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.
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.
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
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.
LIVING IN MAINE
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.