Last updated on March 7, 2024.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Deadline
October 15
Program Start
July 1

Program Contact

Brittany Waters DMD Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

5461 Meridian Mark Road Suite #200, Atlanta, Georgia, 30342

J C Shirley DMD,MS,MSc Division Chief, Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) is a leader in pediatric care in the Southeast.  For more than 100 years, Children's has played an essential role in making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Children’s currently has 673 licensed beds, three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, and eight urgent care centers.  It employs over 11,500 employees, with access to more than 2,600 pediatric physicians representing more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs. Children’s has a primary academic partnership with Emory University School of Medicine. Emory University Department of Pediatrics has ranked in the top 5 for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants for 8 consecutive years.
This pediatric dentistry residency program provides a vast clinical experience in the treatment of infants, children, and individuals with special health care needs. The diverse patient population includes healthy individuals and those with medically complex conditions. The large metropolitan area of Atlanta brings a broad patient population and provides a unique learning opportunity to treat rare pathologies and genetic conditions. The pediatric dentistry/orthodontics clinic is on the Scottish Rite campus and co-located with the Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders - one of the busiest craniofacial centers in the United States. The residents provide patient care on the following campuses: Scottish Rite, Egleston, and Outpatient Surgery Center at Satellite Boulevard. The new Arthur M. Blank hospital will open in September 2024. 

Program Information

Program Type Pediatric Dentistry
Program Code PED3002
Degrees Offered Certificate
Program Size 2
Program Length 24 months
Application Deadline October 15
Program Start Date July 1
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Stipend Offered Yes
Match Participating Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

International Student Eligibility

This program will consider applicants who graduated, or plan to graduate, from a non-CODA accredited dental school: No

Applicants are eligible to enroll if they are:

  • US Citizen

Additional Information

The didactic component is based on clinical practice guidelines, best practices, and oral health policies from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Reference Manual. The curriculum covers subject domains used for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification examinations. Seminars are conducted every week of the two-year residency and some core curriculum courses are taken with some pediatric residents and fellows. Behavior guidance techniques (non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic methods) are covered through a seminar series and clinical setting. Craniofacial growth principles and orthodontic courses are taught by board certified orthodontists and pediatric dentists. Resident rotations provide full immersion into anesthesiology and pediatric medicine. Completing an original research project of publishable quality is required. We strive to graduate competent and compassionate residents to become board certified pediatric dentists and future leaders of our profession.