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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 the University Dental Center (UDC) in the University of Texas Professional Building at 6410 Fannin St. in Houston. The program currently accepts five to six residents per year. Each resident spends 12 months in the AEGD clinic, a modern well-equipped area with 11 operatories shared by the General Practice Residency program. Residents work directly with chairside assistants, a dental hygienist and secretaries/receptionists. The facilities and staff support all clinical, educational and research activities of the program.

Clinical and didactic instruction covers the range of dental disciplines, emphasizing 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 production goals and determine the best way to meet those goals. The resident may pursue special interests in dentistry, such as specific clinical disciplines and additional research during the year

The program also offers one position in the optional second-year program to a finishing first-year resident. The second-year program is unique from the first-year and includes advanced instruction in various dental disciplines.

In addition, the individual resident can identify major areas of interest, such as specific clinical disciplines, teaching or research. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, residents receive a certificate in general dentistry from the School of Dentistry.

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Twenty-six month Degree Program

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The Advanced Education Program in Endodontics offers an opportunity to earn both a certificate in Endodontics and a master of science in dentistry (MSD) degree following twenty-six 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 equipped with a video equipped microscope, digital radiography, and all equipment available for modern endodontics.


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, in patient 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 out over a 3-month period in the following: Anesthesiology and Pain Control, Otolaryngology and 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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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.

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Two-Year Certificate Program

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The Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry is a two-year certificate 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. There is also an option to complete the Master of Science in Dentistry degree within the two year period. A MSD is strongly encouraged.


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.


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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