Pediatric Dentistry

The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program prepares graduates for private practice, academic institutions, public health settings, and hospital environments consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

group of kidsWe strive to improve pediatric health care and advance the specialty through 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.


Applications are accepted through the ADEA Postdoctoral Applicant Support Service (PASS). The application deadline is September 15, 2021. Applicants must also be registered with the National Matching Service

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to Sacha Brueggemann, Residency Coordinator, at the email address listed below. We utilize the ADEA PASS system to collect educational transcripts. We do not need to receive a separate copy of your transcripts during the application process. Selected applicants will be invited to the Twin Cities for an interview with program faculty during October and November each year.

Current residency program applicants

We are interested in learning more about you beyond what you are able to list, compile, or reference in your ADEA PASS® application. Please consider submitting a Video Essay to us as means to enhance your application. This Video Essay instructions document includes Video Essay perspectives from the program director as well as instructions for submitting your Video Essay.

In an effort to explain the program in greater detail to interested applicants and to answer common questions about the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, Dr. Jeff Karp hosts monthly 75 minute zoom Q&A sessions. Each session consists of a 5 to 10 minute residency program overview presentation followed by Q & A with Dr. Karp. Monthly Q&A sessions are scheduled as identified in the registration form and take place from 8:00 to 9:15 PM U.S. Central time. Applicants are welcome to attend one or more sessions. Monthly Pediatric Dentistry Applicant Q&A sessions are solely conducted for the benefit of program applicants and are not required as part of the application process. Please use this Pediatric Dentistry Applicant Q&A registration form to register for the zoom sessions. Registration is necessary in order to receive the zoom URL on the day of the scheduled Q&A session.

Observership with the Residency Program

We also offer three-day observerships for dental students and licensed dentists from Commission on Dental Accreditation approved United States and Canadian dental schools who are interested in pursuing specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry. Please visit our Pediatric Dentistry Observership site for more information. 

Residency overview

The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry, sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, is a 24-month specialty certificate pediatric dentistry residency program holding the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements with the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The program offers didactic and clinical training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry effectively preparing graduates to excel in their choice of private practice, academia, hospitals, or public health settings.


Pediatric medicine, interdisciplinary team care, growth and development, clinical pediatric dentistry, and advocacy are emphasized throughout the training experience. The program’s curriculum has been designed in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines and effectively supports residents in their pursuit of board certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The didactic curriculum draws on the expertise of full time faculty in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, dental educators from the School of Dentistry, adjunct teaching faculty in private practice and the program’s affiliated training sites, the Department of Pediatrics within the School of Medicine, and pediatric healthcare professionals from many disciplines across the affiliated children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities. The School of Public Health provides a course in biostatistical literacy for the residents as well as research design and biostatistical support for resident research projects via the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Select courses within the residency curriculum are assigned University credits.

Training sites

The program’s main clinical site, the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic made possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, is a community located practice adjacent to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and its University of Minnesota Physicians pediatric specialty clinics. This site, a University of Minnesota Physicians clinic, provides a dental home to infants, children, and adolescents including the generally healthy, those with complex medical, dental, and behavioral conditions, physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and cleft and craniofacial conditions. A robust clinical experience in age appropriate orthodontics, appliance therapy, oral and intranasal sedation, and pediatric prosthodontics is provided at this site during both years of the program.

This clinical training site along with the Pediatric Dentistry hospital service (ED, OR, inpatient wards) at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital serves as a primary referral location for complex children receiving medical care at all of the Children’s Hospitals in the Twin Cities. Pediatric patients from distant sites in the United States and internationally also seek dental care at this program site when receiving care for bone marrow and solid organ transplants as well as other complex conditions at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Residents complete hospital rotations in 1) emergency medicine, 2) anesthesiology, 3) hospital pediatric medicine, and 4) dentistry and medicine for individuals with disabilities and special health care needs at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, respectively.

Second year residents staff the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinics at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. They also 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.

Dental care under general anesthesia is provided by residents under the supervision of hospital staff pediatric dentists at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The residents do not currently but may again in the future provide clinic and hospital based pediatric dental care at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota. Additional outreach sites within the Twin Cities as well as Greater Minnesota are always being considered as Minnesota has many dental health professions shortage areas where underserved children have significant dental needs best treated by pediatric dentists.


Research projects are completed through structured mentorship by experienced research scholars from the Program’s faculty as well as collaborators across the Academic Health Center. 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.


Residents who successfully complete all requirements of the program receive a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry and are educationally qualified for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process. 

Requirements include:

  • Graduate of CODA-approved United States or Canadian dental school
  • Must obtain a dentist or resident dentist license with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry
  • Complete application including educational transcripts on file with the ADEA PASS service
  • Notify program of Video Essay submission plans
  • Interview with program faculty


The Division of Pediatric Dentistry is a diverse group of faculty with broad academic and clinical expertise in pediatric dentistry, sedation, orthodontics, prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and orofacial pain, hospital dentistry, clinical genetics, and cleft and craniofacial care. The Division’s research portfolio includes interest and expertise in cariology, dental materials, evidence-based dentistry, orthodontic imaging and assessment of treatment outcomes, oral manifestations of systemic disease, telehealth and mobile technologies, maternal and child health programs, clinical and molecular genetics, multidisciplinary care of genetic dental conditions, and cleft and craniofacial care.

Faculty achieve great satisfaction from teaching and providing clinical instruction of pediatric dentistry residents, dental education students, and pediatric health care providers. With patient care experience and expertise in all aspects of clinic, ambulatory surgery, and inpatient hospital-based pediatric dental and orthodontic care, full time and adjunct faculty lead a knowledgeable, passionate, collaborative team that provides a high quality, evidence based, comprehensive pediatric dental home for a continually expanding, diverse group of infants, children, and adolescents.

Program at a glance

Length: 24 months
Degree: Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
Class size: 6 residents per year are accepted into the program

Contact us:

Residency coordinator:
Chelsey Favretto
Phone: 612-626-7232
Clinic phone: 612-659-4900
Fax: 612-626-2900

Program director:
Jeffrey M. Karp, D.M.D., M.S.

Administrative office:
Park Plaza Building

701 25th Ave. S., Suite 400

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Division of Pediatric Dentistry:
Malcom Moos Health Sciences Tower
Room 6-150 
515 Delaware St. SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0357