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Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)

Philosophy

The overall philosophy of the AEGD program at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is to provide the general dentist with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to provide evidence-based comprehensive oral care ethically and competently on a wide range of patient populations.

Goals

The AEGD Program goals are to prepare a graduate to:

  1. Act as a Primary care provider who can plan and provide a high caliber of comprehensive dental services including: emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care, patient centered care coordinated by a general practitioner, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and dental treatment using advanced treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide comprehensive oral health care for a variety of patients including patients of special needs, complex medical conditions, and financial barriers.
  3. Effectively manage oral health care delivery, including patient management, practice management, and quality improvement activities to meet the needs of a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team to promote total body health.
  5. Apply scientific principles and critical thinking to learning and oral health care, including evidence-based clinical decision making and effective use of technology in health care delivery.
  6. Promote the value of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, service to the community and cultural diversity in professional dental practice.
  7. Understand the oral health care needs of communities, and actively engage in community service to promote oral health.
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    General Information

    This 12-month residency will accept a total of six dental student graduates who have fulfilled all admission requirements and applied using the PASS application service. The program will start on July 1 and end on June 30 of the following calendar year. Each resident will receive a stipend at the PGY 1 level and will be provided with a benefit package consistent with St. John Providence Health System first year residents. Each graduating resident will be awarded a certificate of program completion.

    After the first year, two second-year positions may be made available to graduating residents. A PGY 2 "chief resident" position will contribute to the enrichment of the academic curricula and offer interested candidates access to administrative and academic development programs. In addition to serving as a liaison between administrative faculty and first year residents, the chief resident will be provided with advanced training as a second year resident. Each second year resident will be asked to pursue an area of specific interest (e.g. teaching, research, public health, a particular clinical discipline, etc.). Concentrated instruction will be provided to promote development in the chosen area.

    First year residents (PGY 1) are not allowed to work outside of the program.

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    Educational Program

    Residents are exposed to aspects of dentistry that are not traditionally part of the pre-doctoral core curriculum including: advanced treatment planning, surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry, periodontal surgery, pediatric dentistry, complex prosthodontic treatment, advanced dental alveolar surgery, treatment of medically compromised patients, TMJ disorders, and esthetic dentistry.

    The clinical program will consist of providing patient care at Detroit Mercy SOD Corktown Campus dental clinic and at St. John Providence Health Riverview dental clinic. During clinical training, residents will provide comprehensive and emergency care to patients who present with complicated medical and/or dental conditions requiring multidisciplinary oral health care. Residents will also participate in rotations in pediatric dentistry, outreach/community dentistry, and oral surgery including a one-month rotation in the St. John Providence Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program.

    Didactic educational opportunities are provided in addition to clinical experiences. Many of the classes are Master's level courses and include material and participation of residents from other specialty programs. The courses are offered to the AEGD resident as additional educational experiences; however, residents are not subject to the same grading criteria as the specialty program residents and will not receive credit towards a Master’s degree.

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    Admissions

    Applicants to the AEGD program at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry must have a DMD/DDS from a dental education program in the United States or Canada which is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). At this time the program does not accept graduates from international dental programs.

    Applicants should have successfully completed Part I of the National Board Examination prior to applying for admission and must complete part II before they can begin the program. Candidates for admission should possess good academic credentials (GPA not less than 2.8) and should demonstrate a definite interest in post-graduate training.

    The program is limited to seven total residents. The application process requires the completion of a PASS application available at www.adea.org. Applications must be completed and filed with the PASS application service by November 1. Applications will not be considered until all records and fees have been received. After the November 1 deadline, applicants should notify contact Ms. Sheila Gandy in the Department of Patient Management they will be completing a paper application.

    The completed PASS application should include all documents requested by PASS. The PASS website has a connecting link to the University of Detroit Mercy's AEGD program.

