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UNMC College of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program
- Train recent dental school graduates to deliver comprehensive dental care to a wide range of patients with varying needs, in different clinical environments, and at an advanced level of skill and/or complexity beyond that accomplished in their predoctoral education.
- Reinforce and expand residents' basic knowledge and skills in the areas of pathology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical and preventive dentistry, dental emergencies and pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques.
- Expose residents to advanced training in the areas of endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, implantology, TMD and restorative dentistry.
- Instill practice management and production skills that will translate into their private practices upon completion of the residency program.
- Reinforce the necessity of lifelong learning and strengthen critical thinking to apply evidenced-based patient care.
Upon successful completion of the one-year AEGD residency program, the resident will receive a certificate.
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Length of Program: 12 months
Application Deadline: March 15
Start Date: July 1
Positions Available: 6
Location: Durham Outpatient Center, Omaha, Nebraska
- Federally Qualified Health Centers in Nebraska to provide health care to underserved communities
- UNMC College of Dentistry Lincoln Clinic to treat patients with complex needs
- UNMC College of Dentistry Pediatric Dental Clinic at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha
The program in advanced education in general dentistry (12 month) is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the program in advanced education in general dentistry (12 month). However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.
The purpose of the UNMC College of Dentistry's AEGD program is to train recent dental school graduates to deliver comprehensive dental care to a wide range of patients with varying needs, in different clinical environments at an advanced level of skill and/or complexity beyond that accomplished in their pre-doctoral education. The resident’s basic knowledge and skills will be reinforced and expanded in the areas of pathology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical and preventive dentistry, dental emergencies and pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques. In addition, the resident will be exposed to advanced training in the areas of endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, implantology, TMD and restorative dentistry. Furthermore, the program strives to instill in the resident, practice management and production skills that will translate into their private practices upon completion of the residency program. Finally, it will reinforce the necessity of lifelong learning and strengthen critical thinking to apply evidenced based patient care.
Goals and Objectives of the Program
- Expand the capacity of the recent graduate to provide comprehensive dental care by providing opportunities which refine clinical skills, building on existing foundational knowledge (both basic and applied) and skills in the areas of operative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics (including implants), pediatric dentistry and oral surgery.
Objective 1a: Residents will provide emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care.
Objective 1b: Residents will provide oral health care at an advanced level of skill and/or case complexity beyond that accomplished in pre-doctoral training: including restorative dentistry, restoration of the edentulous space, periodontal therapy, endodontic therapy, oral surgery, evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies, and pain and anxiety control utilizing behavioral and/or pharmacological techniques.
Objective 1c: Residents will be able to manage medical emergencies, implants, oral mucosal diseases, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.
- Provide experiences in community settings so that the generalist will be better prepared to actively participate in the comprehensive health care of a wide range of patients in a variety of settings, especially underserved communities.
Objective 2a: Residents will foster and build relationships between the generalist and other members of the health care team.
Objective 2b: Residents will develop knowledge and skills to provide dental care in non-traditional settings and environments including the organization and delivery of oral health care as a part of community service.
Objective 2c: Residents will have a working knowledge and develop skills in managing patients with developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities, complex medical problems and social situations, which may impact patient management and provision of comprehensive dental care.
Objective 2d: Residents will develop general understanding and application of laboratory and diagnostics in systemic disease.
- Refine the clinical skills a generalist brings to the program, providing an opportunity to individualize certain aspects of training while taking into account varying abilities, background and career goals and by applying critical thinking principles, evidence/outcomes based care, and use of information databases in clinical decision making and practice management.
Objective 3a: Residents will expand their skills in critical thinking and analysis of care outcomes applied to clinical practice.
Objective 3b: Residents will expand upon their understanding of databases and apply information retrieved to provide evidenced based care.
Objective 3c: Residents will utilize principles of practice management such as professional ethics, jurisprudence and risk management, management of office personnel and quality management.
- Provide experiences that will enable a generalist to interact with other members of interdisciplinary health care teams in a variety of health care delivery environments.
Objective 4a: Residents will promote communication and function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams, including consultation and referral.
