AEGD Program

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

This program is designed to reflect a private general practice setting as closely as possible. While this program is not a fifth year of dental school, its location within the School of Dental Medicine offers several advantages including an excellent faculty/resident ratio and access to all specialties.

  • To provide the resident with a broad-based comprehensive clinical experience ingeneral dentistry
  • To educate each resident in the principles of modern oral healthcare delivery thatprovides a foundation for continued, future learning
  • To emphasize the comprehensive care of patients
  • To understand the oral health needs of communities and of the dental professional’srole in community service
North American Candidates — Fall 2021 Enrollment

The application cycle runs May 14 - October 15, 2020.

Application for North American DDS/DMD Candidates

International Candidates - Fall 2021 Enrollment

The application cycle runs July 1 - October 31, 2020.

For admission to the AEGD program, international candidates must apply to one of the following MS programs:

Oral Sciences

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About the Program

The advanced educational program in general dentistry provides advanced training beyond the level of predoctoral education in clinical dentistry and applied basic and behavioral sciences.  During this program, students can refine the skills necessary for the generalist to provide comprehensive patient care for all population groups.

This is a planned, sequential postdoctoral training program that is specifically designed to meet the needs of graduates who want to enhance their skills as general practitioners.  The program is a supplement to the predoctoral curriculum, but is not a required component of that educational sequence.

A Well-Rounded Program With An Emphasis on Implantology

Students receive both clinical experience and didactic training, including implant training and experience in both surgery and restoration.

Support From Hygienists and Assistants

Each resident is assigned one dedicated operatory with added charges available as needed.  Residents work closely with hygienists in the school’s Oral Hygiene Recall program. Assistance from a certified dental assistant for any procedure is available when necessary. Due to the fluctuating number of providers in the clinic at any one time, we do not always have a 1:1 ratio, but we make every effort to assure efficient utilization of support staff.

We encourage visits from prospective students, and we are actively looking for students from other schools.


The program in advanced education in general dentistry is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is

Length of Program

Typically this is a one-year program, but an optional second year is also offered; the second year expands on the knowledge and experience obtained in the first year. This second year option is only available to those currently enrolled in our first year program.  


Faculty is one of the greatest assets of the AEGD program. All general dental faculty members have experience in private practice, and there is access to faculty in every dental specialty. Two dedicated faculty members are assigned at each clinic session, and the ratio of faculty to residents is 1:5 or better. The program relies on more than 35 associated faculty members, with supervising faculty whose only responsibility is resident instruction.

Faculty may include those who are:

  • Dual-certified
  • Diplomates of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Advanced certification holders in esthetic dentistry


The curriculum is designed to provide advanced training beyond pre-doctoral education in clinical dentistry. Students will refine those skills necessary to provide comprehensive patient care for all population groups.

Available experience includes:

  • Restorative dentistry: direct restorations using resin composite and amalgam
  • Prosthetic dentistry: single crowns, fixed dental prosthetic units, complete and partial dentures
  • Esthetic dentistry
  • Implant dentistry: placement and restoration of single and multiple units
  • Digital dentistry: CEREC, Planmeca, 3Shape triOS
  • Cone Beam CT and implant planning software 
  • Soft tissue diode lasers and piezosurgery
  • Periodontal and oral surgery
  • Rotary endodontics
  • Bone grafting
  • Treatment planning of complex cases
  • Care of medically complex patients
  • Teaching in the pre-doctoral program

AEGD Resident Program

AEGD Residents are selected from students who have completed a course of study in a CODA accredited dental school and who have graduated with a DDS or DMD degree. Six traditional positions are offered annually, pending the number of residents who are accepted in the optional second year.

AEGD Residents receive a salary during their year of training.

International AEGD Program

The School of Dental Medicine established the International Advanced Education Scholar Program with the goal of promoting and improving the level of dentistry at other dental institutions around the world. Through this program, current and future faculty members supported by their institutions (dental schools, hospitals and government institutions) can receive advanced education training along with MS and/or PhD degrees. The AEGD Program participates in the International Scholars Program.

