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Luthern Medical Center AEGDs... Are they good?

toothmcgooth

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    Has anyone done an AEGD at luthern medical center? They seem to be all over the country with many locations. I am applying to residency this year and would like to know more information.

    If you have completed an AEGD at an Luther Medical Center can you please provide insight on your experience?

    Was it worth the 1 extra year of training?

    I have heard there are some bad AEGD's out there and want to make sure LMC is a good program. Thanks in advance SDN!
     

    Jules711

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      Hi toothmcgooth. I am currently doing my residency with LMC. I would highly recommend you apply to as many as you can and go to the interviews. You will get a feel for the program from the residents who are currently enrolled. Find a site that has years of experience with the AEGD program, new sites tend to have inexperienced faculty. Check if the clinics you will be in have the ability to provide you required cases to complete your AEGD. As for me, i am very pleased with the AEGD program i am enrolled in and have already completed all requirements. Good luck.
       

      toothmcgooth

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        Thanks for the reply Jules711. Which state are you completing your residency in? Do you know if there are "bad" AEGDs out there under LMC? How competitive are LMC programs? Do you need a great class rank/gpa?
         
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          Thanks for the reply Jules711. Which state are you completing your residency in? Do you know if there are "bad" AEGDs out there under LMC? How competitive are LMC programs? Do you need a great class rank/gpa?

          CO. Yes there are some poorly supervised AEGDs. You have to really talk to residents when you go to the interviews. There is a site (i cannot mention where) the current resident had to request a transfer because he wasn't getting his requirements. He is with us now. Hope you don't land there. LMC has so many program sites you don't need to compete for a spot, high class rank/gpa not necessary but a big plus.
           
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          eshopmachine

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            Has anyone done an AEGD at luthern medical center? They seem to be all over the country with many locations. I am applying to residency this year and would like to know more information.

            If you have completed an AEGD at an Luther Medical Center can you please provide insight on your experience?

            Was it worth the 1 extra year of training?

            I have heard there are some bad AEGD's out there and want to make sure LMC is a good program. Thanks in advance SDN!

            Hi,
            I was in your shoes last year and I could tell you my experience is that not all LMC AEGD program is the same. I took my time to visit many programs to find the program that best fit my needs. Based on my experience, I have been to programs where you would have no full time dental assistant/ shared assistant/ having a dedicated full time dental assistant to help you. My current program has a full time assistant to help us and I can tell you it make a huge difference. You can focus on learning and doing the dentistry part, instead of having to worry about set up, clean up, take xray, etc.

            The other thing is you want to make sure the program has the patient population you would like to focus on. Some program might have 40-50% pedo patients, or some would have 40-50% geriatric patients, so just make sure you selecting the right place for your optimal experience.

            AEGD definitely worth the 1 year experience. I definitely feel I have learn a lot from my program compare to people who graduated and work right away. I am currently with the LMC UCSF program (Pittsburg site) and I love my experience so far. We have no problem fulfilling our requirement (and got to do many endo, perio surgery, lots and lots of surgical extraction, laser, restored implants, more complicated Pros cases, etc.) We also have endo, perio, pros specialists at our site so we got to learn things the ideal way, very very good experience for me. In addition, the staffs here are very supportive, and I feel happy coming to work everyday.
             
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              I am currently at a new LMC AEGD site, and I have got to say that although I'm about to finish my requirements, it has been a constant roller coaster ride for me. Several reasons are being a new program, most of the attendings are good (though they aren't given a lot of direction), but the front desk staff try to overbook pts so we see 10-15 pts a day and for our major procedures and we have to wait a month at the earliest to see our pt again. Plus even though we have assistants helping us out, a lot of them believe they can talk back to the providers and are at times very rude. We have a new associate director who is better managing our residency experience, but there are still a lot of things that need to be worked out. I'm just happy I'm starting my orthodontics residency in July and never have to do general dentistry again. I can attest for the LMC UCSF program because I know the director personally at UCSF and he is an excellent instructor. Each LMC site is different with its own set of pros and cons. I also recommend Asian Health in Oakland because my mentor who runs the clinic makes the experience worthwhile for her residents. If you want more info, PM me
               
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