Applying to the AEGD program

Program details

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?

The program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service program. The deadline for application is Oct. 1 preceding the start of the academic year.

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 clinical 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 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.