November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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Pediatric Dentistry Residency Continues to Soar in Popularity

March 2016 Volume LI Number 2

Pediatric dentistry continues to be a popular specialty with graduates as evidenced by the continued growth in the Match results for the 2016–17 academic year.
 
For the 2015–16 academic year, the number of positions offered and residency positions filled surpasses oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, advanced education in general dentistry and anesthesiology.
 
Positions Matches /
2016-17 Match Statistics for: # of Applicants          Offered Positions filled
Pediatric Dentistry                                 636 399    (+ 9)        378    ( -  6)
Orthodontics                                             494 261    ( - 9)   260    ( -  8)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery              374 227    (+ 3) 221    ( + 6)
Adv. Education in General Dentistry    502 356    (+10) 238    ( +10)   
Anesthesiology                                           50   32    ( -  4)   32    ( +  7)
 
The number in parentheses in both columns represents the changes (plus or minus positions) as compared to last year.
Annual data on accredited programs and enrollment is gathered by the Health Policy Institute of the American Dental Association (ADA) and maintained by the ADA.  The most recent data available is from the 2014-2015 academic year.  At that time, there were 77 pediatric dentistry residency programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), enrolling a total of 933 postdoctoral students. There were 408 graduates in 2014.  
The following chart may be used as a comparison of the 2015–16 Match results to the 2016–17 academic year.  
 
Positions Matches / 
2015-16 Match Statistics for: # of Applicants          Offered Positions filled
Pediatric Dentistry                                  648 390    (+ 8)        384    (+10)
Orthodontics                                             514 270    (+14)   268    (+15)
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery              369 224    (  - 4) 215    (  - 8)
Adv. Education in General Dentistry    519 346    (+37) 228    (+33)   
Anesthesiology                                           34   36    ( + 2)   25    ( -  6)
 
For complete results of the 2016-2017 Match, please visit the National Matching Service website at www.natmatch.com/dentres.

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