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AEGD Residency

A Portland, Maine based Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Program residency in partnership with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and Maine Medical Center (MMC) was founded in 2014 and is Accredited with the Commission of Dental Accreditations.

Residents Welcome!

Your training emphasizes general dentistry including diagnosis and treatment planning, preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, periodontal treatment, and endodontics for the general population. Additionally, residents treat patients with multiple disabilities and limitations as well as focused care for vulnerable populations and pediatric patients at Community Dental clinics.

The Perks

of Working Here


All residents receive a stipend based and a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance

Paid Time Off

Professional Liability Insurance

Support to attend Boston’s Yankee Dental Congress

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Where You’ll Work

The Maine-based residents receive clinical instruction at Community Dental clinics in Portland, Biddeford, and Lewiston. Volunteer site visits are also available in Farmington.

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What to Expect

The Tufts University AEGD at Community Dental provides a rich, collaborative environment for residents looking to make a difference in public health dentistry. Students should also be aware that the state of Maine offers a loan repayment program for dentists who elect to work at practices serving high-needs communities – many of our residents join Community Dental after graduation and take advantage of these generous programs. Community Dental allows residents to experience the beauty of Maine, from the coast to the mountains. Our staff live in the city, the suburbs and in the country – there’s something for everyone.

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A Beautiful Place to Learn

Our four dental centers stretch from Southern Maine (Biddeford and Portland), up to Central Maine (Lewiston), and out to the Western Foothills (Farmington). Enjoy Maine’s beautiful seacoast in a small coastal community or a cosmopolitan area with award-winning restaurants, historic downtown, and a thriving cultural scene. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, you may live and work in western or central Maine’s foothills, with access to premier ski resorts and all-season recreational opportunities. Be a part of the leading edge in dental care and a pillar of service to the communities we serve!

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The Residency Experience

The didactic portion of the AEGD program is conducted throughout the year. It emphasizes ideal, alternative, and actual treatment planning via case presentations for dental and medical management for all patient populations. The program includes continuing education courses at the University, Community Dental, and other institutions. Residents participate in weekly patient care conferences (including guest lectures) in-person and through a distance-learning website created for the program. Faculty members review individual personal and professional goals designed explicitly by each resident each trimester. Each resident can focus on their needs and interests in dentistry and medicine.

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Your peers and preceptors

Your residency cohort will include up to five individuals. You’ll work closely in and out of the clinic, sharing an office together in the Portland Center. Our preceptors want to know and spend time with you too!

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What You’ll Learn

The goals and objectives of the Tufts AEGD will prepare graduates to become an important part of the communities they choose to serve. Emphasized goals prepare practitioners to

Act as a primary care provider for individuals and for groups of patients

Apply their exposure to advanced dental treatment modalities to the practice of dentistry

Have a working knowledge of developmental disabilities, mental illness, and physical disabilities and the impact these conditions have on the provision of comprehensive dental care

Function effectively within health care environments

Function effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team

Provide emergency oral health care

Promote disease prevention and oral health promotion for patients in the clinical environment as well as the community

Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management

Understand the fundamentals of quality care and the concept of quality assurance

Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care

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


The People Behind the Program

Get to know the talented preceptors training the next generation of dental professionals.


Application Requirements

The Maine-Based Residency of the Tufts University Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD) includes five positions available for this one-year program. Please apply by November 1 using the PASS Application <ADEA PASS>.

The program is available to qualified graduates from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or from a Canadian dental school with accreditation recognized by the commission. Graduates of schools from other countries must have passed NBDE Parts 1 & 2 and possess an equivalent educational background.

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Let’s Connect!

Community Dental provides comprehensive quality dental care to children, adults, and families in Maine. We welcome new patients—from infants to 100 years of age—at all our locations. We’d love to talk to you more about our Tufts University AEGD Program.