The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry offers the student a comprehensive 24-month course of study in clinical and didactic pediatric dentistry. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to the specialty of pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
The program emphasizes a diversified educational experience. The program places emphasis on all phases of pediatric dentistry including preventive dentistry, restorative, endodontics, periodontics, trauma, oral surgery, orthodontics, sedation and hospital dentistry. The program enables the student to provide comprehensive oral health care for the well child, the medically compromised and children with special health care needs. There is extensive use of various treatment modalities for pain control and behavioral management, such as sedation, analgesia and general anesthesia. Research experience is gained through completion of an individual research project and required master’s thesis.
Seminars are held in pediatric dentistry, orthodontic diagnosis and treatment, treatment planning, growth and development, cephalometric analysis, pediatric dentistry literature review, and behavior guidance. Formal courses in biostatistics, principles of pediatrics, pediatric advanced life support, head and neck anatomy, neurodevelopmental disabilities, leadership seminars, basic sciences, and clinical core courses are required. The students participate in undergraduate clinical teaching and supervision.
Each resident will complete a one-month rotation in general anesthesia and a two-week rotation in pediatric medicine. Residents will also spend time on rotations in the Center for Craniofacial Care managing patients with cleft lip and palate and other acquired or congenital craniofacial conditions, hemophilia and oncology, and oral pathology. Residents take emergency calls on a rotating basis in the Pediatric Emergency Department of VCU Medical Center.
Students completing the program earn a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree. Students must complete the requirements for the master’s degree prior to being awarded the specialty certificate.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.