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Program Description

Overview

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program site is located in Union City. The Union City clinic is a stand-alone facility located approximately 35 miles southeast of San Francisco. The facility description is below.

The AEGD program will be participating and taking applications for the resident class of 2015-2016. The program consists of a one-year, accredited postgraduate residency in general dentistry with an optional second year. The core of the program involves providing advanced clinical treatment to patients requiring comprehensive general dental care with an emphasis on Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA). The residents provide comprehensive dental care along with supplemented seminars and rotations. 

There is an opportunity to gain more in-depth training in an optional accredited second-year residency training program. The second year allows greater flexibility to pursue individual interests, advanced clinical cases, teaching, or research projects.

The start date for the program is July 1, 2015. Residents have time off during the school's winter break and school holidays, as well as an additional 10 days of leave that can be scheduled with the approval of the site director.

There are no tuition requirements to participate in either site. AEGD residents receive an educational stipend during the year which is paid bi-monthly over a 12-month period.

Residents will be given the option of participating in the dental school's medical coverage program, but will be required to participate in the disability coverage program. Malpractice insurance coverage is provided by the School of Dentistry.

Program Goals

  1. Provide high-quality, comprehensive general dental care for healthy and medically compromised patients.
  2. Integrate all phases of dentistry in a manner suitable for providing dental care to healthy and medically compromised patients.
  3. Be able to act as the primary dental care provider for a group of healthy and medically compromised patients and to control and direct the services of dental specialists and other health practitioners appropriately.
  4. Interact with a variety of health professionals and social agencies to coordinate dental services with other care for individuals with complex medical, emotional, and social backgrounds.
  5. Be familiar with the provision of care in a hospital setting.

For a detailed list of expected areas of resident competency after completion of the program, please see our Competency and Proficiency Statements.

Physical Facilities

The AEGD residency site is located at the University of the Pacific's Union City Dental Care Clinic. The clinic has a private practice setting and 13-chair facility which is located 35 miles southeast of San Francisco. In addition to being close to San Francisco, Union City offers easy freeway access to a variety of attractions in California. The clinic has served the community for close to 30 years.

Clinical Dentistry

There is specialty supervision available in endodontics, esthetics, implants, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. There is also supervised dental care for special patients with developmental disabilities or severe medical problems and geriatric individuals.

In addition to the specialties listed above, there is emphasis placed on patient management with specific instruction in working with fearful dental patients; using nitrous oxide and other sedatives; providing dental care in the hospital operating room with general anesthesia; and managing patients with oral lesions and facial pain. Also, residents are given the opportunity to co-instruct and supervise dental students during their clinical rotation in the AEGD clinic.

Residents work with dental staff members in the management of their practices and the delivery of dental services. Instruction is provided in four-handed dentistry techniques and practice management concepts.

Rotations

Rotations at the Union City site are based on local needs. Our current rotations are in the areas of advanced implant restorations, emergency dentistry, hospital dentistry/special needs care, pediatric dentistry/perinatal care and predoctoral teaching.

Seminars

There is a series of seminars on each aspect of dentistry taught in the program in the areas of Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA), endodontics, aesthetics, fixed and removable prosthodontics, hospital dentistry, special care dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology-facial pain, orthodontics, pediatrics, periodontics, geriatric and treatment planning. Seminar topics also include quality assurance, practice management, literature review, dental emergencies and medical risk assessment.

Residents participate in some seminars via videoconferencing technology.

After-Hours Emergencies

After office hours and on weekends, one resident is assigned to see patients who have dental emergencies. At times when the resident is not in the dental clinics, the resident can answer calls at home or use a communicating device which will be supplied to the resident. The resident may also spend time in the hospital emergency room. During that time, the resident will have an opportunity not only to treat dental emergencies but also to observe the management of patients with medical emergencies.