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Residency Program

The AEGD Program is a 12-month certificate program providing extensive training in general dentistry and emphasizing treatment planning, patient management, and comprehensive care. The program provides didactic and clinical training in restorative dentistry, esthetic dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, full mouth rehabilitation, and implant dentistry (both surgical and restorative) to mention a few. The experience is enhanced with relevant hospital exposure through an affiliation with University Hospitals of Cleveland. Along with its didactic curriculum, the program offers a variety of Continuing Education opportunities on a variety of subjects and encourages individual achievements and lifelong learning. It is staffed with dedicated full-time and volunteer faculty as well as an outstanding staff.

Admission Requirements

The program is a one-year experience with a major emphasis in clinical general dentistry, designed to provide the resident with training beyond that received in the pre-doctoral curriculum. This includes experience in implant dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, and medically compromised patients. Formal courses, seminars, literature reviews, as well as one week of "on call" experience per month enhance the resident's ability to handle dental and medical emergencies encountered in every day practice. We pride ourselves in selecting a cadre of residents that reflect the diversity that is a hallmark of the dental school and the University. Our residents are selected based on:

  • Their clinical skills as measured by grades and faculty letters of evaluation
  • Their ability to perform effectively as a member of a small cadre of residents as measured by their letters of evaluation and the personal interview
  • Their interest and enthusiasm for the dental profession as measured by their personal interview.

Applications are reviewed to choose those who will be invited to interview. Grades and national board scores are considered, as are activities that demonstrate a passion for dentistry and the ability to excel in an areas beyond traditional dental school activities. Leadership, experience and excellence are also valued.

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Educational Objectives

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Collect the necessary data for diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Analyze the data to formulate sound diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Assess the patient’s medical and dental status
  • Make referrals to medical and/or dental specialists when needed
  • Formulate a differential and definitive diagnosis
  • Request consultation from dental and medical specialists

Planning and Providing Comprehensive Multi-disciplinary Oral Care

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Systematically evaluate and develop a problem list
  • Formulate a sequenced treatment plan and alternative plans
  • Present the treatment plans to the patient
  • Implement the accepted treatment plan
  • Re-evaluate the treatment plan and implement changes as needed

Obtaining Informed Consent

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Obtain informed consent
  • Understand the medical-legal implications of informed consent
  • Explain to the patients risks and benefits of proposed treatment

Sedation, pain and Anxiety Control

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Evaluate the patient for conscious sedation
  • Provide sedation, pain and anxiety control beyond local anesthetic
  • Be familiar with the use of oral sedation and inhalation sedation
  • Be familiar with the pharmacological agents used in conscious sedation

Restoration of Teeth

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Recognize all abnormalities of enamel and dentin and restore the teeth to their physiologic form and function using the appropriate restorative materials
  • Identify the need for periodontal therapy in conjunction with the restoration of defective or carious teeth
  • Understand the effects of various dental materials on pulpal tissue and the need for pulpal protection
  • Understand the principles and indications for restoring endodontically treated teeth
  • Be familiar with the need and use of post and core

Replacement of Teeth Using Fixed and Removable Appliances

the curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Understand and apply current concepts in fixed and removable prosthodontics including diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis
  • Understand and apply current concepts in restoring implants with fixed and removable prostheses
  • Apply skills in the preparation delivery and adjustment of a fixed and removable prosthesis
  • Effectively communicate with the laboratory on all aspects of fixed and removable prosthesis fabrication
  • Understand and apply the decision making process for consultation and referral of cases to a specialist
  • Apply the techniques for the fabrication of a fixed or removable appliance from preliminary impression to delivery and follow-up
  • Select teeth, types, shades, molds, occlusion
  • Apply the techniques of surveying and partial denture designs
  • Understand the rationale for immediate removable appliances

Periodontal Therapy

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Perform a comprehensive periodontal examination to establish a diagnosis and prognosis for treatment
  • Understand the rationale for treatment and/or referral of a case
  • Integrate periodontal health in the overall treatment plans and modify those plans according to the periodontal condition of the patient

Pulpal Therapy

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Diagnose pulpal exposure
  • Differentiate between pulpal and periodontal lesions
  • Perform routine endodontic therapy
  • Manage emergencies of pulpal origin

Hard and Soft Tissue Surgery

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Perform routine dentoalveolar surgery from a general practice point of view
  • Understand pain and infection control
  • Perform wound debridement and necessary suturing
  • Perform intra-oral biopsies
  • Understand the risks, complications, prevention, and management associated with various procedures
  • Understand the principles and techniques for basic flap designs
  • Recognize situations and indications for referral to a specialist
  • Understand the principles of the surgical phase of implant dentistry

Treatment of Dental Emergencies

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Be able to diagnose and treat patients with dental emergencies

Treatment of Medical Emergencies

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Recognize, prevent and manage the most common medical emergencies encountered in the dental practice
  • Be proficient in providing CPR/BCLS

Medical Risk Assessment

The curriculum in this area is intended to enable the resident to:

  • Recognize normal physical findings as well as significant deviations
  • Understand the disease entity and its effects in the dental management of the patient