Academic Divisions

Service Fellowship in Community-Based Dental Care


The Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in conjunction with the Department of Dentistry of Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers fellowships to recently-graduated dentists who are eligible for licensure in the State of Ohio to provide them with experience working and teaching in community-based settings in urban and rural areas. Fellows provide care to patients of all ages and supervise dental students in those settings. Fellows are appointed as adjunct faculty of the College of Dentistry.

The fellowship experience comprises rotations through a children’s hospital, a mobile school-based treatment van, a center for special needs children and adults, a fixed health commons dental clinic in a school, and two traditional federally qualified health centers. Fellows are eligible to audit classes and participate in other experiences as time permits and may be involved in a quality assurance or research project during the fellowship. Monthly seminars are designed to address areas of mutual interest related to the fellowship experience and are taught by faculty of the Division and guest speakers.  Fellows are encouraged to attend and participate in weekly seminars with faculty and residents.

Annual salary is $53,000 with opportunities to supplement income with additional clinical practice after 6 months in the program. Interested persons should contact Dr. Canise Bean, Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry at for additional information.


The objectives of the fellowship are to:

  1. Experience a variety of community-based dental experiences offering services to diverse populations,
  2. Develop skills in working with a diverse patient pool and public health/safety net providers,
  3. Develop leadership in managing students and clinical auxiliary staff in the dental setting,
  4. Enhance pediatric dentistry and special needs population knowledge through seminar participation, clinical exposure and other experiences.

The fellowship is a non-accredited, non-academic credit program which is primarily a service-learning experience. Fellows are exposed to pediatric, special needs, hospital care, and public health experiences and may use the fellowship to enhance skills and knowledge in those areas. Fellows often successfully pursue advanced training in pediatric dentistry or public health after the program and use the experience to improve candidacy. The fellowship should not be construed to be a training program in pediatric dentistry.

Clinical Sites

Fellows rotate to sites so that they can experience a wide range of public health type programs serving both children and adults. Each fellow spends adequate time to get into the rhythm of the individual clinic, meet and get to know the staff, and understand the goals and objectives of the particular site.

The following are currently the sites for fellowship experiences:

Name of Facility



Patient Population

Nationwide Children's

Inner City Columbus

Top 10 U.S. Children's Hospital, Pediatric Dentistry residency program

Ambulatory children up to age 18, primarily Medicaid

Nisonger Center

Ohio State Campus

Specialized  Disability Developmental Center

Adult patients with special needs

Johnstown Developmental Center

Columbus, OH

Preschool and kindergarten health and school complex

Children in preschool or kindergarten with special needs; Hispanic patient population

The OSU Dental H.O.M.E. Coach

Columbus City Schools

Mobile 3-chair treatment van

Children in the Columbus City Schools and other sites in central Ohio

PrimaryOne Health

Columbus, OH

Three locations in central Columbus, FQHC serving all ages with fellows working with children

Patients of all ages and SES with many self-pay patients

Third Street Family Health Services

Mansfield, OH

FQHC serving all ages with fellows working with children

Rural and city children in a non-fluoridated area


The fellowship begins July 1 with exceptions possible for unique circumstances, but no later than August 1. The fellowship lasts one year from date of start. Fellows are also assigned to Nationwide Children’s in the Department of Dentistry as rotating providers. Every attempt is made to expose fellows to the full variety of experiences available, but not all fellow experiences will be identical in most cases due to clinic schedules, vacations, absences for interviews and illness.

Qualifications and Application

Applicants must possess the credentials to obtain a license to practice dentistry in the state of Ohio. Fellows practice independent of faculty supervision, are considered adjunct faculty for they oversee dental students in their community-based rotations. They must be able to meet credentialing criteria related to infection control training, OSHA training, TB status and other requirements of the College of Dentistry and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Applicants should send a current curriculum vitae or resume as well as three letters of recommendation.  The letter should attest to the applicant’s: clinical skills, ability to practice independently, emotion stability, professional decision-making, and ability to work within a complex organization with health professionals for dental and other disciplines treating patients with complicated dental and social profiles.

Applications should be received between February 1 and March 15 for the fellowship period beginning July 1 of that year. A remote video interview is required for any successful candidate and decisions are finalized by April 15.

Send relevant materials to:

Canise Bean, DMD, MPH

The mailing address is:

Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
305 West 12th Avenue, Room 3005G
Columbus, OH 43210