Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12-Month Residency Program
The Fort Benning Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Month Program is a world-class quality, fully accredited, postgraduate educational experience, consisting of structured, supervised clinical and didactic training in each of the major specialty areas of dental practice. The vast emphasis of training is in the clinical practice of dentistry. The program’s goal is to discernably enhance the professional capabilities and skills of its graduates in providing comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care at a level of skill and complexity beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training. Student resident graduates are far more capable of rendering a comprehensive array of therapeutic services to their assigned patients than that of their untrained counterparts.
The advanced knowledge gained and lessons learned during training prepare the student resident to meet the challenging, postgraduate duties and responsibilities which await them in the Army Dental Care system and the dental profession. Additionally, program graduates are much more knowledgeable of their postgraduate roles of meeting the diverse, oral health care needs of the military communities in which they serve. As an added benefit, graduates learn and better understand their own unique personal and professional strengths and limitations, better enabling them to refer dental care beyond their professional capabilities or scope to the appropriate dental or medical specialist.
Student residents meeting the program’s stringent standards for graduation are awarded the 9D Area of Concentration (AOC) suffix to their primary 63A SSI (Special Skills Identifier).
The AEGD-12 Month program is sponsored and located at the United States Army Dental Activity (DENTAC) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Clinical training may be conducted in each of the activity’s five clinics, with Love Dental Clinic serving as the primary clinic and didactic training site for the AEGD-12 Month Program. Rotations in Oral Surgery, Anesthesia, and Hospital Dentistry are conducted at Martin Army Community Hospital. Student residents receive additional training in oral surgery, acute care, endodontics, and restorative dentistry during potential rotations at Bernheim, Harmony Church, and Salomon Dental Clinics. Laboratory support for the AEGD-12 Month Program is provided by the Love Dental Clinic Laboratory and the Area Dental Laboratory located at Fort Gordon.
Competencies for Resident Training
The goal of the AEGD-12 Month Program is to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using applied basic and behavioral sciences. Education in this program is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. This 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 beneficiaries of the Army Health Care System. The objectives of the AEGD-12 Month program are as follows:
- Comprehensive Care Competencies:
- Provide individualized, sequenced treatment plans for patients with multi-disciplinary dental needs.
- Make referrals to and obtain consultations from professional colleagues for the treatment of dental and adjunctive health needs.
- Restore teeth with a variety of restorative materials and techniques.
- Place restorations and perform techniques to enhance patient esthetics.
- Diagnosis, triage, and manage dental emergencies.
- Participate in community dentistry programs.
- Diagnose and manage patients with symptoms of TMD, orofacial pain, and occlusal disorders.
- Manage patients with special needs.
- Manage anxious patients with a variety of behavioral and pharmacological techniques.
- Endodontic Competencies:
- Diagnosis and treat pain of pulpal origin.
- Manage endodontic complications and emergencies.
- Perform non-surgical endodontic therapy on single and multiple rooted teeth using a variety of techniques and materials.
- Oral Surgery Competencies:
- Perform removal of erupted teeth.
- Perform surgical removal of impacted teeth.
- Be familiar with the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal diseases and soft tissue biopsy.
- Diagnose and manage post-surgical complications.
- Diagnose and manage intra-oral infections.
- Become familiar with implant diagnostic procedures and placement.
- Orthodontic Competency:
- Recognize and manage dental malocclusion.
- Periodontic Competencies:
- Diagnosis periodontal disease using current diagnostic criteria.
- Provide surgical and nonsurgical treatment of periodontal disease.
- Treat compromised biologic width/insufficient clinical crown height with crown lengthening procedures.
- Provide adjunctive periodontal soft/hard tissue procedures to improve periodontal health, enhance esthetics, or facilitate restorative procedures.
- Evaluate the results of periodontal treatment and establish/monitor a periodontal maintenance program.
- Diagnosis and manage implant restorations.
- Prosthodontic Competencies:
- Restore teeth with single crowns.
- Diagnose and treat patients with missing teeth using fixed prosthodontics (FDPs).
- Restore endodontically treated teeth.
- Treat patients with missing teeth requiring removable prosthodontics.
- Become familiar with restoring implants.