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Pediatric Dental Medicine Residency at LIJMC

The Pediatric Dental Residency Program is designed to prepare the graduate for an active role in clinical practice with an emphasis on hospital utilization and academics. The clinical experience occurs at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, which is adjacent to and continuous with the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Clinical supervision is provided daily by the staff of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and the Division of Orthodontics.

The pediatric dental population is made up of children who can be categorized in one or more of the following groups:

  • The well child (0-18 years of age).
  • The behavior-management problem child.
  • The medically compromised child.
  • The mentally and/or physically handicapped child or adult.

The resident will learn to apply various behavior management techniques in the course of providing dental care for the well child as well as to learn to utilize appropriate modalities to manage children with mental retardation and/or associated developmental disabilities. Many of these special patients may require sedation or general anesthesia in the ambulatory surgical or in-patient setting.

During the second year of the program, a major portion of the residents' time will be spent in preoperative preparation, treatment of patients under general anesthesia and post-operative management.

Residents will also be introduced to orthodontic evaluation, treatment planning, and therapy as part of the pediatric dental experience. Residents will spend three months of the anesthesiology service providing general anesthesia for a variety of medical and dental surgical procedures. Other rotations include pediatric medicine, elective experiences and a thorough exposure to child development and behavior. A comprehensive oral medicine and oral pathology curriculum complements the on-service rotations.

Residents will take in-house emergency calls during the first year of the program approximately two times per week. During their second year, they will assume the role and responsibility of chief residents. Residents will be expected to produce one library research paper or one case report per year. Teaching experiences will include presentations to the pediatric medical staff, the general practice residents and to parent and self-help groups. Participation in health fairs and educational activities for children regarding dental health care occurs regularly. The program is designed in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation Requirements for Advanced Education Programs in Pediatric Dentistry and will prepare the resident to meet the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Upon completion of the Program, the resident will receive a certificate in pediatric dentistry.

Program Length and Number of Positions

Two-year (24-month) program commencing July 1 of each year. Four positions are offered each year. There will be a total of eight residents in the program.

Hospital based residency certificate program. This is one of four post-graduate dental training programs conducted within the Department of Dental Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Dr. Paul Crespi
Program Director and Chief
Pediatric Dental Medicine

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