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Goals and Competencies of AEGD Residency

Residency training rests on specific objectives and competencies at the Department of Dental Medicine at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. These objectives are used to meet the the program’s goals. Proficiencies and competencies are tools that measure the resident’s success in meeting the objectives. Proficiency is a higher level of achievement than competency. Consequently, a resident can move from competency to proficiency in the course of the year.

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care, providing patient-focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner, directing health promotion and disease-prevention activities and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients, including those with special needs.
  3. Manage oral health care delivery by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  5. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence- or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  6. Use the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient-centered care, adaptability and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  7. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

These goals are assessed quarterly through multiple evaluations (both of and by the residents) and through an end-of-the-year questionnaire administered to the residents. Periodic surveys of recent graduates will also be used to supplement the data collected. These data are reviewed by the program director and faculty and if needed, appropriate action is taken to improve the resident experience.

This program intends for each individual to become competent or even proficient in each of the goals. It's expected that your clinical and didactic experiences will enable you to attain a level of skill and complexity far beyond that achieved in dental school.


UNM’s Advanced Education In General Dentistry residency program provides a one-year experience in general dentistry in outpatient clinics, the operating room and a hospital setting.

The program provides an opportunity and the structure to achieve these competencies, but it's the resident's responsibility to gather the documentation that these skills have been attained. Full- or part-time faculty members will complete most of this documentation on standard forms.

At the conclusion of the one-year program, each resident should have fulfilled a set of expected competencies [PDF].