Advanced AEGD Program for Internationally-Trained Dentists

General Dentistry

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program offers a program in advanced general dentistry for internationally trained dentists. This is a six-month program which is designed to enhance the training and education of internationally trained dentists in general   dentistry. 

After successful completion of this six-month program, the University of  Maryland School of Dentistry, Office of Continuing Education, will award 125 hours continuing education credits, divided up into subject codes in accordance with the Academy of General Dentistry guidelines.  The program is full time for the entire six months.

The program participants will attend short-courses in many areas of general dentistry.  Their faculty will be drawn from the Department of General Dentistry as well as other departments.  Some courses will be didactic and some will involve participation.

The AEGD program for internationally- trained dentists offers advanced and intense training in advanced general dentistry with special emphasis on implants, dental materials, aesthetic dentistry, digital dentistry, lasers and endodontics.  Although the participants do not work directly on patients, they work on surrogate tooth and jaw substitutes such as typodonts, models, occlusion, extracted teeth and porcine mandibles.  They also observe and assist AEGD residents as they treat patients.

The participants learn how to read cone beam volumetric tomographic scans and how to use them and diagnostic casts to diagnose and treatment plan for implant installation.  They practice drilling osteotomy sites and installing implant fixtures into sawdust and porcine mandibles.  They practice mixing bone grafts with saline, delivering to osteotomy sites and covering with a membrane.  They learn how to restore implants on models.

They will learn how to prepare teeth for crowns, bridges, onlays, inlays and veneers.  They will learn advanced techniques in operative dentistry and about resin based composites and bonding systems.  They will learn how to select the most suitable materials and best clinical practices.

They learn about dental materials such as zirconia and lithium disillicate and other ceramic materials.  They practice preparing teeth for onlays and crowns and then digitally imaging them.  They learn how to use these digital images to generate ceramic restorations chair side and to glaze them.  Then they practice inserting them on models.

The participants will be trained and then practice using lasers on porcine mandible gingiva.  They will learn how to do aesthetic sculpting of gingiva.  They will learn how to create troughs around teeth prepared for crowns and bridges for faultless final impressions.  They will learn how to use the laser to do incisional and excisional biopsies.

The participants will learn how to perform endodontic therapy on extracted teeth using the electronic apex locator, surgical microscope and nickel titanium rotary instrumentation.  They will learn how to use cone beam volumetric tomography to diagnose endodontic pathosis.  They will learn how to perform different techniques for thermoplastic root canal obturation.  They will learn about endodontic emergencies and how to diagnose and treat them.

The participant will learn different theories of occlusion.  In our AEGD program we embrace several mainstream philosophies of occlusion including Pankey-Mann, Neuromuscular Occlusion, Dawson, etc.  They will learn how to use different kinds of semi-adjustable articulators and facebows.  They will learn how to wax up cases.

One of the most rewarding areas of training is aesthetics and smile design.  Many of our faculty are highly accomplished in the area of aesthetics.  Several speak internationally and have written chapters in text books on aesthetic materials and aesthetic dentistry.  A great deal of emphasis throughout the program is placed on aesthetics.

Participants will also learn advanced approaches to treatment planning, especially complex cases involving multidisciplinary treatment. Complex cases will be studied and discussed.  Emphasis is placed on treatment sequencing and re-evaluating cases as they progress through treatment.

"Applicants may request a customized program.  All customized programs must be approved by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the Program Director."

Admission process

Upon submission of all required documentation, the applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee.  As required, an in-person, phone or virtual interview may be scheduled with the applicant.  Admission criteria to the Advanced AEGD Program includes, but is not limited to academic achievements, demonstrated interest in general dentistry, TOEFL scores and performance in previously attended academic programs, clinical experience and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Application fee ($160.00 USD)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement/letter of intent
  • Notarized copy of dental school diploma/degree
  • Original transcripts/translated in English
  • ECE/WES course-by-course evaluation
  • TOEFL score reports
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Passport biographical page

English Language Test Requirements:

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 internet based test, 550 paper based)*
  • IELTS (minimum 7.0 total bandwidth score) please attach results*

*Scores from these exams must be no more than two years old at the time of submission of the J-1 request.


6 months:        $30,000.00 US

Visa                 J-1 (minimum requirement)

Six Months Extension

In the event that the participant would like to remain for an additional six-months of advanced training, the participant can submit an application for extension to the Admissions Committee.  If approved, the participant can remain in the program for an additional $30,000.

International Student Admissions Standards

International Students who require J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English proficiency and financial responsibility before the Office of International Services (OIS) can issue the appropriate visa document for the program of study.

English Proficiency

International students requiring visa sponsorship from the Office of International Services (OIS) must demonstrate English proficiency.  Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests.  For students whose native language is English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived.

Financial Responsibility

International students who require visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore.
Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Government or international organization sponsorship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent. A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.

Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to the applicant's education.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland students. The applicant must prove that he or she has coverage equivalent to University of Maryland’s minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by the University of Maryland to all students.

Contact Information

Students can email their application and documents to:

Keith Groves, DMin, MPC
Director of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

Michelle Howell
Office of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

For questions about the Advanced General Dentistry Program, contact:

Dr. Ward Massey
Department of General Dentistry
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Room 2204
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-0741