Pediatric Dentistry Residency
Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry
Diverse patient population
Strong clinical training
Level 1 Trauma Center
About the Program
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.
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:
Sedation and General Anesthesia
Patients with Special Health Care Needs
Orthodontics, Growth and Development
The Research Process
Board Review Course
Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (Gillette Hospital)
Outpatient Pediatric Medicine
Adult Special Needs Clinic
Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic (Gillette Hospital)
Inpatient Pediatric Medicine
Full Time Faculty:
Dr. Nathaniel Cook, DDS
Dr. Matthew Husman, DDS
Dr. Christopher Klekamp, DDS
Dr. Quentin Knutson, DDS
Dr. Angela Wandera, DDS
Dr. Vladimir Leon –Salazar, DDS, MSD
Dr. Cale Strait, DDS
Dr. Mary Seieroe, DDS
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:
Dr. Lance Svoboda, DDS
Dr. Marcus Urza, DDS
Dr. Roger Ettel, DDS
TMJ, Orofacial Pain, and Sleep Medicine:
Dr. Dennis Haley, DDS
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.
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.