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2016-2017 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog 
2016-2017 Augusta University Graduate and Professional Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry

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About the Program

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program is a one-year educational program leading to a certificate. The program is designed to provide clinical and didactic experience at the postdoctoral level in all areas of dentistry with an emphasis on treatment planning, complex cases, treating medically complex patients, and training in advanced techniques such as rotary endodontics, dental implant placement and restoration, and IV sedation.  Residents receive an advanced program of didactic and clinical training in implant, fixed, and removable prosthodontics with the support of highly trained laboratory technicians; instruction in the management of medically compromised patients, geriatric patients, phobic patients, and didactic and clinical experience in the implementation of IV sedation techniques.  The majority of time is spent providing comprehensive patient care in state of the art operatories staffed by dental assistants and clerks simulating a group dental practice.

Goals and Objectives

To support the mission of the Dental College of Georgia: To educate skilled professionals who make a positive difference in the oral health of the widely dispersed and highly diverse population of Georgia.

  1. Identify each student’s individual needs and structure the residency program to address those needs to produce a clinician with the diagnostic acumen, treatment planning skills, and clinical experience and skills to provide the highest level of comprehensive dentistry.
  2. Teach the evidence and techniques that will graduate a clinician with competence and proficiency in the clinical disciplines of general dentistry.
  3. Develop residents with the skills required to treat patients with complex comprehensive care needs and to function as the primary dental care provider for patients, including patients with special needs.
  4. Graduate residents with the ability to manage a dental practice and staff to create a financially viable and positive work environment.
  5. Prepare residents to assume leadership roles in education and in their communities by giving them experience in presentations and public speaking, and by providing them with opportunities to experience actual community service during their residencies in which they may learn to apply their professional ethics, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity to better understand the oral health needs of communities.
  6. Develop lifelong learners in dentistry who can critically review the dental and medical literature and use it both to research topics of interest and to provide up-to-date clinical care.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Dental College of Georgia website for specific admissions information:

We only accept candidates who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Program Fees, Stipends, and Benefits

There is no tuition associated with the AEGD program. If the resident is enrolled in the Master of Science in Oral Biology degree program, he/she must pay tuition for courses taken through the College of Graduate Studies.  Total Estimated Cost for books and supplies for the entire program: $1500.00.  Room and board: Not applicable.  Median Debt: $0.00

Stipends: Last year’s residents received an annual stipend of approximately $47,500.

Equipment: All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution. Residents must provide their own high-quality digital camera for intra-oral photography, approximately $1,500-$2,000.

Benefits: The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at. This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice. Residents are eligible for healthcare insurance if they pay a monthly co-premium.

Leave: Residents are entitled to employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, and 5 days of professional leave, at the discretion of the Program Director. 12 Days of medical leave are also granted to residents as outlined in the Dental College of Georgia Leave Policy for Dental Residents.

The Facilities

The AEGD clinic is located in the brand new state-of-the-art Dental College of Georgia. There are resident offices and clinics dedicated to the program with access to laboratory facilities on site. Full time dental assistants work with the residents in the clinic.

Department Information

Program Director: Andrew Hamilton, DMD

Department Phone: 706-721-7752

Accreditation: The Advanced Education program in General Dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation status of approved. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is  The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in (–education area–). However, this education area is not one of the American Dental Association’s recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association. Revised: 8/14; 7/09; Reaffirmed: 8/10, 7/04, 7/00, 1/95; Adopted: 12/83

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Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program

ONET Code: 29-1029.00 Dentists, All other Specialists

CIP Code: 60.0199

OPEID: 01579

CIP Program Description: Any dental residency specialty program not listed above (Excluding Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics).

The Curriculum

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program includes didactic training and advanced clinical experience in diagnostic sciences, endodontics, implant dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, preventive dentistry, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), restorative dentistry and special needs dentistry. The majority of the resident’s time is devoted to advanced clinical training in ambulatory care settings.

Total Program Hours: 101

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