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Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency

The Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency is a one-year post-doctorate dental education program designed to facilitate the professional growth of the recent dental graduate. It is designed to mentor competency, proficiency and confidence in various dental specialties; manage medically compromised dental patients and to help the resident function effectively in multiple dental settings including the hospital environment.

The Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency enrolls residents at two VA locations, with the primary site noted to be the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Each year, four residents are enrolled at the Milwaukee site, as well as one additional resident enrolled at the Milo C. Huempfner VA Health Care Center in Green Bay, WI.

The objective of this Residency is to enhance the professional growth and development of individuals who truly desire to be exceptional primary dental health care doctors and are not satisfied with simple procedural mechanics. The residency is patient oriented and clinically focused. Chair-side instruction is an educational priority. The teaching staff believes that its role is to help each resident refine raw clinical competencies and then challenge the resident’s clinical understanding and decision-making capabilities.

All training is conducted under the direction and supervision of full-time and part time staff. Attending instructors are educationally qualified and are present during clinic and lecture sessions for consultation.

Lectures are conducted throughout the year to build upon the knowledge gained from dental school. Residents will learn new and different clinical procedures, but training goes beyond the “how-to” focus of dental school and provides the opportunity to understand treatment rationales. New developments are explored through current literature review and comprehensive patient management seminars. The program is demanding. Residents are expected to use non-clinic time to review journal articles, prepare treatment plans, and create presentations. This residency is neither a “fifth year” of dental school nor a year of unsupervised practice. The patients are complex and the standards are high. It is expected that residents will work efficiently as the needs of our veteran population are extensive, yet the overriding emphasis is on quality, not quantity. The dedicated and energetic resident will find unlimited opportunities to excel. The Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency is committed to our role in training the next generation of dental health care leaders

For more information about the Advanced Education in General Dentistry, you may use the “Contact Us” form on the website or directly contact:

Richard Kaplan, DMD
Director, Advanced Education in General Dentistry
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
5000 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295
Phone: (414) 384-2000, x 42965

Great Lakes Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Information:

For the Competencies and Proficiencies Catalog for the program, please contact us.

VA Residency Application Form 10-2850d