Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Program Description:


Kelly Suchman, DDS


Bhavika V. Thakkar, DDS; David A. Jackson, DDS; Steven J. Prstojevich, MD, DDS; Bruce C. Cummings, DDS.

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program is a 12-month Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited program that begins July 1st of each year. Typically, 4 residents are accepted each year. The program is designed to refine and advance knowledge, skills, clinical competency, and proficiency in the practice of comprehensive general dentistry. The program bridges the gap between dental school and dental practice. Clinical instruction is offered in all of the clinical disciplines. The didactic component provides postgraduate training in the basic and behavioral sciences, as well as the clinical sciences and practice management. Upon completion of this program a certificate in “Advanced General Dentistry” will be awarded.


An applicant for this program must be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national having a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Applicants must also submit evidence of graduation from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Canadian Dental Accrediting Commission, or verification from the dean of an accredited dental school that the applicant will graduate during the current academic year. A minimum dental school 3.0 GPA is required for all applicants.  The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is preferred but not required.  Scores should be self-reported on the PASS application.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated school tuition and fees can be found at https://www.umkc.edu/cashiers/tuition-fees/index.html. Questions can be directed to the dental school’s Research & Graduate Programs Office (816-235-6342), umkcodadvedpgms@umkc.edu. If selected for the program there is a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee that must be paid within 2 days of acceptance of the position. More information will be provided to the applicant once he/she is accepted into the program.

Financial Assistance

Up-to-date additional information on financial assistance can be obtained at https://finaid.umkc.edu/.


Residents will receive an annual stipend of $49,000


Application to this program is through the ADEA PASS program. Use the link Important Information for Applicants for greater detail. The deadline for receipt of application at the school is Oct. 1 of the year prior to planned enrollment.


Competitive applicants will be invited to Kansas City for an interview with the program director and other selected faculty and staff. If invited, the interview is a required part of the application process and funding is the responsibility of the applicant.

Point of Contact

To request further information, contact the Research & Graduate Programs Office at (816) 235-6342 or umkcsodadvedpgms@umkc.edu; or the program director, Dr. Kelly Suchman, at 816-235-2199 or suchmank@umkc.edu.

Student Learning Outcomes

Residents on completion of the AEGD program will have the knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary oral health care at a level of skill and competency beyond that achieved in their pre-doctoral training. It is expected that they will be able to provide this care to a broad and diverse patient population which includes the medically compromised and those with special needs.

The mission of the AEGD Residency Program is to continue the professional development of oral health care providers in keeping with the UMKC School of Dentistry's core values of excellence, compassion, integrity, and justice. The Standards of the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) is the accrediting body that provides the structure and educational outcomes required for its graduates to provide comprehensive oral health care to a wide range of population groups.

The objectives of the didactic and clinical experiences is to broaden and strengthen the scope and level of residents' competencies and proficiencies in the practice of dentistry.

Student Learning Outcomes include:

  1. Functions as a patient's primary and comprehensive oral health care provider.
  2. Consistently recommends treatment that is appropriate for the patient’s diagnosis, sequences the treatment appropriately and refers to a specialist as necessary.
  3. Demonstrates understanding the value community service provides for oral health care for at risk populations.

Educational formats used are: formal courses, lectures, seminars, literature reviews, assigned readings, hands-on courses, case presentation, attendance at continuing education, guest speakers, treatment planning conferences, clinical demonstrations and chairside clinical teaching.

Program Requirements

G-PRAC 5721General Practice Clinic I1-10
G-PRAC 5722General Practice Clinic II1-10
G-PRAC 5723General Practice Clinic III1-10
PERIO 5719Implantology2
BIO-SCI 5742Biomaterials for the Restorative and General Dentist2

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)

Successful completion includes:

  1. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA for all assigned didactic and clinical course work
  2. Maintenance of all required clinical documentation
  3. Document clinical cases for presentation at treatment planning seminars
  4. Progressively increase resident’s scope of practice and increase clinical competencies beyond that of a graduate of a four year D.D.S. (D.M.D.) program
  5. Provide dental care to a diverse population in an ethical, competent, compassionate and professional manner
  6. Achieve established program “goals and objectives” established by the Council of Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association
  7. Coordinate and participate in community service projects
  8. Comply with all policies established by UMKC and the School of Dentistry.

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