Philosophy and Goals


The overall philosophy of the AEGD program at UDM School of Dentistry is to provide the general dentist with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable him/her to provide evidence-based comprehensive oral care ethically and competently on a wide range of patient populations.


The AEGD Program goals are to prepare a graduate to:

  1. Act as a Primary care provider who can plan and provide a high caliber of comprehensive dental services including: emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care, patient centered care coordinated by a general practitioner, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and dental treatment using advanced treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide comprehensive oral health care for a variety of patients including patients of special needs, complex medical conditions, and financial barriers.
  3. Effectively manage oral health care delivery, including patient management, practice management, and quality improvement activities to meet the needs of a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team to promote total body health.
  5. Apply scientific principles and critical thinking to learning and oral health care, including evidence-based clinical decision making and effective use of technology in health care delivery.
  6. Promote the value of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, service to the community and cultural diversity in professional dental practice.
  7. Understand the oral health care needs of communities, and actively engage in community service to promote oral health.