Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
AEGD - Advanced Education in General Dentistry
|The Dental Service of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center sponsors an American Dental Association accredited Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. The twelve-month training, which was established in 2008, begins approximately July 1 and currently accepts three residents each year. The residency is designed to provide the recent dental graduate with an instructional curriculum in general dentistry with the following overall goals.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
Brian P. Martin, DMD
Director AEGD Residency Program, Staff Dentist
Charlie Norwood VAMC
1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904
706-733-0188 Ext 7485/7453
Email: Brian.Martin2 @ va.gov
The resident has the opportunity to gain experience in the dental disciplines of restorative, oral surgery, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), endodontics, periodontics, and implant dentistry. Clinical experience in pedodontics and orthodontics are not offered at this time. On faculty, there are five general dentists and one board-certified prosthodontist. For oral surgery experience, the resident has clinical rotations with the faculty of the Augusta University (AU) Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). The resident also is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and intravenous conscious sedation. There is currently no research component of the program.
Organizationally, the program is divided into three phases: clinical, didactic, and administrative. The clinical phase of the program comprises the bulk of the curriculum. It includes forty-eight weeks assigned to the dental clinic and rotations through oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and primary dental care.
The didactic activities support the clinical aspects of the program. They include advanced education in both classroom and discussion settings. Emphasis is placed on patient management and treatment planning. This is a continuing effort in day-to-day clinical operations and is reviewed daily with chart audits, weekly Literature Review and periodically during Case Planning Seminars and Resident Presentations.
The administration of the program is based around the need for documentation of curriculum, resident evaluations, and the commitment to evaluate the program on a continuing basis as a means of change and improvement. Documentation includes quarterly production and activities summaries, as well as rotation evaluations by the residents. Additionally, residents participate in quarterly reviews of the program curriculum, with a formal review and current assessment of program goals and objectives as it relates to each resident. Staff dentists, rotation mentors/attendings, and the Program Director evaluate residents, also considering each resident’s progress in attainment of the program’s objectives. The philosophy is to provide the Program Director and staff with a continual flow of information that can be used to improve the program and the individuals involved in it.