Advanced Education in General Dentistry FAQs

What are the options for general dentistry residency programs?
After graduation there are two postgraduate residency programs that you can apply for: General Practice Residency (one year) and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (one to two years)

How does the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program differ from the General Practice Residency (GPR) program?
The AEGD program focuses on advanced clinical dental training in all areas of general dentistry. It is based in a clinic not affiliated with a hospital, but still provides the training to treat medically complicated cases appropriate to a private practice setting. Off service rotation includes IV sedation training in alternative clinical settings. The GPR program tends to focus more on comprehensive management of medically compromised cases in dentistry affiliated with a hospital. Typically, they have off service rotations to other departments in the hospital.

What are the benefits of doing an AEGD program at UCSF?
The AEGD residents at UCSF are exposed to a variety of advanced dental techniques, such as CEREC CAD/CAM chair side all-ceramic crown, soft and hard tissue laser training, implant restorations, IV sedation training and cosmetic procedures.

How long is the AEGD program?
NYU Lutheran/UCSF AEGD program is a yearlong program with an option of doing a second year.

Do I need to have a license to practice dentistry in the AEGD program?
Residents do not need to have their license. Resident must have graduated from a U.S. accredited dental school with a DDS/DMD degree and passed Part 2 of their NDBE. This makes them eligible to apply for licensure.

Will I get my license to practice in dentistry after completing your AEGD program?
Yes, you will be able to apply for your California dental licensure after completion of the one-year AEGD program.

How do I apply for your AEGD program?
The AEGD Program participates in the MATCH process. All applicants must register for a MATCH identification number. Program deadline for receipt of applications is Nov. 15. The program participates in PASS. Candidates, regardless of whether or not they use the PASS service, should check, click on “Dental Postgraduate Pathways” and search the NYU Lutheran AEGD Programs for a list of documents that are required in the application.

How many residents are accepted in your NYU Lutheran/UCSF program each year?
Eight residents are accepted into our AEGD program and may increase every year depending on availability of externship clinical sites.

What are the clinical sites for the AEGD program?
The sites for our AEGD residency program include UCSF School of Dentistry, Eureka, Pittsburg and East Palo Alto.

Do the residents receive any stipend during the program?
Canadian and U.S. dental school graduates receive $40,000/year annual gross salary for first-year residents. Second-year residents receive $45,000/year.

What advanced dental procedures or techniques are offered during the program?
Residents gain significant knowledge and clinical training on few advanced procedures like CAD/CAM all-ceramic crowns, cosmetic procedures, soft and hard tissue lasers, IV sedation and Implant restorations.

Where can I find additional information on the curriculum for the AEGD program?
Please visit the NYU Lutheran AEGD program website,

How much vacation time do I get?
Benefits for first-year residents include 20 vacation days and four continuing education days, malpractice, medical and dental health benefits. Benefits for second-year residents include 20 vacation days and four continuing education days, malpractice, medical and dental health benefits and $1,000 credit toward continuing education pursuits outside of the program’s curriculum.

Will I be responsible for providing after-hours emergency care?
Residents are responsible for carrying an ER pager based on their weekly schedule and will be responsible for providing after-hours ER care.

Do the residents have to do any rotations out of the clinics?
Yes, residents will have to do a weeklong IV sedation rotation outside their clinic setting.

Are there any didactic courses the residents have to attend to?
Didactic Curriculum encompasses 25 percent of the resident’s experiences. Residents receive didactic instruction through a number of venues that include, but are not limited to: formal lectures delivered using videoteleconferencing technology, asynchronous web-based forums and lectures, and small, group interactive sessions. Please review section on core curriculum for more details.

How much time will I be in the clinic treating patients?
Clinical Curriculum encompasses 75 percent of the resident’s total experience. Residents will provide comprehensive oral health care to patients towards case completion and have the opportunity to perform a variety of standard and advanced clinical procedures in all areas of dentistry as described in the program’s competency and proficiency statements. Some health center training sites have traditional hours of operation (e.g., Monday through Friday); however, many others may have late evening and/or weekend sessions. The resident’s training schedule will be developed at the discretion of the health center training sites in collaboration with the resident and program administration.

Do the residents have the option of conducting research during the program?
If the resident expresses interest to pursue a research project, he or she is strongly advised to seek out a faculty mentor during the start of the program. It is advisable that the resident do an optional second year of AEGD program to focus more on research-related activities.

As a foreign graduate, am I qualified for your UCSF/LMC AEGD program?
Applicants for our UCSF program should be graduates from an approved U.S. or Canadian dental school. Applicants from international dental schools are strongly advised to apply for the UCSF International Dentist Program.