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University of Illinois at Chicago / Pediatric Dentistry

This information has been updated for the 2022-2023 cycle. We are currently updating our program webpage and the AAPD program page. Thank you! 

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Program Director  David Avenetti, DDS, MSD, MPH 

        University of Illinois at Chicago 

        College of Dentistry 

        Department of Pediatric Dentistry 

        801 S. Paulina Street, Room 248 

        Chicago, Illinois  60612 


        State Program located in: Illinois 

        Program Coordinator:   Ms. Jean O'Finn 

        University of Illinois at Chicago 

        College of Dentistry 

        Department of Pediatric Dentistry 

        801 S. Paulina Street (MC 850) 

        Chicago, Illinois  60612 

        Phone (Work): 312-996-7531 


        State Program located in: Illinois 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: September 1

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 07/01

        Length of Program:  24 months months

        Program Number: PED312

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Academic

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: The program is approved for up to 10 positions per year beginning in July 2022. For this cohort, all ten (10) positions are awarded to the 24-month program through the Dental Match Service. Residents concurrently pursue a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences Degree. The MS is completed within the 24-month residency program. No positions for this cohort will be offered for the 36-month (Certificate/MS/MPH) program.

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: Up to 10

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  Yes

        If available, please provide the web address for additional information:  Three-day commitment (Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday). The calendar of available dates can be discussed with Jean O’Finn. See website for additional information.

      Program Description ↑ 

      Program Description

      The program is university-based/hospital-affiliated and fulfills the requirements for advanced education in pediatric dentistry as approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). Graduates have a track record of strong performance on the written and oral ABPD examinations. The program had a CODA site visit in Fall 2021.

      The program provides a rich and diversified educational experience that emphasizes comprehensive oral health care for healthy and medically complex infants, children and adolescents. Its renovated, state-of-the-art graduate clinic with 20 operatories (8 of which are private rooms), attends to a large and diverse population of the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois. Each operatory is equipped with nitrous oxide, digital radiography, a video monitor and a computer. There is an optimal ratio of dental assistants to residents. Residents graduate with significant experience providing care using different modalities of behavior management, including nitrous oxide, moderate sedation (oral and intranasal) and general anesthesia.

      The department has a diverse and rich clinical faculty that includes 9 full-time and additional part-time clinical faculty members who are pediatric dentists. In addition to that, our faculty includes individuals from behavioral sciences, orthodontics, and public health. Physicians and dental specialists from other departments also contribute to teaching in the program in an interdisciplinary format. Our Department also has a full-time social worker, two part-time social work interns, a recovery room nurse, a part-time nurse practitioner, and a team of anesthesiologists who provide care in our own two operating rooms. 

      The program emphasizes public health and provision of care for the underserved. We have a HRSA grant to support expanded training in public health.  



      The program is designed to fully prepare the resident for clinical practice, as well as to provide educational opportunities for those who desire to pursue a teaching, public health or research career in pediatric dentistry.

      Learning modalities include didactic courses, seminars, continuing education courses, and clinical experiences. The curriculum includes, among others: behavior management, child development and psychology, pulp therapy, orthodontics/growth & development, oral care for special health care needs patients/hospital dentistry, dental traumatology, biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods, dental radiology, pediatric oral pathology, dental materials, cariology/microbiology, infant oral health and prevention, advocacy, practice management, inherited and acquired dental anomalies, and principles of sedation and general anesthesia. The program offers a specially-designed seminar on leadership development and advocacy for residents. Additional topics are covered in rounds, journal club, and in a seminar format. Many biomedical topics are covered in the MS in Oral Sciences Core Curriculum, which are completed with residents in other specialties.

      Clinical experiences primarily occur in the pediatric dentistry graduate clinic at the UIC College of Dentistry. Our facilities offer collaboration and consultation with professionals from other departments within the College of Dentistry and other health sciences. Dental care under general anesthesia, after-hours emergency dental care, and rotations in pediatric and subspeciality medical clinics (Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, General Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Craniofacial clinic, etc.) take place at the University of Illinois Hospital which is conveniently located adjacent to the College of Dentistry. In September 2020, we opened our Pediatric Dentistry Outpatient Care Center, with two operating rooms where we do 3 cases in each room every day of the week. The residents also rotate in the Department of Oral Surgery at the College to observe complex pediatric and adult oral surgery cases done under intravenous sedation. Our busy undergraduate pediatric dental clinic provides an excellent venue for both clinical and lab teaching of dental students. Residents receive clinical and didactic orthodontic experiences in the Mixed Dentition Clinic, which is coordinated in collaboration with the Department of Orthodontics.

