I finished the AEGD at UCSF Pittsburg site. I posted last year regarding my experience. I'm going to copy and paste what I wrote in that thread here for you.
I know it's application time and just wanted to give everyone some information on the AEGD program I'm currently attending. Last year I was in the same boat as many of you and realized how hard it was to find information with some programs.
I'm currently a resident at the UCSF AEGD LMC site in Pittsburg. It's been about 3 months since I've started and I'm having a great experience. I feel that I've learned more these past 3 months than I did in 2 years of clinic. Being that I will be practicing in a saturated market, I felt the need to develop some of the skills that employers look for when hiring associates. I've researched jobs and many of them will ask the dentist to be able to do molar endo, surgical exts, 3rd molar exts, prosth, cosmetic etc. Coming straight out of school I can't imagine taking on some of these cases without the guidance of an experienced director. I feel that the UCSF Pittsburg site offers a good foundation for these cases.
My director Dr. Gordon Lai has stressed the importance of CE and I am inspired to make it a part of my clinical development even after residency. In fact, Dr. Lai got my co-resident and I seats to a Cliff Ruddle CE that is typically attended by endo residents! He has taken lots of CEs and is always teaching us the things he's learned.
A big focus in our residency is Endodontics. We received a comprehensive 2 day workshop introducing different rotary systems and its pros and cons. We tested Protaper, WaveOne, Vortex Blue, and GTX. My co-resident and I are constantly challenged with tough cases and this really augments our critical thinking and clinical skills. In terms of technology, we have microscopes, lasers, dslr cameras, different materials, and soon digital impressions for our learning experience. Oral surgery, perio surgeries (osseous contouring, open flap debridement, crown lengthening), dentures, crowns, and pedo will all be part of your experience. You won't be on call since it's an AEGD.
The program does not offer placing implants, but restoring them is possible. I ended up restoring 2. I would say this program is not particularly heavy in implant rehabilitation due to the patient population. Also no ortho.
With every speciality you are overseen by specialist! That is huge. This is their life, and they are damn good at it. So being able to pick the brains of these specialist has opened my knowledge and approach towards dentistry that was not realized before.
The environment is great! Attendings are respectful and everyone is here to help you succeed.
You'll be seeing between 8-9 patients a day so it's a great transition to develop hand skills and speed. The residents who just finished are employed full time and are happy with their situation.