AEGD Program

Resident and faculty member during procedure

The 12- or 24-month Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program provides advanced education and clinical experience to prepare dental school graduates for a career in the practice of comprehensive general dentistry. Graduates of the AEGD program will have attained added competency and confidence in all areas of dental care, practice management and professional responsibility. This program also provides residents with meaningful experiences in the delivery of complex fixed prosthetics, removable prosthetics, and in complex treatment planning.

The AEGD program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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.

Program goals and objectives

Upon completion of this program, the AEGD resident should be able to:

  1. Act as a 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.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including patients with special needs.
  3. 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.
  4. Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcome-based clinical decision making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Facilities and resources

The VCU School of Dentistry facilities are housed in the Perkinson, Wood Memorial and Lyons buildings and contain clinical facilities, research facilities, classrooms, student laboratories, departmental offices and a computer learning laboratory. The laboratories and classrooms contain closed-circuit television receivers. The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, the largest health science library in Virginia, is located across the street from the School of Dentistry.

Program information such as infection and biohazard policies, dental radiation policies and HIPAA privacy policies can be obtained by contacting the program director, Dr. Kevin Noall, at kmnoall@vcu.edu.

Application

This program participates in the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service program. The program deadline for application through PASS is September 15.  Applicants are not required to take the Advanced Dental Admissions Test to apply.

Eligibility and selection

Dental graduates from U.S. institutions accredited by their respective Commissions on Dental Accreditation who have passed Part 1 of the National Dental Board Examination are eligible to apply for the AEGD program. Successful completion of Part II and eligibility for licensure in Virginia are required prior to admittance to the program. 

Dental applicants trained outside the United States must be a graduate from an international dental school resulting in a degree/diploma in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civilian authorities of the country which the school is located. Information on how international trained dentists can apply is found here.

Foreign nationals are encouraged to apply to AEGD, but VCU cannot sponsor any visa for the AEGD program. If you are a foreign national, and you would like to participate in AEGD you must obtain SCIS employment authorization on your own. Examples of USCIS employment authorization that could be used to participate in AEGD include: US Permanent Resident Card (green card) or an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) issued in connection with a pending green card application, asylum application, or Optional Practical Training, etc.

The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is an admission test designed to provide advanced dental education programs with a means to assess applicants.   The ADAT is optional for application to this AEGD program.   If the applicant has taken the ADAT, they are encouraged to submit their scores. However, the absence of an ADAT score will NOT impact the chances of an applicant being granted an interview.

Selection criteria for all applicants include didactic and clinical achievements, extra-mural achievements, interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to pursue a career in general dentistry.

Interviews

Interviews are by invitation only. Please note that not all applicants will be interviewed. Interviews are traditionally held in October and November. As a reminder, the deadline for all applications in PASS is September 15.

If an applicant has not received an invitation to interview by Sep. 27, it can be assumed by the applicant that they will not be selected for that admission cycle.

Candidates selected for admission will be notified by Nov. 15. All applicants will receive notification of action taken by the admissions committee from the program director by Nov. 15.

Applicants meeting the requirements for admission, but not granted an interview, are encouraged to apply again the following year. Reapplication must be completed through PASS.

Residency stipends are subject to change annually. For international students, an educational services fee also applies. 

Professional liability

The commonwealth of Virginia self-insurance program provides professional liability (malpractice) coverage, subject to policy limits, for advanced dental education students. Coverage includes professional service on duty within the institution and professional service on assigned duties in one of the affiliated hospitals or programs. It does not cover any other professional service, e.g. moonlighting activities at other facilities or institutions.

Tuition and fees

There are no AEGD tuition and fees. Information on AEGD stipends is found here. An educational services fee may apply for international students.