The residents participate in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of patients in the various clinics they rotate through during their matriculation in the program. They provide comprehensive and preventive dental treatment to the patients and make appropriate referrals to specialists as needed. The hospital rotations at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and Howard University Hospital provide the residents with the experience in the area of anesthesia for the pediatric and special needs patients.
Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of patient behavior is taught in accordance to the guiding principles of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Moreover, the Pediatric Medicine rotation at Howard University Hospital pediatric outpatient clinic allows vertical integration of diagnostic and interviewing skills in the practice of pediatric dentistry.
The program is school-based; the residents take a series of sequenced graded courses that provide the necessary didactic background for appropriate evidence-based dentistry.
The residents participate in community events which include but are not limited to: Special Olympics Special Smiles, Medical Mission at Home, and Health Science Outreach Program Yes (H.O.P.E. Yes) and the HSC Pediatric Center’s Summer Health Fair. Service is a core value of the University and the Program and the residents provide the much needed service to the underserved and uninsured of the local communities. Participation in organized dentistry is emphasized in the program along with service in the local and global communities.
The residents are required to conduct an original research project. Moreover, the residents must present their research to faculty, administrators and peers and complete a publishable thesis format paper on the research presented.
The residents must take the written Qualification Examination which is the first step in the process toward certification in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Each resident is encouraged to continue the process of board certification and assured of support for their efforts after completion of the program.