​Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD)

About the Program

US/Canadian Applicants  Internationally-trained Applicants

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is 12-month program with an option for a second year and begins on July 1 of each year.  This program provides students with rigorous didactic and intensive clinical training designed to prepare a dentist to practice independently in general dentistry. Upon successful completion of the program, residents and students receive a Certificate in General Practice Dentistry from Columbia University. 

The College of Dental Medicine's Advanced Education in General Dentistry clinic serves the needs of a large and diverse population. As students progress through clinical training, they have the opportunity to treat a large number of patients who present with a wide range of comprehensive care problems and require increasingly complex diagnoses, treatment plans, referral schedules, and medical consultations. The clinical faculty, most of whom are successful practitioners in New York City, have received their training from many different universities and bring vast clinical experience to share with their students.

Program Goals

In the first year residents serve as primary care providers for patients with complex medical and dental needs, including patients with special needs. This includes evaluation of medical and dental histories, assessment of patient presentation, arrival at appropriate diagnoses and creation of treatment plans. In additiona, residents will:

  • Provide patient-centered care that includes multiple disciplines of clinical dentistry and manage patient care that is coordinated by the general practitioner
  • Direct health promotion and disease prevention activities
  • Use advanced dental treatment modalities in patient care delivery
  • Manage the delivery of oral health-care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to the changing health-care environment. 
  • Function effectively within interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health-care including critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems
  • Employ the values of professional ethics, patient-centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice
  • Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service

In the optional second year, residents manage complex patients with an increased focus on implantology and delivery of care for patients who need collaborative practice with other disciplines. Second year residents may instruct first year residents in patient care delivery as assigned.  

Academic Program

The didactic program includes core biomedical science courses and intermediate and advanced courses in multiple disciplines of general dentistry, providing the knowledge base and analytical skills needed by  future general dentists as well as the life-long learning abilities to continue professional growth throughout their careers. 

Year 1


DNSCD XXXX: Introduction to the Practice of General Dentistry. 

  • This course is given as an introduction to clinic and has  didactic andclinical components. The didactic component  includes lectures in diagnosis, multi-discipline treatment planning, and an array of clinical procedures.  Students are calibrated and complete an procedures in operative dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and implant dentistry. 

DNSCD 9985: Seminars in Dentistry

  • This series of seminars provides didactic and clinical training to ensure that students will be able to act as a primary health care providers and assess, diagnose, and devise treatment plans that provide multi-disciplinary oral health care to a variety of patients. Residents will manage care for a complex group of patients, including those with special needs. Seminars also aim to enhance student understanding of how to apply classic and current didactic knowledge in the clinical practice of dentistry and patient management.

DNSCD 9932-1: Classic and Current Literature review

  • Residents are given assignments that require critical review of relevant scientific literature. Residents will problem solve and, using concepts found in the scientific and lay literature, reflect on the implications of knowledge in patient diagnoses, treatment plans, and patient care.   

DNSCD-1 NEED NUMBER   Case Presentations

  • Residents will deliver an evidence-based case presentation of their patients which demonstrates their ability to assess patients' medical and dental needs, formulate appropriate diagnoses, arrive at treatment plan alternatives that are pertinent to their patients, demonstrate evidence / literature support for treatment modalities related to their patient, as well as possible collaborations with other disciplines, patient referrals and patient management. 

INTCD  9150-1 Advanced clinical practice

  • Residents demonstrate their clinical experience in management of soft and hard tissue conditions including surgical, periodontal, endodontic, restorative, prosthodontic, implant dentistry evaluation and treatment of dental anxiety, management of pain and anxiety, facial pain, medical emergencies, collaborating with other specialties.

DESCD D9901      Research Methodology and Biostatistics

DNS D9975           Physical Diagnosis-Post Graduate

DNS D9944           Practice Management, Ethics and Jurisprudence

DNS D9910           Clinical Oral Pathology Oral Medicine

DNS D9911           Functional Anatomy of the Head and Neck

DNS D9903           Human Development and Genetics

DNS D9901           Cariology

DNSC D9913        Responsible Cone Beam CT Use in Dentistry

DNSC D9916        Orofacial Pain

DNSC D 9925       Oral Biology

DEOSD -1            Population Oral Health Management

DNSCD-1              Oral Health Considerations for Patients

PDNTD9732         Basic Implantology

IMPLD9004          Implant Treatment Planning and Surgical Conference

Community Citizenship Initiative Inclusion Belonging, Sexual respect


Year 2

DNSCD 9985-2  Seminars in Dentistry

  • This multi-disciplined series of seminars is designed to enhance student understanding of how to apply classic and current didactic knowledge in the clinical practice of dentistry.  While some concepts are a review of the first year course, second year residents are also assigned clinical topics that they share with their fellow residents. 

DNSCD 9932-2 Classic and Current Literature review

  • This course focuses on evidence based dentistry as it pertains to critically analyzing the literature, problem solve and communicate scientific and lay literature to peers and faculty, and reflect on the implications of knowledge in patient diagnoses, treatment plans, and patient care.  Second year residents are assigned to complement the assignments with pertinent new research in the topic discussed.

DNSCD-2 NEED NUMBER   Case Presentations

  • Residents deliver evidence-based presentations that demonstrates their ability to manage patients with medical and dental complexity,  and an ability to discuss outcomes of patient care.

INTCD  9150-2 Advanced Clinical Practice

  • In this course residents summarize their clinical experiences. Second year residents demonstrate the ability to manage increased complexity, including the impact of medical presentation and social/behavioral constraints, the need for referrals to dental and medical specialties, and reflection on clinical outcomes.     

IMPLD9001 Implant Fellowship Seminar

IMPLD9007 Implant Lit Review

Program Details

Applicants from US and Canadian Dental Schools

This is a stipend based, one-year program with an option for a second year. Information on how to apply can be found here.

  • Application Deadline: October 15
  • Participation in Dental Match: Yes
  • Program Start: July 1
  • Stipend: Aproximately $60,000

Applicants from International Institutions

This a tuition-based one-year program with an option for a second year. Information on how to apply can be found here.

  • Application Deadline: October 15
  • Participation in Dental Match: No
  • Program Start: July 1


Application Information

To apply to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program, eligible candidates are required to submit an application through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA-PASS). 

Full-time Faculty

Vicky Evangelidis-Sakellson, DDS, MPH

Program Director

Due to heavy call volume, please send all inquiries to cdm-pgadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu.