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University of Connecticut / Advanced Education in General Dentistry (12 months)

  1. Program Contact Information ↑ 

      Program Contact:

        Dr.  Steve Ruiz 

        Program Director 

        263 Farmington Avenue 


        Farmington, Connecticut  06030-3811 

        Phone (Work): 860-679-4920 


        State Program located in: Connecticut 

        Ms.  Christine Judd 

        Administrative Program Coordinator 

        263 Farmington Avenue 



        Farmington, Connecticut  06030 

        Phone (Work): 860-679-3357 


        State Program located in: Connecticut 


      Program Deadline ↑ 

      ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: October 15

      Program Information ↑ 

        What date will your program start on? 06/26

        Length of Program:  12 months

        Program Number: AEGD103

        Is your program located in an academic institution or clinical institution? Academic

        Does your program offer any graduate degrees or certificates? Yes

          If Yes, please list Graduate degrees or certificates offered: Certificate - Advanced Education in General Dentistry

        Does your program participate in MATCH? Yes

        Estimated number of available positions for current application cycle: 18

        Does your program accept predoctoral students as externs (typically described as 1-2 weeks of voluntary, full-time, primarily observational experiences without formal educational objectives or affiliation)?:  No

      Program Description ↑ 

      The AEGD program includes clinical and didactic experiences designed to prepare residents for a successful and fruitful career. Approximately fifteen percent of the resident’s time is devoted to a comprehensive didactic program, designed to build upon and enhance prior knowledge. Advanced instruction, in the form of lectures, seminars, and conferences, is offered in all disciplines of dentistry and dental practice, including restorative dentistry, digital dentistry, implant dentistry,  fixed and removable prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and endodotics rotations, preventive dentistry, practice management, Laser dentistry, epidemiology, TMJ dysfunction, sedation, pain and anxiety control, geriatric dentistry, medicine, management of medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients, physical assessment, and infection control. Residents participate in literature reviews, case presentations, treatment planning seminars, and the management of the group practice.

      The AEGD program provides a solid, comprehensive clinical experience that is centered at the general dentistry clinic at UConn Health. It is within this setting that the resident learns management skills, maintenance of financial and medico-legal documents and records, operatory organization, clinic management, appointment control, and overall patient and practice management. Residents receive advanced training in oral diagnosis, treatment planning, and case management to improve the residents' ability to provide patients with comprehensive care using a multidisciplinary approach. All phases of care are rendered within the clinic, allowing each resident to manage a wide variety of patients and advanced treatment modalities.

      AEGD residents may rotate through other selected facilities, Health Center clinics, and community-based settings to enhance the educational and clinical experience.

      The AEGD program is responsible for the dental emergency services at UConn Health, and residents run emergency on-call services. Residents learn to manage acute dental problems, interact with all health disciplines in the John Dempsey Hospital, and provide a broad range of urgent dental treatments to a diverse patient population.

      The AEGD program occupies a modern, fully equipped 32-chair facility within UConn Health and is an integral component of the School of Dental Medicine. A complete staff of dental auxiliaries, clerks, and a practice administrator dedicated to the program. The program also has full digital capabilities along with a dedicated digital lab for 3D printing and milling crowns, models, surgical guides, occlusal devices, etc., through either CEREC or SLA 3D printing.

      As an integral part of the Dental School and John Dempsey hospital, there is an abundance of patients and a variety of cases. Specialist support is available every day through the Dental School's faculty. 

      The faculty of the AEGD program includes a full-time program director, several part-time attendings, and a large complement of volunteer attendings. Specialty support and instruction are provided in every discipline by the faculty of the School of Dental Medicine. 

      The program offers CE courses through the Connecticut State Dental Association CE Series, Hartford Dental Society and participate in the Yankee Meeting and Greater New York Dental Meeting. Residents are encouraged to participate in all dental meetings via poster case presentations or research. 

      The program offers an optional PGY2 (second year) for individuals who have successfully completed the PGY1 program and wish to further their training and experience.

      The program offers an annual stipend of $58,000.00 for US or Canadian citizens who are graduates of an ADA accredited dental school and a $48,000 stipend for foreign-trained graduates. 


