Continuing Education

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Continuing Education

The AACD Residency program provides residents with the clinical and business experience needed to jump start a career in a cosmetic-oriented restorative dental practice. During the two-year program, residents will complete a series of requirements, from studying dental literature to implementing simple to complex restorative cases. Under the guidance of a preceptor, each resident will  gain knowledge and experience relating to all facets of an esthetic restorative dental practice including effective practice management, diagnostic tools, and restorative considerations.

While the program is rigorous regardless of the precetor, the needs and expectations of each preceptor will vary, and it is the responsiblity of the resident to communicate clearly with their prececptor.



What You Can Expect from Residency

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the location and time commitment of the program?

The program is a two-year program where the resident works in the office of the preceptor each day, side by side. Every preceptor is different, and their expectations, and your experiences, will vary. 

Is there a curriculum that residents and preceptors follow?

Yes, residents will learn key cosmetic dentistry skills in clinical, restorative techniques, esthetics, occlusion, implant, orthodontics and practice management. Potential residents and preceptors can view the clinical requirements, here

Is there a cost associated with the program?

Yes, those interested in applying will submit a $395 payment with their application.

Is there a stipend associated with the program?

Yes, residents will receive a salary each year of the program that is dependent upon the location of the preceptor.

Who is this program meant for?

Individuals who are considering submitting an application would ideally have completed a GPR or have been graduated from dental school within the last two (2) to five (5) years.

Do I need to be a member of the AACD to apply?

Membership is not required to apply to the AACD Residency Program. If selected however, it is required that you join the Academy.

Where is the residency located and how many positions are there?

The residency positions are dependent upon the number of preceptors we receive in a given year. The location of the residency is dependent upon the location of the preceptor and their practice.

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