General Dentistry

Division Overview

The mission of the Division of General Dentistry is to train predoctoral students and postdoctoral residents in all aspects of general dentistry and to contribute to improvements in the oral health of the community through direct patient care, both within UConn Health and throughout the State of Connecticut with collaborative relationships with community partners. The Division achieves its goals through education, patient care activities and research endeavors.

Academic Programs

At the predoctoral level, faculty in the Division are responsible for curriculum in general dentistry, treatment planning, risk management, ethics, law and jurisprudence, geriatrics and special care dentistry. Faculty are engaged in the didactic, preclinical and clinical instruction of predoctoral dental students in these domains, as well as in other activities offered throughout the scope of the D.M.D. curriculum.

At the postdoctoral level, the Division offers the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program which provides outstanding opportunities for advanced training in all aspects of general dentistry at the PGY1 and PGY2 level. The residency is designed to refine and enhance the resident’s clinical skills and scientific base to improve the practice of general dentistry. The Division also offers the General Dentistry fellowship program for a limited number of individuals who have completed two years of postdoctoral general dentistry training and wish to further their education and training in general dentistry.

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program is a one-year (optional second-year) residency with special emphasis in clinical general dentistry. The residency is designed to refine and enhance the resident’s clinical skills and scientific knowledge base in order to improve the practice of general dentistry. The program enrolls eighteen first-year residents who practice and learn in a setting which closely approximates a modern group practice.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency prepares individuals to enter the field of general dentistry with confidence and expertise.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide advanced training beyond the predoctoral level.
  • Expand the scope and depth of knowledge and clinical skills so residents can provide comprehensive care to a variety of patient groups.
  • Enhance and develop the resident’s understanding of and competence in the application of recent advances in patient management.
  • Enhance the resident’s ability to interact with various health practitioners to coordinate and integrate the patient’s oral health care into a comprehensive, multidisciplinary plan.
  • Expand the scope and depth of knowledge leading to the oral health management of compromised patients.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the ability to apply modern practice management theory.
  • Provide residents with the analytical skills necessary for evaluation of professional literature to insure the capacity for continued, self-directed growth.
  • Provide training in community based, primary care setting addressing the needs of underserved populations.

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program offers selected individuals who have completed the PGY1 residency program with opportunities to further their education and training through additional clinical and didactic experiences.
The PGY2 program adds the following goals:

  • Provide training and experience in the delivery of care in hospital settings.
  • Provide training and experience in the development of scholarly endeavors to enhance the resident’s abilities and skills to become leaders in the field.
  • Provide residents with opportunities to further expand the scope and depth of areas of interest.

Program Description

The AEGD program includes clinical and didactic experiences designed to prepare residents for a successful and fruitful career. Approximately fifteen percent of the resident’s time is devoted to a comprehensive didactic program, designed to build upon and enhance prior knowledge. Advanced instruction, in the form of lectures, seminars, and conferences, is offered in all disciplines of dentistry and dental practice, including restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, preventive dentistry, practice management, epidemiology, TMJ dysfunction, sedation, pain and anxiety control, geriatric dentistry, medicine, management of medically compromised and developmentally disabled patients, physical assessment, and infection control. Residents participate in literature reviews, case presentations, treatment planning seminars, and the management of the group practice.

The AEGD program provides a solid, comprehensive clinical experience which is centered about the general dentistry clinic at UConn Health. Our goal is to have the area serve as a model group practice. It is within this setting that the resident learns management skills, maintenance of financial and medico-legal documents and records, operatory organization, clinic management, appointment control, and overall patient and practice management. Residents receive advanced training in oral diagnosis, treatment planning, and case management to improve the residents' ability to provide patients with comprehensive care using a multidisciplinary approach. All phases of care are rendered within the clinic, allowing each resident to manage a wide variety of patients and treatment modalities.

AEGD residents may rotate through the Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and other selected facilities and UConn Health clinics to enhance the educational and clinical experience.

The AEGD program is responsible for the dental emergency service of UConn Health and residents rotate on emergency on-call. Residents learn to manage acute dental problems, interface with all health disciplines in the John Dempsey Hospital, and provide a broad range of urgent dental treatment to a diverse patient population.

Competency and Proficiency Statements

The AEGD program’s competency and proficiency statements describe the attributes of a graduate of the program. They are intended to communicate the expectations of the faculty to the resident and serve as the basis for evaluation of resident’s satisfactory completion of the program.

Each statement is designated as either an area of competency (C) in which graduates are expected to have little experience at the beginning of their programs or as an area of proficiency (P) in which graduates are expected to be competent at the beginning of their program and gain further experience, skill, and judgment as the program progresses.

  • Competency and Proficiency Statements

Resources

The AEGD program occupies a modern, fully equipped twenty-four chair facility within UConn Health and is an integral component of the School of Dental Medicine. A complete staff of dental auxiliaries, clerks, and a practice administrator is dedicated to the program.

