Regional Dental Command
Advanced Education General Dentistry
2 Year Program (AEGD-2yr)
Advanced Education General Dentistry 2 Year Program (AEGD/2yr) at
DENTAC-Hawaii is a two-year training program providing professional
education at the post doctorate level. It encompasses
supervised training and clinical experience in all major specialty
areas of dental practice.
It is designed to train competent, productive, efficient
clinicians that are able to skillfully and confidently manage
patients requiring complex multi-disciplinary treatment.
Of equal importance is the objective of training residents
to be well-rounded, outstanding officers in the United States
program emphasizes a practical approach in both clinical and
didactic training. The
resident is provided with considerable experience and close
guidance from a faculty of board certified, highly trained
are chosen from among the most outstanding dental graduates
in the nation. They
are expected to demonstrate the interest and enthusiasm necessary
to derive maximum benefit from the program.
Participating in the program represents an exceptional
opportunity for the recent graduate to develop both as a dentist
and as an Army Officer.
Scattered across 250 miles of the Pacific,
Hawaii’s eight major islands are home to some 1.1 million
people – including about 130,000 military personnel and their
dependents. Hawaii is most assuredly a tropical paradise.
It has beautiful beaches, spectacular mountains and
sunsets, great weather, active volcanoes, jungles, gushing
waterfalls, rain forests, expansive canyons, tropical gardens
and flowers blooming all year around to mention just a few
of its natural features. There is so much to do in the way
of recreational opportunities: swimming, surfing, scuba diving
and snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting,
sailboats and sailplanes, and great golfing.
Barracks and Tripler Army Medical Center are located on the
island of Oahu, “the Gathering Place.”
At the foot of the Waianae mountain range in central
Oahu is Schofield Barracks – the largest Army base on the
island and home of the 25th Infantry Division,
nicknamed “Tropic Lightning”.
Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic is the home base for
the AEGD-2yr program where most of the training is conducted.
Twenty miles away on Moanalua Ridge near Ft. Shafter
is Tripler Army Medical Center.
Its highly visible pink walls are a familiar landmark
to Honolulu residents.
The hospital oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, and
orthodontic rotations take place at Tripler Dental Clinic.
program in advanced general dentistry is accredited by the
Commission on Dental Accreditation (and
has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without
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,
AEGD-2yr Program is a comprehensive learning experience involving
training in all disciplines of dental practice.
It is predominately clinically oriented but includes
a didactic component of approximately 20 percent.
clinical phase of the program stresses comprehensive care
facilitated by continuous simultaneous rotations through all
of the specialties of dentistry.
It is designed to emphasize the basic general dentistry
concepts of total patient treatment and continuity of care.
Residents are expected to provide total dental treatment
within their capabilities, and to coordinate referrals to
the appropriate specialist when indicated.
screening, selection and assignment are directed toward providing
the resident with patients requiring a broad range of dental
independent rotations have been avoided wherever possible.
Mentors have been given sufficient flexibility to enable the
resident to schedule patients from other services during their
specialty rotation, allowing continuity of care.
didactic component is an important aspect of the program providing
each resident with a broad academic background from which
sound clinical judgments can be made regarding diagnosis,
treatment planning, and the selection of appropriate treatment
methods for the patient. The didactic phase is scheduled on
a regular basis and includes lectures, seminars, literature
reviews, treatment planning conferences, and special projects.
The special projects include writing an original case
or literature review paper, preparation of a table clinic,
and presenting a lecture.
Goals and Objectives
The program provides advanced training in clinical dentistry
and in the application of basic sciences to clinical dentistry.
It is designed to provide graduated dentists with the
opportunity to enhance their skills in the various disciplines
comprising general dentistry. Its objective is
the development of the skill and confidence required:
increase the resident’s competence and confidence in the
various clinical disciplines which are integral components
of the general practice of dentistry so they can evaluate,
diagnose, plan and coordinate comprehensive treatment
for a wide variety of patients.
enhance the resident’s ability to make judgments in examination,
diagnosis, treatment planning and decision-making during
the course of patient treatment, and in assessing post
improve the resident’s ability to interact with all health
care practitioners in providing for the patients’ total
health care needs.
enhance the resident’s understanding of, and experience
in, the efficient delivery of quality dentistry so they
may effectively manage a modern practice to include: supervision
and utilization of auxiliaries, development of practice
productivity, and understanding of efficient scheduling
increase the resident’s interest and appreciation for
dental literature and to develop a commitment to continuing
as the dentist of first contact with the patient and provide
a means of entry into the oral heath care system.
the patients’ total oral health needs, provide professional
general dental care and refer the patient, when indicated,
to appropriate specialists while preserving the continuity
responsibility for the patients’ comprehensive and continuous
oral heath care and when needed, act as the coordinator
for the patients’ total oral heath care.
effectively as an Army Dental Officer in any duty position
to which he or she may be assigned.
program facilities includes the following
Barracks Dental Clinic - is a 48-chair facility.
Training held here includes outpatient oral surgery,
Periodontics, Endodontics, fixed and removable Prosthodontics,
team dentistry, and comprehensive general dentistry.
Also housed here are a dental laboratory, resident’s
room, and the administrative offices for the program.
Dental Clinic – is a 19-chair hospital dental clinic.
AEGD-2yr training held here includes hospital oral surgery,
orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry.
- The Medical Library at Tripler Army Medical Center normal
hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Residents
have 24-hour access using their identification badges to the
Medical Library. The
Medical Library is accredited by JACHO and has a staff of
2 medical librarians, both with Masters Degrees in Library
Science, and 2 library technicians. In addition to dental
textbooks and journals, the medical library has 8 computer
stations for access to the Internet for MEDLINE and other
databases searches. Interlibrary
loan services are available for material not owned by TAMC.
small reference library has been set up in the residents’
room at Schofield Barracks Dental Clinic.
