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The Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program is sponsored by Children's Mercy and affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. The dental school is located adjacent to the hospital and provides an excellent opportunity for experiences in interdisciplinary dental care for children.

Children's Mercy is a comprehensive pediatric medical center which is the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver. We provide state-of-the-art care for children from birth to age 18. Our fellowship highlights are:

  • The facility includes eight fully equipped dental operatories, a pediatric dental resident office area, and a dental laboratory. 

  • The program focuses primarily on children who cannot receive services elsewhere due to insurance or other special health issues.

  • Our residents provide comprehensive dental care that covers a wide range of patient ages and cases.

  • We are consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, and have repeatedly earned nursing’s highest honor, Magnet Recognition, for our commitment to quality, patient-centered care.

  • Our dental clinic is a comprehensive academic teaching program with a full service of dental care including children with special needs who are followed in our hospital care system.

  • The program's primary focus is:

    • Children with special health care needs.

    • Children who are underserved and/or covered by Medicaid. These children cannot receive services elsewhere due to insurance or other special health issues including, but not limited to, the pre-school age child.

  • Our residents provide comprehensive dental care including infant oral health care, sedation, limited orthodontics, oral surgery, restorative care, emergency care, and dental care under general anesthesia.

  • The 24-month program includes didactic, clinical and research experience in a variety of settings including the Dental Clinic, Pediatric Continuing Care Clinic, Anesthesiology and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.

  • The Dental Clinic at Children's Mercy has approximately 500 patient visits each month, giving fellows exposure to a variety of patient cases.

Check us out IRL!

Graduate Medical Education Open House


Explore our hospital and our city. Experience our culture of wellbeing and support firsthand. See your future here, with us.

Save the date:

  • Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Friday, November 3, 2023

One night lodging paid. Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.

UIM Mix & Mingles


Optional session for applications traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Meet with UIM faculty, fellows and residents. Discuss DEI efforts and life at CM and in KC!

Save the date:

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 (in person)
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023 (in person)

Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.‚Äč

Academic curriculum

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Clinical experience

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Faculty and residents

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Apply for the program

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Our Pediatric Dentistry Residency team

Brenda Bohaty, DDS
Program Director
(816) 234-3162

Toni Zaner, BA
Program Coordinator
(816) 760-8818
tmzaner@cmh.edu

Johnae Sawyer, MHA
Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 234-9374
jsawyer1@cmh.edu