AEGD Overview & Objectives
Education in General Dentistry - 2 Year Program Overview
The Fort Bragg Advanced Education General Dentistry – 2 Year (AEGD – 2 yr) Program is designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care. Education in these programs is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. The program is designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of patients.
The overall goals of the program are to prepare the graduate to competently:
- Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
- Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care in a dental clinic and hospital setting for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
- Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
- Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
- Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
- Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
- Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.
- Develop skills in oral and written communication.
- Pursue continuing study and board certification in Comprehensive Dentistry.
- Assume positions of increasing responsibility and authority as an officer, clinician, mentor and leader in the United States Army Dental Corps.
Objectives to Achieve Overall Program Goals
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry – 2 Year Program will be structured to allow each resident to exercise independent judgment beyond that expected in a predoctoral or one year program curriculum. Residents will be assigned a wide variety of patients that have complex dental care needs and will be given increasingly greater clinical responsibility as they proceed through their training.
In order to achieve the first goal, act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients, the residents will be responsible for comprehensive treatment of many and varied complex treatment needs patients. Residents will provide comprehensive care (as opposed to episodic, emergency, referred specialty or one-time care) for a significant number of patients with complex treatment needs that require advanced dental treatment modalities and disease prevention measures.
In order to achieve the second goal, plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care to a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs the residents will interact with specialists representing all disciplines of dentistry. This interaction will occur in every day practice and in a structured environment during treatment planning conferences with other dental specialists and medical consultants as required. The resident will be assigned patients with special treatment needs and be responsible for overall patient management whether treatment is performed by a generalist or by a specialist.
In order to achieve the third goal, manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment, residents will be exposed to didactic material covering these areas throughout the program and are expected to participate in the residency’s quality improvement program.
In order to achieve the fourth goal, function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams, the resident will function in the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic (one month intensive) and operating room (treating some oral surgery and pediatric dentistry patients) departments of the hospital and local Veterans Administration Hospital (rotation of 16 hours). Residents are expected to treat medically compromised patients and interact with their medical counterparts on a routine basis.
In order to achieve the fifth goal, apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care, residents will receive didactic and clinical training that focuses on evidence based science and clinical studies. Critical thinking and clinical decision making will be emphasized during literature reviews and journal club sessions. The use of current technology will be demonstrated and encouraged throughout the program.
In order to achieve the sixth goal, utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice, residents will be exposed to ethical issues in dental practice along with care that focuses on the patient’s desires and best interests. Additionally, adaptability and the acceptance of cultural diversity in practice will be stressed in each area. The need to be a perpetual student of dentistry will be stressed.
In order to achieve the seventh goal, understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service. The residents will be required to give preventive dentistry lectures to expectant parents, screen military retirees and their family members for oral cancer during Fort Bragg’s Annual Retiree Appreciation Day Health Fair, participate in National Dental Children’s Dental Health Month Activities and other community oriented activities and treat elderly inpatients at the local Veterans Administration Hospital.
In order to achieve the eighth goal, develop skills in oral and written communication, the residents will be required to give lectures on various topics, present cases in treatment planning, medically compromised, implant and other patient care conferences, abstract and present summaries on scientific journals, present table clinics and write a research paper.
In order to achieve the ninth goal, pursue continuing study and board certification in Comprehensive Dentistry, the residents will take mock oral and written exams patterned after the American Board of General Dentistry, and the faculty will assist the resident in selecting board cases to present to the American Board of General Dentistry.
In order to achieve the tenth goal, assume positions of increasing responsibility and authority as an officer, clinician, mentor and leader in the United States Dental Corps, the residents will be trained in managing military dental clinics and enlisted and civilian personnel, take an active role in evaluating their assistants, learn Army protocol and policies, receive instruction in Army Dental Officer wartime missions, be given positions of increasing authority as they progress through the program and attend courses in combat casualty care, advanced trauma life support and advanced cardiac life support.