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  • Advanced training in general dentistry

Description of the program
The Advanced Training Program in General Dentistry (AEGD) is a fully accredited one-year postgraduate program in clinical dentistry with a didactic component in general dentistry. The main objective of this program is to enhance the clinical skills taught in an undergraduate dental curriculum. The clinical and didactic training and experiences are at a level of skill and complexity beyond that accomplished in a pre-doctoral program. The program currently accepts three residents per year. Each resident is assigned a modern, well-equipped dental practice and a full-time chairside dental assistant. Facilities and staff support all clinical, educational, and research activities of the program.

Duty, leave, allowance:

Appointment: One full year, beginning July 1
Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Weekend call: none
Annual leave: 13 days (vacation)
Allowance: approximately $60,000

Clinical and didactic teaching
Clinical and didactic teaching spans the spectrum of dental disciplines, emphasizing practice management and the care of medically compromised and dentally complex patients. Approximately 80% of the time will be spent providing direct patient care and 20% will be directed to non-clinical and didactic activities. 95% of our patients are outpatients. Additionally, the individual resident can identify their main areas of interest, such as specialized clinical disciplines, teaching, or research. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, residents receive a Postgraduate Certificate in General Dentistry.

The resident has the opportunity to gain significant experience in all disciplines of dentistry except pediatric dentistry and orthodontics (limits being imposed on these by our regulatory authorities). The location, patient availability, and staff direct the program’s primary focus to the management of medically compromised dental patients. Emphasis is placed on the dental disciplines of oral surgery, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), endodontics and periodontics.

The objectives of the program are to train graduate residents capable of:
Assess, diagnose, manage and treat ambulatory, non-ambulatory and medically compromised patients through a multidisciplinary approach to oral health care; Function effectively within the hospital and other healthcare environments; Continuously strive to expand their dental knowledge base by critically reviewing the literature and improving their clinical skills; Assess and treat most dental emergencies; Appreciate the importance of providing dental resources to the community (ie community service).
Didactic activities support the clinical aspects of the program. The seminars focus on patient care and treatment planning. It is an ongoing effort in day-to-day clinical operations and is reviewed periodically during treatment planning seminars, literature reviews, resident presentations, physical diagnostic course, and continuing education courses.

NYU Langone offers online learning modules covering a wide range of topics in specialty and general dentistry. This includes the majority of didactic activity.

The clinical phase of the program includes the bulk of the study program. Approximately 80% of residents’ time is spent in the dental services clinic.

Upon completion of the program, residents are well-trained hospital dentists. They have a good command of general dentistry, have confidence in their abilities and know their limits. The program provides them with a reasonable foundation for their future professional development in general dentistry or specialty training.

Clinical description and facilities
Dental Clinic: The clinic consists of ten fully equipped dental operating rooms, including digital panoramic and intraoral radiography. Two on-site CEREC acquisition units with an in-lab milling machine are available to residents.

Auxiliary staff: Three full-time dental hygienists, nine dental assistants, one full-time secretary, one full-time medical support assistant and one full-time program assistant.

Providence VA Medical Center is dedicated to providing high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient health care to veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Each veteran who comes to the Medical Center for care is assured of personalized care by a team of health care providers. A primary care provider coordinates each patient’s medical care, patient education needs, and referrals to one of the medical center’s subspecialty clinics. The medical center’s outpatient program is supported by a general medical, surgical, and psychiatric facility fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). The medical center offers a wide range of services in medicine, surgery and behavioral sciences and currently operates 73 beds. Veterans can also avail of primary care services provided at VA Primary Care Centers in New Bedford, MA, Hyannis, MA and Middletown, RI.


Residents must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Canadian Dental School
  • Meet the licensing requirements necessary to be licensed to practice dentistry in any state of the United States or the District of Columbia.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration.

To apply for this program:

  1. Complete a request to the Postdoctoral Candidature Support Service (PASS)
    Website: American Dental Education Association*
    Phone: 800-353-2237
  2. Sign up for the National Matchmaking Service
    Website: Postgraduate Dental Matching Program*
    Phone: 416-977-3431

Deadline: Applications must be completed no later than November 1.

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