Dental residency program

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 a hospital-based program 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, administrative assistant and a clinic manager.


Training program

Academics: Courses and seminars

The program offers a wide variety of courses and seminars to enhance a resident's education. Courses and seminars 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
  • Concepts in Pediatric Dentistry

Children's Hospital also offers additional lectures such as Grand Rounds, Pediatric Trauma Rounds and Craniofacial Anomaly Rounds. Residents are given time to attend these lectures with their medical colleagues.


All residents must complete an original research project. Each resident is paired with a faculty member who serves as a research mentor.

Poster presentation

All residents are expected to present a poster at a major professional meeting during their two-year program.

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 training in advanced pediatric dental techniques including:

  • Preventive dentistry
  • Restorative procedures
  • Behavior guidance
  • Sedation
  • Pulp therapy
  • Oral pathology
  • Hospital dentistry, including operating room procedures
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Oral/facial trauma
  • Interceptive and select comprehensive orthodontics

Program includes extensive training in dentistry for medically compromised children, as well as physically and mentally challenged 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 consultations with medical departments are a part of a resident's regular training.


Various rotations are offered throughout the residency, including pediatric primary care, anesthesiology, emergency pediatric medicine, speech and hearing, cardiology, child development, community health care and child protection services. Residents staff the craniofacial anomaly team and attend regularly scheduled lectures and various department seminars with the pediatric medical staff.

Emergency coverage

The residents provide coverage in 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.

Children's Dental Center receives numerous referrals from other Children's Hospital programs and clinics.

Head Start program

Residents are directly involved with Milwaukee's Head Start program through efforts to promote oral health among its participants. Residents regularly participate by completing annual dental exams for Head Start participants.

Salary and benefits - 2011 stipends

First-year resident: $42,000

Second-year resident: $43,500

Benefit program

Residents receive:

  • Malpractice insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Group health insurance (partial payment)
  • 10 paid vacation days annually
  • Paid holidays and sick days

Residents also receive eight education days beyond their regular vacation days. These days may be used to attend educational conferences and meetings, such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session, AAPD Sedation course and AAPD Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry course. Additional meetings and courses may be attended with the program director's approval.

There is no charge for Children's Hospital lectures and seminars.

Externship opportunity

Children's Hospital Pediatric Dental Program offers a one-week externship. The externship is limited to fourth-year dental students or dentists interested in applying to the program. Contact Shane Fisher, DDS , 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. Children's Hospital may offer a non-stipend position to a qualified applicant each year.

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.

Upon invitation to the residency program, a personal interview is required.

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

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

A. Charles Post, DDS
Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
MS773, P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
(414) 266-2040 |