The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is located on the 32nd Street Naval Base, Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Station, San Diego, CA—a directorate of the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. The program provides post-doctoral clinical and didactic education for the general dentist. AEGD residents are challenged appropriately to augment their current level of skill. The program has been fully accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association in 2006 for seven years. There are ten resident positions in the AEGD program.
The program is 80% clinical practice with emphasis on a broad range of clinical exposure including diagnosis and treatment planning. The focus of the one-year program is providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary care to patients. There are also discipline specific rotations in the following specialties: Operative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral Diagnosis. When not in rotations, residents treat patients in a group practice setting and fully utilize the mentorship in Prosthodontics and Periodontics as an integral part of their comprehensive general dentistry practice.
The didactic component of the program comprises 20% and is composed of seminars, lectures in all specialties, labs and participation in several continuing education courses including Treatment Planning, Oral Surgery, Nitrous Oxide and Sedation and Operative Dentistry. Clinical and didactic learning is augmented by assigned projects including: Treatment planning conferences, literature abstracts for seminars, a professional presentation for the Operative Dentistry Continuing Education Course and preparation and presentation of a table clinic for the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, CA and the Annual Professional Military Dental Symposium. Additionally, for dental officers with follow-on orders to operational platforms, residents attend a combat casualty trauma course.
The residency is located in beautiful San Diego, CA. With the most ideal climate, there is year-round access to a variety of outdoor activities including sailing, fishing, surfing, and numerous sporting activities. It is within easy reach of many major attractions both in San Diego and Los Angeles. The city also provides many fine arts and cultural events, as well as major league sport teams and many outstanding restaurants. It is located only 13 miles from the border with Mexico.
At the conclusion of the year, residents will be awarded a certificate in recognition of the successful completion of an ADA accredited AEGD residency. In addition, residents who become members of the Academy of General Dentistry are eligible for 250 hours of CE credit towards achieving Fellowship status.