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Advanced Education in General Dentistry



Dental students interested in this particular program may contact the program director listed below and request a full list of goals and objectives for resident training and a description of the nature of assignments to other departments and/or institutions.

Program Descriptions
  
Navy AEGD Goals
Navy Advanced Education in General Dentistry Programs are structured to develop competent and confident Naval Dental Officers who are able to transition into any military clinic in the world and contribute to mission readiness. The programs are designed to expand the scope and depth of the graduates’ knowledge and skills enabling them to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups. Graduates of these programs will have the foundation to act as independent clinicians providing and managing patient focused care from diagnosis to restoration of oral health and function.

The overall goals of these programs include preparation of the graduate to:
  1. 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.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  3. 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.
  4. Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  5. 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.
  6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.
  
AEGD Program at 1st Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center
Camp Pendleton, CA

The AEGD program at Camp Pendleton accepts up to seven interns.   Interns receive three year orders and are typically assigned to the Fleet Marine Force or "green" side.  The first year is devoted to the program and the following two years, interns will be assigned to an outlying clinic with opportunities consistent with operational dentistry.
 
The program is 90% clinical practice and comprehensive patient care is emphasized within a group practice setting that provides interns with the opportunity to consult and work with specialists in oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics and orthodontics. 
 
The didactic program is primarily composed of weekly seminars covering all aspects of dentistry, practice management and military medicine.  Seminars stress practical problem-based learning and are mentored by the specialty staff.  Camp Pendleton is located in North San Diego County with a temperate climate and access to the fine arts, outdoor activities, and local cultural attractions. 
 
 For further inquiries about the Camp Pendleton AEGD program contact:
 
CAPT Paul O'Loughlin, DC, USN
AEGD Program Director
1st DENBN/Naval Dental Center
Box 555221
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5221
(760) 725-5870
 
  
AEGD Program at Branch Dental Clinic
Norfolk, VA

 The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program at Branch Health Clinic, Naval Station Norfolk is approximately 80-85% clinical and 15-20% didactic.  Participants practice comprehensive general dentistry under the supervision of the AEGD Program Directors and staff specialty mentors.  The major emphasis is on comprehensive examination, treatment planning and delivering/managing care for patients with multi-disciplinary dental needs.  Residents receive advanced training during a variety of specialty rotations including Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, and Sick Call (emergencies and triage).  Other available opportunities exist in Operative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Oral Diagnosis, TMD/OFP, and Military Dentistry. 
 
The didactic portion of the program is comprised of structured lectures and seminars that are presented by specialty mentors and general dentistry staff, covering all aspects of dentistry and military leadership.  Clinical and didactic learning is augmented by home study projects including literature review abstracts and research projects including a table clinic presentation and a formal written paper.  The residents will develop and present presentations on Comprehensive Treatment Plans, Implant Review Boards, Lessons Learned, Clinical Pearls, and Treatment Rendered Seminars which showcase the resident’s work.
 
Naval Station Norfolk is the US Navy’s largest instillation; in fact, based on supported military population, it is the largest naval base in the world.  With a military population of 22,000, the base supports 5 aircraft carriers, 15 amphibious assault ships, and several dozen other smaller cruisers, destroyers, frigates and submarines as well as several aircraft wing commands.  The surrounding area of Hampton Roads supports 8 additional Navy bases, 2 Army bases and 1 Air Force base. 
 
For further inquiries about the AEGD Program at Branch Health Clinic, Naval Station Norfolk, please contact:
 
LCDR Bryan Rasmussen, DC USN
AEGD Program Director
1647 Taussig Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23511
(757) 953-8608

  
AEGD Program at Captain James A. Lovell Federal
Health Care Facility, Great Lakes, IL

The AEGD Program in Great Lakes, IL is part of the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), the nation’s first health care center that partners the Department of Defense and the US Department of Veterans Affairs into a single, fully integrated federal health care facility.  At the FHCC, we have the unique opportunity to provide dental care to 40,000 Navy recruits each year in addition to nearly 67,000 military and retiree beneficiaries from throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.  As part of the AEGD program, up to 10 residents each year are exposed to initial dental screening of Navy recruits, receive high levels of exposure and guidance in clinical specialties including oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics, and provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary dental care for both active duty and veteran patients.  The residency is roughly 90% clinical treatment time and 10% didactic. 
 