    Please note, the Detroit Mercy AEGD program REQUIRES:

    1. $75.00 application fee paid directly to the University of Detroit Mercy AEGD Program, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208-2576, attention Sheila Gandy.
    2. 2"x2" photograph (with name printed on the back) sent directly to the University of Detroit Mercy AEGD Program, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208-2576, attention Sheila Gandy

    Please send these items directly to the Detroit Mercy AEGD program by November 1.

    Failure to include these required materials will result in the delay of application consideration.

    The University of Detroit Mercy is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all regardless of age, sex, race, creed, national or ethnic origin, handicap, weight, or sexual preference.

    Application

    Paper application should be completed ONLY if applicant has missed the November 1 PASS deadline.

    All other applicants must complete the PASS application (www.adea.org).

    AEGD Application - 52kb

    Paper application should be completed ONLY if applicant has missed the November 1 PASS deadline.

    Send completed application (as stated in page 4 of application) to:

    Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
    ATTN: Sheila Gandy, AEGD Application
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576

    Contact

    For further information, please contact:

    Phone: 313-494-6629

    Dr. Mary Parise, Program Director, AEGD
    Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
    University of Detroit Mercy
    School of Dentistry
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576
    parisema@udmercy.edu

    Dr. Rista Urukalo, Assistant Program Director, AEGD
    Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
    University of Detroit Mercy
    School of Dentistry
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576
    urukalri@udmercy.edu

    Sheila Gandy, Administrative Assistant
    Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care
    University of Detroit Mercy
    School of Dentistry
    2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48208-2576
    gandysa@udmercy.edu

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    AEGD Curriculum

    The AEGD curriculum is designed to meet program goals and objectives which lead to competence by providing both didactic and clinical learning opportunities for residents.

    Presentations

    • Periodontics Case Review
    • Dental Management of Compromised Patients
    • Treatment planning Case Review

    Rotations

    • Pediatric Dental Clinic
    • Oral Surgery

    Projects

    • Community/Outreach Service Projects

    Didactics

    (One year curriculum July 1st to June 30th of first year. Second year optional, see Program Director.)

    Summer Term - First Year
    Course Title Course Director
    Advanced General Dentistry Seminar M. Parise
    Head and Neck Anatomy M. Ahmad
    Evidence-Based Dentistry M. Parise/N. Sleiman
    Dental Management of Medically Compromised Patients I M. Parise
    Fall Term - First Year
    Course Title Course Director
    Advance General Dentistry Seminar M. Parise
    Oral Pathology J. Ojha
    Periodontics Case Review B. Kinaia/M. Parise
    Evidence-Based Dentistry M. Parise/N. Sleiman
    Advanced Periodontal Surgery Seminar I B. Kinaia/M. Parise
    Dental Management of Medically Compromised Patients I M. Parise
    Winter Term - First Year
    Advanced General Dentistry Seminar M. Parise
    Periodontics Case Review B. Kinaia/M. Parise
    Ethics & Professional Responsibility P. Zarkowski
    Dental Management of Medically Compromised Patients I M. Parise
    Advanced Periodontal Surgery Seminar II B. Kinaia/M. Parise
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    AEGD Course Descriptions

    Course and Seminar Descriptions

    Advanced General Dentistry Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

    The goal of this course is to cover a broad range of topics related to general dentistry and to provide information that will help residents develop skills in providing comprehensive patient-centered oral health care for their patients. It will focus on clinical care as well as practice management, information technology, ethics, advanced treatment modalities and community service. This course will address issues of patients with special needs and understanding complex medical conditions and their effect on dental care. It will cover treatment planning and sequencing and will stress the role of oral health care providers and acting in a team approach to promote prevention of disease and total body health. This is a yearlong course which will also address disciplines of general dentistry that are not represented in other program courses including endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, emergencies, oral medicine, oral surgery, therapeutics, pharmacology, esthetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, dental materials and laboratory procedures. Guest lecturers who are experts in these disciplines will be utilized for many lectures.

