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NYU Lutheran/UCSF Advanced Education in General Dentistry

​A joint program offering wide-ranging training in underserved communities

Program Contact

Ram Vaderhobli, BDS, MS
Associate Program Director
707 Parnassus Ave., Box 0758
San Francisco, CA 94143


UCSF has collaborated with NYU Lutheran in offering an Advanced Education in Dental Dentistry (AEGD) program. It is a one-year program with an option for a second year.

A unique program in concept and design, the AEGD program places residents in community health center sites at UCSF or in Eureka, Pittsburg or East Palo Alto for comprehensive general dentistry training. You will gain practice experience in a large, group practice environment providing oral health care to patients of diverse age, race, and religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds while working alongside a team of general and specialist dentists, hygienists and assistants, physicians and other health care professionals. You will also have the opportunity to participate in sedation dentistry rotations, activities related to public and community health, and advanced clinical experiences developed by the health center training sites.

The AEGD program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association. Upon successful completion of the program, you can qualify for dental licensure using the postgraduate program pathway in those states that provide for this licensure option. You also will be well-prepared for private practice, community or public health, specialty training or academic dentistry.


The health center training sites are at UCSF, Burre Open Door Community Health Center in Eureka, La Clinica de la Raza in Pittsburg and Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto.

While the sites vary in size and patient demographics, they all offer the equipment, materials, resources and staff supports necessary to provide you with excellent advanced dentistry clinical training.


Clinical experience will take up about 75 percent of your time. You will provide comprehensive oral health care to patients toward case completion and have the opportunity to perform a variety of standard and advanced clinical procedure in all areas of dentistry as described in the program's competency and proficiency statements.

You will be assigned to one health center site for the entire year of training to provide a seamless clinical experience and to promote continuity of care for patients. Occasionally, clinical experience enhancements will be offered by rotation to other affiliated health center sites within a region. Traditionally, this program does not have on-call or extra-clinical and/or medical rotation requirements, but these experiences may be developed for you at the discretion of the health center training site.

Some health center training sites have standard hours of operation, Monday through Friday, while others may have evening and weekend sessions. Your training schedule will be developed at the discretion of the health center training site in collaboration with you and the program administration.

You will receive advanced clinical training in the following areas, among others:

  • IV sedation training
  • CAD/CAM training
  • Use of lasers in a clinical setting
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Implant dentistry

The didactic curriculum will occupy about 25 percent of your experience. The curriculum includes formal lectures via video teleconferencing, asynchronous web-based forums and lectures, and small-group interactive sessions.


Residents in the first-year program receive $40,000 gross salary. Benefits include 20 vacation days and four continuing education days, as well as malpractice, medical and health benefits.

Residents who opt for the second year of the program receive $45,000 gross salary. The benefits are the same as for the first year, with an additional $1,000 credit toward continuing education pursuits outside of the program's curriculum.