The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is a two-year postgraduate program leading to a certificate with an optional Master of Science in Dentistry degree. The program currently accepts six students per year. The GRE is not required for admission to The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry.
The first year is concentrated in performing clinical dentistry at the pediatric dentistry clinic located in the Houston Medical Center Building on Travis Street. This is a new, state-of-the art clinic which opened September 1994. A didactic core curriculum is taught at the University of Texas School of Dentistry. Outside rotations during the first year include pediatric medicine and general anesthesia, each of one-month duration. Each first-year resident is teamed with a second-year resident for emergency coverage and general anesthesia cases at Memorial Hermann Hospital, the university affiliate hospital.
During the second year, residents spend additional time on outside rotations in Hemophilia Clinic, Cleft Palate Clinic and at the University of Texas School of Dentistry and Predoctoral Clinic. When the second-year resident is not on an outside rotation, he/she participates in the outpatient pediatric dentistry clinic in the Houston Medical Center building.
Each resident also participates in seminars and literature review, case presentations, advanced topics in pediatric dentistry, which includes instruction in practice management and completion of a research project. Residents are prepared to pursue and achieve American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification.
There is an option of a Master of Science in Dentistry degree within the two-year period. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students receive a certificate in pediatric dentistry and an optional Master of Science in Dentistry degree from the School of Dentistry.