CAGS in Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Changes to this program will take effect in the 2016–2017 academic year.

Required Curriculum

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program is an educational program leading to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). The one-year program (July 1–June 30) offers patient care, didactic and hospital experience at the postdoctoral level, and enhances the new graduate’s competence and confidence as a dental practitioner. The purpose of the AEGD program is to prepare the resident to enter a private practice setting and, as such, it is set up to resemble a private practice. The residents treat the patients in a very comprehensive way while interacting with specialists. Therefore the resident is the main coordinator of the patient’s full dental treatment. They coordinate referrals, consultations, and treatment planning. Through expert guidance, the program increases the resident’s management abilities, clinical judgment, and patient care skills. The program benefits from the School’s unique position as the largest postdoctoral training facility in the country. Stipends are offered to a limited number of qualified students.

Boston University has a special commitment to superior patient care programs. One manifestation of this commitment is an excellent and experienced faculty working intensively with residents on a one-to-one basis. The faculty comprises a group of prosthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, pedodontists, orthodontists, and general dentists. Oral surgeons are also on site to provide support during rotations and during surgical procedures done on the clinic floor. The establishment of a University-wide employee dental health plan and the opening of a second dental health care facility help ensure an optimum patient load.

The program’s main areas of development are:

  1. General dentistry
  2. Resident education
  3. Patient care
  4. Community service


First Semester:

  • SDM EN 820 Endodontics and Pulpal Therapy for the General Practitioner
  • SDM EN 825 Clinical Endodontics for the General Practitioner
  • SDM OS 761 Medical Concerns of the Dental Patient
  • SDM OS 824 Advanced Physical Diagnosis
  • SDM OS 830 AEGD Oral Surgery Rotation
  • SDM PD 760 Pediatric Dentistry for the General Practitioner
  • SDM PE 764 Current Concepts in Periodontology
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and Law
  • SDM PR 750 Preclinical Restorative Seminar
  • SDM PR 812 Prosthodontic Seminar and Literature Review
  • SDM PR 813 Literature Review in General Dentistry
  • SDM PR 828 Esthetic Dentistry
  • SDM PR 905 General Dentistry Clinic

Second Semester:

  • SDM OR 760 Orthodontics for the General Practitioner
  • SDM OS 828 Anxiety and Pain Control
  • SDM OS 829 Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation
  • SDM PA 801 Oral Pathology
  • SDM PE 827 Applied Dental Pharmacology
  • SDM PR 780 Medically Compromised Adults and Older Adults: The Geriatric Dental Medicine Patient and Adults Living Longer with Special Needs
  • SDM PR 810 Case Presentation and Patient Care Conference
  • SDM PR 834 Temporomandibular Disorders, Occlusion and Orofacial Pain
  • SDM PR 840 Practice Management for the General Practitioner
  • SDM PR 852 Implantology Topics for the General Practitioner
  • SDM PR 905 General Dentistry Clinic

Proficiencies and Competencies

The AEGD program is based on a series of proficiencies and competencies. The program uses clinical goals to fulfill the proficiency and competency requirements.

Graduates will be proficient in patient assessment and diagnosis; planning and providing comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care including the clear communication of treatment plan to patients; obtaining informed consent; promoting oral and systemic health and disease prevention; operative dentistry; the replacement of teeth using fixed and removable appliances; implant restorations; periodontal therapy; endodontic therapy; diagnosis and treatment planning of periodontal disease; treatment of medical and dental emergencies; medical risk management; requesting and responding to requests for consultations from physicians and other health care providers; diagnosis, treatment planning, and progress and outcomes of patient treatment; demonstrating the application of principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision making and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, research, patient care, and practice management. Throughout the program the residents will perform a good number of restorative procedures such as crown and bridge, endodontic treatments, oral surgeries, and partial and complete dentures. They will perform the surgical placement of single implants and the restoration of all implants. The residents will also have the opportunity to utilize the latest technology of CAD-CAM units and restorations. We provide treatment in all phases of general dentistry. The program enhances these clinical and diagnostic skills by being exposed to the large patient pool available in the program.

