Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Certificate

The Department of General Dentistry offers a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate program. Applications are accepted from graduates of all American Dental Association accredited dental schools, which include those in the United States and Canada. National Board Dental Examination scores are required.  Potential residents may apply either through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) or directly to the College of Dentistry.

Interviews of selected applicants are scheduled in October and November for the class beginning in the summer of the following year.

The goal of the one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) certificate program is to expand the scope and depth of the dentist’s clinical skills and didactic knowledge in order to be able to effectively provide comprehensive patient care to a wide range of population groups. Accordingly, the program is structured to allow students to exercise increasingly independent judgment beyond that expected in the pre-doctoral curriculum. The emphasis of the program is on diagnosis and treatment planning as well as coordination of clinical care of a large number of patients with multidisciplinary treatment plans. Predominantly clinically oriented, it includes a didactic component of approximately fifteen percent of scheduled time. Graduates of the AEGD program are awarded a certificate. Applicants must have graduated from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Application is made through the PASS process only. The deadline for application is September 1.

The clinical phase consists of experience and instruction at a level beyond pre-doctoral training in the following areas: endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, operative, fixed, and removable prosthodontics, implants (surgical placement and restoration), and a rotation in graduate pediatric dentistry, special care and medically compromised patients, and limited experience in orthodontics. Educationally qualified specialists in each of these areas participate in instruction and are always available for consultations.

The didactic component provides the student with a broad background from which sound clinical judgments can be made regarding diagnosis, treatment planning and the selection of the appropriate method of treatment for each individual patient. The didactic phase is scheduled on a regular basis and includes lectures, seminars, literature reviews, treatment planning conferences, clinical pathological conferences, and special projects. Examples of special projects may include table clinics, preparation of professional lectures or seminars, and submission of papers to professional journals. The following areas of interest are included in didactic sessions: oral pathology, oral medicine, physical evaluation, oral diagnosis and treatment planning, preventive dentistry, comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in the conscious patient, implants, geriatric dentistry, special care and medically compromised patients, asepsis, infection and hazard control as well as in all the clinical areas listed in the previous paragraph. In addition, students will gain knowledge in practice management techniques, which will enable them to be prepared to deal with acquiring, managing, and coordinating different types of potential practice situations they may explore upon graduation.

Students must complete 12 months of residency.

In accordance with Student Rule 10.4.1, grades of S or U may be assigned in certain officially designated certificate courses.