CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry

The goal of the Boston University Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is to prepare specialists who are competent in providing both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs, in the context of family, culture, and community. Residents are trained to provide services in institutional, private, and/or public health settings.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Pediatric Dentistry

The curriculum is structured according to the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation’s requirements for Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry. The program is fully accredited by the Commission.

The CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry is a 24-month, university-based, postgraduate program. In addition to the university-based component, significant hospital and community-based clinical experience is gained at Boston Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

CAGS Curriculum

Year 1

  • SDM OB 766 Oral Immunology & Microbiology
  • SDM OS 831 Head and Neck Anatomy
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and the Law
  • SDM PA 801 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • SDM PD 802 Fundamentals of Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 806 Craniofacial Growth & Development 1
  • SDM PD 810 Pediatric Dental Special Needs
  • SDM PD 822 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 911 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 918 Clinical Anesthesia
  • SDM PD 981 Research in Pediatric Dentistry

Year 2

  • SDM PD 808 Craniofacial Growth & Development 2
  • SDM PD 824 Advanced Case Presentations in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 823 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 982 Research in Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 912 Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
  • SDM PD 916 Clinical Orthodontics
  • SDM PD 920 Clinical Pediatric Medicine

Affiliated Institutions

Franciscan Hospital for Children provides rehabilitative and acute inpatient care, ambulatory services, residential treatment, child care services, special education, primary care, medical and surgical services, as well as urgent care for infants and children up to age 21. The Department of Dentistry provides services for both inpatients and outpatients in a modern eight-chair facility and in a three-room, state-of-the-art operating suite.

Boston Medical Center is the major teaching hospital associated with Boston University. The pediatric section of the Department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery provides comprehensive services for children and adolescents up to the age of 14 on an outpatient basis, inpatient consultant basis, and in the operating room under general anesthesia.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center provides comprehensive health care services to the local community. The dental department provides services for pediatric and adolescent patients on an outpatient basis only.