AEGD International Scholars: 

  • Must concurrently pursue a research program; this is customarily an MS in either Oral Sciences or Biomaterials. Applications to AEGD will be considered incomplete unless an application has been made to one of the research programs (Biomaterials or Oral Sciences).
  • Are required to pay all routine advanced education tuition and fees, as well as an extra fee to offset the costs of the scholar's training including program coordination, teaching, and research and certification in a clinical program.
  • Do not receive a salary during their program.

One or two international scholars are accepted each year.


Tuition and fees are only applicable to International Scholars







Activity Fee: Mandatory fee leveled by student's respective divisions.

Academic Excellence Fee: Mandatory fee used to enhance student academic support services,advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarship. technology needs, new campus life initiative/improvements.

International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.


Learn more about the International Student Fee

Please note:

  1. The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.
  2. Most clinical certificate programs are subject to additional expenses; please contact your program director to determine costs.

Application Information

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their past academic record, their demonstrated interest in pursuing general dentistry as a career and a personal interview. Applicant integrity, motivation, industry, resourcefulness and background knowledge will be subjects of discussion during the interview.

AEGD Traditional Resident Candidates — How to Apply

Fall 2021 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted May 14 - October 15, 2020
Interviews November and/or early December, 2020
Acceptance Letters Sent Out Candidates notified by MATCH in late January, 2021

Application Requirements

AEGD Residents are selected from students who have completed a course of study in a US or Canadian, CODA/ CDAC accredited dental school and who have graduated with a DDS or DMD degree. Applicants must have a New York State License, or be eligible for a New York State Limited Permit to Practice Dentistry.

Apply Through PASS

Candidates must meet all requirements, including deadlines, of the PASS Application process as published by PASS. All North American DDS/DMD degree candidates should apply through PASS. The AEGD program participates in both the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) and the National Matching Service (NMS). Applicants must complete and submit the PASS Application and also register for the Match through the PASS website. No independent applications are accepted.

Candidates accepted by the AEGD program must submit an official, final transcript along with a copy of their diploma upon dental school graduation

AEGD International Scholar Candidates — How to Apply

International Scholars DO NOT use PASS

AEGD International Scholars must concurrently pursue a research program; this is customarily an MS in either Oral Sciences or Biomaterials. Applications to AEGD will be considered incomplete unless an application has been made to one of the research programs (Biomaterials or Oral Sciences).

Fall 2021 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted July 1 - November 1, 2020
Interviews January and/or February, 2021
Acceptance Letters Sent Out Rolling, soon after interviews completed

Important Application Instructions:

A MINIMUM of 5 letters are needed to complete an application 

1. EVERY candidate MUST submit a letter of support from their employer/institution indicating that they will return to the home institution after program completion. 

2. EVERY candidate MUST have three Letters of Recommendation; PLUS a letter signed by the school's Dean or designee.

(See submission instructions below)

To apply for the AEGD International Scholars program please submit all documents listed below on-line via the UB application. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for review.

1. On-line UB Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must select your desired entry term (i.e. Fall 2020) and intended program of study as you begin the application.
  • The personal information section of the application provides special instructions for international applicants; be certain to following instructions on how to accurately enter your name.

2. A letter from the applicant’s institution

  • The letter needs to support his/her admission to the AEGD International Scholar Program. 
  • The letter must state that the scholar will return to that institution upon completion of the program.
  • The signed institutional letter should be uploaded by the applicant as Dental Material Other via the applicant portal.

3. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

Once you have submitted your online application for review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

Pay the fee on UBePay 

4. CV / Resume (upload with your application)

5. Personal Statement (upload with your application or type statement directly into the application)

6. Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation PLUS a Dean's letter; the Dean's letter can be signed by a dean designee, e.g. assistant dean
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically by your recommenders.
  • You will submit names, titles and email addresses for your four recommenders (three faculty plus dean/designee).  They will receive an email request to electronically submit a letter on your behalf.

7. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation; ECE course-by-course report is preferred.  Please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

8. Unofficial NBDE Scores (optional)

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline. An official score report must be provided upon acceptance.  UB’s School Code is: 2925.

  •  If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.
  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.

9. UB Financial Form

  • All International applicants must complete and upload the UB financial form documenting all sources of anticipated educational support.  The upload option will appear in the applicant portal after application is submitted for review.
  • Note: Financial documentation is required for visa issuance - documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it. 

10. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

11. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport if You Are Currently an F-1 Student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.



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