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University of Illinois at Chicago / Pediatric Dentistry

Due to COVID, we are not requiring completion of INBDE or NBDE I prior to the Sep 1 deadline from individuals who are attending CODA-accredited dental schools. Proof must be submitted prior to the rank list deadline. 

  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 or 36 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: Seven (7) positions are awarded to the 24-month program. 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. Two (2) positions are awarded to the 36-month program. Residents concurrently pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH), MS in Oral Sciences, and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. All positions will be awarded through the Dental Match Service. Each track has its own match code. Applicants invited for an interview can rank both, one, or neither program.

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: Up to 9

        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:  Due to COVID-19, in-person externships opportunities are on hold until further notice. Dates for virtual open-houses including Q&A with residents will be posted when finalized.

      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 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 7 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 a 36-month Certificate/MS/MPH program. Two positions are available for this track. The remaining seven positions will be the 24-month Certificate/MS track. Applicants interested in an MPH are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to express interest in this program. Due to recently expanded facilities, the program may request to increase the size of the incoming class.



      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 2021-2022, 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-month and 36-month programs. Tuition for the Master's program is waived. Up to $5,250 of tuition per year is non-taxable.


      Residents in the 3-year program receive a PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 salary in year 1, 2, and 3, respectively, and the MPH tuition/books are paid for by the HRSA grant. 


      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: 

        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, 2021. 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

        Additional information about the 36-month program

        Is the three-year program new?

        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. The School of Public Health has similar dual-degree programs with other professional schools at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

        How many positions will be offered for the 3-year program?

        The UIC Department of Pediatric Dentistry will accept 9 residents into the 2021-2022 entering class. Two positions are reserved for the 3-year combined Certificate program with a Master of Public Health (MPH). Applicants will receive the Certificate, MS and MPH after fulfilling the requirements of each programs. Residents concurrently obtain the Master of Science (MS) in Oral Sciences Degree, which is also required in the 24-month program.

        How should applicants communicate their interest?

        Applicants interested in the 3-year program should express their interest in their application materials, during the interview (if invited), or by emailing the program director. Individuals invited for an interview will interview for both the 2-year and 3-year program. Both positions in this program will be awarded through the Match process. Applicants can rank one, both, or neither program depending on professional interests and perceived fit for the individual programs. Each program will have its own match code, and applicants who are not interested in a particular program should not rank that program.

        Will residents in the program receive a stipend?

        Residents are paid through Graduate Medical Education during the first and second years of the program at a PGY-1 and PGY-2 level, respectively. During the third year, residents in the 3-year program will be paid a stipend at a PGY-3 level through the HRSA grant. The grant will cover the stipend, benefits, and tuition costs for the MPH program. Because the program is federally funded by HRSA, only individuals eligible to work in the United States may be considered for this program.

        How will the MPH Coursework be distributed over the three years?

        The first year of the 3-year program will focus on the clinical and didactic Pediatric Dentistry requirements and applying to the SPH. The MPH and Pediatric Dentistry coursework will be balanced during the second and third years. This means that residents in the 3-year program will maintain clinical activity throughout the duration of the program.

        Residents accepted to the 3-year program will be seen as competitive applicants to the School of Public Health (SPH). Nevertheless, those accepted will be required to submit a formal application during the first year of the program to gain admission to the SPH. Residents will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Public Health regarding admissions, enrollment, and completion of the requirements for the MPH degree.

        Is the Graduate Record Examination required to apply to the School of Public Health?

        The SPH generally grants a waiver for the GRE requirement for people having terminal professional degrees. Evidence of quantitative skills may be necessary for individual interested in Biostatistics or Epidemiology.

        What does the MPH curriculum look like?

        Residents accepted to the 3-year program will work with the Program Director, Grant Staff, and Academic Advising staff to identify the School of Public Health Division that is most fitting to the resident’s professional interests. Historically, this has been the hybrid Health Policy and Administration.

        Why would I be interested in the MPH degree?

        An MPH is a highly desirable degree and educational experience for any individual in the healthcare field. In the field of Pediatric Dentistry, the MPH can be appropriately tailored to an individual interested in a career in clinical dentistry, academics, research, leadership, advocacy, and public policy, among other fields. The ability to receive a tuition-paid MPH degree while still earning a resident stipend is a unique opportunity through the UIC Department of Pediatric Dentistry.


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

        Applicants interested in the 3-year program may express their interest to the Pediatric Dentistry  Program Director prior to the application deadline. This will ensure that consideration is made of applicants who may be a good fit for the program. Additionally,  questions  and  requests  for  information can be directed to the following:

        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: 

        The department will hold three interview dates on the following Tuesdays in 2021: October 12, October 19, and October 26.

        We hope to conduct in-person interviews with a social the Monday evening before each date. Due to COVID, interviews in Fall 2021 may be held virtually depending on the evolving public health situation. Usually, there are 12 interviewees per interview date. Additional dates may be added as deemed necessary.

      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, 2022.


        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: None

        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

        Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UIC is not allowing visitors to the campus at this point, thus this program is suspended until further notice.

        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.