experience

  • Eastman Dental Center Pediatric Dentistry Clinic: Comprehensive clinical care, emergency services, nitrous inhalation anxiolysis, mild enteral sedation and interceptive orthodontics
  • Hospital Services
    • Strong Memorial Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department
    • Golisano Children’s Hospital Operating Room
    • Sawgrass Ambulatory Surgical Center
    • Golisano Children’s Hospital Inpatient Consultation Service
  • Community Dentistry
    • School #17 Clinic
    • SmileMobiles (School-based mobile dental units)
  • In-service rotations to the Craniofacial and Hemophilia interdisciplinary teams.
  • The Departments of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Medicine and Emergency Medicine provide off-service clinical rotations at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital.


Under the supervision of faculty, each resident will prepare and present a research project, relevant to pediatric dentistry. This project is required for certification. Research may be of a clinical or basic-science nature. Residents choose research projects based on their interests and the topic’s relationship to children's oral health. The results of resident research projects are presented at research forums at the local and national level.

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 (e.g.: Masters of Dental Science) offered by the University of Rochester.

Past Research Projects

Title of Research Project Research Mentor
Evaluating Exposure of Pediatric Dental Residents to Patients with Developmental Disabilities at Eastman Institute for Oral Health Delucia
Black Cloud: An Evaluation of Pediatric Dental Residency Call Experience Wong
The Success Rate of Interim Therapeutic Restorations on Primary Incisors Shope
Pediatric Dental Treatment Completion: Mobile vs. Fixed Site Clinics Levy
Accuracy of Teledentistry Examination at Predicting Actual Treatment Modality in a Pediatric Dentistry Clinic McLaren / Kopycka-Kedzierawski
Sports-Related Oral Injuries Seen at Strong Memorial Hospital Pediatric ED Winslow
Out-of-Pocket Costs in Dental and Orthodontic Management with Cleft Lip and/or Palate Shope
Relationship Between Eastman Dental Emergency Visit and Operating Room Referral Shope / Colaruotolo
Out-of-Pocket Dental Management Costs of Healthy Children Compared to Cleft Lip/Palate Shope
Barrier to Successful Transition to Adult-Centered Dental Home for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs Shope / Sulkes
Comparison of Clinical and Photographic Calibration Using ICDAS Wong
School and Head Start Fluoride Varnish Programs: A Retrospective Study.   Wong
Relationship Between BMI, Chronic Medication Use, and Early Childhood Caries Wong
Emergency Dental Visits in Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program Shope
Plaque Glucosyltransferase B Activity in S-ECC and Caries Free Children Xiao
An analysis of a Teledentistry Program in Upstate New York McLaren / Kopycka-Kedzierawski
The Association between Dental Caries and Early Childhood Development Watson
Restorations of Primary, Anterior teeth on Patients with Orofacial Clefts Shope
Unilateral Versus Bilateral Fixed Space Maintainers for Premature Tooth Loss Wong
Examining Salivary Microbiology and Dietary Habits in Caries-Free Children.   Wong / Kopycka-Kedzierawski
Caries Treatment Under General Anesthesia in Children with Craniofacial Anomalies Shope
Comparison of the Treatment of Early Childhood Caries Under General Anesthesia in Children With And Without Craniofacial Anomalies Shope
Analysis of Post-Orthodontic Demineralization in Patients with Oralfacial Clefting Shope
Dental Treatment Needs and Waiting Time for Oral Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia Wong
Cost-Benefit Analysis of the School-Based Fluoride Varnish Program in the Prevention of ECC Wong / Shope
The Association Between Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Watson
Mutans Streptococcus and Candida Species and Early Childhood Caries Onset Wong / Kopycka-Kedzierawski
Average Age of First Dental Visit Between Children With and Without Cleft Lip and Palate Shope / Morrison / Colaruotolo

Pediatric Dental Faculty

* Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

^ Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (Pediatric Dentistry)

Contact Us

Lynda Serafine
Program Coordinator
Eastman Institute for Oral Health
Eastman Dental Center
Pediatric Department
625 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14620