The faculty of the AEGD program includes a full time program director, several part-time attendings, and a large complement of volunteer attendings. Specialty support and instruction is provided in every discipline by faculty of the School of Dental Medicine.

Additional Opportunities

Opportunities exist for a limited number of of general dentistry fellowship positions. The general dentistry fellowship is optional for individuals who have completed the AEGD residency (PGY1 and PGY2) and wish to further their training.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The AEGD program is open to graduates of accredited U.S. or foreign dental schools. Candidates must possess a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree (or equivalent) prior to beginning the program. If the applicant’s native language is other than English, results of the TOEFL examination (with a score in excess of 550 for paper-based exam or 215 for computer-based exam) are required.

The AEGD program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) offered by the American Association of Dental Schools. Additional application requirements may be found within the PASS application packet. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting:
PASS
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Phone: 1-800-353-2237
Fax: 202-667-4983
Email: pass@adea.org

The AEGD program also participates in the National Matching Service and all positions are offered through the match. Applicants are required to register with the match. For more information about the match, contact:
National Matching Services
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5G 2C2
Phone: 416-977-3431
Fax: 416-977-5020
Email: matchinfo@natmatch.com

Salary and Benefits

Residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program are registered as postdoctoral students in the School of Dental Medicine and are appointed as hospital residents at UConn Health. Residents receive an annual salary; tuition and clinic fees are waived.

Additional Opportunities

Opportunities exist for a limited number of of general dentistry fellowship positions. The general dentistry fellowship is optional for individuals who have completed the AEGD residency (PGY1 and PGY2) and wish to further their training.

Additional Programs

Combined General Dentistry Certificate and Master of Public Health Program

The UConn-HRSA training program at the UConn School of Dental Medicine is a dual training program that is designed to prepare general dentists with the skills necessary to apply public health principles to oral health problems. The combined certificate program is designed to produce skilled professionals equipped with a broad knowledge of health programs and health delivery. Graduates of the program will be capable of assuming leadership roles in community dental health promotion, oral health disease prevention, and dental health research programs.

The program provides comprehensive training in both General Dentistry and Public Health that draws upon the strong curriculum of the School of Dental Medicine and excellent and diverse research faculty in the Graduate School’s Public Health program.

All trainees supported by the HRSA training grant must be US citizens or permanent residents. Trainees receive financial support covering the cost of tuition and limited research-related expenses and travel, in addition to the salary and benefits package offered to all residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program.

Admissions

Applicants interested in the combined certificate-MPH program must apply to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program and therefore should follow the requirements listed for the AEGD residency program. Applicants may indicate their interest in the combined program in their personal statement or may submit a separate letter of interest.

Admission into the combined certificate-MPH program is contingent upon initial acceptance into the AEGD residency program through the Match. After being accepted into the AEGD program, the applicants will be invited to apply to the MPH program in the Graduate School. Applicants to the MPH program must demonstrate a strong academic record, background and/or experience relevant to public health, well-articulated career goals related to public health, and a commitment to the health of the community. A complete application includes official transcripts, a personal statement documenting interest in public health, and three letters of recommendation (at least one academic letter). Applicants can submit DAT scores in lieu of GRE scores with their application, and please note that GRE’s are not required. Please review the instructions for the MPH application.

Applications are due March 1 for students who have matched to the AEGD program for matriculation in the following fall semester.

Coursework

The combined program will occur over a three year period while enrolled in the AEGD program, optional PGY2 AEGD and the general dentistry fellowship program. Residents will balance their time between general dentistry training and public health coursework. MPH coursework will include core public health courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, social and behavioral foundations of public health, law and public health, and research methods, as well as electives. A practicum and thesis project are required for completion of the MPH degree program.

Faculty

Division Chair
Steven M. Lepowsky, D.D.S.
Associate Professor and Chair
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Patient Care

Clinical Associate Professors
Sarita M. Arteaga, D.M.D., MAGD
Ruth Goldblatt, D.M.D., FAGD, FASGD, DABSCD
Reza B. Kazemi, D.M.D.
Donna Paolella, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Director, Quality Measurements and Improvement and Patient Relations

Adjunct Faculty (Community Based)
Christina Baens, D.M.D.
Kathy Cumberbatch, D.M.D.
Margaret Drozdowski Maule, D.M.D., M.B.A.
Kris Kotsay, D.M.D.
David Ochola, D.D.S.
Amit Patel, D.D.S.
Rafael Ramos, D.D.S.
Montressor Upshaw, D.D.S.
John Waterman, D.D.S.

Volunteers
Lauren Consonni, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Brian Duchan, D.M.D.
David Fried, D.M.D.
Randy Greenberg, D.M.D.
Robert Jacobs, D.D.S.
Linda Kronick, D.M.D.
Gilda Liljedahl-Dee, D.M.D.
Frederick Mackler, D.M.D., M.A.
Jason Mielcarek, D.M.D.
Adriana Ignacio Ryan, D.D.S.

Contact Information

Program Director
Advanced Education in General Dentistry
Department of Craniofacial Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3910
Phone: 860-679-4920