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AEGD Certificate Program

Admissions Information


The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program requires that applicants to the program utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association. PASS applications must be completed and submitted to the Postdoctoral Application Support Service by October 1st so that they are available for review by the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program Admissions Committee on October 15th for the class that commences the following July.

PASS application materials and instructions may be obtained by contacting:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
American Dental Education Association
1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 617.612.2065 (PASS Customer Service)
           800.353.2237 (Toll-Free Customer Service)

In anticipation of the application process the potential applicant should be aware that the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program requires certain supplemental materials to support the PASS application. In addition to the PASS application the program requires a 2"x2" photograph of the candidate, National Board results, official dental school transcript and three (3) letters of recommendation, two of which must come from dental school faculty.


The sole admission requirement is the attainment of a dental degree (DDS or DMD) from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association (international students please refer to the next section below). The degree must be conferred prior to the July 01 start date of the program and verified through official documentation from the conferring institution.

The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the UNC School of Dentistry does not employ "in-state" quotas; all candidates are reviewed on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are made without regard to race, sex, color, national origin or religion. Historically, the most competitive candidates are those who are able to demonstrate a commitment to general practice through their record of accomplishment, letters of recommendation and/or personal interview.


Each applicant must complete the background check questions and return them to the program director.


Unfortunately the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the UNC School of Dentistry is unable to accept candidates who did not receive their dental degree from an institution accredited by the American Dental Association. While the program realizes that many excellent internationally trained candidates apply for advanced training each year, North Carolina dental licensure requirements for foreign-trained applicants creates credentialing concerns that cannot be addressed in a timely manner within a one-year educational program.


The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the UNC School of Dentistry does not admit students with advanced standing. Due to the concentrated nature of one-year postdoctoral general dentistry training programs, and a considerable variety in the curricula among such programs, it is felt that in most cases it would be difficult, if not impossible, to accurately assess the nature of previous experiences and the level of student performance in those experiences. Consequently it would be challenging to establish a fair, equitable and appropriate position in the current training program. In effect, we cannot guarantee that the advanced standing student will receive a curriculum that results in the same standards of competence required of a student regularly enrolled in the program.


The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program admits students through a selection process administered by the program's Admissions Committee and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program of the National Matching Services Inc. The Admissions Committee consists of the program director, two members of the program's clinical faculty and the chief resident of the current resident class. The process commences on October 15th, the application deadline for the program. The Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications and selects from 18 to 24 applicants for personal interviews. A personal interview between the candidate and the Admissions Committee is a required element of the admissions process. Interviews typically occur in late November or early December. The Admissions Committee meets immediately upon the completion of the interview process and ranks candidate preferences for submission to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching program.

The Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the "Match") provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain positions in first year postdoctoral programs of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. With the Match, applicants must still apply directly to programs they are interested in, and applicants and programs interview and evaluate each other independently of the Match. However, no offers are made by programs during the interview period. Applicants and programs can evaluate each other fully before the programs must decide on their preferences for applicants, and before applicants must decide on their preferences for programs. After all interviews are completed, each applicant submits a Rank Order List on which the applicant lists the desired programs, in numerical order of the applicant's preference (first choice, second choice, etc.). Similarly, each program submits a Rank Order List on which the program lists the desirable applicants, in order of the program's preference. Each program also indicates the number of positions the program has available.

The Match then places individuals into positions based entirely on the preferences stated in the Rank Order Lists. The result of the Match is that each applicant is placed with the most preferred program on the applicant's Rank Order List that ranks the applicant and does not fill all its positions with more preferred applicants. Similarly, each program is matched with the most preferred applicants on its list, up to the number of positions available, who rank the program and who do not receive positions at programs they prefer.

In the Match, both applicants and programs should list choices in order of preference, without consideration for how they will be ranked by the other party. Decisions by applicants and programs regarding rankings can be based on the applicants' and programs' true preferences for each other, without the need to speculate on the likelihood of subsequent offers being made or accepted. Applicants and programs do NOT receive information about the rankings submitted by other applicants and programs. Each applicant is given only the final result the applicant obtains in the Match. Each program is provided only with the final results of the Match, including the names of the applicants it obtains in the Match.

Match application materials and instructions may be obtained by contacting:

National Matching Services Inc
595 Bay St., Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5G 2C2
Telephone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020
  -or-   National Matching Services, Inc
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
Telephone: (716) 282-4013
Fax (716) 282-0611

You can reach National Matching Services Inc. by email at:


For additional information about the admissions process, please contact:

Ms. Christie Whitaker
Administrative Assistant, AEGD Program
UNC School of Dentistry
401 Brauer Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Phone: 919.537.3591
Fax: 919.537.3589