It includes the latest versions of textbooks in each
specialty area, other textbooks, CD-ROMs, and training videos.
Management – DENTAC-Hawaii is on the cutting edge of utilizing
computers in many aspects of its operations.
They are an integral part of the AEGD-2yr program.
Each resident is assigned a laptop computer with Internet
access. DENTAC-Hawaii is part of the TAMC LAN with share
capability, MS Outlook for e-mail communication, and a computerized
patient appointment system, Corporate Dental Application (CDA)
to mention only a few features.
There is an AEGD resident/mentor site on the LAN server
where information such as current resident training calendars,
resident forms, resident project formats, and recent Power
Point lectures can be readily accessed.
There are digital cameras, scanners, slide scanners,
and LCD projection for lecture and case preparations.
During orientation the residents will have training
on computer utilization, software, digital photography, and
logon procedures for logging on to the TAMC/DENTAC computer
- Clinical photography is an essential and integral component
of any postgraduate training program in dentistry.
Photographic documentation of patient treatment during
the residency becomes an invaluable record of the resident’s
educational experience and a very useful future reference
importantly, the photographic slide is perhaps the most effective
audiovisual aid available for patient education, teaching,
and communication with colleagues.
digital photographs are utilized as part of each resident’s
Treatment Planning presentation.
Throughout the training year residents are encouraged
to employ clinical photography as part of their learning experience.
Workshops in digital photography are conducted during
who present with problems requiring treatment in several disciplines
are identified at examination.
These patients are assigned so each resident will encounter
problems of increasing complexity as they progress through
their training. Patients
are carefully screened and assigned to ensure that each resident
receives an appropriate variety of clinical experiences.
Records of each resident’s clinical activities are
maintained and evaluated monthly to assure that the desired
quality and mix of patients are maintained.
care is one of the major objectives of the program.
Residents spend time throughout the course of the program
providing comprehensive care.
This extends from the treatment planning phase through
completion of patient care.
All comprehensive care is accomplished under the supervision
of graduates of a two-year advanced training program in general
balance of each resident’s clinical time is spent under the
supervision of specialists, and as much as possible, under
the resident’s planned comprehensive care.
are assigned to a specific dental team with other staff dentist.
These dental teams are part of the Army’s Dental Care
Optimization (DTO) to provide continuity of care by empanelling
a specific group of patients per team.
The DTO concept also provides residents the opportunity
to effectively manage a modern dental practice through utilization
of auxiliaries, and through the development of practice productivity.
Planning Boards - One presentation per resident.
One resident will present a patient’s diagnostic data
and problem list, then the other residents will prepare a
sequenced treatment plan.
The presenting resident will then discussed the sequenced
treatment plan prepared with input from the Director, Assistant
Director, and other appropriate mentors. Discussion of treatment
plan rationale between residents and mentors will follow.
Care Conferences – held throughout the year.
Residents present interesting cases or procedures encountered.
Progress with treatment planning patients is also discussed.
Reviews - held throughout the year.
The supervising mentor assigns articles, which each
resident must be prepared to discuss at the literature review
mentors are assigned on a rotation basis.
Clubs - held
throughout the year.
Each resident will be assigned to read and present
a review of articles from a current dental journal.
Seminars - presented in block lectures during orientation
month and throughout the year.
Oxide/Conscious Sedation Training – formal 3-day course
in conscious sedation held in the spring. The course includes
lectures, demonstrations, and supervised patient treatment.
Training – 8 hours for certification or 4 hours for recertification,
Training – Formal two-day course for certification held
towards the end of the academic year.
Visits – held throughout the year.
Guest specialty consultants present lectures not only
to residents, but also to the entire DENTAC.
The Director of the AEGD-2yr Program will serve
as the resident advisor.
The Director will meet with all of the residents monthly.
The purpose of the meeting is for the dissemination
of information, policy and schedule changes, etc.
Residents with questions or problems of a personal
nature may see the Director on an individual basis.
Calendar: The activities calendar is published monthly
by the Program Director.
It contains specific information including lectures,
consultant visits, treatment planning conferences, literature
reviews and special events.
It also contains information on DENTAC continuing education
activities, which all residents are expected to attend, but
which are not directly related to the residency.
These include Commander’s Calls, Combat Emergency Preparedness
Courses and professional meetings.
Training: Physical fitness and weight control is receiving
increased emphasis in today’s Army.
A notation of performance on the Army Physical Readiness
Test and conformation to the Army height and weight control
standards is mandatory on all Officers Efficiency Reports.
Although group physical fitness training will be done
as part of the program, physical fitness is the soldier’s
Officer residents are required to pass two physical
evaluation tests during the training year.
Absences: Residents may be granted 14 days of ordinary
leave to be taken during the Christmas holiday period.
Passes and leave will not be routinely granted during
the training year however small leaves of important nature
may be approved at other times including the last two weeks
of June. Leave requests will be submitted to the Program Director.
Final approval will depend upon several factors, including
the residents’ performance during the training program, research
paper and table clinic progress, and duty commitments.
Employment: Due to the demanding academic and clinical
curriculum, residents are not allowed to practice outside
the military work place.
To contact the
Program in Hawaii:
Ms. Leialoha Teixeira-Chun
Secretary, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program
Ph. (808)433-8947/8908 Fax: (8088) 433-8933
COL Peter H. Guevara
Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program
further information on Army HPSP and AGD programs, contact:
U.S. Army Recruiting Command
U.S. Army Medical Department
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