Goals and Objectives of the Program

The following are the AEGD Program Goals and Objectives:

Education in this program is based on the concept that oral health is an integral and interactive part of total health. It is also designed to instill confidence in the new dentist to allow him/her to become a leader in the general dental community.

The goals of this programs is to prepare the graduate to:

1. Act as a primary care provider for patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; and directing health promotion and disease prevention activities.

2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs. These special needs individuals include, but are not limited to, people with developmental disabilities, complex medical problems, and significant physical limitations.

3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.

4. Function effectively and efficiently within interdisciplinary health care teams.

5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.

6. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.

7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.