Advanced Education in General Dentistry - Certificate

The Department of General Dentistry offers a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) certificate program. Applications are accepted from graduates of all American Dental Association accredited dental schools, which include those in the United States and Canada. Successful National Board Dental Examination scores are required.  Potential students should apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The deadline for application is September 1.

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 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 DDS curriculum. The emphasis of the program is on diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as the coordination of clinical care for a large number of patients with multidisciplinary treatment plans. Predominantly clinically oriented, it does include a didactic component of approximately fifteen percent of scheduled time. Graduates of the AEGD program are awarded a certificate.

The clinical phase consists of experiences and instruction at a level beyond DDS training in the following areas: endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, implants (surgical placement and restoration), a rotation in the graduate pediatric dental clinic, 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 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.

This program prepares students for the opportunity to pursue an occupational license.  Please refer to the Notification for Students Pursuing an Occupational License in our catalog for additional information

AEGD 600Clinical Dentistry I0.0
AEGD 601Clinical Dentistry II0.0
AEGD 602Clinical Dentistry III0.0
AEGD 604Practice Management I1.5
AEGD 605Practice Management II1.5
AEGD 615Treatment Planning Conference I1.5
AEGD 616Treatment Planning Conference II1.5
AEGD 617Treatment Planning Conference III1.5
AEGD 618Current Literature Review I1.5
AEGD 619Current Literature Review II1.5
AEGD 620Current Literature Review III1.5
AEGD 621Clinical Pathology I1.5
AEGD 622Clinical Pathology II2.0
AEGD 623Clinical Pathology III1.5
OMFS 615Physical Diagnosis1.0
OMFS 620Internal Medicine2.0
PROS 651Implant Concepts and Techniques, Surgical Placement0.0
Total Semester Credit Hours20

Must complete 12 months of residency, total credit hours specified, any non-credit courses specified, and be approved by the Promotions Committee for this certificate to be awarded.

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