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Pediatric Dentistry Residency

Diverse patient population
Strong clinical training
Multidisciplinary faculty
Level 1 Trauma Center
CODA Accreditation

About the Program

Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry

Hennepin County Medical Center is a level one trauma center in downtown Minneapolis. With 15 residency and fellowship programs, HCMC offers a collegial, academic environment focused on teaching and quality care. Residents practice as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. 

In addition to Pediatric Dentistry, the Dentistry Department at HCMC is home to multiple specialties, including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics, a TMJ and facial pain specialist, as well as general dentists who provide care to medically complex patients and adults with cognitive and developmental delays. This collaborative setting facilitates comprehensive care for patients and provides pediatric dentistry residents the opportunity to learn from other dental specialists and interact with residents from other advanced education programs.

The 2-year hospital-based Pediatric Dentistry Residency program combines clinical training with an evidence-based didactic curriculum. As part of a small program, residents benefit from a favorable faculty to resident ratio and receive exposure to a high number of clinical experiences and treatment settings. The faculty includes board-certified dental and medical specialists from Hennepin County Medical Center, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and the University of Minnesota. The program is dedicated to the preparation of board-certified pediatric dentists who will serve children and families in their communities using patient-centered care and act as leaders in the profession at local, regional, and national levels. The training experience at Hennepin County Medical Center is unique as the hospital is the region's primary provider for urban and underserved individuals, giving residents experience treating patients from a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, with both routine and serious conditions. Serving this diverse population fosters confidence and compassion, enabling residents to become champions for community health. 

Salary and Benefits

Hennepin Healthcare offers a competitive salary and benefits package to all residents. Included are paid vacation, free parking, meal allowance, deferred compensation 457 plan, 24-hour workout room, and more. To see a more detailed list, please check out the salary and benefits page.


Curriculum Details

The curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements set forth in the CODA standards for the Advanced Specialty Education Program and to prepare residents to take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Qualifying Exam and Oral Clinical Exam. 

Lectures and seminars are provided by a wide range of area specialists in addition to program faculty, including the University of Minnesota faculty and HCMC medical staff members such as hospital pediatricians, pharmacists, speech-language pathologists, geneticists, anesthesia providers, and emergency room physicians. In addition, residents attend Grand Rounds and numerous other hospital conferences and lectures with pediatric medicine residents (Ethics Seminar, Pediatric Morbidity, and Mortality Conference, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conference, Pediatric Toxicology Conference, Pediatric Behavioral Roundtable, etc.). Throughout the 24 month program, residents have the opportunity to attend multiple local and national continuing education courses covering issues related to pediatric dentistry.

Didactic course topics:

Behavior Guidance

Sedation and General Anesthesia


Pulp Therapy

Patients with Special Health Care Needs

Orthodontics, Growth and Development

Dental trauma

The Research Process

Oral Pathology

Board Review Course

Medical Emergencies


Practice Management

Speech Therapy







Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (Gillette Hospital)

Emergency Medicine

Operating Room

Oral Surgery


Outpatient Pediatric Medicine


Simulation Clinic

Speech Therapy


Adult Special Needs Clinic

Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (Gillette Hospital)
Inpatient Pediatric Medicine

Operating Room


Simulation Clinic



Program Leadership:

Dr. Mary Seieroe, DDS, Chief of Dentistry, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Elisabeth Fulling, DDS, Program Director, Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry 

Pediatric Dentistry:

Full Time Faculty:

Dr. Elisabeth Fulling, DDS 

Dr. Andrea Leyland, DDS 

Dr. Melanie Yuen, DDS 

Part-Time Faculty:

Dr. Lindsay Bedeaux, DDS

Dr. Nathaniel Cook, DDS

Dr. Matthew Husman, DDS

Dr. Patricia Tarren, BDS


Dr. Angela Wandera, DDS

Dr. Vladimir Leon –Salazar, DDS, MSD


Dr. Cale Strait, DDS

General Dentistry:

Dr. Erin Gunselman, DDS 

Dr. Anne Kent, DDS 

Dr. Mary Seieroe, DDS

Dr. Cynthia Strand, DDS 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:

Dr. Louis Christensen, DDS 

Dr. Lance Svoboda, DDS 
Dr. Marcus Urza, DDS

Dr. Roger Ettel, DDS


Dr. Brandon DeWitt, DDS, MDS 

TMJ, Orofacial Pain, and Sleep Medicine:

Dr. Dennis Haley, DDS

Application Details

Application deadline: October 1
Registration required: National Matching Service/PASS

Application and curriculum information can be found on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website (AAPD). Applicants are accepted through the Postdoctoral Applicant Support Service (PASS). The application deadline is October 1st. Applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service.

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“I am amazed at how after just one year of residency, I have grown substantially as a dentist. Not only did my clinical skills improve greatly, but I became a much more compassionate provider and learned to communicate better with my patients.”

About Our Facility

The Delta Dental Oral Health Center is located within the Clinic & Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis. The clinic serves a diverse population, with a variety of services including general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, and prosthodontics.


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Hayley Rosenfield

Residency Coordinator
[email protected]

Hennepin Healthcare
701 Park Avenue, G7
Minneapolis MN 55415

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Elisabeth Fulling, DDS

Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program Director
[email protected]

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