      For more information please refer to our website:

      Program Requirements Part I ↑ 

        Program Specific Requirements

        ADA ADAT Scores are Required: No

        ADA ADAT Scores are Accepted but Not Required: Yes

        Must upload unofficial undergraduate transcripts to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit Dental School transcripts to the program (in addition to ADEA PASS): No

        Must report GRE scores in the ADEA PASS application: No

        Must submit original GRE scores to the program: No

        Must upload a CV/Resume to the ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit a photocopy or a notarized copy of your dental school diploma to the program: Yes

        Must submit Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score: No

        Must submit official NBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS: Yes

        Must submit a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) score. (OMS only): No

        Must submit a 2" x 2" photo to the program: Yes

        Must contact program for additional requirements: No

        Must visit program website for additional requirements: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        A current 2" x 2" photo should be uploaded to PASS and included in your CV/resume. 

        IEF may be substituted with a recommendation letter from the Dean of school but must include: Class Rank, GPA, and standing (history of disciplinary action)

        Evaluations / Recommendation letters cannot be from family members.

        You must submit a certified English translation of your Dental Degree through PASS if you graduated from a Non-ADA dental school. Please DO NOT mail or email these supplemental documents, PLEASE ADD THEM to your CV and upload them through your CV.

        An official TOEFL score must be submitted to PASS. UConn AEGD Program minimum TOEFL score is 90. We do NOT consider the "my best score". We only consider the actual test score.

        Program Supplemental Requirements

        Must submit supplemental application to the program: No

        Must submit supplemental application processing fee to the program: Yes

        Domestic Applicants:  $ 0.00

        International Applicants: 100.00

        Other (Please explain)  $

        Additional Information:  $

        Only Graduates of Non-ADA accredited schools need to submit a $100.00 application processing fee directly to the program. Of note, the application fee must be paid for the application to be released for review and consideration.

        Submit the application fee through PayPal using the link below.


        Additional Information

        INBDE or NBDE Part I & Part II are highly recommended. Please have your official scores reported to PASS.

        Interview schedule for the current application cycle: 

        Interviews will start at the end of October and run through mid-December via WebEx. Follow-up interviews may be offered in person by invitation only, with details to be sent to the invited candidates.

      Program Requirements Part II ↑ 

        General Requirements

        Must have passed Part 1, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have passed Part 2, National Dental Board Examination: No

        Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or equivalent: Yes

        Must have completed a one-year residency program: No

        Additional Information: 

        INBDE or NDBE Part I & II are not required but are highly recommended.


        Must be a U.S. Citizen: No

        Can be a permanent resident?: Yes

        Permanent residents must show proof of residency: Yes

        Will accept Canadian citizens: Yes

        Must have a limited permit: No

        Must have a U.S. dental license: No

        Must be eligible for state dental license: No

        Must have a valid state dental license: No

        Must be a graduate of: 

        Applicants without U.S. Dental Degrees: May be Considered

        Eligible Citizenship Types: 
        US citizen, US permanent resident
        US/ Canadian citizen, US/ Canadian permanent resident
        Non-US citizen/resident (no sponsorship)

        Non-US citizen/resident (need sponsorship)

        Additional Information: 

        Must hold a valid DDS, DMD, or equivalent.

        The program only offers J-1 visas to those eligible.

        Any other immigration document such as an EAD card must be valid from the program's start date through the end.  

        Additional Requirements for International Applicants

        Will accept foreign citizens (not including Canada): Yes

        Must be proficient in the English language: Yes

        Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS application: Yes

        Must submit original TOEFL score report to program: No

        Must have foreign transcripts evaluated: Yes

        Must have foreign transcripts submitted to the program: No

        May be considered if graduated from non-ADA accredited dental school: Yes

        Additional Information: 

        Please send official TOEFL through PASS ONLY. If your TOEFL score does not meet the minimum your application will not be considered. TOEFL is required for those applicants who obtained their degree from a dental school that trained in a language other than English, there will be no exceptions

        Transcripts must have course-by-course evaluation from ECE or WES.