What are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a GPR or AEGD after graduation?
I did not do either a GPR or AEGD because I
worked as a hygienist for 10 years prior to going to dental school and
had a job opportunity with a family member upon graduation. Despite my
experience and the support of my family member, I wish I would have gone
through a program after dental school. A GPR or AEGD helps you to "get
your feet wet" before entering private practice. That way you truly have
some time to discover what works well for you. The first year of private
practice can be a real challenge. Work out as many kinks as you can
before you jump into it.
Jennifer Davis, DMD
I did not participate in an advanced program, but the
only major advantage that I see with a GPR or AEGD is the increased
confidence and efficiency that are gained. The major disadvantage is the
delay of earnings.
Wade Newman, DDS
Some of the advantages of advanced education after dental school, include:
- An opportunity to gain speed without the pressure of having your salary based on your production
- Learning how to deal with medically compromised patients
- Having a steady salary right out of school.
The disadvantages include:
- You may make more money in private practice
- It is one more year of education after many already
- A GPR requires some level of being “on call.” Programs vary a great deal, however, so researching the particular programs is far more important than the decision to do or not to do. For me it was a no brainer…I recommend it for anyone finishing dental school.
Gino Pagano, DMD