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Yesterday we have talked about the different post-graduate dental residency programs that are available for new dentists who want to practice general dentistry. These residency programs are the Advanced Education in General Dentistry or AEGD and General Practice Residency or GPR programs. We have also identified the differences and similarities between AEGD and GPR. We likewise discussed why you should take and complete a post-graduate dental residency. If you are still confused whether you will complete a residency or not, this blog post will further provide you with additional significant information. To help you decide, check out what benefits you can earn when you pursue post-graduate residency.
* Depending on which state you are living or you are planning to practice general dentistry, you may be required to complete one or two years of residency, either at a dental school or hospital. This gives you ample time to develop your maturity, confidence, efficiency, and accuracy as well as to master how to use various critical dental tools and devices including dental loupes, camera, and headlights.
* Taking dental residency program gives you the chance to gain more experience not only in general dentistry but also in various dental fields including restorative dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and even in routine dentistry.
* If you make mistakes or treatment errors, your risk of being charged with malpractice is greatly reduced.
* Post-graduate residency can help you gain experiences, skills, and knowledge that you typically cannot learn from dental school. This includes but not limited to advanced dental procedure, implants, advanced oral surgical procedures, and special needs patients.
* During your post-graduate residency, you will also learn how to properly and professionally deal with dental emergencies like dental trauma, urgent dental care, and attending to dental patients who meet medical emergencies.
* Post-graduate residency allows you to earn while learning.
* In most cases, new dentists who have successfully completed either AEGD and GPR tend to get higher pay and better deals when they start their practice as compared to those who start working right after dental school and after getting licensed.
* Working with other professionals and patients helps you develop not only your skills in general dentistry but also in communication.
* With the added experience you gain out of practicing either AEGD and GPR, you will become more productive as compared to those who did not take post-graduate residency when you start your career by either opening your own dental clinic or joining a private practice.
* During post-graduate residency, you will be working with real patients and not just dummies. With your one year stay, you will be able to meet a lot of patients. This enables you to build patient contact which you can use when the time comes that you need to open your own dental office or when you start working as a general dentist.
* Post-graduate residency can also help you grow your network and get you exposed to the nature of different specialty areas. It will not only aid you in setting your career goals, it will likewise help you realize what you really want to do in the future.
As you see, completing a post-graduate residency program offers a wide range of benefits. I hope you find this article helpful.