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Pediatric Dentistry

We strive to improve pediatric health care and advance the specialty through education of pediatric dentists.


The Pediatric Dentistry Residency program prepares graduates for a future in private practice, academic institutions, public health settings and hospital environments consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We strive to improve pediatric health care and advance the specialty through the education of pediatric dentists who are committed to safe, high-quality, evidence-based clinical practice, interdisciplinary team care, research discovery, community service and advocacy for improved quality of life for the children of Minnesota and the world.

The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry holds the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements with the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Residents who graduate are educationally qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.

Program at a Glance

Certificate offered
Residents per year

Joining the Program

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Applications must be submitted through the ADEA PASS System by September 15 of the year prior to the program date. 

We are interested in learning more about you than what is included with the ADEA PASS application. We encourage you to submit a video essay to enhance your application. An interview is also required for selection into our program. Each year, selected applicants will be invited to the Twin Cities for an interview in October or November.

To answer common questions about the residency program, we host monthly 75-minute Q&A sessions. We also offer three-day observerships for dental students and licensed dentists from CODA-approved schools who are interested in pursuing specialty training in pediatric dentistry.

Learn more about the application process on our ADEA PASS program page.

Program Requirements

Subject Description
Test scores

ADA ADAT scores are accepted but not required.

GRE, NBDE, and INBDE scores are not required.

Transcripts Must submit unofficial undergraduate and dental school transcripts via ADEA PASS and to the program.
CV/Resume Must submit a CV or resume to ADEA PASS.
Supplemental application

A supplemental application is not required.

Dental licensing Must have a limited permit and a valid state dental license. Must be eligible for a state dental license.
Degree Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree or equivalent.
Additional requirements Must submit a 2"x2" photo. Applicants are encouraged to submit a video essay. See the School of Dentistry website for more information.
International applicants Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS. Must have graduated from an ADA-accredited dental school.


Designed in accordance with American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines, the residency includes didactic curriculum, clinical training and research. Residents learn from experts in the School of Dentistry, School of Public Health, and Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine. 

Residents practice at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, where they see children, including those with complex medical, dental or behavioral conditions. Research projects are completed through structured mentorship. Residents are expected to present their research findings in a public forum.

Pediatric medicine, interdisciplinary team care, growth and development, clinical pediatric dentistry and advocacy are emphasized throughout the training experience. Residents complete hospital rotations in emergency medicine, anesthesiology, hospital pediatric medicine and dentistry and medicine for individuals with disabilities. Second year residents staff the cleft and craniofacial clinics and teach dental education students in the predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry clinic. On a monthly basis, a pediatric dentistry resident provides Saturday morning outreach dental services at the Community University Health Care Center.


Research projects are completed through structured mentorship by experienced research scholars from the Program’s faculty as well as collaborators across the Health Sciences. Residents are expected to present their research findings in a public forum and are encouraged to conduct research worthy of presentation at national meetings and publication in peer reviewed journals.

Senior pediatric dental residents participate in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Residents with sincere interest in leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities are encouraged to apply for fellowship with the University of Minnesota's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disorder (LEND) training program funded by HRSA.

Jeffrey M. Karp, DMD, MS

Program Director
Jeffrey M. Karp, DMD, MS

6-150 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Program Coordinator
Chelsey Favretto

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