Program Info and Requirements
Valley Health System’s dental program in partnership with NYU Langone Health offers a CODA accredited one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program (AEGD) with a mission to provide a robust and diverse advanced clinical education experience for individuals planning a career in general dentistry. Valley Health is a network of community health centers that provides primary and preventative care to more than 72,000 patients each year in southern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.
Our AEGD program emphasizes comprehensive oral health care as part of an integrated primary health care system. You will learn to provide dental care to medically compromised patients by working in concert with Valley Health medical experts in pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, OB/GYN, ENT, behavioral health and pharmacy. Our mission at Valley Health is to provide access to care for the underserved. As such, we have a vast pool of patients with diverse unmet dental needs with few or no specialty resources that offers the opportunity to learn how to manage complicated cases and enhance your clinical skills in all aspects of general dentistry. You will also have the opportunity to rotate through our walk-in clinic that will challenge your critical thinking and diagnostic skills to learn to effectively deal with emergent dental problems.
Our training centers at Valley Health-East Huntington, Westmoreland, and Wayne are modern facilities that each provide medical, dental, and a behavioral health services. Valley-Health East Huntington and Wayne also include pharmacy and optometry services. Each center is fully equipped with modern equipment that including electronic dental records (Dentrix) and digital radiography (Dexis)
As part of the Valley Health oral health team, you will be afforded additional educational opportunities over and above the AEGD didactic requirements. Valley Health is an organizational member of the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) which provides educational opportunities designed specifically for safety net oral health providers. You will also participate in our dental section meetings that include lunch and learn opportunities that focus on innovative products and techniques as well as interesting and unique case presentations by Valley Health dentists, discussion of staffing, personnel management, insurance, billing, and account receivable issues. Additionally, Valley Health conducts general provider (all health discipline) meetings that focus on general themes including risk management, quality assurance and improvement as well as other topics of general interest. Other training sessions are offered throughout the year by the human resources department on topics such as leadership training, conflict resolution, and other subjects designed to enhance your ability to manage staffing issues.
Living in Huntington
Valley Health is located in Huntington, WV, recently named one of “America’s Best Communities” (www.cityofhuntington.com). Huntington is located on the Ohio River and offers a vibrant downtown with easy access to housing, entertainment, restaurants and multiple festivals throughout the year. Huntington is also home to Marshall University, a historic public university with a student body of over 13,000 students. Marshall University provides the community with many cultural events through the School of Performing Arts as well as NCAA Division 1 sporting events as a member of Conference USA. The Marshall University Medical Center includes schools of medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy. For outdoor enthusiasts, West Virginia is “Almost Heaven.”
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