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Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)


The AEGD program at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry involves a partnership with St. John Providence Health System and is administered by the Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care at Detroit Mercy.

The AEGD program is a 12 month (PGY1) program with an optional second year (PGY2). Faculty for the program are full-time and part-time faculty of Detroit Mercy Dental and members of various academic departments. The program shares faculty, clinical facilities and training with other Detroit Mercy Dental graduate programs.

Residents are exposed to aspects of dentistry that are not traditionally part of the pre-doctoral core curriculum including:

  • advanced treatment planning,
  • surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry,
  • periodontal surgery,
  • pediatric dentistry,
  • complex prosthodontic treatment,
  • advanced dental alveolar surgery,
  • treatment of medically compromised patients,
  • TMJ disorders,
  • and esthetic dentistry.

Clinical Program

The clinical program will consist of providing patient care at the Corktown Campus dental clinic and at St. John Providence Health Riverview dental clinic. During clinical training, residents will provide comprehensive and emergency care to patients who present with complicated medical and/or dental conditions requiring multidisciplinary oral health care. Residents will also participate in rotations in pediatric dentistry, outreach/community dentistry, and oral surgery including a one-month rotation in the St. John Providence Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program.

The Detroit Mercy Dental AEGD program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


To provide the general dentist with advanced knowledge and skills that will enable them to provide evidence-based comprehensive oral care ethically and competently on a wide range of patient populations.



CODA Accredited

The Detroit Mercy Dental AEGD program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).


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.
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