Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program

A unique and exceptional program in concept and design, the AEGD (PGY-1 level - 12 months; PGY-2 level - second year optional) Program at NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine advances a resident’s skills in general dentistry well-beyond traditional school-based or clinic-only based programs. The AEGD Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA) and its affiliated clinical training sites are recognized as approved clinical training sites by CODA. Residents train in one of hundreds of affiliated clinical training sites throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. To hone skills, residents are guided and mentored on-site by members of NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine's acclaimed faculty while performing procedures on large and ethnically-diverse vulnerable populations. Upon successful completion of the program, residents graduate as highly skilled and confident dental practitioners, fully equipped for the world of modern dentistry and ready to meet its challenges.

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(Optional Year)
300 340 Varies by regional
training site – See
PASS website

$40,000 (U.S/Can)

$45,000 (U.S./Can)

*Fringe benefits per year include medical, dental and malpractice insurance, prescription plan and twenty days paid vacation, nine holidays, twelve paid sick days and four continuing education days.

Program Strengths

In addition to 25% of the curriculum dedicated to a comprehensive didactic curriculum, residents gain extensive clinical experience during 75% of their AEGD year. Residents become exceptionally well-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a full range of dental healthcare challenges frequently seen in small, medium, or large remote, urban or rural solo or group practices. In addition, residents experience:

  • Comprehensive general dentistry training, mentoring , and preparation for future general practice endeavors as well as preparation for advanced specialty programs within technologically advanced and dynamic group practice settings.
  • Comprehensive clinical care and management of patients as well as exposure to complex treatment modalities in various dental disciplines including: endodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, hard and soft tissue surgery, and dental anesthesiology.
  • Understanding of oral health needs and providing culturally competent care to socially/economically-disadvantaged large populations
  • Development of professional commitment to life-long learning that incorporates evidence-based decision making processes and quality management methodologies
  • Highly personalized mentoring and guidance from knowledgeable and skilled oral health care professionals
  • Clinical and didactic curriculum covering all areas of General Dentistry including Implantology, Endodontics, Anesthesiology, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Practice Management and Evidence Based Dentistry

Program Description and Goals

Established in 1988, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine's AEGD program turns accomplished dental-school graduates into advanced clinicians while residents concurrently provide oral healthcare to vulnerable populations. The program - the largest in the world of its kind - builds confidence and expertise in diagnosing, treating and managing dental patients in community health centers, private solo or group practices, dental public health programs, schools of dentistry, healthcare organizations and clinical operations. Since inception, the program has successfully prepared thousands of dental practitioners (NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine alumni) while fulfilling its mission to serve large, ethnically diverse and needy populations by providing comprehensive, high-quality dental care.

In their AEGD year, residents get hands-on clinical experience in an encyclopedic range of disciplines including (but not limited to): endodontics, periodontics, oral medicine, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, sedation techniques, restorative dentistry, hard and soft tissue surgery, dental public health, and orofacial pain. Residents treat upwards of 2,000 to 2,500 patients during the year and encounter cases ranging from the straightforward to the intricate. Residents learn to work with children, elderly, phobic patients and people with developmental disabilities along with medically compromised patients with conditions like heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS and other marginalizing conditions uniquely associated with ethnically, demographically, and socio-economically diverse populations.

Core Curriculum

Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residents participate in our core curriculum. The curriculum focuses on preventive and general dentistry practice modalities, as well as treatment of special needs patients, and in-depth study of materials science and evidence-based dentistry.

Residents will learn:

  • Comprehensive training in general dentistry; practice-based and hospital- based dentistry.
  • Management of the oral health care needs of the pediatric, geriatric, medically compromised, and special needs patients.
  • The newest information in implant dentistry and experience restoring and/or placing implants.
  • Current concepts in esthetic dentistry, pain control and sedation, orthodontics, preventive dentistry, endodontics, anesthesia, periodontics, prosthetics, hard and soft tissue surgery, and the management of medical emergencies and dental/oral trauma in the dental practice.
  • The principles of dental practice management and practice administration in daily practice including the principles of the psychodynamics of dental care, managing decisions and choices of care, quality management, and ethics.
  • Highly developed diagnostic and treatment skills.

All first-year residents take a five-hour introductory methods and materials in research course. This class covers such topics as:

  • Basic dental informatics and on-line searches
  • Evidence-based dentistry
  • Evaluation of patient outcomes
  • Critical evaluation of the literature

All second-year residents participate in coursework related to research, public health and evidence-based methodologies. These residents, together with medical residents, complete a public health project under the continuing guidance of the Office of Clinical Research, and present their findings at NYU Lutheran’s Annual Research Fair as well as other national/international public health and research venues. Interested first-year general dentistry residents may voluntarily participate in a public health project.

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine residents participate in case presentations and literature review sessions in order to keep abreast of current practice standards of health care and research, and learn to use an evidence-based approach towards case management and critical review of the dental literature. Residents learn to integrate research into daily practice and lay the foundation for a lifetime dedicated to providing scientifically based oral healthcare.

