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POST DOCTORAL CERTIFICATE IN
PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

The program of advanced education in Pediatric Dentistry is designed to prepare specialists to cope with the oral health problems of children and adolescents.
 

 

The educational experiences are aimed at expanding competency in the areas of behavior management, treatment of handicapped children, preventive and interceptive treatment of malocclusion, dental practice in the hospital setting, conscious sedation, general anesthesia, biostatistics, clinically applied basic sciences, dental education, application of modern concepts of prevention and comprehensive dental treatment.

The course of study runs for two (2) years beginning July 1st through June 30th, and may lead to a postdoctoral certificate and/or a master's degree, depending on whether the candidate fulfills the corresponding requirements.  Instruction and clinical practice are conducted at the School of Dental Medicine, Pediatric University Hospital and the San Juan Municipal Hospital.  Formal courses of instruction are provided in related subjects by means of seminars, lectures, discussions, and practical exercises.

Required clinical experiences include advanced pediatric dentistry clinic, special health care needs clinic, physical diagnosis and interceptive orthodontics.   Residents spend one month at the pediatric anesthesia and pediatric emergency wards and participate in the meeting and clinics of the cleft-palate team at the Pediatric University Hospital and School of Dental Medicine.   Extramural experiences include working with Head Start Program to provide dental homes quality for the pre-school children enrolled in each center, San Gabriel school of multi-disabled children, especially the blind, with a dental clinic on the premises to improve oral health care and extramural arrangements at Cidra Clinic (COSSMA) to provide residents with the opportunity to acquire an appreciation for the wholeness of the patients as a dental concept, together with an understanding of the community of which the patient is part. Experiences in the operating room and conscious sedation are also required.

Students enrolled in the program are required to participate full-time and may not work in private practice during the residency period.  Admission to the program is open to qualified graduates of dental schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and, under special circumstances, to graduates of foreign dental schools who intend to return to their countries of origin as teachers and/or researchers.

The structure and content of the Pediatric Dentistry program follows the guidelines for advanced education programs established by the Council on Dental Education and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  The program is subject to review by these groups so that graduates may receive the corresponding privileges.

The postgraduate program in Pediatric Dentistry is guided by three fundamental responsibilities of the University, which are: (a) the expansion of knowledge through research, (b) the dissemination of such knowledge through teaching, and (c) the application of
resources to the solution of social problems and needs.

Patients are selected to provide students with a variety of clinical experiences in the areas of interceptive orthodontics, growth and development, syndromes, developmental defects and genetic abnormalities, as well as social and behavior management problems.

The outstanding strengths of the program are:

    The availability and variety of a pool of medically compromised children with dental problems.

     The availability and extensive use of medical consultation during treatment of these children

     The comprehensive treatment of malocclusion through orthodontic therapy.

The varied backgrounds of the program's full-time, clinical sciences and basic sciences faculty make it possible for the dentist seeking advanced Pediatric Dentistry training to obtain a broad based education.

POSTDOCTORAL CERTIFICATE IN PEDIATRIC
DENTISTRY                    
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 43 TRIMESTER C.H. +
6 SEMESTER C.H.

Code

Course

Credits

PEDO 9400

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Seminar

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9404

Interceptive Orthodontics Seminar

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9408

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

3 crs./trim

PEDO 9411

Special Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9414

Problems of Handicapped Children

4 crs./trim

PDOC 9101

Introduction to Research Planning

2 crs./trim

PDOC 9006

Statistics Analysis Applied to Dental Sciences

5 crs./trim

PEDO 9439

Pediatric Physical Diagnosis

3 crs./trim

PEDO 9407

Anesthesiology Clerkship

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9409

Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

3 crs./trim

PEDO 9412

Special Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

3 crs./trim

PEDO 9416

Dental Education

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9422

Interceptive Orthodontics Clinic I

1crs/Sem

PEDO 9423

Interceptive Orthodontics Clinic II

1 cr./Sem.

PEDO 9424

Interceptive Orthodontics Clinic III

2 crs./trim

PEDO 9428

Evidence Based in Pediatric Dentistry

2 crs./trim

PROG 9107

Conscious Sedation for Dental Patients

3 crs./trim

PROG 9115

Internal Medicine Rotation

0 crs/trim

BIOR 9005

Advanced Oral Biology Core Course

5 crs./trim

MEDI7400

Pediatrics

2 crs./trim

PDOC 9103

Research Project I

2 crs./sem

PDOC 9104

Research Project II

2 crs./sem

Electives:

PEDO 9446

Early Childhood Caries

3 crs./trim

PEDO 9447

Community Oral Health

3 crs./trim

Requirements to fulfill master's degree:

PDOC 9102

Research Planning III and Statistical Design

3 crs./sem

PDOC 9000

Thesis

8 crs./sem

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