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General dentistry

This 12-month Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program provides advanced education and clinical experience to prepare dental school graduates for a career in the practice of comprehensive general dentistry. Graduates of the AEGD program will have attained added competency and confidence in all areas of dental care, practice management and professional responsibility. This program also provides residents with meaningful experiences in the delivery of dental care to diverse populations and people at high risk for dental disease.

The School of Dentistry is committed to advanced dental education. Residents will receive hands-on experience with diagnostic and therapeutic care of special patient populations in addition to extensive training in the art and science of general dentistry.

The program conforms with the Standards for Advanced Specialty Education in General Dentistry and carries a full approval status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Program goals and objectives

Upon completion of this program, the AEGD resident should be able to:

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient-focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities; and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcome-based clinical decision making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Facilities and resources

The VCU School of Dentistry facilities are housed in the Perkinson, Wood Memorial and Lyons buildings and contain clinical facilities, research facilities, classrooms, student laboratories, departmental offices and a computer learning laboratory. The laboratories and classrooms contain closed-circuit television receivers. The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, the largest health science library in Virginia, is located across the street from the School of Dentistry.


This program participates in the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service program. The program deadline for application through PASS is Oct. 1.  Applicants are not required to take the Advanced Dental Admissions Test for the 2016-2017 application cycle.

Eligibility and selection

Dental graduates from U.S. institutions accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation who have passed Part I of the National Dental Board Examination are eligible to apply for the AEGD program. Successful completion of Part II and eligibility for licensure in Virginia are required prior to admittance to the program.

Selection criteria include didactic and clinical achievements, extramural experience, interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to pursue a career in general dentistry. Every effort is made to recruit qualified minority dentists and dentists from health professional shortage areas or dentists who profess a desire to serve in these areas.

The AEGD Admissions Committee, consisting of the program director and AEGD faculty, will screen all applicants, inviting the most promising candidates for personal interviews. Personal interviews commence in mid-October. Candidates will interview individually with the committee and meet with current residents and staff. A formal evaluation process is followed, and selected candidates will be offered positions after all interviews have been completed.

Professional liability

The commonwealth of Virginia self-insurance program provides professional liability (malpractice) coverage, subject to policy limits, for advanced dental education students. Coverage includes professional service on duty within the institution and professional service on assigned duties in one of the affiliated hospitals or programs. It does not cover any other professional service, e.g. moonlighting activities at other facilities or institutions.


Applying to the AEGD program

I am a graduate of a non-U.S. dental school. Am I eligible? +

Eligible candidates must be able to obtain a Virginia state dental license or a resident’s license. This means they must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school. Therefore, at this time foreign-trained dentists are not eligible candidates.

How do I apply? +

Eligible candidates must be able to obtain a Virginia state dental license or a resident’s license. This means they must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school. Therefore, at this time foreign-trained dentists are not eligible candidates.

Does the program participate in the Match? +

The program does not participate in the Postdoctoral National Matching Program. Candidates who are interviewed undergo a formal evaluation process and the resident selection is made by the AEGD Admissions Committee after the interviews have been completed.

How are residents selected? +

Selection criteria include but are not limited to academic achievement, interpersonal skills and the desire to practice general dentistry. A selection committee consisting of the program director and faculty within the AEGD program screen all submitted applications and select those who will be invited for a personal interview. Once the committee has completed the interviews, a formal evaluation and ranking process is used to make the final selections for those to whom a residency position will be offered.

Are current residents and staff involved in the selection process? +

Candidates are given the opportunity to meet and interact with the current residents and staff; however, the final selection process rests with the AEGD Admissions Committee.

How many residents are accepted each year? +

The program currently accepts five residents each year.

Program details

When does the program begin and end? +

The 12-month program starts June 30 and ends the following June 29.

Does the program offer a stipend? +

The program currently offers a stipend of $30,000.

What is the clinic schedule for the residents? +

The residents see patients in the AEGD clinic daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clinical training comprises about 85 percent of the program; the remaining 15 percent is didactic. Seminars and CE courses are generally offered during the regular hours between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Are there any off-site rotations? +

All clinical training occurs in the AEGD or School of Dentistry clinics. The residents attend a community service/mission project for four days each year that requires them to travel. Housing, meals and transportation are provided for this project.

What types of clinical procedures are performed by the residents? +

Residents treat patients requiring the full scope of general dentistry. We have a diverse patient pool with many patients that present complex dental needs. Emphasis is placed on advanced treatment planning and management of the patient’s dental needs, either by the AEGD resident directly or by coordination of care with other specialty residents. Clinical procedures range from preventive and restorative dentistry to multidisciplinary treatment plans. Patients with special needs are treated in the AEGD clinic and occasionally in the pediatric or hospital setting when sedation or general anesthesia is needed.

Does the program train residents to place and restore dental implants? +

The program provides extensive didactic and clinical training in the treatment, planning and restoration of dental implants for both the partially edentulous and completely edentulous patient. Residents do not currently place dental implants; however, they do have the opportunity to attend and participate in implant surgeries for their specialty referral patients.

Are there both general dentists and specialists on the AEGD program faculty? +

The faculty is a mix of general dentists and specialists who are very committed to supporting the residents’ advanced training. Seven AEGD faculty members are in attendance in the clinic weekly, while several affiliate faculty members also provide special clinical and didactic training.

What type of support personnel are available in the AEGD program? +

The clinic is supported by the same range of support personnel found in a private dental practice. The clinic is supported by four trained dental assistants, as well as appointment and insurance coordinators. Two dental hygienists provide adult recall treatment. The clinic operates much like a small group dental practice.

What courses and seminars are offered? +

The didactic portion of the program consists primarily of seminars, some of which are attended by residents from the specialty programs. The seminars cover the complete spectrum of general dentistry and include guest speakers and current literature review. Residents also attend a number of continuing education courses covering a variety of interdisciplinary topics.

Current residents

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Dentistry
Lyons Dental Building
520 North 12th Street, Fourth Floor
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
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