AEGD Curriculum

This innovative program is a hybrid blend of a strong distance-learning didactic curriculum with extensive clinical experiences. Distance-based didactic learning is achieved by taking web-based education modules delivered via an asynchronous platform (Brightspace), as well a through live videoconferencing sessions. Residents and faculty at the primary site NYU (Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY) connect with residents and faculty from other training sites throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Lectures are developed and generated from all sites and include a robust curriculum that exceeds CODA guidelines.

AEGD Clinical Curriculum

The clinical curriculum will encompasses 75% of the residents’ total experience. Residents will provide comprehensive oral health care to patients from start to completion, performing standard and advanced clinical procedures in all areas of dentistry under the close mentorship of acclaimed faculty. For continuity of patient care and resident experience, residents will study and practice during the entire year, in one of hundreds of affiliated clinical training sites throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Supplemental training experiences in advanced clinical areas may be provided to the residents as an enhancement or rotation experience. Traditionally, the AEGD program does not require on-call or extra-clinical and/or medical rotations; however, additional hours or rotations can be required at the discretion of the Dental Director at the resident’s assigned clinical training site. Exact training schedules will be developed by the clinical training site’s clinical faculty in collaboration with NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s resident and program administration.

AEGD Didactic Curriculum

The didactic curriculum, including required courses and electives, will extend throughout the entire academic year and will account for 25% of the total AEGD experience. The resident will engage in instruction provided through a number of venues, including formal lectures delivered using video teleconferencing technology, asynchronous web-based forums and lectures, and small, group interactive sessions.

Stipend and Fringe Benefits

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine offers its postgraduate residents generous stipends and fringe benefits which are competitive.


To ensure that AEGD residents receive superior advanced educational and clinical experience, all NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine clinical training sites are critically evaluated by our Vice President of Dental Education, Vice President of the AEGD program and the AEGD Administrative team. Prior to affiliating with a clinical training site partner, NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine methodically assesses training site equipment, materials, resources and faculty and support staff credentials to certify that the training site meets NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine and CODA criteria. There are 1 to 10 AEGD resident training positions per site. Training sites are typically modern state-of-the-art facilities.

Admissions and Application


All applicants are required to participate in the PASS/MATCH process and are required to apply for a MATCH identification number. Candidates should check the PASS service website at The website also details a list of documents that are required before admission into the program. The AEGD program will accept applications post-MATCH provided that open positions still remain. NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine AEGD program does not have a separate application.


There are no limits on the number of AEGD affiliated clinical training sites to which candidates may apply. Final assignments are generally completed after the MATCH process with consideration given to the needs of both the AEGD candidate and the clinical training sites in each region.

Note that the application requirements for the optional PGY-2 are the same as PGY-1 with one exception: evidence of completion of a 1st year of AEGD or GPR is required.

Required Application Documents
  • Dean’s letter of recommendation
  • Minimum of 2 Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF's) and maximum of 4 to each program to which you apply 
  • Dental school transcript
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) documents as follows:
    • Graduates of U.S. and Canadian dental schools must submit NDBE Part 1 at time of application (Part 2 will be required for eventual admission) 

Dental Residency State Licensure Requirements

State/Territory Resident Licensure Requirement Current Programs
Alabama      None or “Dentist” license AEGD
Alaska None AEGD, PEDS    
Arizona None AEGD, PEDS, Dent. Anes., DPH        
California  None AEGD, PEDS, Dent. Anes., DPH
Colorado         None         AEGD        

   “Dental Resident/Intern Permit” or “Dentist”  

Georgia        None        AEGD

“Temporary” license or “Dental” license

Kentucky  None AEGD

“Limited Dental-Graduate of U.S. or Canadian Dental School license” or "Dentist” license

Massachusetts “Dental Intern limited license” or "Dentist" license AEGD, PEDS

“Educational Limited License” or “Dentist” license


"Dental Resident" license


"Resident Dentist" Permit

Missouri "Dentist" license AEGD, PEDS
Montana  None AEGD
New Jersey

“Resident Permit” or “Dentist” license AEGD

New Mexico

“Temporary” license or “Dentist” license

New York "Limited Permit" registration or "Dentist" license AEGD, PEDS, Dent. Anes., GPR,
North Carolina North Carolina "Dentist" license required AEGD
Ohio "Limited Resident" license or "Dentist" license AEGD
Pennsylvania Can practice in a dental clinic operated not for profit for the duration of an internship, residency or other graduate training program approved by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation None as of 28 Sept 15
Rhode Island

"Dentist-limited" license or "Dentist" license

Tennessee “Dentist” license or an affiliation with a dental school AEGD, PEDS
Texas None AEGD
US Virgin Islands “One year state license” AEGD
Utah “Dental License” AEGD

“Resident Community” license or "Dental" license


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