Advanced Education in General Dentistry


 

Program Director:

Andrew Hamilton, DMD
Assistant Professor

Assistant Program Director: 

John F. Coleman, DMD

Assistant Professor

Program administrative support contact:

Rachel Begg

Department phone:

(706) 721-9416

Department fax:

(706)  723-0206

Program length:

12 months

No. of residents accepted:

5/yr

PASS participant:

Yes

MATCH participant:  

No

Decision Date:

January 3

DMD/DDS:

Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental school that is accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by the program start date.

 

Accreditation status:

“Approval” status from CODA of ADA

Beginning date:

July 1 each year

National Boards:

Applicants must have successfully passed both Parts I and II of the National Board dental examination by the program start date.

 

Admission Requirements

Dentists who graduated from American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited Dental Colleges/Schools are eligible for admission to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program.

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

Applications for the Advanced Education Program are received through the PASS program. Application materials are reviewed and candidates with the highest qualifications are selected for an interview. Applicants born outside the United States and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based version of TOEFL (iBT TOEFL). Minimum scores are 100, and 26 in the speaking component. No candidates are admitted to the program without a personal interview. Non-discriminatory policies are followed in selecting the applicants.

See the  Augusta University Catalog  for more information. 

The Certificate Program

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the Augusta University is a one year program fulfilling the requirements for advanced training in general dentistry as outlined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association 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, implants, 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 small group dental practice. 

The year of training includes clinical rotations in emergency medicine, pedodontics and anesthesiology.

Goals and Objectives

To support the mission of the Georgia Regents University:  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 treatment plan 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.

Tuition, Stipends, Equipment and Benefits

Tuition:  There is no tuition associated with the Certificate Program in general dentistry.  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.  References should be made to the current Augusta University Catalog for specific information regarding Graduate School tuition and fees.  

Stipends:  Currently $48,000 per year.

Equipment:  All supplies and equipment associated with the clinical program are provided by the institution.

Benefits:  The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at the Georgia Regents University.  This insurance does not cover any outside dental practice.  Residents are eligible for health care insurance if they pay a monthly co-premium. Residents may be eligible for other Augusta University benefits.

Leave: Residents are entitled to Augusta University employee holidays, though assignments for emergency coverage must be maintained. Residents may be entitled to up to 12 days annual leave, 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

There are resident offices and clinics dedicated to the program with access to laboratory facilities on site. Other clinical sites may also be used to expand the patient base. Full time dental assistants are assigned to the residents in the clinic.

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.   

Selection and Admissions Policies

Following the submission of a completed application and the required supporting materials, candidates files are reviewed by the AEGD Selection Committee.  This committee consists of the Program Director and other faculty members.  Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. GPA/Class Rank in dental school

  2. Candidate Essay

  3. Letters of recommendation which address the individual’s scholastic potential, clinical abilities and personal characteristics.

Candidates who are ultimately considered for the AEGD are required to participate in a personal interview.  Final selection will be based upon these criteria.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Augusta University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam War Era veteran.