AEGD Venice

Program Overview

Dr. Colby Smith
Program Director

As a satellite clinic of the UCLA School of Dentistry, the Venice Dental Center provides comprehensive care with minimal referral to outside providers. Residents provide broad cross-disciplinary treatment under the supervision of specialist and general dentist faculty, including: implant placement and restoration, guided tissue regeneration and sinus augmentation, periodontal surgery and soft tissue grafting, exodontia, endodontics, and full mouth rehabilitation. The vast majority of patient care provided by postgraduate residents is comprehensive, with additional substantial experience in triage and treatment of dental emergencies, and referrals from students and private dentists for specialist procedures. Faculty coverage is provided primarily by general dentists, with additional coverage by specialists in periodontics, endodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The weekly schedule involves 40+ hours in clinic, classes, and seminars.

The UCLA Venice Dental Center has been committed to providing quality dental care for the underserved community since its inception in 1969. Over time, the large volume of patients with complex needs led to the addition of postgraduate dental training. This advanced training has evolved into a 1-year AEGD residency program with an emphasis on comprehensive community-based dentistry.
This CODA-accredited program is designed primarily for general dentists within their first 5 years of clinical practice who want to:

  • Learn and implement advanced treatment planning concepts for complex cases

  • Develop proficiency in all aspects of dental practice

  • Become confident treating patients with minimal specialist referral

  • Gain experience using contemporary technologies (e.g. all-ceramic and CAD/CAM restorations, digital impressions, implant placement and restoration, and digital radiology)

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and affiliated with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The program in AEGD-Venice is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "Approval 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.apsx .

The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in AEGD-Venice . However, accreditation of the program does not in itself constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.

Length of Program: 1 year

Number of Positions: 6

Financial Arrangement: B Salary

Combined AEGD/MPH Program

The AEGD-Venice program also offers an optional MPH degree program through the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for dentists interested in public health and community dentistry. The integrated curriculum allows the resident to earn a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and a Master of Public Health degree in approximately two years. Residents satisfy the graduation requirements for the AEGD certificate during the first twelve months while also completing the first year MPH core curriculum. During the second year the student completes the MPH curriculum.

Please note: Students interested in the AEGD/MPH program are required to apply and be accepted independently to both the AEGD and the MPH for Health Professionals programs.

Contact Us

You can contact us if you have any questions by email at: postdds@dentistry.ucla.edu.