Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Overview

The Department of Comprehensive Dentistry offers an accredited one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD). The department is committed to providing excellent advanced education in general dentistry to individuals who plan to seek careers in general dentistry. In keeping with the generalist concept, the majority of patient care is supervised by General Dentistry faculty, all of whom have had one to three years of training in an AEGD and/or General Practice Residency (GPR).

Intensive clinical and didactic training in comprehensive care of patients with complex medical issues, critical thinking and treatment planning are the top priorities of our program. In addition, the AEGD program provides advanced training in the dental specialties in an effort to expand the treatment repertoire practiced by our program’s graduates. Program participants will also work and consult on a regular basis with orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and prosthodontists. Comprehensive dental care is provided in the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic (AGDC).

An optional second year of our AEGD program is available for interested 1st year AEGD participants. During the second-year, more time will be spent in the AGDC providing comprehensive care to a wide variety of patients. In addition, there are additional teaching responsibilities of first year AEGD participants and undergraduate dental students.

An optional M.S. in Dental Science degree track is available to qualified students.

Admissions Requirements

Our application process begins May 21st of each year, and ends on October 1st.  Unfortunately, applications which are not postmarked by October 1st  will not be considered for acceptance.

Applicants from ADA-accredited dental schools:

  1. On track to graduate from an ADA- accredited dental school
    1. Graduation is required prior to matriculation
  2. Completed PASS application (https://portal.passweb.org/)
    1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and dental schools
    2. CV/Resume
    3. Five PPI and two Professional Evaluation Forms (letters of recommendation)
  3. Successful completion Part I of National Dental Board Examination (prior to application deadline)
    1. Successful completion of Part II of National Dental Boards is required prior to matriculation
  4. AEGD Program Application including 2x2 photo
  5. Personal interview, if selected as finalist

Applicants from non-ADA-accredited dental schools:

  1. Graduation from dental school
  2. Completed PASS application (https://portal.passweb.org/)
    1. Translated and evaluated transcripts. Please use one of these services:
      1. www.wes.org Request WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation
      2. www.ece.org Request the course-by-course evaluation
    2. CV/Resume
    3. Five PPI and two Professional Evaluation Forms (letters of recommendation)
  3. Successful completion Part I and Part II of National Dental Board Examination (prior to application deadline)
  4. TOEFL (iBT format). A minimum score of 92 or above on the iBT is required of all applicants.
    Our Institution Code Number is 6439 (University Of Texas HSCSA Dental AEGD). www.ets.org/toefl
  5. AEGD Program Application including 2x2 photo
  6. Personal interview, if selected as finalist

Degree Requirements

A Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry will be awarded upon the student’s successful completion of the prescribed AEGD curriculum with a PASS in all courses, and recommendation of the program director to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and certification by the Dean to the President.

The M.S. in Dental Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the certificate and the required courses in the Graduate School.

Sample Plan of Study 

Certificate Year 1

First Year
FallCredit Hours
GEND 7011AEGD Fall Clinic 1 4.5
GEND 5027Pain Control & Sedation 3.5
Spring
GEND 7012AEGD Spring Clinic 1 8
 Total Credit Hours: 16.0

Certificate Year 1 and optional Year 2

First Year
FallCredit Hours
GEND 7011AEGD Fall Clinic 1 4.5
GEND 5027Pain Control & Sedation 3.5
Spring
GEND 7012AEGD Spring Clinic 1 8
Second Year
Fall
GEND 8011AEGD Fall Clinic 2 7
Spring
GEND 8012AEGD Spring Clinic 2 7
 Total Credit Hours: 30.0

Additional Certificate Courses needed for Two Year Certificate and M.S. in Dental Science

Second Year
FallCredit Hours
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1
Spring
INTD 5013Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1 1
Third Year
Fall
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1
Spring
INTD 6014Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2 1
 Total Credit Hours: 4.0

Objectives/Program Outcomes

The Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Health Science Center is to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using applied basic and behavioral sciences. Education in this program is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. The program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:  At the completion of the program the student will:

  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 who are medically-compromised and/or have special needs.
  3. Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  4. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism, including ethical principles, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.