    This portion of the curriculum provides time for patient care and treatment planning conferences. Residents present patient cases they are currently treating. Residents will take clinical photographs and provide case histories and review pertinent literature prior to presentation. Presentations will focus on diagnosis, treatment planning, progress of clinical treatment and treatment outcomes. Specific aspects of the case may be assigned by the program director such as ethics, patients with special needs, health promotion/disease prevention, aspects of practice management or use of an advanced treatment modality.

    Advanced Periodontics Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 1, 4 and 5.

    The goal of this course is to focus on the clinical periodontal literature related to periodontal examination, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment including surgical and non-surgical therapy and implant dentistry. Residents will be required to read background material for each session which will then be discussed and moderated by the course director. While the sessions will predominately use clinical slides in somewhat of a lecture format, residents are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions.

    Evidence-Based Dentistry Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 3, 4, 5 and 6.

    This course provides residents with information regarding the role of scientific inquiry and evidence in clinical decision making and includes literature reviews and discussion regarding clinical topics. Methods of scientific inquiry, the role of science versus experience in clinical dentistry, ways to conduct literature reviews and collect evidence and guidelines for the assessment of the quality of published articles will be discussed. The importance of life-long learning will be emphasized. Residents will conduct literature reviews and lead discussions related to topics representing many aspects of clinical dentistry and oral health care delivery.

    Head and Neck Anatomy Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 1 and 4.

    The goal of this course is to study the structure and function of the tissues of the human head and neck. The course assumes the residents will have basic knowledge of human anatomy however the following areas will receive special emphasis in this course: the skull, injection sites, the muscles of mastication and of facial expression, cranial nerves, the oral cavity with emphasis on its neurovascular supply, submandibular space, pharynx, autonomic nervous system as it pertains to the face, lymphatic drainage of facial structures and spread of infection and fascial planes. This course will also give residents the opportunity to place implants in cadaver heads as a hands on experience prior to clinical experiences.

    Dental Management of Medically Compromised Patients Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

    This course will provide residents with information regarding oral medicine with a focus on current issues affecting the practice of dentistry, including the needs of underserved populations who are medically complex. The importance of life-long learning will be emphasized. Residents will conduct literature reviews of topics in oral medicine that have relevancy to clinical dentistry and oral health care delivery. Most discussions with be cased based and a review of patients currently receiving care in the AEGD clinic. The residents will present the conclusions in a seminar and participate in discussions facilitated by the course directors.

    Oral Pathology Seminar - supports AEGD program goals 1, 2, 4 and 5.

    Residents will learn how to critically evaluate the literature while determining the differential diagnosis, definitive diagnosis, management of oral lesions and systemic conditions affecting dental medicine. This seminar incorporates lectures and resident case presentations.

    Periodontal Case Presentation - supports AEGD program goals 1, 2, 4 and 5.

    This portion of the curriculum provides time for residents to present patient cases they are currently treating with an emphasis on periodontal therapy and/or advanced treatment modalities. Resident case presentations include clinical photographs, medical and dental histories, clinical data, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment outcomes. Residents are required to include relevant scientific literature in these presentations to support treatment planning and treatment techniques. Residents are encouraged to lead discussions during the presentations.

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    Tuition and Fees

    Upon acceptance into the Detroit Mercy AEGD Program, a non-refundable fee of approximately $700 must be paid to ensure your position in the program. This fee will cover your administrative costs for the year.

    Each resident will receive a stipend at the PGY 1 level and will be provided with a benefit package consistent with St. John Providence Health first year residents.

    *All Post-Graduate Students must have Health Insurance Coverage or must enroll in the university plan provided through Aetna Health Insurance Policy; for the Waive/Enroll process go to: www.aetnastudenthealth.com.  Fees are subject to change without notice. It is anticipated that the costs of tuition and books will increase commensurate with inflation, budget needs, or similar affecting factors. Current costs are available upon request.

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