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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

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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. Both ADA school graduates and foreign candidates 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 December 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


Pediatric Dentistry - University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine

Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
Medical Sciences Campus
Main Building-Office #A103B, 1st Floor
San Juan
Program Director: Dr. Emilio M Agrait Defillo
Discipline Code: PEDDENT
Accreditation Status: Approval without Reporting Requirements
Last Accreditation Visit: 2020
Next Accreditation Visit: 2027

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

The University of Puerto Rico guarantees equal opportunity for its student’s employees and aspirants to study or work at the institution. The institution also promotes equal opportunity for its academic program, services and working conditions. The University does not exclude from participating, nor exclude from its benefits, any person because of reason of age, race, color, place of birth, origin or social condition, physical or mental impediments, sexual preference, political ideals or religion.

Aprobado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-2020-3174
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