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Advanced Learning Opportunities

Post-DDS Preceptorship in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health

For General Dentists

a. Curriculum

The post-DDS Preceptorship in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health is a clinical experience with participants rotating through all of our facilities.  Preceptors will attend clinical conferences, rounds and seminars as determined individually by the program director. All participants can attend residency-based seminar and class programs as desired.

Clinical Care
Clinical Seminars
Community-based Care
Clinical Care Medical Seminars
Case Conferences

b. Core Faculty


Homa Amini, DDS, MPH
Paul Casamassimo, DDS, MS
Ann Griffen, DDS, MS
Sarat Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Dennis McTigue, DDS, MS
Ashok Kumar, BDS, MS 
Megann Smiley, DMD, MS


Ronald Erkis, DDS
Henry Fields, DDS, MS, MSD
Jeff Milton, DDS, MS
Mark Siegal, DDS, MPH
Kumar Subramanian, DDS

The post-DDS Preceptorship in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health is intended to provide either (1) an expanded knowledge base in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health for the general dentist immediately out of dental school or other primary care experience, or (2) an intensive focused field experience in the area of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health identified by the individual. These intensive areas can include clinical care and community-based health (including mobile dental care delivery and rural health). Clinical care is under the direction of the attending faculty of the facility or site of that activity.

Clinical facilities include the Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic, the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Nisonger Developmental Center, Johnstown Dental Clinic, and the Coshocton Dental Clinic. Other sites may become available including the Columbus Health Department and a Dental Coach operated by the College of Dentistry.

Preceptors must be able to drive and have resources to provide their own transportation because of the varied sites involved in the program. All other necessary support is provided by the program.

d. Benefits and Contractual Information

The Preceptor's compensation is based upon the pathway chosen and may be a combination of state and private funds administered through either the Columbus Children’s Hospital or the Ohio State University or both. Compensation is based on service responsibility, availability of grant funds, and contracts with clinical programs affiliated with the program. Benefits are provided. Compensation ranges from $40,000 to 50,000 and benefits are additional. The participant is restricted to the program for practice or other compensation unless arranged differently with the program director. Participants agree to a contract based on their program of study; each contract is individualized based on activity.

f. Application Instructions

Those interested in the Preceptorship should first contact Dr. Paul Casamassimo to discuss a potential course of study, availability of a position and their qualifications. The Preceptorship is not available every year due to funding constraints. A curriculum vitae and three references are required, one of which must be the candidate's program director or Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health departmental chair. It is assumed that applicants have a dental degree and are eligible for Ohio dental licensure .

Program Address:
Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo
Post-DDS Practicum Program Director
Department of Dentistry
Columbus Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-5651
(614) 722-6791