One-Year and Optional Second-Year Certificate Program
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program is a one-year, broad-based clinical and didactic experience in comprehensive general dentistry. This program is based at University Dental Center (UDC) in the University of Texas Professional Building at 6410 Fannin St. in Houston. The program currently accepts seven residents per year. Each resident spends 12 months in the AEGD clinic, a modern well-equipped area with 13 operatories shared with the General Practice Residency (GPR) program. Residents work directly with chairside assistants, a dental hygienist, insurance specialists and secretaries/receptionists. The facilities and staff support all clinical, educational and research activities of the program.
Clinical and didactic instruction covers a wide range of dental disciplines, emphasizing comprehensive care, practice management and care for dentally complex patients. The program is considered a group practice where, in addition to continuing education, residents are expected to meet modest production goals to help them transition to the private practice. The resident may pursue special interests in dentistry, such as specific clinical disciplines and additional research during the year.
Our clinic uses modern technology, including Planmeca CBCT, E4D/Planmeca CAD/CAM systems, Trios 3Shape, Simplant virtual implant-planning software, dental lasers, six different implant surgical and prosthetic systems, digital endodontics, endodontic microscopes, Avadent digital denture, AxiUm and MiPACs, plus state-of-the-art, evidence-based dental materials.
Our residents receive excellent training under dedicated faculty members. The AEGD-trained program director is a board-certified prosthodontist and maxillofacial prosthodontist. The teaching faculty includes nine general dentists (two board-certified and two Academy of General Dentistry Masters), plus five specialists (prosthodontists, an endodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and a periodontist/orthodontist). The pool of dentally complex patients available for our residency program is substantial. The resident-to-assistant ratio is approximately 1:1, with six front desk and insurance staff members.
The program also offers one position in the optional second-year program to a finishing first-year resident. The second-year program is different from the first and includes advanced instruction in various dental disciplines and complex dental treatments, such as full mouth rehabilitation and implant dentistry (under prosthodontic faculty); advanced periodontic, surgical, and endodontic procedures, etc.
The second-year resident will have an opportunity to focus on areas of interest customized for the individual, such as clinical teaching at the undergraduate level, rotation to the maxillofacial prosthetic and dental oncology clinic at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, etc. In addition, the individual resident can identify major areas of interest, such as specific clinical disciplines, teaching and/or research.
Residents who successfully complete two years of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program may apply to take the American Board of General Dentistry written and/or oral examinations, in accordance with requirements of the Board.
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, residents receive a certificate in general dentistry from the UTSD.
Applications are accepted through ADEA PASS and the National Matching Service.
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