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Advanced Education in General Dentistry

The University of Tennessee AEGD Program is a one-year CODA approved, advanced training program located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee focused on the preparation of residents in different disciplines of dentistry  for private practice and specialty training through improvement of their dental skills and dental knowledge that applies to patient care to build their confidence and independence while making sound judgment. The program is a participant of the Postdoctoral Dental Match Program and it begins on July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year.  It is comprised of five (5) residents participating over a twelve (12) month period supervised by general practitioners and specialists. It provides advanced clinical training beyond that achieved in dental school training. The knowledge gathered in the AEGD Program supplements the dental school pre-doctoral curriculum. The didactic component is year-long on varying topics that include: pain management, diagnosis and treatment planning, esthetic dentistry, dentures, crown and bridge, dental implants, orthodontics for the general practitioner, dental emergencies, medical emergency in the dental office, implant dentistry, cultural sensitivity, law pertaining to dentistry, and practice management.  The program is focused on improvement of clinical skills and applicable knowledge that will improve patient care. A focus will be on the aspect of diagnosis and treatment planning of cases.

Critical thinking, decision-making skills, and sound reasoning will be achieved utilizing case presentations to determine the reasoning for the Residents course of treatment and treatment options for patients.  Competency, ethics, and professionalism are stressed in the program to achieve independence and confidence for private practice or a recognized dental specialty and to enhance the profession of dentistry. The Resident will provide comprehensive care to patients of diverse population.  The Residents will get supervision and training in the fields of prosthodontics, operative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, dental implantology. In the course of the next twelve months, you will learn how to safely manage patients that are medically compromised and how to diagnose and treat patients of varying ages with different backgrounds and provide quality care.  You will have opportunities to diagnose, treatment plan, and execute complex cases that may range the term of a year. There will also be lectures on pain management and orthodontic for the general practitioner.  Residents will have an opportunity to learn about implants and application of patient care.  The Residents will experience new modern technology in a newly constructed facility.

The program has an emergency rotation with no on-call schedule and no weekend calls. There are 10 federally observed holiday and a week off for winter recess. At the end of the program, residents will have the necessary experience, confidence, and independence to proceed into general practice or proceed into a specialty training.  Upon completion of the program, Residents receive a Certificate of Advanced Education in General Dentistry. We welcome diversity and residents with an attitude for learning and acceptance. The selection of candidates are made without regard to an individual’s gender, religion, color, creed, age, race, sexual orientation, citizenship, or other federally protected class. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or Canadian Dental School and have passed the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II.  Since The University of Tennessee Health Science Center AEGD Program participates in PASS and Match (https://portal.passweb.org) application process, all interested applicants must apply through these programs.

Stipends, Objectives and Curriculum

Stipends

The Residents are paid a gross salary of $51,780 during the twelve (12) month residency period. Benefits include 20 vacation days and 10 paid federal holidays, medical insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance, malpractice insurance

Educational Objectives

Following completion of the program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, residents will be able to:

  • Serve as the patient's first contact for dental care.
  • Provide services and consultation for the timely entry of patients into the dental care system.
  • Evaluate a patient's general systemic health and plan treatment accordingly.
  • Plan and properly sequence patient treatment procedures.
  • Provide continuity of patient care.
  • Provide a comprehensive range of dental services which will minimize the need for patient referral, but provide referral to appropriate specialists when necessary.
  • Coordinate treatment provided by dental specialists and qualified dental auxiliary personnel.
  • Provide a comprehensive range of dental services to special population groups including medically compromised, handicapped, geriatric and cancer patients.
  • Provide a comprehensive range of dental services which require knowledge and skills beyond those of the recent dental school graduate.
  • Manage a dental office: apply principles of decision-making; apply principles of finance including insurance and prepaid programs; and understand issues on quality of care, peer review, malpractice and ethics.
  • Communicate and consult with patients.
Program Objectives
  • Increase the knowledge and competence levels of the AEGD residents.
  • To improve the resident's ability to provide organized, sound treatment plans based on appropriate judgment and demonstrate proper decision making skills during patient treatment.
  • To develop the resident's ability to positively and professionally interact with all health practitioners responsible for treating the patient.
  • To improve the resident's understanding of practice administration.
  • To increase the access to dental care in Tennessee by providing more highly skilled dentists.
  • To encourage all residents to remain in the practice of general dentistry.
First Year Curriculum

Summer/Fall Semester

  • GNDN 602DG-Histology/Embryology
  • GNDN 605DG-Advanced Oral Pathology
  • GNDN 610DG-Advanced General Dentistry
  • GNDN 611DG-Case Presentation
  • GNDN 614DG-Dental Team
  • GNDN 615DG-General Dentistry Literature Review
  • GNDN 618DG-Prosthodontics Seminar
  • GNDN 630DG-Orthodontics
  • GNDN 634DG-Implantology

Winter/Spring Semester

  • GNDN 619DG-Clinical Pharmacology
  • GNDN 620DG-Advanced General Dentistry
  • GNDN 621DG-Case Presentation
  • GNDN 622DG-Behavior Management
  • GNDN 624DG-Dental Team
  • GNDN 625DG-General Dentistry Literature Review
  • GNDN 628DG-Prosthodontics Seminar
  • GNDN 631DG-Orthodontics
  • GNDN 635DG-Implantology
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For further information

regarding The University of Tennessee Health Science Center AEGD Program, please review the information provided on the University of Tennessee Website or feel free to call Dr. Ray Galvan (1-615-327-9400 x9676).

Last Published: Aug 31, 2018