April Resident’s Corner: Dr. Allison Gerlach, DMD

April 13, 2018

Midwestern U. Arizona c/o 2016

Pediatric Dentistry
2nd year Pediatric Dentistry Resident 


Q: Who is your ”employer”?
A: University of Pittsburgh

Q: What drew you into pursuing your specialty the most?
A: Getting to work with kids.

Q: What would be your advice to students interested in pursuing pediatrics?
A: Gain as much experience working with kids as you can while in school and shadow as much as you can so that you can have a better idea of what being a pediatric dentist is really like.

Q: What exams did you have to take to get into the pedo residency program? / when did you take them? (if so, would you recommend taking them at the same time or earlier/later?)
A: There are no additional exams required to apply for pediatric residencies.

Q: When did you apply? [during or after dental school? If during school, what month of what year?]:
A: I applied in May of my third year. The PASS application opens in May every year.

Q: Once you complete the residency program, will you have any more exams to take before starting work?
A: Most residents take the written Qualifying Examination in May of their second year. After passing the Qualifying Exam, a candidate can the take the Oral Clinical Examination. By passing both parts you become a board certified pediatric dentist.

Q: What employment opportunities are there for dentists who complete this residency? (private practice, academics, hospital…)
A: Pediatric dentists can work in private practice or in academics. Many pediatric dentists also have hospital privileges, which allows them to use the hospital’s facilities to treat patient under general anesthesia.

Q: What are some of the treatments you do / your favorite procedures
A: Stainless Steel Crowns

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