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Fellowships in Advanced Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health

Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Fellowship Program

a. Curriculum

The Fellowship program is for pediatric dentists who seek additional post-specialty educational experiences. The curriculum elements of the Fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health are based on the pathway of the fellowship. Research-focused fellows will have access to programs and seminars offered by the research faculty of the Department of Dentistry, the Children's Hospital Research Foundation (CHRF) and Ohio State University College of Dentistry, as approved by the program director. Clinic-focused fellows will attend clinical conferences, rounds and seminars as determined individually by the program director. All fellows can attend residency-based seminar and class programs as desired.

Research-Focus Clinic-Focused
Independent Research Clinical Seminars
Research Seminars Clinical Care
Clinical Seminars Community-based Care
Minor 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

The Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Fellowship is intended to provide either (1) an expanded knowledge base in Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health for the fellow 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 fellow. These intensive areas can include research, clinical care, and community-based health (including mobile dental care delivery and rural health). Research can be done under any willing faculty member both at the hospital and the College of Dentistry, pending approval by a mentoring faculty member. 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.

Fellows 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 fellow’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 fellow is restricted to the program for practice or other compensation unless arranged differently with the program director. Fellows agree to a contract based on their program of study; each contract is individualized based on activity.

f. Application Instructions

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

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