Pediatric Dentistry - Westwood
- Program Overview
- Admissions Requirements
- Application Procedure
- Decisions Process
- Contact Information
The Westwood Pediatric Dentistry Community Health and Advocacy Training Residency Program is a postgraduate certificate program designed to produce strong academically-based pediatric dentists who may choose to pursue a career in teaching, private practice, or both, and who are knowledgeable about the disparities in the delivery of dental care, issues around access to dental care, and who advocate for possible solutions.
The didactic curriculum includes rounds, seminars, and conferences to assure residents achieve a thorough understanding of the biomedical and clinical sciences. Topics include research methodology, biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, histology, embryology, genetics, growth and development, oral pathology, behavior guidance, preventive dentistry, sedation and anesthesia, pediatric medicine, and practice management. This program provides extensive interdisciplinary experience in preventive oral health and community health with an emphasis on establishing and integrating oral health care programs in conjunction with pediatric health care programs.
In addition, The UCLA School of Dentistry is currently implementing an advanced education residency program in pediatric dentistry called the Community Health and Advocacy Training (CHAT-PD). Funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant # D88HP20129, CHAT-PD, residents receive traditional didactic and clinical training in pediatric dentistry, which ensures they are able to provide comprehensive oral health care to infants and children through adolescence. On top of this, however, residents complete new academic courses introducing them to the multiple factors that cause oral disease. Residents apply what they have learned through community-based clinical training, applied learning experiences, and practicum activities. Multiple levels of competencies are developed through a systems-based training program where the residents practice in intervening at the individual, family, community, and policy levels to promote oral health. Instruction is provided through the academic facilities and faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the UCLA Health System.
Residents receive clinical training in all areas of Pediatric Dentistry including hospital care, management of child behavior, craniofacial growth, and the provision of care utilizing various sedation and anesthesia modalities. Clinical experiences are provided primarily at the Children's Dental Center in the UCLA School of Dentistry. Along with competency in the traditional areas of the specialty, the program offers strong didactic and clinical orthodontic components to increase the resident’s skills in this area.
Pediatric Dentistry residents rotate through various clinical areas within the UCLA Health System that includes the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, the Infant Oral Care Program, and the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA to gain expertise in pediatric medicine, general anesthesia, and the management of children with special needs such as those with chronic diseases and developmental disabilities.
Residents gain laboratory teaching experience in the first and second years, and in their second year of the program participate in clinical teaching at affiliated off-site community clinics.
Pediatric Dentistry residents are required to complete a two level practicum experience while participating with community groups to support the oral health issues of children and advocate at the local, state, and national levels for public health policy legislation particularly for underserved populations.
A research project involving the collection and analysis of data resulting in a comprehensive report of publishable quality is required to complete the program. Individuals who successfully complete this training will meet the advanced education requirements set forth by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and will be eligible to qualify for the Board examination and certification.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and is affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Length of Program: 25 months
Number of Positions: 5
Financial Arrangement: B salary
Daniela Rodrigues Silva, DDS, MS
Dr. Daniela Rodrigues Silva is the Dr. Thomas K. Barber Endowed Chair, the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, an Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry and the Chair of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry
Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH
Dr. Ramos is a professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and the Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship Program at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Ramos is also the Principal Investigator of the CHAT-PD grant. Dr. Ramos-Gomez joined the school as a faculty member in 2008.
James J. Crall, DDS, MS, Sc.D.
Dr. Crall is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Crall is the CHAT-PD Principal Co- Investigator.
Clarice Law, DMD, MS
Dr. Law is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Sections of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She is Board Certified in both Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and serves as the Director of the Venice CHAT Pediatric Dentistry Program at UCLA.
Chanel McCreedy, DDS
Dr. McCreedy is an alumni of the 2012 UCLA Pediatric Dentistry Residency program. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA and serves as the Predoctoral Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry at UCLA.
- US citizen or permanent resident
- DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program
- National Board Dental Examination, Part I
- Submit application materials through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please visit the ADEA PASS webpage for more information.
- Participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) for Pediatric Dentistry programs.
Incomplete files will not be considered.
PASS Application Deadline: October 1
Selected candidates will be invited to interview. If you have been selected, you will be contacted by email and/or letter. No applicant will be accepted into the program without an interview.
Timing of Interviews: Mid-November
Approximate Number of Candidates Selected for Interviews: 25
The admissions committee considers the following criteria in its decisions:
- Academic achievement
- Commitment to Pediatric Dentistry
- Content of personal statement, including the applicant's reasons for studying Pediatric Dentistry and tentative plans following completion of the course of study
- Proven interest and involvement in community health and advocacy
- Extracurricular activities related to Pediatric Dentistry
- Research experience
- Overall impression at the personal interview
- Content of recommendations. Recommendation letters from current or former teachers and/or attending staff are required. These must include four (4) Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations (included in the PASS Application). One must be from the Director of Predoctoral Pediatric Dentistry Education at the applicant's dental school, or a member of the Pediatric Dentistry faculty who is most familiar with the applicant's clinical performance in Pediatric Dentistry. An additional (5th) PPI evaluation from an individual other than dental school faculty is highly desirable. In addition, 2 ADEA PASS Professional Evaluation Forms from individuals familiar with the applicant's clinical and/or academic competencies must be submitted through PASS.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance through the Match service. To find out when results will be available, please consult National Matching Services, Inc. Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.