Observation Program in Advanced General Dentistry Program For Internationally-Trained Dentists (OP -AEGD)

The observation program offers a formalized, structured and hands-on short-term educational experience for internationally- trained dentists.

Program Description

A student and teacher perform a dental procedure on a patientThe Observation Program in Advanced General Dentistry Program For Internationally-Trained Dentists ( OP -AEGD) is considered a "continuing education" course, and a tuition fee is required to attend. Observers do not receive graduate school credit or a certificate. Upon completion of the program, candidates will receive a certificate of attendance equivalent to 125 hours of continuing education credits, divided up into subject codes according to the Academy of General Dentistry guidelines..

The observation program follows the schedule of the Advanced General Dentistry residency program, and observers can attend classes/seminars that residents attend.

Length of Program

The OP -AEGD is a fixed duration program of six or twelve months; six months is the shortest period for which a dentist may apply and twelve months the longest.

Benefits to Internationally-Trained Dentists

Detail of a tooth being drilledThe Observation Program in Advanced General Dentistry Program offers many benefits to internationally-trained dentists including:

  • Introduction to comprehensive care including analysis of clinical data to formulate sound diagnosis and treatment planning and formulation of differential and definitive diagnosis.
  • Introduction to updated dental materials
  • Exposure to implant workflow
  • Exposure to U.S. dental clinic practices
  • An opportunity to practice and perfect English language, including technical language, skills
  • Help in deciding whether or not to pursue a formal residency in the U.S.
  • After attending the program, most of our past participants were successfully admitted to a formal residency (certificate) program in the U.S. Others were successful in being admitted in advanced standing programs to pursue a U.S. dental (DDS) for foreign trained dentists.
Components of the program include (Didactic, and some will involve hands-on):

Detail of tooth scan

  • Pre-clinical simulation exercises on teeth for crowns, bridges, and cavity preparation & endodontics
  • Digital Implant Planning (In vivo Anatamage, DTX Studio suite)
  • Digital laboratory Scanning (Medit, Cerec)
  • CAD/CAM Design (Medit, CEREC)
  • Laboratory Milling & Sintering process (Cerec, Ivoclar Vivadent)
  • Surgical & Prosthetic Principles
  • CBCT Technology
  • Literature Review & Evidence-Based Dentistry
To Apply

To apply please contact  Michelle Howell, Office of Continuing Education at mhowell@umaryland.edu.

Admission process

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

Application Requirements
  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • 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 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:

    Michelle Howell
    Office of Continuing Education
    University of Maryland School of Dentistry
    650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Email: mhowell@umaryland.edu