Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health

Pediatric Residency

The post-doctoral program in Pediatric Dentistry is a 24-month program beginning July 1 of each year. There will be two resident positions offered each year. The program is designed to offer a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum in advanced infant, child and adolescent dental care. Sponsored by the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson, MS; the residency program is primarily based at UMMC's Batson Children's Hospital. A certificate of specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon successful completion of the program which qualifies the resident for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The residency program operates from July 1-June 30 of each year. There are no fixed quarters or semesters as such; but the program will generally follow the academic calendar of UMMC. The residency program should be considered a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day commitment.

The formal schedule for residents in the department will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; however, residents will participate in an after-hour call schedule to provide emergency treatment in the pediatric emergency room. Open time available in the daily schedule is used for laboratory work, patient records preparation, research endeavors or academic study. Because of the demands of clinical care and scheduling, some scheduled coursework may be required in the evening.

Standard benefits

Salary: All residents accepted to the Postdoctoral Pediatric Dentistry program qualify for University Medical Center house-staff salary at appropriate PG year classification. Prior postgraduate dental training (e.g. AEGD, GPR) is credited to PGY status on a year for year basis (e.g. Resident with prior 1-year AEGD would start as PGY-2).

The house staff salary scale for the upcoming year is currently listed as follows:

  • PGY1 $46,738
  • PGY2 $49,547

Tuition is waived. All necessary equipment, instruments and supplements are provided by the program with the exception of certain resource textbooks. UMC sponsored continuing education courses may be attended free of charge. Funding may be made available to attend certain professional meetings and/or associated continuing education programs.

Annual leave (vacation): All full-time residents receive 15 days of compensated annual leave per year. Annual leave must be scheduled in advance and cannot accrue from one year to the next. Vacation time is defined as personal recreation or business, i.e., non-professionally related activities. This is distinct from time for professional activities such as participating in continuing education courses or professional meetings. Approval for continuing education courses, board examinations, etc. are at the chairman's discretion and will be based on the merit of the request relative to the resident's professional development.

Other rules in this category are:

  • No one may take vacation while on pediatrics and anesthesiology rotations. If leave is granted by their attendings, this must be reported to the program director.
  • Requests for vacation must be in writing and must be submitted to the director of the post-graduate program.

Sick leave: All full-time residents receive 10 days of sick leave per year. Sick leave can be used for personal illness, disability or injury for medical, dental or optical appointments. Sick leave cannot cover over from one year to the next.

Insurance: Health insurance is provided to the residents for a monthly premium. family members can be covered for an additional change. Malpractice insurance is provided by UMMC, but does not cover recipients outside the Medical Center (moonlighting).