About the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is a two-year, hospital-based program.
The core curriculum of the residency program includes all subject matters indispensable for the development of a competent pediatric dentist. They range from educational experiences that enhance critical and independent thinking to practical clinical skills, as well as accurate and effective communication with physicians, dental colleagues and parents.
The Children's Colorado’s Pediatric Dental Center and the Healthy Smiles dental clinic are the teaching sites for the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program and undergraduate dental students at CU School of Dental Medicine. Both sites are staffed by our faculty members who, in concert with residents and dental students, serve more than 35,000 infants, children and adolescents each year.
In August 2008, the program was granted accredited status from the Commission on Dental Education (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). The next accreditation is scheduled for November 2014.
About the Dental Center
Our Dental Center staff, recognized as experts in pediatric dentistry, focuses on minimizing the emotional, physical and psychological barriers patients face when seeking routine oral healthcare services.
- Eight Board-certified faculty members provide comprehensive specialty training to resident dentists, including pharmacological management of patients, pediatric medicine, emergency care, diagnostic and restorative skills, and child growth and development.
- Our dentists focus on being the primary care providers for all children with oral healthcare needs who are underserved or disadvantaged in the state of Colorado.
- Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is one of only a handful of programs in an eight-state region making dental care for children with special healthcare needs a top priority.
- Dental clinic staff routinely collaborate with various departments in the treatment of other conditions, including oncology and hematology, craniofacial anomalies and epidermolysis bullosa (EB).
- Our dental specialists also perform evaluations and serve as a referral source for complex dental and craniofacial conditions.
- Together with our community partners, our dental staff performs nearly 3,000 surgeries a year, often in conjunction with other surgical services in order to better coordinate care and minimize costs to families.
The Dental Center is an integral part of the ambulatory care service of the hospital. The modern resident clinic has 15 operatories, two of which are specifically designed for procedural sedation procedures. The operatories are embedded in a complete infrastructure that includes provider work areas, faculty stations, and an adjoining administrative suite. In the hospital’s Procedure Center, four outpatient (day surgery) operating room suites are available and fully equipped for surgical and oral rehabilitation procedures performed under general anesthesia.