Objective 4b: Residents will coordinate and provide patient-focused care, and direct health promotion and disease prevention activities.
Objective 4c: Residents will conduct medical assessments and physical evaluations of patients and refer to appropriate health care professionals as necessary.
Objective 4d: Residents will present formal interdisciplinary patient care conferences.
- Develop appropriate attitudes and behavior toward the profession by providing the opportunity for professional development as a clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator.
Objective 5a: Residents will enhance their skills in critical review of relevant scientific literature, and prepare and present position papers to others within the healthcare field.
Objective 5b: Residents will utilize the values of professional ethics, patient’s rights, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity in professional practice.
Objective 5c: Residents will participate in and apply knowledge from continuing education, instilling lifelong learning and professional growth.
Objective 5d: Residents will serve as the coordinator/administrator of the oral health care team in providing optimal patient care and utilizing best practices of patient and practice management.
Objective 5e: Residents will participate in clinical teaching of dental hygiene and pre-doctoral dental students.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation describes the goals of an AEGD as follows: Advanced Education Programs in General Dentistry are educational programs designed to provide training beyond the level of pre-doctoral education in oral health care, using applied basic and behavioral sciences. Education in these programs is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. The programs are 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 population groups. The goals of these programs should include preparation of the graduate to:
- 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; and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
- 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.
- Function effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within interdisciplinary health care teams.
- 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.
- Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
- Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.
Upon successful completion of the one-year AEGD residency program at UNMC, the resident will receive a certificate. The following criteria will be utilized in evaluating the resident for certification. As part of the current competency and proficiency movement in postgraduate general dentistry, it will be the resident’s responsibility to provide documentation of their experiences during the residency. (Competency statements are available on-site for review or are available upon request.) Documents will be gathered and presented for review by the faculty on a periodic basis. Documents will be stored through the use of a portfolio. Criteria for successful evaluation will be:
- Completion of all off site and UNMC rotations with an over-all satisfactory evaluation by the attending staff or their designee.
- Completion of all medical and dental records in accordance with established quality assurance guidelines.
- Completion of check out of materials and supplies.
- Completion of dental treatment on a sufficient number of patients that demonstrate quality comprehensive care.
- Demonstration of a high degree of professionalism through interplay with other health care professionals in the dental treatment of patients who are medically, mentally, and physically challenged as well as participation in a community service project.
- Satisfactory completion of record and patient care audits in accordance with established quality assurance guidelines.
- Satisfactory participation in the program's clinical and didactic curriculum.
- Completion of one manuscript suitable for publication in a peer refereed journal or participation in clinically based research or formal presentation of a self- investigated topic to a collection of peers within the academic or professional community.
Program Director - The program has a director responsible for the day-to-day administration of the clinic. The director also spends a significant percentage of time with the residents in both clinical and educational components of the program.
Attending Staff - Residents receive guidance, supervision, education and treatment planning advice from both generalists and specialists throughout the program. Specialists are available for consultation on a regularly scheduled basis and include endodontics, oral pathology, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral-maxillofacial prosthetics. Patients are scheduled by the residents for consultation or supervision of treatment with a specialist when the resident feels the patient has need for special consideration.
Support Staff - Residents are provided with dental assistant support to allow for utilization of four-handed dentistry. A billing / insurance specialist and clinic scheduler are available to ensure efficient administration of patient scheduling, records and finances. Dental hygienists are also employed to help provide preventive, diagnostic, periodontal and other adjunct services to our patients.
