Dental residency program

Dental residents

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's two-year advanced residency program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer residents a balanced curriculum in academic and clinical dentistry. Our program provides specialized knowledge and necessary skills to manage various oral health problems encountered in children and adolescents.

Our full-time residency program is hospital-based and fully accredited by the American Dental Association. Upon completion of all requirements, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Residents also may choose to earn a master's degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Marquette University, Milwaukee, but are required to register for 30 credit hours.

Dental Center locations



Our dental centers have dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, clinical secretaries, an administrative assistant, and a clinic manager. Meet our dental specialists.

Training program

Academics: Courses and seminars

The program offers a wide variety of courses and seminars to enhance a resident's education. Lectures are lead by Children Hospital faculty, Marquette School of Dentistry faculty, and guest lecturers. Topics include:

  • Craniofacial Growth and Development
  • Pulp Therapy in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dental Trauma
  • Pediatric Dental Infections
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Preventive Concepts in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Practice Management
  • Transition of the Human Dentition
  • Cephalometrics
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Board Review Course
  • Child Development and Behavioral Guidance
  • Literature Reviews

Children's Hospital also offers additional seminars such as Grand Rounds, Pediatric Facial Trauma Rounds, Multidisciplinary Orthodontic Conference, and Craniofacial Anomaly Rounds. Residents are given time to attend these lectures with their medical and dental colleagues. Residents are given the opportunity to attend several continuing education courses offered by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the Wisconsin Society of Pediatric Dentistry (WSPD). The WSPD annual meeting, AAPD Comprehensive Review Course, AAPD Annual Session, and AAPD Contemporary Sedation course are requirements of the program.

Residents are given eight days dedicated to continuing education courses and may spend unused days at an event(s) of their choosing. Residents can apply for scholarships through the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s alumni education fund to help subsidize some of the associated costs.


All residents must complete an original research project. Each resident is paired with a faculty member who serves as a research mentor. Residents receive time throughout their training to dedicate to their research project.

Poster presentation

All residents are expected to present a poster at the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry’s Annual Session during their second year.

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification

All residents are expected to complete the ABPD qualifying exam prior to completion of the program. In addition, mock oral boards are given to help residents prepare for the oral portion of the ABPD certification exam.

Clinical training


Residents receive clinical training in advanced pediatric dental techniques including:

  • Preventive dentistry
  • Restorative procedures
  • Behavior guidance
  • Oral Sedation
  • Pulp therapy
  • Oral pathology
  • Hospital dentistry, including operating room procedures
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Oral/facial trauma
  • Interceptive and select comprehensive orthodontics-each resident completes 5-6 orthodontic cases under the supervision of the faculty orthodontist throughout the two year program.

The program includes extensive training in dentistry for medically compromised children, as well as physically and cognitively delayed patients. Residents are expected to expand their knowledge of pediatrics and integrate dental diagnosis and treatment with the comprehensive medical needs of their patients.

Hospital training

Residents develop extensive hospital experience. Operating room cases, inpatient consultations, management of oral/facial infections and traumatic injuries, and collaboration with medical colleagues are a part of a resident's regular training.


Various rotations are offered throughout the residency. Quarterly rotations include the cleft-palate team, leukemia-lymphoma clinic, and supervision and instruction of predoctoral dental students in the Marquette pediatric dental clinic. Other rotations include pediatric primary care, anesthesiology, speech and hearing, cardiology, child development, community health care, and child protection services.

Emergency coverage (Resident on-call responsibilities)

The residents provide coverage for dental emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each resident will be on call via pager approximately one week per month. Throughout the year, first- and second-year residents are paired on call so they may share information and provide assistance for procedures.


Children's Dental Center serves the needs of nearly 6,000 patients annually, including more than 20,000 patient visits. It is one of the busiest specialty clinics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Every patient gives residents an opportunity to learn pediatric dentistry in a hands-on environment. Residents provide comprehensive care to their patient population, and typically see between eight to fifteen patients each day, in addition to running the hygiene schedule. The clinic has an open bay format, with three quiet rooms for sedation, special needs patients, and behavior management cases.

Salary and benefits - 2013 stipends

First-year resident: $45,000

Second-year resident: $46,500

Benefit program

Residents receive:

  • Malpractice insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Group health insurance (partial payment)
  • 10 paid vacation days annually
  • 8 continuing education days for the 2 year period
  • Paid holidays and sick days

Externship opportunity

Children's Hospital Pediatric Dental Program offers a well-rounded externship experience for interested applicants. A one week (Monday - Friday) visit is strongly recommended, but a new 3-day option can be accommodated, if needed. The externship is limited to fourth-year dental students or dentists interested in applying to the program. Please contact Dr. Carli DiGioia ( for more information.

Application process

Children's Hospital accepts four dental residency applicants annually through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service/Match Application Service. All four residents will receive a stipend. To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  1. Earned a dental medicine or dental surgery degree at an ADA-accredited school
  2. Passed the National Board Dental Exam, Part I

Applicants must:

  1. Register and submit an application through the PASS Web site
  2. Submit a 2 x 2-inch photo
  3. Attend a personal interview upon invitation

Application deadline for PASS is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation.

All correspondence regarding program information and applications should be directed to:

Lori Barbeau, DDS
Director, Children’s Dental Center
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
MS310, P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
(414) 266-2040