Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program

The University of Pittsburgh's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program was established in 1989. The one-year long program is fully accredited, enrolls two students, and begins on July 1st of each year. We prefer having students from diverse backgrounds and the residents for the 2017-18 program year are from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Tufts Dental School.

The program follows the School of Dental Medicine's academic calendar and daily schedule, including patient appointments on Tuesday evenings. There are no weekend rotations, but a 24-hour on call schedule is maintained for the School of Dental Medicine. There is a roughly two-week break at the end of December and approximately 10 paid holidays and 10 paid days off during the one-year residency.

The AEGD resident participates with the other post graduate residents at the School of Dental Medicine in the required post graduate core curriculum plus they both attend and present at seminars held in the school. AEGD Residents are encouraged to document patient cases using the fully equipped digital camera maintained in the AEGD clinic. The didactic program constitutes approximately 15% of the total experience. There is a rotation through the Implant Center which provides both clinical and didactic experience in the placement and restoration of dental implants. AEGD Residents rotate through the Center for Patients with Special Needs to provide treatment to patients using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological techniques. In conjunction with the School's Department of Anesthesiology, residents treat patients using intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide and/or general anesthesia. Residents receive the instruction to become eligible for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II, allowing them to administer nitrous oxide in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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At this time the AEGD Program is not accepting applications. 

Read more about School of Dental Medicine residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh.


The advanced education in general dentistry program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. The Commission's web address is The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in advanced education in general dentistry. However, this education area is not one of the American Dental Association (ADA) recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.