Attending Staff and Adjunct Faculty
- Jay D. Hansen, DDS, AEGD Program Director, Generalist
- Kathy A. O’Brien-Ausman, DDS, GPR Program Director, Generalist
- Amir Farhangpour, DDS, Assistant Dean for Omaha Clinics, Generalist
- Daisy L. Wilka, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
- Scott Morrison, DDS, MS, Clinical Instructor, Periodontics
- Steven Pryor, DDS, MS, Clinical Instructor, Endodontics
- Jeffrey C. Markt, DDS, MS Associate Professor, Oral Facial Prosthodontics
- J. Bruce Bavitz, DMD, Director Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Internship, Oral Surgeon
- Peter J. Giannini, DDS, MS, Associate Professor, Oral Pathology
- Amy C. Killeen, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor, Periodontics
- Nagamani Narayana, D.MD, MS, Associate Professor, Oral Pathology
- Zachary Houser, DMD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
- Eric Turnidge, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
- Brian Penly, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
- Yoshiharu Ameku, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Prosthodontics
- Gregory Bennett, DDS, Assistant Professor, Generalist
- Corinne Van Osdel, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
- Aaron McCoy, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
- Kelsey Loontjer, DDS, Clinical Instructor, Generalist
UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Clinic
The UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Clinic is located in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Durham Outpatient Center. The clinic was renovated in 2019. The project included 15 fully equipped operatories, a laboratory, sterilization area, radiographic imaging room with a digital pantomograph unit, resident's room, scheduling office, billing office, large waiting room and restrooms.
The dental operatories in the clinic are fully equipped. The clinic utilizes a digital radiographic system and computer workstations for chairside use. The dental units are state-of-the-art equipment with fiber optic capabilities. A surgical endodontic microscope and CEREC Omnicam and Blue-cam with a milling unit for porcelain restoration fabrication are also available for resident’s use. Rotary Endodontic and Implant Placement Systems, including handpieces, are frequently utilized as well as a soft-tissue laser. Several new complete sets of oral surgery instruments are available. A portable radiographic unit (Nomad) and dental unit as well as two portable pulse oximeters are available for treatment rendered in the operating room or on the patient floors.
Since the program is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, an extensive library facility is immediately available for the resident's use. The McGoogan Health Sciences Library within the University Hospital has all necessary medical and most major dental publications. The C.Y. Thompson Library in Lincoln can supply other dental references or minor publications required for resident use. Library loan or courier service can provide journals, articles or books quickly. In addition, extensive audiovisual files are in the Medical Center Library for the resident's review. Computer access to internet reference sites is available in the clinic's resident room.
Dental residents spend approximately 75% of their time providing dental care to a wide variety of patients. These groups include:
- Medical/dental inpatients referred for evaluation and treatment
- Medically, mentally, physically challenged outpatients
- Well outpatients
- Geriatric patients
- Social Services patients
- Emergency walk-ins
- Military Veterans
Residents will participate in the screening of patients admitted to the program and the development of definitive treatment plans. The treatment plans are presented to the attending staff in the dental clinic and at weekly treatment planning meetings. At that time, the attending staff will review the treatment plan with the residents and make recommendations, review options of treatment and discuss rationale of treatment plan decisions. An active Nebraska state dental license is necessary to participate in this program and to receive the stipend. Incoming residents will be provided with additional information regarding temporary state licensure.
Special emphasis is given to oncology, liver transplant, heart transplant, pancreas transplant, cardiac valve replacement, HIV patients and their problems. The dental residency program works closely with these services preparing and managing these patients.
Training in physical evaluation will be provided during the first months of the program to allow the residents to more actively participate in the care of patients.
Safe Work Environment
The program follows State, Federal, and National regulatory bodies with respect to asepsis and safety within the workplace. Emergency preparedness and safe work environment materials are available for review. Some of these documents will be provided to the resident during orientation.
A number of educational programs have been developed for the dental residents. These educational programs are designed to provide the residents with additional exposure to both medical and dental problems and developments. The following programs are regularly scheduled for the resident's benefit:
- Educational seminars presented by guest lecturers, attending staff or specialists in Medicine/Dentistry
- Educational seminars presented by the residents
- Periodontal reatment planning and case conference
- Implant treatment planning and case conference
- Journal club/ethical dilemmas
- Practice management
- Operative dentistry
- Fixed and removable prosthetics including implants and introduction to maxillofacial prosthetic concepts
- Continuing education for credit
- Joint conferences with other residency programs
- Meetings with dental representatives to discuss new materials, continuing education, job placement and more
Educational seminars presented by the attending staff, guest lecturers or medical/dental specialists will focus on advanced techniques in the individual's specialty or interest areas. Educational seminars presented by the residents will focus on management of dental patients with special needs or complex management and on implant placement/restoration patient cases.
