May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Pediatric Dentistry Residency

March 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 2

Pediatric Dentistry Residency Continues to Soar in Popularity

Pediatric dentistry continues to be a popular specialty with graduates as evidenced by the continued growth in the Match results for the 2012-2013 academic year. The number of positions offered and residency positions filled surpasses oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and advanced education in general dentistry:

2012-13 Match Results for: Positions Offered Matches / Positions Filled
Pediatric Dentistry 343 (+12) 324 ( - 1)
Orthodontics 274 (+ 3) 265 ( - 4)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 217 (+ 7) 209 (+10)
Adv. Education in General Dentistry 274 (+25) 193 (+29)

The number in parentheses in both columns represents the changes (plus or minus positions) as compared to last year.

Pediatric dentistry continues to enjoy an increase in its applicant pool with a growth rate of nearly 9.7 percent (604 applicants) over the 2011-12 Match (585 applicants).

Annual data on accredited programs and enrollment is gathered by the Survey Center of the American Dental Association (ADA) and maintained by the ADA. The most recent data available is from the 2009 – 2010 academic year. At that time, there were 74 pediatric dentistry residency programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), enrolling a total of 733 postdoctoral students including 366 first-year positions. Keep in mind that a small handful of programs do not participate in the Match.

For complete results of the 2012 - 2013 Match, please visit the National Matching Service website at

For more information, please contact AAPD Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at (312) 337-2169 or by e-mail to