Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
Advanced Education in General Dentistry-1 Program
The Fayetteville VA Medical Center Dental Service is located on the ground floor of the main hospital building with 13 dental treatment rooms and an on-site dental laboratory. The faculty consists of one service chief, one assistant chief, six full time dentists and two rotating part-time consultants. The remainder of the staff consists of three dental hygienists, 14 dental assistants, one lead assistant, four dental laboratory technicians, and one program assistant. The dental clinic uses current state of the art equipment: endo microscopes, digital radiography and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
The Advanced Education in General Dentistry-1 (AEGD-1) Program at the Fayetteville, North Carolina Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is a one-year residency that accepts five residents per year. Our goal is to provide the general dentist with continued opportunity for professional growth and advancement. This comprehensive program prepares the resident to meet the oral health needs of a wide variety of medically compromised ambulatory and hospitalized patients. It also advances the residents’ knowledge and skill in clinical dentistry by exposing them to a significant number of supervised, comprehensive treatment experiences. The program provides residents with the opportunity to interact with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team.
The program curriculum is conducted at the postgraduate level (PGY-1) and consists of didactic and clinical instruction in nearly all areas of dental treatment modalities under the guidance of experienced professionals.
Emphasis is made in the treatment planning and comprehensive treatment of medically compromised patients through direct faculty supervision and case presentations where all aspects of patient management are discussed.
Residents have the opportunity to place and restore dental implants. The didactic phase of the program consists of literature reviews, conferences, lectures and demonstrations at the VA Medical Center as well as interaction with our Department of Defense partners at Fort Bragg. Operating room cases and rotations to other services are some of the activities that complement the clinical curriculum. Rotations in Primary Care, Anesthesiology and the Urgent Care are designed to facilitate the residents’ experiences with medically compromised patients, hospital and surgical protocols, physical evaluation and medical assessment and increase their knowledge of systemic diseases and the medications used to treat our patients. As part of the program’s community service, residents and staff provide oral surgery services at a local dental clinic that provides care to low income individuals.
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