Oral pathology conferences are presented by an oral pathologist. The conferences review and augment the resident's knowledge of oral and general pathology as well as oral medicine.
Oral surgery conferences are presented by various medical or oral surgery attending staff or residents. The subjects covered include a variety of dental and medical problems, techniques important to diagnosis and management of patients and techniques or problems in oral surgery. Seminar subjects will cover basic and special considerations for inpatient and outpatient care of dental patients undergoing combined medical and dental procedures. Principles of fluid balance, laboratory interpretation, pain management, TMJ disorders, infection and medication management are just a few examples of subjects presented. A physical assessment course is also provided through the Oral Surgery Service.
A six-week lecture course on a restorative approach to implants is also provided with the oral surgeons—this addresses both surgical and restorative aspects of implant placement and restorative. Implant case conferences are held at the VA amongst the prosthodontist, generalists, oral surgeons and residents to discuss cases prior to implant placement and to achieve the best results surgically and restoratively.
Treatment planning/case review seminars are monthly presentations of difficult or unusual dental patients. The residents are requested to present the patient's medical and dental problems, how they affect the patient and his/her treatment, and what treatment was prescribed and carried out.
Distance Learning Policy
Didactics are available remotely utilizing Zoom teleconferencing. To assure academic integrity, and to maintain security and privacy, residents gain access to course materials and educational resources by means of secure login authentication. Upon admission to UNMC, each resident is assigned a unique electronic identity, which is protected by a password. All communications are managed through the secured learning management system, including contact with the instructor and collaboration with peers. The submission of assignments, and accessing grades are not planned to be communicated through remote learning. Attendance and verification are also easily accomplish via simple voice and video identification during live broadcast teleconferences. There is no charge to the residents for distance education.
Emergency On Call
Residents will provide emergency on call while at the College of Dentistry in Lincoln when on rotation there.
- FQCH - Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients. Federally Qualified Health Centers may be Community Health Centers, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, and Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing.
- Charles Drew Health Center Dental Clinic - Charles Drew Health Center offers women, infants, and children support services through the State of Nebraska’s WIC program. Charles Drew Health Center remains committed to providing quality comprehensive health care in a manner that acknowledges "the dignity of our patients, the strength and uniqueness of family, and the important role that the community plays in assuring that we never lose sight of our desire to grow a healthy community for generations to come."
- OneWorld Community Health Centers - OneWorld, in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. OneWorld believes that everyone deserves access to the best health care possible, regardless of economic or insurance status. OneWorld dental clinics provide a full range of comprehensive dental care, including examinations, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, emergency treatment for pain, swelling, care for broken teeth and limited root canal therapy. Dental care is offered at four OneWorld clinic locations, and OneWorld’s mobile clinics; the Fluo-ride and the Care Mobile, a partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha. Both mobiles are fully equipped clinics that visit area schools to provide full service pediatric oral health care.
- Good Neighboor Community Health Center - Good Neighbor Community Health Center and Good Neighbor Fremont provide preventative medical, dental and behavioral health services to everyone. Good Neighbor Dental Clinics offer a variety of basic preventative and restorative services to adults and children.
- Community Action Partnership Of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) - The goal of the CAPWN Dental Clinic is to ensure each patient receives quality, affordable dental care in a personal and caring manner. They believe in preventative care to ensure a lifetime of dental health.
- UNMC College of Dentistry in Lincoln - The college offers training in the DDS program, a BS degree in dental hygiene, and postgraduate training in dental specialties. The college is located on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and is affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, so the college is involved in patient care and outreach to both the Lincoln and Omaha communities.
Each rotation is expected to enhance and enrich the resident’s experiences. The clinic directors at each site will be invited to participate in orientation activities or participate as available in an orientation week held in July in order to review program goals and objectives and conduct calibrations. They will be responsible for supervising the residents and providing evaluations of the resident’s performance.
See University of Nebraska Medical Center Immunization Policy.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Each student is required to be certified and maintain certification in basic CPR provided by the American Heart Association. A copy of the current and valid certification in basic CPR must be maintained at the College of Dentistry. Certification in Advanced Life Support (ACLS) also is encouraged.
