Submitted by the Wichita State University College of Health Professions
Wichita State University (WSU) recently opened its new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) building in Wichita, Kansas. Several university, state, and community officials attended the building’s grand opening at the end of October.
“Prior to the completion of the facility, residents were primarily treating urgent dental needs,” remarked Dr. Peter A. Cohen, Dean of the WSU College of Health Professions. “Now, all aspects of dentistry will be available to them. Our program will give true comprehensive care exposure to our residents, enabling them to provide extensive services to meet all needs in urban and rural areas.”
“The completion of the AEGD facility may close one chapter in the story about dental education in Kansas,” said WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King. “But this is a story that will continually unfold as we extend the program to serve more needs in our community and the communities across Kansas.”
When the facility has been operational for a year, university leadership will apply to extend the curriculum to a two-year program. The first two groups of residents trained at GraceMed Clinic, the Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, and other sites. With accreditation, future second-year residents will rotate to clinical sites throughout Kansas.
Training in the AEGD facility is provided in all phases of general dentistry, including pediatrics, orthodontics, periodontics, operative/restorative dentistry, endodontics, prosthodontics, implantology, oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, patient management, practice management, conscious sedation, and risk management.