The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program was established in 1995 as a one-year program fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). An optional second year is also available.
On July 1, 1995, AEGD opened with four residents, a dental hygienist, and four front desk staff and dental assistants. Since then, we have received three Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII Residency Training Grants for improvement and expansion of the program. Our latest grant (2010-2015) of nearly $1.3 million made it possible for our residents to rotate through off-site clinics to care for underserved populations while gaining cultural competency.
HRSA Title VII Residency Training Programs
2012-Present: Dr. Sudarat Kiat-amnuay
2007-2012: Dr. Raymond Simmons (interim) / Dr. Sudarat Kiat-amnuay (clinic director)
2004-2007: Dr. Robert Mayhew
2003-2004: Dr. Pamela Minke / Dr. Sheila H. Koh (interim)
1999-2003: Dr. Sheila H. Koh
1995-1999: Dr. Richard D. Bebermeyer
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry curriculum is heavily centered on clinical protocols and experiences, supplemented with relevant didactic seminars or seminar series. Frequently, seminars are integrated with other dental specialties, especially with the General Practice Residency (GPR) program.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Anesthesia, Pain Control, and Pharmacology
- Asepsis, Infection and Hazard Control
- Clinical Dentistry
- Implant Dentistry
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine
- Preventive Dentistry
- Prosthodontics (including full mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry)
- Restorative Dentistry
- Dental Photography
- Medically Compromised Patients
- Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Conferences (2-4 hrs/week)
- Practice Management
- Dental Clinic Design
- TMJ/Myofacial Disorders
- Technologies in Clinical Dentistry
Goals and Objectives
The overall objectives of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program are:
- Advanced training in general dentistry practice at the postdoctoral level;
- Clinical experiences in comprehensive oral health care for a wide range of patients: the dentally complex and those with medically, physically and mentally compromising conditions, including age and socioeconomic status;
- Extensive clinical and didactic opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the resident and other healthcare providers;
- Promotion and guidance of critical thinking for advanced treatment planning to provide a wide range of diagnosis and treatment needs for patients;
- Up-to-date, evidence-based dentistry review, and use of technologies in dentistry;
- Didactic information and clinical guidance in communication, behavioral management and practice-management skills, and the opportunity to apply them to the practice of dentistry;
- An appropriate environment for critical review and presentation of literature and the pursuit of individual research interests and career goals.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand Scholarship Positions
Under the International Scholarship Training Program (ISTP)
One to two residents per year may be recruited from candidates who obtain scholarships through the Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and/or Thailand undersigned official Agreement of Cooperation and Program Agreement between The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Kuwait Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, or Thailand Office of Educational Affairs.
Residencies of one or two years are offered. Second-year residencies are predicated on performance and success in the first year. Residents may apply for admission to other UTHealth schools or programs, such as the master’s degree in public health (MPH) at the School of Public Health, or the Joint Certificate in Dental Informatics program offered by the School of Dentistry with the School of Biomedical Informatics, subject to the available capacity at UTHealth and in accordance with standard admissions criteria for applications, policies, procedures and laws to which UTHealth and its academic programs are subject. 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.
A pre-residency program of six to 12 months may be required of some candidates before entering AEGD. For more information, contact Program Director Sudarat Kiat-amnuay, DDS, MS, ISTP Faculty Leader, or Residency Academic and Admissions Advisor Jessica Coleman.
Admission from Non-ADA Accredited Schools
Graduates of schools not accredited by the American Dental Association are encouraged to complete UTSD's minimum six-month preceptorship in general dentistry before applying for the AEGD program. Visit Go.uth.edu/Preceptorships for information about current availabilities at UTSD, or contact AEGD Program Director Sudarat Kiat-amnuay, DDS, or Continuing Education Coordinator Kassie Broussard. Completion of a preceptorship does not guarantee admission to the graduate general dentistry programs.
University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
The University of Texas School of Dentistry is a public professional school founded in 1905 as the first dental school in Texas. It became part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 1972.
In 2012, the School of Dentistry moved into a new, 300,000 square-foot building at 7500 Cambridge St. The six-floor facility has state-of-the-art technology and spacious design to accommodate programs in dentistry, dental hygiene, endodontics, dental informatics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and two general practice residencies (AEGD and GPR).
The Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS, University Life Center (a conference facility), and the UTHealth Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (a research facility) are attached to the dental school, which also owns and operates four off-site clinics in the Houston area.
Texas Medical Center
The Texas Medical Center, today the largest medical city in the world, started with a dream to create a place where people from all walks of life could have access to the best health care anywhere, whether rich, poor, famous, alone, young, or old. Since that dream originated in the 1940s, it has been realized many times over. The Texas Medical Center today has nearly 50 member institutions, each existing to serve all of mankind.
All TMC member institutions are not-for-profit and are dedicated to the highest standards of patient and preventive care, research, education, and local, national, and international community well-being. These institutions include several renowned hospitals and specialty institutions, medical schools, nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and virtually all health-related careers. It is where one of the first, and still the largest, air emergency service was created; a very successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed; and more heart surgeries are performed than anywhere else in the world.
UT Professional Building
The multi-story UT Professional Building at 6410 Fannin Street is home to University Dental Center (UDC) in Suite 310. UDC is a 13-operatory clinic serving both the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and General Practice Residency (GPR) programs with appropriate supporting staff. The building is connected by enclosed skywalk to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center across the street.