4 Post Graduate Options for General Dentistry
The Best Guide to Pursuing more Education in General Dentistry: Everything You Need to Know!
The financial burden attached to dentistry can be daunting, ranging from $200-$500k! So, I understand if the desire is NOT to increase your debt further or if you’re just ready to stop eating ramen noodles and start living the ‘good life!’
What if want to start working?
You can still learn! Quite honestly, this is a recommendation for dentists of all levels of practice. Dentistry is a profession that requires clinicians to stay up to date on techniques and materials.
So, what do I recommend? I'm glad you asked...
Spear Education: Their membership can cost anywhere from about $300 to… well a lot! It depends on what tier level you desire.
I signed up for the lowest level (YES, they offer student rates), and I learned so much! I love the storytelling of Frank Spear, the humor of Gregg Kinzer, the soothing voice of Bob Winter, and the electric energy of Ricardo Mitrani. If you’re reading this and eating ramen noodles, they also offer some FREE information on their site, so don’t miss out!
Dawson Academy: They are pretty similar to Spear Education. Honestly, I think all of the guys were buds, but each platform offers education uniquely, so check them out to see what teaching styles are more beneficial to you!
Alight,what are the 4 post graduate programs that are full-time programs?
1. AEGD: ADVANCED EDUCATION IN GENERAL DENTISTRY
This is my TOP choice!
This program is either 1 or 2 years and is available to civilian and military dentists. More hands-on training in dentistry is emphasized and with a decision to specialize, the complication of the program will help boost your application.
2: GPR - GENERAL PRACTICE RESIDENCY
Generally, GPRs are usually more hospital-based working alongside Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) residents or oral surgery fellows. Performing tasks such as sedations, emergency room procedures, or dentistry on high-risk patients.
These programs are fantastic if the desire is to be accepted into periodontics or oral surgery program.
#3: OPERATIVE DENTISTRY RESIDENCY
This is a program that is often misunderstood. Check out this blog post to read more on operative dentistry.
Operative dentistry is a 3-year program focusing on aesthetic, preventive dentistry, and research and some programs offer a certificate in biomaterials. I would recommend this program to dentists who desire a career in academia and prefer not to do an AEGD.
#4: COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY
If you haven’t heard of operative dentistry then it’s likely that you’ve also haven’t heard of comprehensive dentistry. It is a program that offers even more training similar to an AEGD program to dentists to acquire more clinical dentistry skills.
It is a 2-year program but at this time is offered only to military dentists. Comprehensive dentists are the jack of all trades and will do a lot of everything with a lot more knowledge.
Here are words of caution!
Do the research and ask current residents to determine what the individual programs are like. Not all programs are created equally!