Post-Doctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry

Program Director:
Dr. Maria Cervantes, DDS, MS


Program Length and Number of Positions:

The Certificate Program is a 24-month program commencing July 1 of each year. Three matched positions are available each year and four non-matched positions are available each year. In addition to our San Antonio based program, we also offer a pediatric dentistry residency program in Laredo, Texas. The Commission on Dental Accreditation defines this program as a “distant training site”. There are two residents accepted annually into the Laredo based program. Residents in this program live in Laredo. All clinical activities take place in Laredo, and the didactic portion of the curriculum is provided via real time teleconference from San Antonio. The Laredo based program is under the accreditation of UTHSCSA. In addition to the requirements for the certificate program, an original research project, thesis, and course work are required. The certificate in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the degree program.

Program Type:

University/Health Science-based certificate program with Children's Hospital affiliation.


The application deadline is September 15 of the year preceding matriculation. Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to: Department of Developmental Dentistry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7888, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900.


The program in pediatric dentistry is designed to offer the advanced student a balanced curriculum in both didactic and clinical areas. Particular emphasis is placed on hospital dentistry, conscious sedation, interceptive orthodontics and special patient care. The program is administered by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry of the Dental School and is approved and accredited by the Council of Dental Education of the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


The program offers a balanced curriculum of clinical and didactic material with the overall goal being to provide a broad base of knowledge in the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Considerable program time is devoted to clinical experience in routine restorative dentistry, behavior management, interceptive orthodontics, and dental treatment of the medically compromised. Hospital rotations of general anesthesia and pediatric medicine are also part of the curriculum. Significant time is spent covering didactic material related to pediatric dentistry. In addition, a research project and teaching responsibilities are required components of the program.

Significant time is spent covering didactic material related to pediatric dentistry. In addition, a research project and teaching responsibilities are required components of the program.

Program Stipend and Tuition:

Program participants currently receive an annual stipend of $26,000 the first year and $26,000 the second year.


  1. University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio
  2. Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, San Antonio
  3. University Hospital, San Antonio
  4. Ricadro Salinas Clinic, San Antonio
  5. Laredo Health Department, Laredo
  6. Laredo Medical Center, Laredo
  7. Gateway Community Health Center, Laredo

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must fulfill the following items to be considered for admission:

  1. DDS, DMD, or non-U.S. equivalent
  2. Dental education transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Three personal potential index evaluations
  5. Personal interview
  6. The TOEFL is required of applicants whose first language is not English.

Program Strengths:

  1. Strong didactic and clinical foundation in pediatric dentistry with emphasis on pediatric medicine, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, and conscious sedation.
  2. Outstanding opportunities for advanced research training.
  3. Nine full-time, and eight part time faculty.
  4. Large, varied patient population for teaching purposes.