“To be able to begin recruiting for our new pediatric dentistry residency program is essential for our goal as a land-grant institution to advance health care, specifically the oral health care of children, in West Virginia,” Dr. Dami Kim, residency program director, said.
Dental cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease, surpassing asthma, childhood obesity and diabetes, and residents of the Appalachian region face the greatest disparities in oral health status and access to oral health care in the United States.
As the first pediatric dentistry residency program in the state, the new offering will support the University’s land-grant mission to advance education and health care in West Virginia by expanding the reach of specialized dentists to its youngest residents.
Residents enrolled in the program will prepare for pediatric dentistry practice in private and hospital settings.
The program’s objectives are intended to teach dentists about growth and development and how it pertains to the oral health of children. Residents will learn advanced behavior management techniques to treat children who may have trouble tolerating required procedures and how to address complicated medical histories of children.
Upon completion of the program, residents will be awarded a certificate of specialty training in pediatric dentistry and will meet the advanced eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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