Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Two Case Western Reserve University dental students work on a patient in the clinic

About the Program

Gain a deeper understanding of dentistry with a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. As a student in our AEGD program, you will acquire the didactic knowledge and clinical experience needed to deliver across-the-board oral healthcare and diagnose and treat even the most challenging, complex dental emergencies. Many of our graduates go on to private practice or speciality programs, while others pursue careers in academia.

What to Expect

Case Western Reserve's 12-month program provides extensive training in general dentistry and emphasizes treatment planning, patient management and comprehensive care. This includes providing specialized care to medically and/or immunocompromised patients, as well as patients with disabilities, geriatric patients and underserved segments of the community.

Our AEGD curriculum consists of formal courses, seminars, literature review, and one week of "on call" practice per month—experiences that will enhance your ability to handle dental and medical emergencies encountered in everyday practice. You’ll also be introduced to the basic concepts of hospital dentistry while gaining hands-on experiences that improve your ability to interact, function and communicate effectively with other healthcare professionals. 

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Beyond the Classroom

In the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic at CWRU School of Dental Medicine, students can provide state-of-the-art dental services in all areas of general and specialized dentistry. Students gain hands-on experience with dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, orthodontic therapy, and extractions. 

With our focus on comprehensive care for patients, we will teach you to use leading-edge dental technologies and methods such as CEREC, laser therapy, NobelClinician software, digital X-rays, and the “Teeth in a Day” process. This firsthand experience, coupled with our well-rounded instruction, will provide you with the confidence and skill to pursue a successful career in dentistry.

By the Numbers


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Admission Details

Residents are selected for the Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry based on:

  • Their clinical skills as measured by grades and faculty letters of evaluation;
  • Their ability to perform effectively as a member of a small cadre of residents as measured by their letters of evaluation and the personal interview; 
  • Their interest and enthusiasm for the dental profession as measured by their personal interview.

Applications are reviewed, and those selected to move on in the admissions process will be invited to interview. Grades and national board scores are considered, as are activities that demonstrate a passion for dentistry and the ability to excel in areas beyond traditional dental school activities. Leadership, experience and excellence are also valued.

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