Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program

The University of Pittsburgh's Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program was established in 1989. The one-year long program is fully accredited, enrolls two students, and begins on July 1st of each year. We prefer having students from diverse backgrounds and the residents for the 2016-17 program year are from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

The program follows the School of Dental Medicine's academic calendar and daily schedule, including patient appointments on Tuesday evenings. There are no weekend rotations, but a 24-hour on call schedule is maintained for the School of Dental Medicine. There is a roughly two-week break at the end of December and approximately 10 paid holidays and 10 paid days off during the one-year residency.

The AEGD resident participates with the other post graduate residents at the School of Dental Medicine in the required post graduate core curriculum plus they both attend and present at seminars held in the school. AEGD Residents are encouraged to document patient cases using the fully equipped digital camera maintained in the AEGD clinic. The didactic program constitutes approximately 15% of the total experience. There is a rotation through the Implant Center which provides both clinical and didactic experience in the placement and restoration of dental implants. AEGD Residents rotate through the Center for Patients with Special Needs to provide treatment to patients using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological techniques. In conjunction with the School's Department of Anesthesiology, residents treat patients using intravenous sedation, nitrous oxide and/or general anesthesia. Residents receive the instruction to become eligible for an Anesthesia Restricted Permit II, allowing them to administer nitrous oxide in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Program Goals

Didactic Curriculum

Program Facilities

Program Types of Procedures Delivered


Applying to the Program

Applications are processed using Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools (Program Code: 131). If you prefer not to use PASS, please follow the directions for a self-managed application found on the School of Dental Medicine's Advanced Dental Education / Residency page. Please note that there is a $50 fee for using the self-managed application.

The application deadline is rolling throughout the year.

For additional information about how to apply to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, please visit our Advanced Dental Education Training Residency page


  1. The applicant must have completed or be in the process of completing a dental degree program at a school accredited by the American Dental Association or Canadian Dental Association. We cannot consider applications from graduates of programs outside of North America.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in each of the following areas: restorative (operative), prosthodontics, and periodontics. Recommendations should provide information regarding academic and clinical abilities, as well as personal attributes and extra-curricular activities. (See the PASS application for specific instruction regarding letters of support).
  3. A passport sized photograph.

Selection of Residents

The Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications. All candidates are thoroughly evaluated and considered. Initial telephone or Skype interviews will be granted after the applicant's credentials have been reviewed. Candidates selected for on-site interviews will be notified in writing. Interviews will be granted from October to December of each year.

Stipend / Benefits / Fees

A stipend of $40,000 per year is paid in twelve monthly installments. No tuition is charged, but there is a University of Pittsburgh student activity fee. Residents are eligible for health insurance through the University's Plan. Specific coverage and details can found at Human Resources Graduate Students with Eligible Academic Appointments.

Read more about School of Dental Medicine residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh.


The advanced education in general dentistry program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 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 The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in advanced education in general dentistry. However, this education area is not one of the American Dental Association (ADA) recognized dental specialty areas. Therefore, dentists graduating from this program cannot announce that they are specialists, as recognized by the American Dental Association.