Dental School Receives AEGD Planning Grant from Kaiser Northwest

OHSU School of Dentistry recently received a $90,000 planning grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest to prepare for the July 2015 launch of its Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program.

The grant will enable the dental school to generate preliminary data to define the scope, objectives, and outcomes for an AEGD residency program at OHSU. The dental school plans to hire temporary business and AEGD consultants to work with faculty, staff, and the community to plan and develop the AEGD program. Among other tasks, the consultants will analyze potential patient demographics; conduct a market analysis; create a business model and plan; assess facility design, equipment, instrument, and material selection; line up community partners and sponsors; and gain support of the dental community.

“These preparatory activities will take place over approximately six-to-eight months,” said Thomas J. Hilton, D.M.D., M.S., Alumni Centennial Professor in Operative Dentistry. “At the end of that time, we expect to start recruiting a program director who can move forward with completing the curriculum development and accreditation by the American Dental Association.”

Currently, Oregon does not have any AEGD programs.

An AEGD residency program will provide advanced training in all dental specialty areas to benefit dentistry trainees and patients, said Dr. Hilton. “Dentists who complete an AEGD program are better prepared to meet more complex dental needs in a very diverse patient population,” he said. He cited a 2012 NW PRECEDENT study that found the overwhelming majority of 286 dentists interviewed desired additional training in complex oral conditions and medications, medical complications and management, management of disruptive behaviors, and assessment of “best fit” for treatment.

“Graduates of an AEGD program are fundamental to addressing critical dental workforce needs by providing care for patients in need of complex dental care,” said Dr. Hilton. “The ‘perfect storm’ of a new School of Dentistry facility under construction, planning for a General Practice Residency (GPR) program in progress, a renewed dental curriculum, and a new operating model creates an ideal opportunity to launch a program that will address the gap in OHSU dental services and the special needs of the Oregon underserved.”

Dr. Hilton noted that Kaiser Permanente is an ideal partner in AEGD planning because of their access to data about community needs and shortage of services, understanding of health trends, and connections to health care providers.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is part of the national Kaiser Permanente network, one of America’s leading healthcare providers and nonprofit health plans. Kaiser Permanente serves about 480,000 members in northwestern Oregon and southwest Washington.