Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program | VA Birmingham Healthcare

The Birmingham VA Medical Center is a progressive and innovative teaching facility and enjoys a close affiliation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry. This collaboration helps provide this medical center with excellent resources and an academic environment that offers an exceptional residency program in general dentistry.

About this program

The AEGD residency program is a comprehensive general dentistry program with advanced training in most aspects of dentistry. The program is designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using basic applied and behavioral sciences. Education is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of overall health. Our program is designed to expand the depth and scope of graduates’ knowledge and skills to enable them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups, with an emphasis on those medically compromised. Our philosophy of resident education was best articulated by the highly respected dental professor, the late Dr. Morton Amsterdam, who was quoted as saying, “We all have eyes to see, but we only see that, what we know.

Residents rotate through a range of clinical disciplines which include Endodontics, Operation, Oral Diagnostics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery (3 months). One of the strengths of our program is the training received in the surgical placement of dental implants, advanced bone grafting techniques including site preservations and indirect sinus lifts, and periodontal surgical procedures. It is also possible to obtain certification in intravenous sedation through the didactic and clinical training provided as part of the oral surgery rotation. Each resident must complete two comprehensive care cases that have been fully documented with x-rays, mounted study casts, and clinical photographs. These cases will be presented to the clinical faculty in June, before the end of the program.

The program provides residents with the opportunity to interact with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. The goal of providing each resident with the opportunity for professional growth and advancement is reinforced by monthly participation in the literature review, a series of monthly clinical seminars on current procedures and techniques, and continuing education opportunities offered to the UAB School of Dentistry.

Larry A. Schroeder