Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Announces Pediatric Dental Residency Program

Michael R. Cottam, DMD, to lead the Nemours dental and new residency programs
Posted: July 2, 2019
Edited by Dentaltown staff

WILMINGTON, Del.—Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has welcomed Michael R. Cottam, DMD, to lead the Nemours Dental Program and serve as the education program director for the new Nemours Pediatric Dental Residency Program, the first pediatric dental residency program in Delaware, scheduled to begin in July.

Before joining Nemours, Cottam was in private practice in Utah and served as an adjunct faculty member at Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah. He earned his DMD and certificate in advanced education in pediatric dentistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

The Nemours Pediatric Dental Residency Program is a two-year program, qualified by the American Dental Association, for candidates seeking board certification in pediatric dentistry. The hospital says this is a unique opportunity to train more dentists to care for medically complex and special needs patients. The program will also include caring for healthy children.

The first two residents are Jenelle Fleagle, DDS, and Lida Alimorad, DDS. They both currently practice general dentistry and were recruited from a large pool of candidates following the National Match Program. Fleagle received her degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and comes to Nemours from Mercy Health Sensory, Pediatric, and Hispanic Dental Clinics in Youngstown, Ohio. Alimorad earned her DDS from the University of Maryland Dental School and is the Dental Director of Community Clinic in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Nemours will recruit two new residents to the program every 12 months.

“Our aim is to provide our residents with robust and rigorous training,” said Cottam. “We are excited to offer Delaware’s first residency program in pediatric dentistry. Our goal is to train dentists to successfully manage oral disease in infants, children, and teens, including medically complex and special needs patients, in a compassionate manner that creates positive, empowering experiences for children and their families.”

“Dr. Cottam’s excitement and enthusiasm is just what we need to help reinvigorate our dental program here at Nemours,” said Stephen P. Dunn, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Nemours duPont Hospital for Children. “He also brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure Delaware’s only pediatric residency program is both highly successful and well received by our patients and their caregivers.”

As the demand for dental care services grows, in both Delaware and the United States, the number of dentists available to treat will fall short, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“We hope our residency program will help fill that void—especially in underserved populations, as well as our medically complex and special needs children,” said Cottam.

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