      Second-year residents receive additional community-based experiences through rotations in community-based health clinics.


      Program Stipend and Tuition

      The program awards graduates with a Certificate in the Specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Graduate Medical Education (GME) residents receive a competitive stipend for the duration of the certificate program. For 2022-2023, the first-year stipend is $59,890, and the second-year stipend is $61,996, plus health coverage and fringe benefits. Each July, there may be a small increase to the stipend. There are no tuition fees for enrollment in the Certificate program. Note that eligibility for a GME stipend is determined by GME policies and not by the residency program.

      A Master of Science in Oral Sciences degree is required and is integrated in the 24-months. Tuition for the Master's program is waived. Up to $5,250 of tuition per year is non-taxable.

      Accepted residents must plan to be in Chicago by mid-June for mandatory GME, College of Dentistry, and Program orientation prior to the program start.



      • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Clinics and Outpatient Care Center
      • University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System
      • Community partner clinics

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): No

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: No

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: No

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: No

        Must contact program for additional requirements: No

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Undergraduate transcripts, dental school transcripts, and examination scores should not be submitted directly to the program but should be uploaded with the PASS application. A dental school GPA of 3.3 or higher is preferred to receive fullest consideration.

        The ADAT is not required of applicants, but applicants may submit scores for evaluation with the application. Applicants may include other standardized test scores, such as the DAT or GRE, on their CV to be evaluated with their application.

        We try to ensure that the AAPD website, PASS Website, and UIC College of Dentistry website are consistent and up-to-date. We ask that you review these resources prior to contacting the department.

        Applications will be reviewed as they become complete. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit required materials before the application deadline. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: No

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 0.00

        International Applicants: 0.00

        Other (Please explain)  $ Electronic submission

        Additional Information:  $

        In lieu of a supplemental application, applicants must complete the three supplemental questions within the ADEA PASS application. Photos are not required unless invited for an interview.

        The PASS application due date is September 1, 2022. There is no additional charge to apply to the program. 


        Official transcripts and board scores are verified for individuals who match into the program.

        Additional Information

        The Department of Pediatric Dentistry was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant renewal which aims to improve access to, and the delivery of, oral health care services for all individuals, particularly low income, underserved, uninsured, underrepresented minority, health disparity, and rural populations. As part of the training grant, the Department will expand inter-professional teaching activities and rotations with external clinical sites and the University of Illinois Hospital.

        The grant also offers funding for a Master of Public Health Degree or Public Health Certificates. The School of Public Health has similar dual-degree programs with other professional schools at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


        While no positions will be offered for the 36-month program for the class applying in 2022 (matriculating in 2023), funds may be available to pursue a Public Health Certificate in the PGY-2 year.


        Who should I contact if I have questions or want additional information?

        David M. Avenetti, DDS, MSD, MPH – Program Director and Co-PI –

        Brittaney Hill, DDS, MS, MPH – Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-PI –

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Interviews are held on three Tuesdays in October (Oct 11, Oct 18, and Oct 25). Social events are held the Monday evening prior to each interview date. Approximately 12 invitations are extended for each interview date. For the 2022-2023, the decision to conduct interviews in-person or virtually with depend on health recommendations.

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: Yes

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 

        All applicants must pass the Integrated NBDE (INDBE) or NBDE Part I before applying to the residency program. Completion of NBDE Part II is not required for domestic applicants (permanent residents or U.S. Citizens) at the time of application. 

        Matched applicants must pass the NBDE Part II and obtain a DDS/DMD (or equivalent) prior to beginning the program on July 1, 2023.


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: No

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: Yes

        Must have a limited permit: Yes

        Must have a U.S. dental license: Yes

        Must be eligible for state dental license: Yes

        Must have a valid state dental license: Yes

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: May be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident
        US/ Canadian citizen, US/ Canadian permanent resident

        Non-US citizen/resident (need sponsorship)

        Additional Information: 

        Accepted applicants must be eligible for and obtain a limited/temporary or have a full state dental license prior to beginning the program. A full license in not necessary for domestic or international applicants to apply to the program.

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Yes

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: No

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: No

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Copies of foreign transcripts must be uploaded to the PASS website and should not be sent directly to the program.

        Candidates who have not received a dental degree in the U.S. or Canada must successfully complete both the NBDE I and II or the Integrated NBDE (INDBE) prior to applying. We strongly suggest that candidates with an international degree participate in the "visiting dentist non-degree program" for fullest consideration. More information can be found at

        If selected for an interview, international applicants must have transcripts evaluated for equivalency and send exam scores (NBDE and TOEFL) directly to the program prior to the interview.