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Courses & Rotations in AEGD Residency

The curriculum at the Department of Dental Medicine at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque includes required didactic and clinical core elements as well as elective assignments. Residents attend seminars as well as local continuing education programs offered by organized dentistry throughout the academic year.

We have created a 10-week Special Care Dentistry curriculum, which covers developmental disabilities, geriatrics, sedation and anesthesia, as well as hospital-based dentistry. Lectures, seminars, presentations, hands-on activities and other didactic coursework are part of this curriculum. 

Special Needs Dentistry

Residents will learn to treat patients with developmental disabilities and qualify to use the New Mexico Department of Health "Special Needs Code" for higher reimbursement through clinic rotations, sedation clinic, operating room rotations, seminars and self-study modules. The seminar will cover specific developmental disabilities, management of maladaptive behaviors, use of restraints and positioning devices, use of sedation, treatment planning, prevention and legal issues.

Geriatric Dentistry (SCDC)

Residents will study the principles of geriatric dentistry and learn about the demographics and social trends of the aging population, clinical issues and treatment approaches for geriatric patients and pharmacological issues affecting dental therapy, while gaining an understanding of dementia in older people. This curriculum includes a denture fabrication workshop wherein residents will be trained in a technique used by HIS dentists to quickly and predictably fabricate dentures.

Pediatric Dentistry

Will review pediatric emergencies, management of oral infections, recognition of abuse, behavior management, pediatric restorative techniques, recognition of dental malocclusion and space maintenance.

Sedation Techniques

Residents will have clinical and didactic experience using nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation and parenteral sedation techniques. The clinical experience will also involve treating patients under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Residents who complete and pass a rigorous I.V. sedation selective that meets the ADA Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Students will qualify to apply for a I.V. conscious sedation certificate in most states. Issuance of this certificate is the prerogative of states' dental boards and not of the residency program. 

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification

As part of the sedation curriculum, residents will receive training and certification in both Basic Life support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support during the residency year.

Hospital-Based Dentistry

In addition to treating patients in an operating room setting, residents will learn formal operating room protocols, as well as the required gowning and gloving techniques.


Identify the critical steps for commonly used techniques in prosthodontics, understand procedures based on selected dental articles, share experiences and compare the clinical merits of various techniques.

Implant Seminar

The primary objective is to familiarize residents with the basic biologic and technical aspects of osseointegrated implants. This is "hands on" preparation for further clinical experience. The goal is for each resident to develop a treatment plan for a patient requiring a lower implant overdenture, to place the implants and fabricate the overdenture. Bone grafting techniques are also taught.

Evidence-Based Learning

The main goal is to allow residents to explore various topics in clinical dentistry in a problem-oriented manner, using Case Presentation, Journal Club, General Practice Presentation and Medical/Dental Interrelationships.

Journal Club

Critically evaluate the dental and medical literature, perform literature searches, use the computer in literature search, word processing and data management and lead small groups. This is CERP-certified for continuing education credit. Community dentists are invited to attend.

Patient Care Conferences

Use interdepartmental consultations to plan patient treatment, prepare well-organized case reports, speak before groups and understand the behavioral aspects of clinical dentistry.


The resident will learn to evaluate, diagnose and treat occlusal problems and how to evaluate the temperomandibular joint. This course combines seminars and clinical evaluation of patients.


To recognize and treat endodontic emergencies, diagnose endodontic problems and master filling techniques for single and multirooted teeth. Clinical experience will be gained in surgical endodontics (apicoectomy and retrograde fillings, hemisection, incision and drainage). Treatment of avulsed teeth (apexification, bleaching, pulpotomie). To become familiar with rotary endodontic techniques.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The objectives are met through both clinical and didactic interaction. Seminars cover various issues in oral surgery, particularly the physical evaluation of a patient for surgery. This is followed by clinical patient treatment. Dental alveolar surgery skills will be taught, including surgical extractions, removal of impacted teeth and pre-prosthetic surgery. Additional seminars concerning surgical techniques are also provided.

Orofacial Pain Seminar

This seminar will teach the resident to understand the differential diagnosis for orofacial pain. Neuropathic pain, headache disorders, muscle pain, disorders of the TMJ and oromotor disorders are examined. The pharmacology of pain management is discussed.

Practice Management

To teach residents about personal finances, types of insurance coverage a dentist should consider and dealing with debt. The series will also deal with the in and outs of practice acquisition, as well as types of practice arrangements.

Periodontics/Oral Implantology

The objectives are met through both clinical and didactic interaction. Residents will learn how periodontal status affects fixed and removable prosthetic design, understand indications and contraindications for periodontal flaps, learn basic flap design and management, understand the use of different types of bone grafts, understand guided tissue regeneration and understand how resorbable and nonresorbable barriers work. The seminar will also provide more in-depth knowledge of endosseous implants, both from the surgical and prosthetic perspective.

Patients, Policies and Communities: Dentistry in Context

Monthly seminars explore and discuss issues regarding social/behavioral problems as they relate to dentistry and oral health. Each resident will prepare a presentation around a social/behavioral problem or issue. In these seminars, residents take part in facilitated discussions that build on the broader aspects of a health care provider's professional and personal development.

Treatment Planning Sessions

In addition to the formal Patient Care Conferences, faculty meets twice weekly with residents in a group setting to conduct treatment planning sessions. 

Ethics and Professionalism

In addition to invited speakers on professionalism, the program uses the online curriculum developed by the American College of Dentists, residents will examine real-life situations to apply the principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision-making and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, research, patient care and practice management.

Oral Pathology and Oral Mucosal Diseases

This seminar teaches residents diagnostic and management techniques for various oral pathologies, oral mucosal lesions, and the management of patients undergoing head and neck radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.