Pediatric Dentistry

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St. Joseph’s has the only hospital-based pediatric dentistry residency program in New Jersey. The two-year program opened in July of 2011, is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and is affiliated with New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System.

St. Joseph's University Medical Center includes a state-designated children’s hospital and is a level two trauma facility with one of the nation’s busiest emergency departments. Though the pediatric dentistry program is relatively new, the Department of Dentistry at St. Joseph’s has sponsored advanced dental education programs for over 40 years. A key departmental goal is to produce skilled, well-rounded clinicians by providing resources and committed faculty in a supportive environment conducive to learning.

Patient care is provided at two locations: the main hospital campus and the outpatient Family Health Center. The Family Health Center is a well-equipped, off-site dental facility located minutes away from the main campus. Services provided at the main hospital include: treatment of emergency patients, management of in-house patients, sedation cases in the outpatient oral surgery suites and general anesthesia cases in the operating room. While at the Family Health Center, residents see both regularly scheduled and emergency patients for outpatient pediatric dental care. The patient population is large and quite diverse, providing residents with extensive experience in the management of medically fragile and special needs patients.

Rotations are offered in: pediatric emergency medicine, inpatient and outpatient pediatric and adolescent medicine and anesthesiology. Residents also spend time in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU). Time is built into the schedule for elective rotations such as pediatric hematology and oncology, the Palestroni Birth Defects Center, the internationally recognized feeding and swallowing center, the autism center and the Prader-Willi center. Given the scope of subspecialty services represented at the Children’s Hospital, elective rotations are easily developed to suit each resident’s interests. 

Pediatric dental residents participate in monthly meetings of the cleft lip & palate/craniofacial team and in the dental, orthodontic & surgical care of team patients. Residents receive training in the other dental specialties including:  endodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics and most notably, orthodontics. Residents provide orthodontic care weekly under the supervision of two staff orthodontists who also provide lectures and conduct journal clubs regularly.

The department’s core didactic program consists of:

  • Daily morning rounds
  • Weekly lectures and seminars
  • Journal Club
  • Special presentations

Teaching is ongoing in morning rounds, the clinics and in the operating room. Open exchange of ideas and treatment rationales is encouraged. A research project must be initiated and completed prior to graduation as required in CODA Standards. Faculty members are actively involved in mentoring these projects.

The pediatric dental program is well-staffed by board certified pediatric dentists. The low resident to faculty ratio allows for an unparalleled educational experience. Pediatric dentistry residents also gain valuable experience working closely with residents and faculty members from the oral and maxillofacial surgery and general practice residency programs.

Dental students seeking residencies can apply via the PASS website - a function of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) where instructions are posted and special requirements for each program are found. You can access this website via

For more information please contact the program coordinator, Ms. Sharmi Talpade, at or call 973.754.2050.


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