The didactic portion of the program includes critical review of dental literature, resident-prepared lectures and case presentations, table clinic presentations, and numerous clinically-relevant instructional and training sessions.  Great Lakes is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI, and provides ready access to both metropolitan areas as well as numerous outdoor activities. 
For further inquiries about the AEGD Program and Great Lakes contact:
 
LCDR Katherine Cheng, DC, USN
Director, AEGD Program
3001 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 688-3331
DSN 792-3331

AEGD Program at Naval Medical Center
San Diego, CA

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is located on the 32nd Street Naval Base, Branch Dental Clinic, Naval Station, San Diego, CA—a directorate of the Naval Medical Center, San Diego.  The program provides post-doctoral clinical and didactic education for the general dentist.  AEGD residents are challenged appropriately to augment their current level of skill.  The program is 80% clinical practice with emphasis on a broad range of clinical exposure including diagnosis and treatment planning.  The focus of the one-year program is providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary care to patients.  There are also discipline specific rotations in the following specialties: Operative Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Oral Diagnosis.  When not in rotations, residents treat patients in a group practice setting and fully utilize the mentorship in Prosthodontics and Periodontics as an integral part of their comprehensive general dentistry practice.

The didactic component of the program comprises is composed of seminars, lectures, labs and participation in several continuing education courses including Treatment Planning, Oral Surgery, Nitrous Oxide / Sedation and Operative Dentistry.  Clinical and didactic learning is augmented by assigned projects including treatment planning conferences, literature abstracts for seminars, a professional presentation for the Operative Dentistry CE Course and presentation of a table clinic for the California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, CA and the Annual Professional Military Dental Symposium.  Additionally, for dental officers with follow-on orders to operational platforms, residents attend a combat casualty trauma course. 
For further inquiries about the Branch Dental Clinic's AEGD program located at Naval Medical Center San Diego, contact:
LCDR Joshua Cohen, DC, USN
AEGD Program Director
Branch Dental Clinic
Naval Base San Diego
2310 Craven Street
San Diego, CA 92136-5596
(619) 279-3912
Email: 
joshua.e.cohen2.mil@mail.mil



Advanced Education in General Dentistry
Naval Postgraduate Dental School
Navy Medicine Professional Development Center Command
Bethesda, MD

The Bethesda Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is located at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, the heart of Navy dental education.  AEGD residents have the unique opportunity to work with preeminent specialists in all areas of dentistry in an environment that fosters professional growth, leadership development, and personal satisfaction.  The residency is designed to expand the knowledge and clinical expertise of recent dental school graduates and affords opportunities to evaluate and treat a wide range of oral conditions.
 
The program is 85% clinical practice with an emphasis on comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning.  Residents will learn to think critically, to develop an evidence-based philosophy of treatment planning and clinical care, and to treat complex multi-disciplinary cases.  Rotations in Oral Surgery, Primary Care Dentistry, Endodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry are interspersed with the resident’s own comprehensive general dentistry practice.  When not in rotations, residents treat patients in a group practice setting and fully utilize the mentorship in the NPDS Comprehensive Dentistry, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics and Orthodontics Departments as an integral part of their postgraduate education.  Residents also have access to current technologies including CAD/CAM and Cone Beam CT.  The didactic curriculum is composed of seminars, lectures, labs and participation in continuing education courses.  Touching on advanced topics which cover all facets of dentistry, the didactic program helps general dentists to improve their critical evaluation and thinking skills, become more confident and competent providers, and prepare themselves for general dental practice in the fleet and beyond. 
 
For further inquiries about the NPDS AEGD program, including a list of overall and discipline-specific goals & objectives, please contact:
 
LCDR Jared A. Geller, DC, USN
 AEGD Program Director
Naval Postgraduate Dental School
8901 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20889
(301) 295-4023 or (301) 295-0145
 
2D Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

The AEGD Program at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is part of 2D Dental Battalion, 2D Marine Logistics Group, 2D Marine Expeditionary Force.   2D Dental Battalion is responsible for the dental health of over 60,000 active duty Marine Corps and Navy personnel.  The residency is roughly 90% clinical treatment time and 10% didactic.  Comprehensive patient care is emphasized within a group practice setting providing the residents with the opportunity to consult and work with oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists and comprehensive dentists.  
 
The didactic portion of the program is primarily composed of seminars covering all aspects of dentistry, practice management, and military medicine.  The teaching process is based upon the problem based learning model that enhances the problem solving skills of the dentist.  Clinical and didactic learning is augmented by critical review of dental literature, resident-prepared lectures and case presentations, table clinic presentations, and numerous clinically-relevant instructional and training sessions.  Jacksonville, North Carolina is located in Onslow County, North Carolina along the Atlantic Ocean.  The Atlantic Coast has year round access to a variety of outdoor activities including boating, sailing, fishing, surfing, and numerous sporting activities.
 
For further inquiries about the AEGD Program at Camp Lejeune contact:
 
CAPT Carol Barone-Smith, DC, USN
2D Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center
AEGD Program Director
PSC Box 20130
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 28542
(910) 451-1658 Ext 2230
DSN 751-1658 Ext 2230
Direct (910) 450-2230

E-mail: carol.e.baronesmith.mil@mail.mil