Selection Process

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: 40

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 preformance in Pediatric Dentistry. An additional (5th) PPI evaluation from an individual other then 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.

A letter of acceptance signed by the Program Director and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Personnel will be issued upon acceptance.