Preparing Leaders with a Passion to Serve

The Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program prepares graduates for private practice, academic institutions, public health settings, and hospital environments consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

We strive to improve pediatric health care and advance the specialty through education of pediatric dentists who are committed to safe, high-quality, evidence-based clinical practice, interdisciplinary team care, research discovery, community service, and advocacy for improved quality of life for the children of Puerto Rico and the world.

Program Overview

Program Director Emilio M. Agrait – Defillo DMD
Program phone 787-75877871 , 787 7582525 X 1106
Program Fax 787 522-9024
Program Length 24 months
No. of residents accepted 5/yr
PASS participant Yes
Match participant No
DMD/DDS Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from Dental School by the program start date
Accreditation status The Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements.
Beginning date July 1 each year
National Boards Applicants graduated from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) must have successfully passed both Parts I and Parts II of the National Boards of Dental Examiners by the program start date. Foreigner applicants must have pass Part I before applying to the program.
Program Stipend The yearly stipend for a first year resident is approximately $38, 200.00 and for second year is $38, 800.00. Resident should be US citizen or US permanent resident in order to receive such stipends.
Benefits The University of Puerto Rico provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing treatment in School of Dental Medicine and affiliated institutions. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Parking benefits are also provided during the tenure of the program.


The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry includes training in advanced pediatric dentistry, instruction on behavior management, treatment of children with special needs, preventive and interceptive treatment of malocclusion, dental practice in the hospital setting, general anesthesia, biostatistics, research pediatrics, physical diagnosis, clinically oriented basic science and dental education.  Instruction and training are conducted at the dental clinics of the School of Dental Medicine and Pediatric University Hospital.  Off site clinical facilities provide for community base experience such as San Gabriel Institute, Healthpromed Community Clinic and Special Community Protects in Head-Start and Hospital del Niño

The structure and content of this program follows the guidelines for advanced education programs established by the Council on Dental Education of the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate and meets the eligibility requirements for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination and certification.  Student may apply for the master degree upon completion of the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

  1. ADA ADATis required.
  2. The candidate must possess a DMD or DDS degree, or its equivalent from a recognized school of dentistry.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum dental general index of 2.50.
  4. Two application forms completed with two recent Photographs (2” x 2”).
  5. Three evaluations report from members of the dental school faculty, where the applicant received his degree in dentistry. At least one of these reports must be from a teacher in the specialty area.
  6. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher educations attended and photocopies of the diplomas and or certificates received.
  7. Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF), through PASS
  8. Photocopy of license to practice dentistry in the area of residence (only for applicants who have graduated from dental school more than year prior to application date).
  9. A certificate of comprehensive medical examination made within six months to the application date.
  10. Conversion of the numerical grade of the official transcript to the letter grade point average (i.e. A-excellent; B-good; C-fair, D and F-failure).
  11. Interview is required.
  12. Evidence of approval National Boards Part I before application for all candidates. The approval of the National Boards of Dental Examinations Part II is not required but accepted for foreign candidates. ADA school graduates must have passed National Board Examination Part II before the beginning of the Program.
  13. Applicants must be bilingual in the English and Spanish language.
  14. $100.00 non-refundable application fee.
  15. For more information visit PASS WEBSITE (


Applications should be received no later than September 15thfor admission to the program beginning on the following July 1st.

The candidate will be notified of acceptance or no acceptance no later than January 31st.

Checks or money orders are payable to University of Puerto Rico and should be sent to:


Office of Assistant Dean

of Graduate Education

School of Dental Medicine

Medical Sciences Campus

P. O. Box 365067

San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Current Accreditation Status of the Program

Currently, the Advance Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine is fully accredited since 1970.

More Information of the Program

For more information about the program, including tuition, curriculum, Master’s Program and Faculty, click here.

Contact Us

Program Director
Emilio M. Agrait-Defillo, DMD


Jannette Urbina-Luna
(787)758-2525 x. 1106
Fax: (787) 522-9024