Graduates will be competent in the management of pain and anxiety in delivering outpatient care using behavioral and pharmacological modalities beyond local anesthesia (sedation, pain and anxiety control); oral surgery; principles of practice management; the review of relevant scientific literature; evaluating patient total health needs integrating biomedical science concepts with clinical dentistry to provide a diagnosis that takes into consideration the patient’s overall biological and psychosocial needs and will include the treatment of medically compromised and special needs patients; self-assessment skills; monitoring effectively and evaluating their own work to improve quality and quantity of performance and supervising and evaluating the work of dental auxiliaries to improve quality and quantity of their performance; diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders, occlusal disorders, and orofacial pain; diagnosis and management of oral mucosal diseases. The residents will also have the ability to interact with and enjoy an ample ratio of dental assistants and patient coordinators to help them to learn the basic principles of practice management.

Clinical Rotations

Residents will participate in clinical rotations in pediatrics, geriatrics, and oral surgery. These rotations are to complement the strong exposure they have in the AEGD clinic.


Stipends are awarded to most AEGD residents trained in the United States or Canada. International residents are given stipends based on availability. Applicants are notified as early as their first interview whether they qualify for a stipend position. The stipend is approximately $30,000. SDM subsidizes tuition 100 percent, resulting in no cost to the enrolled AEGD resident.


Personal days

Residents will be given a maximum of eight (8) personal days. These may be used for board exams, interviews, religious holidays, etc. There are no sick days. If a resident is out due to illness, personal days will be deducted.


There are 12 University-recognized holidays during which the School is closed.

Winter Intersession

Between the first and second semesters there is an approximate two-week vacation for residents. This usually begins mid-December and lasts until the first week of January.


All supplies and materials are provided for residents during their year in the Dental Health Center. It is recommended that residents purchase an intraoral camera for case documentation.

Clinic Schedule

Residents are scheduled in the clinic five days a week for a total of 40 hours. Residents are currently required to work four days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This schedule is subject to change. Classes are held either before clinic from 8 to 9 a.m. or after clinic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (or both).

Application Process Guidelines

Applicants will be reviewed by the director and the chairman and they will decide whether the candidate will be selected for interview.

The applicant, if selected for interview, will meet with the program director and the chairman of the department for interview.

All applications must be received by December 1 of the previous calendar year. All applications must be submitted through PASS.

The qualifications that the program is looking for include the following:

  • High GPA
  • High class standing
  • Four letters of recommendation including a letter from the dean of your dental school and three letters from clinical faculty
  • Clinical grades
  • Past clinical experience
  • Board scores are encouraged but not required

Additional Information

English proficiency requirement for International Applicants: TOEFL

International applicants must be proficient in the English language. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a recent TOEFL score (TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old).

English proficiency requirements for Massachusetts Limited License

For Massachusetts licensure, if the student’s dental degree is from a school where instruction (written or oral) was in a language other than English, documentation of a TOEFL score or the Academic Format International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score must be submitted with the license application. The minimum Academic Format IELTS score acceptable for licensure in Massachusetts is 7.0. English proficiency requirements for licensure are different from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine requirements. Results from IELTS will be considered for Massachusetts licensure, but IELTS is not accepted for program admissions consideration. The TOEFL is required for Boston University admissions consideration.

Higher TOEFL scores are required to obtain a Massachusetts Limited License than for admission. A Massachusetts Limited License is necessary for rotations at affiliated sites.

For Massachusetts licensure, the minimum overall TOEFL score is 90 on the internet-based exam (iBT), or 577 on the paper-based exam (TOEFL PBT). Furthermore, if a student has achieved an overall score of 90 but one of the TOEFL sections is deficient, the student will need to retake the TOEFL.

For licensure, the minimum overall iBT score is 90 and the minimum scores on the iBT sections are:

  • 25 Written
  • 24 Spoken
  • 21 Reading
  • 17 Listening

US Social Security Number

If accepted into AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry), you must obtain a US Social Security number prior to the start of the program.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:
AEGD Administration