The estimated stipend will be approximately $40,000, and is not determined until June of the residency year. GME-eligible postgraduate students are eligible for a flexible benefit package which includes choices among health, life, and disability insurance. Future income is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds and, therefore, is subject to change at any time.
The dental resident will be responsible for the timely payment of established program fees and will receive a salary. Established program fees which are the responsibility of the resident include $1,025 per semester equipment tax fee ($2,050 total) and background check fee of $37.45.
Student Loans and Loan Deferment
Currently, postgraduate students are considered students of the College of Dentistry for financial aid purposes. Postgraduate students may get financial aid information from the UNMC Financial Aid Office and student loan payments for postgraduate students can be deferred.
Postgraduate students shall have fifteen (15) scheduled working days of paid Leave per year. Leave includes vacation, sick leave, and professional development leave. Leave in excess of fifteen (15) days per year must be taken as Leave Without Pay from the College or as Family Leave. Such extended leave may result in extension of the training program without pay. Leave requests must be submitted as per the policies of the program and the College.
Students are allowed to participate in private practice (moonlighting activities) but must arrange their schedules with the program co-directors to prevent conflict with program responsibilities.
State of Nebraska Residency
As employees of the University, GME-eligible postgraduate students are considered residents of the State of Nebraska.
The University of Nebraska has in force professional liability insurance covering all enrolled students of the College of Dentistry performing services as part of the College's program.
Current coverage is $1,000,000.00 per person, per occurrence, with $100,000.00 deductible. The University provides self-insurance for the $100,000.00 deductible through the University's general and professional liability insurance program.
Postgraduate students are required to have a Nebraska Dental License (temporary or regular) by the time they are to begin the postgraduate program. Those who accept GME funding are expected to have a Nebraska Dental License (temporary or regular) and federal and state DEA licenses before October 15 of the year of the commencement of their program so they can participate in the After Hours Emergency Care Program.
It is possible for a student who has graduated from an A.D.A. accredited American or Canadian dental school and is licensed in another state, territory, or District of Columbia to obtain a temporary Nebraska Dental License during the time he or she is enrolled as a full-time postgraduate student. The temporary license is only for practice-related and clinical teaching activities within the College of Dentistry and does not allow extramural private practice.</p>
After acceptance into the postgraduate program, licensure information may be obtained from the State of Nebraska Department of Health, Bureau of Examining Boards.
For a regular license, the State Board accepts the results of the clinical examination given by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. The State Board also has provisions for licensure by credentials for individuals licensed in other states.
Must have a professional dental degree from an A.D.A.-accredited dental college or school with the degree designation of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Provisional acceptance exists for students in the final stages of dental education. In addition, the applicants must have a valid license to practice within the United States of America or be licensed as such by the time they are to begin the postgraduate program in advanced education in general dentistry.
Once accepted, a Nebraska dental license is required to participate in the program. At the present time foreign trained dentists (non-U.S. or non-Canadian dental degrees) are not being accepted for the postgraduate advanced education in general dentistry training program. This is because of licensing restrictions.
Additional criteria upon which applications are viewed include:
- Grade point average
- Class standing
- Academic achievements
- National board examination scores
- Recommendations (3)
- Personal statement of goals (include explanation for choice of graduate field, expectations for learning in your chosen field of study, and anticipated career goals)
- Other supporting evidence such as a CV or résumé
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program participates in PASS, but not match. All applicants must follow the guidelines established by this service to be eligible for the program.
- Those interested in applying to the program should complete the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) Request for Applicant Agreement. PASS is a central application service that allows applicants to complete one standard application which is then distributed to each of the participating programs to which the applicant wishes to apply. PASS deals with the initial stages of the recruitment process prior to the evaluation of applicants by the programs. PASS has been designed and is being administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The application deadline is March 15, but may be extended until all open positions are filled.
- Those individuals who have completed their application and meet standards for acceptance will be invited for an interview. Personal interviews are conducted by invitation.
Jay D Hansen, DDS
UNMC College of Dentistry Dental Clinic (Omaha)
989375 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-9375
Postgraduate Dental Programs
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740