Overview

Program Director:
Michael E. Pruett, DMD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director: John F. Coleman, DMD
Assistant Professor
Program administrative support contact: Erica Schlachter
Department phone: (706) 721-9416
Department fax: (706)  723-0206
Program length: 12 months
No. of residents accepted: 9/yr - which includes, for those that excel in the 1st year, up to four 2nd year acceptances.
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: The program in Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. 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: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
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.

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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.

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Goals and Objectives

This General Practice Residency program is designed to provide training beyond the level of dental student 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.  This 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.

The goals of this program include preparation of the graduate to:

  • Act as 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.
  • Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  • Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  • Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  • Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  • 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.
  • Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  • Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community services.

 

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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: 
Last year the general practice residents received an annual stipend of approximately $48,000.  This stipend is provided by the Augusta University Health Center, and is subject to change each year based on availability of funds.  Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city with a low cost of living.  This makes it ideal for residency training from a financial standpoint.

Equipment: 
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.

Benefits: 
The Dental College of Georgia provides malpractice insurance coverage for residents while providing patient care at the Augusta University Hospital. 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 if they so elect.

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:
The General Practice Program has its residents’ offices, clinics dedicated to the program, and laboratory facilities in the Dental College of Georgia.  Clinical training also occurs in the Augusta University Health Center.  Augusta University Health Center is a tertiary care hospital that serves the needs of patients throughout the state.  The hospital has an inpatient operating room and a modern Ambulatory Procedure Center for general anesthesia cases.  The Emergency Department of the hospital has a fully equipped treatment room for dental procedures. Five full time dental assistants are assigned to assist the residents in the clinic.

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The Curriculum

The General Practice Residency 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. Patient care is also provided under general anesthesia in the Operating Room and Ambulatory Procedure Center. Additional hospital experience is gained through rotations in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry and by participation in rounds and consultative services with various medical disciplines. Major emphasis is given to training related to the care of medically compromised patients.

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Selection and Admissions Policies

Following submission of a completed application and the required supporting materials, candidates files are reviewed by the Resident Selection Committee.  This committee consists of the Program Director and at least two other faculty members who provide clinical support for the GPR.  Only graduates of a dental school which is accredited by the American Dental Association are considered.  The following guidelines are used to select those individuals to be invited for an interview. 

  • Applicants should rank in the top half of their dental school class.
  • Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in dental school.
  • Applicants should have an average score of 85 or higher on National Boards.
  • Letters of recommendation should be strongly supportive of the individual’s scholastic potential, clinical abilities and personal characteristics.
  • An applicant who does not meet the first three guidelines may be considered if their academic record reflects a notable, consistent improvement and they are supported by exceptional letters of recommendation.

Candidates who are ultimately considered for the GPR are required to participate in a personal interview.  Following the interview process, members of the GPR Resident Selection Committee independently rank the applicants.  Should there be gross discrepancies in the rankings, the committee further discusses the applicants.  The rankings and deliberations provide the basis for a consensus opinion of the committee. The Program Director will make the selections and the selected candidates will be notified by the posted decision date listed in the chart at the top of this page.

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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.