The clinical curriculum comprises 80% of the core program curriculum and focuses on residents providing comprehensive general dentistry treatment and services to patients.
The curriculum meets CODA standards and includes training and experience in the following areas:
- Acting as primary oral health care providers, including emergency and multidisciplinary oral health care.
- Obtaining informed consent from patients.
- Collaborating effectively within interdisciplinary healthcare teams, including consultations and referrals.
- Coordinating patient-focused care under the supervision of a general practitioner or specialist.
- Directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- Assessing, diagnosing, and planning multidisciplinary oral health care for various patients, including those with special needs.
- Managing the delivery of patient-focused oral health care.
- Providing specific dental treatments and services such as restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontal therapy, endodontic therapy, oral surgery, dental emergencies, and pain/anxiety control techniques.
AEGD residents must fulfill a minimum of 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year to meet the program's requirements and receive the program certificate. Completing one year or 12 months of the program is necessary to obtain the certificate. There are no on-call requirements or rotations in emergency room and operating room experiences. However, upon approval, clinical training sites may offer additional opportunities in these areas.
Clinical training sites provide the necessary resources, including modern practice environments, to facilitate residents' clinical training experiences using current methods, materials, and equipment.
The didactic curriculum comprises 20% of the core program curriculum and consists of approximately 250 hours of coursework. It is divided as follows:
Around 75% of the coursework is delivered through self-guided online lecture modules, allowing residents to learn at their own pace.
Approximately 25% of the coursework is delivered through interactive video-teleconferencing platforms, promoting engagement among residents. These monthly patient care conferences are conducted in small group sessions to foster interactive learning.
Lecture material covers various dental disciplines including oral health care for pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised, and special needs patients. It also includes the latest information on implant dentistry, esthetic dentistry, pain control and sedation, orthodontics, preventive dentistry, endodontics, anesthesia, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral surgery, and managing medical emergencies and dental/oral trauma.
The curriculum addresses dental practice management and administration, including psychodynamics of dental care, decision-making, quality management, ethics, and professionalism.
It emphasizes evidence-based dentistry and its practical application.
Second-year residents engage in coursework related to research, public health, and evidence-based methodologies. They develop a publishable public health project that can be presented in journals and dental or public health-related venues.