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ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY (AEGD)

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.

Second-Year Residency

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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DENTAL INFORMATICS

One-Year Joint Certificate Program

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UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) and its sister institution, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), now offer a joint certificate in dental informatics. The one-year program focuses on the opportunities and challenges in integrating technology in modern oral health care. It is designed to introduce students to basic and practical solutions for developing health information solutions in dentistry. The certificate involves both online and in-person courses, including a spring-semester practicum at UTSD.  

For information, contact Dr. Sudarat Kiat-amnuay or the School of Dentistry's Office of Student and Academic Affairs

Endodontics

26-Month Degree or Certificate Program

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The Advanced Education in Endodontics Program offers an opportunity to earn both a certificate in endodontics and a master of science in dentistry (MSD) degree following 26 months of full-time academic endeavor. The degree program will be accepting up to five students each year. The program is designed to prepare participants for the American Board of Endodontics specialty examination. Every resident will have his/her desk and computer in addition to an operatory with a video-equipped microscope, digital radiography, and all equipment available for modern endodontics.

GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY (GPR)

One-Year and Optional Second-Year Certificate Program

The General Practice Residency (GPR) Program is a one-year experience in hospital dentistry based in the university's affiliate hospital, Memorial Hermann. Each resident spends approximately nine months at the University Dental Center in the UT Professional Building, 6410 Fannin St., in Houston. This state-of-the-art facility supports all clinical and didactic activities of the GPR Program. Clinical and didactic instructions cover a full range of disciplines, including comprehensive care to the medically comprised and special needs patients, inpatient care, history and physicals, conscious sedation, general anesthesia, diagnosis and treatment planning, restorative dentistry, (fixed and removal prosthodontics, including implant restoration) and medical management. The program also requires rotations scheduled over a three-month period in the following: anesthesiology and pain control, otolaryngology and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

36-Month Certificate Program

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This three-year Graduate Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP) provides the required educational background for candidates to take the certification examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. The OMFP Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is awarded by the UTHealth School of Dentistry. Students in a clinical residency program can pursue a MS in Biomedical Sciences awarded through M.D. Anderson UTHealth Graduate School. Candidates seeking MS degree in combination with Certificate in OMFP must be accepted by both the specialty program and the  M.D. Anderson UTHealth Graduate School. The certificate program in OMFP includes extensive didactic instruction and training in surgical and clinical OMFP as a foundation for other aspects of the curriculum. A firm foundation in diagnostic gross and microscopic pathology is provided through the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Section at UTHealth School of Dentistry (UTSD-H) and Anatomic Pathology Division of the UTHealth McGovern Medical School. In addition to the didactic curriculum, residents are involved in the Clinical Oral Pathology and Diagnostic Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging practices of the UTHealth School of Dentistry.

UTSD-H has a robust biopsy service, state-of-the art equipment, new facilities, and an ideal location in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center — factors that contribute to providing the broad experience required for excellence in oral pathology. Residents will be based primarily at the School of Dentistry, with rotations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Number of Students accepted each year: One

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Four-Year and Six-Year Integrated OMS/MD Certificate Programs

Four-year and six-year Advanced Education Programs in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are offered. Special provisions are also available for individuals to pursue an MS or PhD throughout either track. Each program prepares practitioners to treat diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. The basic prerequisite for both four- and six-year programs is a DDS or DMD degree from an ADA-accredited dental school. See below for additional requirements for the integrated OMS/MD program. Applicants will be required to submit their Comprehensive Basic Science Examination scores with their application.

Both four- and six-year certificate programs are designed to integrate the fields of medicine and dentistry. The program provides extensive surgical experience and exposure in areas such as oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial oncology, maxillofacial trauma, reconstruction (including microvascular reconstruction), cleft palate, orthognathic, dentoalveolar surgery, implants, TMJ and aesthetic surgery as well as outpatient anesthesia.

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Orthodontics

26-Month Certificate Program

The Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics is a 26-month certificate program leading to a certificate and optional master of science degree.

The program currently accepts 7 students per year. The program is clinically-based with approximately 60 percent of the time devoted to clinical treatment, 20 percent to didactic instruction and 20 percent to research and teaching activities.

Pediatric Dentistry

Two-Year Certificate Program

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The Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program is a two-year program leading to a certificate, with an optional master of science in dentistry degree. The program currently accepts eight students per year. The GRE is not required for admission.

Clinical training predominately takes place in our postgraduate pediatric dentistry clinic along with supportive faculty, administrative staff and assistants. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, residents receive a certificate in pediatric dentistry, with an option of completing the Master of Science in Dentistry degree within the two-year period. An MSD is strongly encouraged.

PERIODONTICS

Three-Year Degree Program

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontics is a degree program of three years (36 months) duration leading to both a certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree. Currently, four students are accepted per year. The experience is structured as a comprehensive didactic and clinical program. Didactically, each student receives a broad education in basic sciences, as well as those pertaining specifically to periodontics. Seminar sessions reviewing all the classical and current literature dealing with periodontics, occlusion and implants are given throughout the program. Courses in clinical research design and biostatistics are also required.

The clinical experience expands throughout the three years and includes all aspects of periodontal therapy and implants, covering the range of periodontal procedures and oral regenerative techniques. Students also become proficient in conscious sedation, and a rotation in general anesthesia is included. Special clinical rotations are part of the training to gain experience with special patient populations, and integration with other specialties is promoted. A research project is mandatory as a requirement for the master's degree.

Prosthodontics

Three-Year Degree Program

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The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics is a three-year degree program that awards a certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science degree.

The goals of the program are to provide a foundation of knowledge and diverse experiences in all aspects of prosthetic dentistry. The program prepares residents for a career in clinical practice, teaching, and/or research. Residents, on completion of the program, will be proficient in prosthodontics, restorative aspects of implant dentistry, occlusion, and dental materials.

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