Program Policies

Academic Probation and Dismissal

An advanced education student may be placed on academic probation for reasons of substandard performance in didactic, clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical areas.  A student whose overall grade point average falls below B (3.0) or who receives a final grade of D, F or U for any course during any one grading period will be considered for a recommendation of academic probation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee of the appropriate program. A recommendation for probation will be made to the Advanced Education Committee’s (AEC) Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which is comprised of the Program Directors of all the Advanced Education Programs in the School of Dentistry and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Only the Program Directors will be voting members of this Subcommittee; the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will serve in an ex-officio capacity as a non-voting member.  In addition, the departmental Residency Oversight Committee may recommend to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee that a student be placed on academic probation for clinical, behavioral or professional/ethical performance that does not meet the standards of the program. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will formally place the student on academic probation upon majority vote of the members.

A student placed on academic probation will be given written notification by the Chair of the Advanced Education Committee of such status. This notification will serve as an official warning to the student that her or his didactic, clinical, behavioral and/or professional/ethical performance is below standard and continuation in the postgraduate program is in jeopardy.  The student will be allowed an opportunity to correct the substandard performance that led to academic probation status over a probationary time period determined by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. At subsequent monthly AEC meetings, the Program Director of the affected residency will report to the AEC on the status of the probated student’s progress. Upon the student’s successful correction of performance deficiencies, he or she will be removed from academic probation.  If the reason for academic probation was a GPA below 3.0, the student will remain on probation for as long as her or his cumulative GPA is below 3.0. While on probation, a student must maintain a B average in those courses for which he or she is registered or be considered for dismissal recommendation by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee. A recommendation to remove the student from academic probation will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee, which will remove academic probation status upon majority vote on the members.

If the substandard performance that led to academic probation is not corrected, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program.  A recommendation for dismissal will be made by the departmental Residency Oversight Committee to the AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee. The AEC’s Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee will consider the recommendation for dismissal and will formally dismiss the student from the program upon majority vote of the members.  A student will be subject to dismissal actions without a probationary period if he or she receives a final grade of D or F for 4 (four) or more credit hours of required course work during a single grading period.

During academic probation and dismissal actions, the student may address the AEC Graduate Program Directors Subcommittee in writing or may request permission to appear before the Subcommittee to present her or his views. The Advanced Education Committee will transmit recommendations for dismissal through the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to the Dean. Students may appeal academic dismissal to the School of Dentistry Dean. 

GEND 5027. Pain Control & Sedation. 3.5 Credit Hours.

The course is an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of pain control in dentistry. Beginning with neuroanatomy and pain, the course builds a valid foundation in basic science before advancing to a panoramic discussion of techniques in anxiety management and pain control. Behavioral management and conscious sedation techniques review are the major emphasis and are accompanied by demonstrations.

GEND 7011. AEGD Fall Clinic 1. 4.5 Credit Hours.

AEGD students will gain clinical experience as they treat patients in the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic. Cases gradually increase in complexity and include treatment of medically compromised patients, implant cases, and interdisciplinary cases.

GEND 7012. AEGD Spring Clinic 1. 8 Credit Hours.

AEGD students will gain clinical experience as they treat patients in the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic. Cases gradually increase in complexity and include treatment of medically compromised patients, implant cases, and interdisciplinary cases.

GEND 8011. AEGD Fall Clinic 2. 7 Credit Hours.

AEGD students will gain clinical experince as they treat patients in the Advanced General Dentistry Clinic. Cases gradually increase in complexity and include treatment of medically comprised patients, implant cases and interdisciplinary cases.

GEND 8012. AEGD Spring Clinic 2. 7 Credit Hours.

AEGD students will gain clinical experiences as they treat patients in the Advance General Dentistry Clinic. Cases gradually increase in complexity and include treatments of medically compromised patients, implant cases and interdisciplinary cases.

INTD 5013. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 1. 1 Credit Hour.

A seminar that brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic,endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.

INTD 6014. Perio/Pros/Endo/Orth Interdisciplinary Course 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This seminar brings together the residents and graduate staff from the periodontic, prosthodontic, endodontic and orthodontic postdoctoral programs to share clinically relevant multidisciplinary information. Patient diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are evaluated in an interactive environment. Selected topics involving new advancements are presented and discussed.