Admissions Requirements & Procedures

AEGD Program applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now open with a deadline of October 15, 2022. Candidates are required to submit completed application materials, all supporting documents, and application fee.

Applicants are required to have completed the dental degree (DDS or DMD). Advanced dental training and/or clinical practice experience beyond a dental degree is preferred, but not required.

Applicants to the AEGD Program at Penn Dental Medicine must be United States citizens or hold United States Lawful Permanent Resident status.

Program Application – Penn Dental Medicine participates in ADEA’s centralized application service, Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). All applicants must submit an application through the Our deadline is October 15, 2022.

Application Fee – The $90 non-refundable application fee should be submitted directly to the Penn Dental Medicine Office of Student Admissions. Electronic payment is available by completing the Penn Dental Medicine Payment Form » A separate application fee is required for each program if you apply to multiple programs. No application fee waivers are available.

Letters of Evaluation – The following letters are required:

  • Official dental school transcript is required to complete the ADEA PASS application: one of the following must be received to fulfill this requirement: official U.S. dental school transcript.
  • Institution Evaluation Form: IEF (also called the dean’s letter) is an evaluation of the applicant completed by the dean or designated official of the dental school attended. NBDE or INBDE scores or results, GPA and class rank (if applicable) are also included in the IEF.
  • Professional Evaluation Form: PEF is the traditional letter of evaluation that is required for every applicant. Penn Dental Medicine requires 2 PEFs for applicants.
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts: applicants must upload unofficial transcripts for each undergraduate college attended to the ADEA PASS application. Do not send official college transcripts directly to the Office of Student Admissions.
  • Official National Dental Board Scores (NBDE) Part I: An official NBDE Part I passing score from January 2012 – present is required for all U.S.-educated dentists. Applicants must submit official NBDE Part I scores electronically by the program application deadlines through ADEA PASS.  Although an official NBDE Part II score is not required for admission, it is required from U.S.-educated dentists for matriculation into Penn Dental Medicine’s GDE programs.  For NBDE/INBDE information and registration materials, visit the American Dental Association-Testing or contact: The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations, 211 East Chicago Avenue Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60611; (800) 324-1694.
  • ADA ADAT Scores (ADA Advanced Dental Admission Test: ADAT Scores are not required for admission to Penn Dental Medicine Graduate Dental Education Programs. ADAT scores will be accepted if available through the ADEA PASS application when released by the ADA

Application Process

The AEGD Admissions Selection Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. We recommend that applicants submit their completed applications with all documents as early as possible and no later than October 15, 2022 deadline for interview consideration. All admitted candidates will be notified by email.

All application materials and documents become the property of Penn Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant.

Annual Stipend

As part of the AEGD program, each resident will receive an annual stipend plus employee benefits (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance).