The Fort Bliss Advanced Education General Dentistry-12 Month (AEGD-12) Program is the Army’s newest post graduated dental provides a professional educational experience at the post-doctoral level. Training consists of supervised clinical and didactic experiences in specialty areas of dental practice, with a strong emphasis on clinical experiences which has a general breakdown of 70-80% clinical and 20-30% didactic/military experience. The purpose of the program is to produce a versatile general dentists who is responsible for and responsive to the oral health needs of their patients and the military community. Upon graduation, the Dental Officers will know both capabilities and limitations which will enable them to provide their patients with comprehensive dental treatment or to recognize the need for referral to the appropriate specialist. The Fort Bliss AEGD promotes a comprehensive restorative approach driven by interdisciplinary care, CAD/CAM technology, and 3D guided surgeries.
The AEGD-12 Month Program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the program are awarded the “9D” suffix to the 63A primary SSI. The program is sponsored by and conducted within the United States Army DENTAC at Fort Bliss, Texas. Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armor Division and over 39,000 military personnel.
Dental Clinic #3 is the primary training site for the program and will offer clinical training in Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Comprehensive Dentistry and Acute Dental Care. Addition training in Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Orthodontia, Anesthesia, Hospital Dentistry, Acute Care and After Hours Emergency Care is conducted at Dental Clinic #1 at William Beaumont Hospital. Residents are also trained in Forensics, Sedation, Sleep Dentistry, and Oral Pain Management. All residents will attend the Combat Casualty Care Course (C-4), which includes the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course at Camp Bullis, Texas. Opportunity is available to attend and present at a national dental conference.
To instill professional knowledge and integrity and impart clinical experience and skills to a new generation of practitioners in ways that ensure excellence and personal satisfaction. To motivate our residents to enthusiastically support, promote, and strengthen the dental profession and become strong competent leaders and educators in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Support the Readiness and Wellness Mission of MEDDCOM.
To provide each resident with a high quality, clinically-based advanced education beyond that of dental school.
ARMY AEGD Goals:
1. To help each resident become the best dental professional that he or she can be by:
- Increasing the resident’s competence and confidence as dentists.
- Enabling the resident to assume increasing responsibility for more varied and complex cases in order to provide high quality comprehensive, multidisciplinary oral health.
- Enhancing the resident’s ability to make sound clinical judgments at an advanced educational level and to understand their limitations.
- Improving the resident’s ability to interact with all health care practitioners. This includes functioning effectively and efficiently in multiple health care environments within the interdisciplinary health care teams.
- Promoting ethical and compassionate treatment of patients. This involves using the values of professional ethics, life-long learning, patient centered care, and the adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
- Enhancing the resident’s ability to effectively communicate and promote good oral and systemic health and disease prevention to their patients. This includes directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.
- Improving the resident’s ability to work with dental auxiliaries and treat them with dignity and respect.
- Improving the resident’s ability to effectively manage patients, staff, and resources in order to better provide high quality comprehensive dentistry.
- Increasing the resident’s interest in and appreciation of dental literature and continuing education. This includes applying scientific principles to learning and oral health care.
- Developing the resident’s skills in oral and written communication.
- Understand the oral health needs of the community and engage in community service.
2. To help each resident become a well-rounded and dedicated Army Dental Officer of high integrity by:
A. Promoting and living by the Army Values
- Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers.
- Duty – Fulfill your obligations.
- Respect – Treat people as they should be treated.
- Selfless-Service – Put the welfare of the Nation, the Army, and your subordinates before you own.
- Honor – Live up to all the Army Values.
- Integrity – Do what’s right, legally and morally.
- Personal Courage – Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral).
B. Participate in Field related exercises to understand the role of a general dentist in the operational theater, garrison, and strategic levels.
C. Encourage participation in all DENTAC related functions and mission objectives. This supports the motto of “One Team, One Purpose.”
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