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Advanced Education in General Dentistry

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Units of Credit

One unit of credit is awarded for ten hours of lecture or seminar, twenty hours of laboratory or clinic, or thirty hours of independent study per term. In the predoctoral programs (DDS and IDS), students are assigned to comprehensive care clinics for approximately 500 hours during the second year and 1,000 hours during the third, in addition to specialty clinic rotations. Units of credit are assigned in the comprehensive care clinical disciplines in proportion to the amount of time students spend providing specific types of care for assigned patterns.

Full-time enrollment in the predoctoral programs at the School of Dentistry (DDS and IDS) is defined as 16 or more units per term.  Full-time enrollment in the graduate residency programs in orthodontics and endodontics is defined as 20 or more units per term.  For the graduate certificate programs in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, full-time enrollment is defined as 16 or more units per term.

Personalized Instructional Program

Beginning with the DDS class of 2020 and IDS class of 2019, successful completion of a Personalized Instructional Program (PIP) is required for graduation. This is reflected on the transcript as a stand-alone course (SL 999) with comments indicating customized detail. Unit values will vary based upon contact hours.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

The University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry houses its Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program in Union City, approximately 35 miles southeast of San Francisco.

The AEGD program is a one-year accredited postgraduate residency in general dentistry with an optional second year. The core of the program involves advanced clinical treatment of patients requiring comprehensive general dental care to healthy as well as medically compromised patients. Rotations are strategically set for additional training in geriatrics, pediatrics, hospital dentistry, implant restorations and dental emergencies. The AEGD program has an emphasis in minimally invasive and prevention based dentistry such as CAMBRA (CAries Management By Risk Assessment). We feature CAD/CAM restorations, complex implant restoration, Invisalign, and Cone Beam technology. There is an all-encompassing seminar series which covers all dental specialties and participation in rotations at community clinics and in a hospital setting.

The start date for the program is July 1. Residents have time off during the school's winter break and 10 days leave that can be scheduled with the approval of the program director. 

Applicants must show record they have graduated from North American dental school.  There is no tuition to participate in the program; residents receive an educational stipend. The program uses the American Dental Education Association's PASS application to receive application materials. For further information on the Pacific AEGD program application process, please click here. To learn more about the Union City Dental Care Center, please click here.

International General Dentist Educator Program

In this five-year program, the first two years consist of participation in the AEGD program, and the remaining three years consist of attaining a Master's or doctoral degree in professional education and leadership from the University's Benerd School of Education.

The clinical residency and graduate program for international general dentists is a dual-track program consisting of clinical and didactic education. The clinical track is mainly intended to prepare the candidate for a career in patient care and clinical education. The didactic track and teaching practicum are mainly intended to prepare the candidate for a full-time career in dental academia. However, each track may have overlapping features in terms of purpose.

Clinical education is provided under a two-year residency program leading to a clinical certificate upon completion of both years one and two. Didactic education is provided under the two-year graduate program leading to a Master's in Education. The final year of the program will consist of completing the thesis project if not completed in the previous year, and teaching practicum in didactic, pre-clinical, and clinical education of doctoral students. Please click here for more information about this program.