AEGD Westwood

Program Overview

Thomas K. Lee, DDS
Program Director

The Westwood AEGD Advanced Clinical Training Program is designed to expose foreign-trained primary care general dentistry practitioners to the management of comprehensive and complex general dentistry cases, including restorations and surgical placements of dental implants.  The program is designed to enhance each trainee’s ability to be ready for more complicated cases in a private practice general dentistry environment.  A graduate of this program would be expected to have a wide and in-depth level of skills and knowledge to practice advanced general dentistry in their native countries. 

The didactic portion of the program, which includes various aspects of basic and clinical sciences in dentistry, runs throughout the academic year with a concentrated curriculum in the month of July during each year. Topics covered include all specialty areas of dentistry, physical diagnosis, treatment planning, medical emergencies, elements of sedation, oral pathology, pharmacology, orofacial pain and dysfunctions, dental implantology, oral radiology, literature review, practice management, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, sports dentistry, etc. The program director is provided feedback from each course director in the form of grades or comments regarding the postgraduate's participation and competency. 

 Trainees are given the opportunity to observe and assist the treating faculty or resident dentist in various dental disciplines such as prosthodontics, periodontal and oral surgery, esthetic dentistry, implant dentistry, simple orthodontics, endodontics, and care of the medically compromised patient.  Trainees will also receive additional experiences in pre-clinical restorative and prosthodontic techniques.  Trainees may have the opportunity for patient care experiences after demonstrating proficiency in clinical techniques in a pre-clinical simulation setting at the AEGD Westwood clinic.  This will be at the discretion of the Program Director and Associate Program Director.

A certificate of attendance is awarded upon successful completion of the program. This certificate is not the same as the postgraduate program certificate awarded to full-time international postgraduates in specialty training as a qualification for recognition by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Length of Program: 1 year, starting summer quarter each year. Deadline is March 15.

Number of Positions: 1-2

Fees: $32,000 per year(subject to change)*

Certificate Fee: one-time payment of $200

*Half of the tuition is due upon acceptance, half is due on the first day of the fall quarter.