The Pediatric Dental Residency Program is a hospital-based certificate program located at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The program combines an emphasis on clinical proficiency as well as the interdisciplinary approach to treating pediatric dental patients.

Program Overview

The Primary Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency is a 24-month program beginning July 1 each year. Our hospital-based certificate program accepts two residents each year.
The program combines an emphasis on clinical proficiency as well as the interdisciplinary approach to treating the pediatric dental patient and is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education. Dentists who complete the program will receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and meet the advanced education eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). 
The program prepares its graduates for specialty practice.

How to Apply

Applications for the Pediatric Dentistry residency program must be submitted through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) PASS program (Postdoctoral Application Support Service). ADEA PASS simplifies the application process by allowing you to complete one standardized application, rather than individual applications to each program. There is a fee for this service. The application deadline is every  year on September 15.


Complete the ADEA PASS application or contact: 

Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS) 
1625 Massachusetts Avenue,
NW Washington, DC 20036-2212
Phone: (202) 667-1887
Fax: (202) 667-4983

All residency applicants are also required to register with the National Matching Service. The Match is used by applicants and programs to determine the final placement of applicants into positions after the application and evaluation process is completed. Find out more information on the Match or contact: 

National Matching Services, Inc. 
595 Bay Street Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2C2

Curriculum & Faculty

Current Residents

Emily Austin: After growing up in Portland, Oregon, Emily moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah for her undergraduate and dental degrees. During her 9 years in Utah, she fell in love with the beautiful mountains and outdoor adventures that Utah has to offer, so she was ecstatic to be able to stay in Salt Lake City for residency. Emily loves hikes and walks with her husband, Dominic, and their dog, Zilla. Following an afternoon outdoors, Emily and Dominic also enjoy spending their evenings playing video games together.

Megan Bearden: Megan was born and raised in Lenexa, Kansas. She attended Kansas State University where she pole vaulted on the Track & Field team and also where she met her husband, Miles. She completed dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Megan loves all things outdoors including biking, hiking, camping, skiing and photography. Megan and Miles have loved every minute of the Utah life!

Hanna Brashier: Hanna grew up in a small town in Northern Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bioengineering degree and went on to pursue her dreams at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has always had a passion for children and healthcare. Hanna loves animals, especially her dog, Vinny! She enjoys skiing and is a huge foodie!

Morgan Karnath: Morgan hails from Montana and attended Montana Technological University for undergrad and the University of Utah for dental school. She and her husband Brandon have two fur babies--Indie (a fluffy, orange, sassy cat) and Jonesy (a sweet, friendly, crazy Labradoodle). When not caring for tiny teeth, Morgan enjoys all things outside, particularly hiking, skiing, and camping. She has also recently picked up a new hobby of bouldering. Other interests include traveling, drinking good coffee, and adding to her plant collection.