Advanced Placement in Pediatric Dentistry for Internationally-Educated Pediatric Dentists

Advanced Placement in Pediatric Dentistry banner13-month certificate program (Gainesville)

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 months, full-time, specialty education in Pediatric Dentistry at a recognized foreign institution.

This 13-month Advanced Education Program is designed to prepare internationally-educated pediatric dentists for the diverse specialty practice of pediatric dentistry and to qualify them for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Didactic instruction and clinical training develop skills necessary to comprehensively care for the dental needs of both the normal child and the physically, mentally, and emotionally handicapped child. Up to two students may be accepted into this program each year.

This program will provide a Certificate of Completion in Advanced Dental Education in Advanced Placement in Pediatric Dentistry.

A limited stipend of $1,000 is available. There is a required yearly tuition of $50,000.

All international students must secure an F1 visa prior to matriculation on July 1.

Contact Information

Dr. Pamela Sandow
University of Florida College of Dentistry/Pediatrics
P.O. Box 100402
1395 Center Drive, D3-5
Gainesville, FL 32610-0402

Application Process

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 is the deadline to apply to this program.

We strongly encourage all applicants to have complete applications on file with UFCD prior to the deadline.

1. Apply to PASS

All program applicants must apply through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), which is sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools (⤷). PASS is an application clearinghouse that provides uniform information to participating programs while relieving applicants of the burden of completing multiple individual applications. The PASS website opens for application in late spring/early summer. Participation in the PASS program is mandatory. We advise applicants to apply as early as possible.

For an application and instructions, please contact:

Phone (617)612-2065

Additional documentation to forward to PASS:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
    Please note: an Institution Evaluation Form (IEF) does not equal a PEF

2. Submit the following materials to UF College of Dentistry

All supplemental application materials (such as Official NBDE or INBDE, Official TOEFL) should be included with the PASS application when possible.  Application materials that are not included with your PASS application should be emailed to GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.eduAt this time, no materials should be mailed to our office.

Required Documents

  • DDS/DMD degree or equivalent
  • Official transcripts, with course titles, credit hours, and grades earned from every institution of higher learning which you have attended.
  • Official Pediatric Dentistry Diploma/Certificate:
    Official diploma or certificate of completion from a two-year, full-time, postgraduate training program in Pediatric Dentistry at a recognized non-US institution
  • Official specialty training transcript, with course titles, credit hours, and grades earned
  • Official Course-by-Course Evaluation Report
    • You must choose from either
      1) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., (ECE)
      P.O. Box 92970
      Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
      2) WES Evaluations
      Bowling Green Station
      P.O. Box 5087
      New York, NY 10274-5087, U.S.A.
    • Course-by-Course Evaluations must be sent directly to the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by the evaluation service.
  • Official translation of all transcripts and diplomas
    • Approved Translator Options:
      1) a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member
      2) a certified American Translators Association (ATA) member
    • Translations must sent to the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by the translation service.
  • Official TOEFL score
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 550 (paper-based).
      The UF College of Dentistry code is 8612.
      TOEFL scores expire after 2 years. For the 2022 Application Cycle, TOEFL scores must be from February 8, 2020 or later.
      For the TOEFL, scores must be from the same test date (the “MyBest Scores” are not accepted or considered).
      Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.
  • Official National Boards Part I and II or Integrated National Board Dental Examination scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    1 Letter from the director and 2 from former clinical instructors in the completed program
  • Letter of Intent
  • Digital Photo
    Email your photograph to the admissions office. Send the file in JPEG format and make sure your photo is not smaller than 400 x 400 pixels and not larger than 1200 x 1200 pixels. Photos should show you from the shoulders up, directly facing the camera. See examples of correct and incorrect photos
  • Copies of all current dental licenses
  • Verification of any malpractice proceedings brought against the applicant (with corresponding documentation)
  • No ADAT required

Highly Recommended

  • A supplement to the official specialty training transcript – a description of the course content and educational goals for each of the didactic courses, clinical rotations and experiences provided in the curriculum
  • A portfolio of at least 2 clinical cases completed by the applicant (comprised of a comprehensive clinical examination, treatment plan, treatment progress notes, photographs, and radiographs of pre- and post- operative care)
  • If available, a manuscript copy of a mentored research project or a clinical case report completed during the applicant’s specialty training program

Application Status Updates

  • The Office of Admissions will work hard to process your complete UF College of Dentistry application in a timely manner. Please be aware that it can take up to four weeks.
  • Within two weeks of receiving your complete UF College of Dentistry application, the Office of Admissions will send you a confirmation via email.
  • After processing your complete UF College of Dentistry application, which can take an additional two weeks, the Office of Admissions will send you an email outlining your current application status and any remaining actions you need to take in order to complete your application.
  • Complete applications will be forwarded to the program director on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants with incomplete applications will not be eligible for admission.

Interview Procedure

  • Selected candidates are required to participate in an interview at the College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Applicants who are invited to interview will be notified.
  • Interviews for the Advanced Placement in Pediatric Dentistry Program (Gainesville, FL) will be held in January.
  • The interview will be comprised of 4 sections.
    1. Written Exam: This exam will be a compilation of 100 multiple choice and short answer questions from the following first year UF pediatric dental residency courses: Pediatric Dental Core, Sedation, Growth & Development, Orthodontics, Oral Pathology, and Oral Medicine.
    2. Oral Exam: The candidate will be examined by 2 calibrated examiners and be required to demonstrate acceptable problem solving in 4 clinical cases given in accordance with the Department’s Mock Oral Examination policy and procedures administered to first year residents.
    3. Practical Exam: This examination will consist of a typodont-based examination where the applicant is required to show acceptable skills in basic clinical procedures in pediatric dentistry such as cavity preparations and restorations for proximal lesions in posterior primary teeth, pulpotomy and stainless steel crown on a posterior primary tooth, and a strip crown restoration on a maxillary primary incisor. The examination will be preceded with a voluntary two-hour practice session without feedback. Restorative procedures must be performed without identifiable critical errors.
    4. Personal Interview: A 30 minute personal interview with the applicant will be conducted by the Admission Committee.
  • A minimum passing grade of 80% correct is expected for the candidate to be eligible for a position in the program.