Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know

What are the different residency programs offered by US dental schools?

According to the ADA and CODA the programs offered are Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR) and the following specialties (as recognised by CODA): Dental Public Health, Periodontology, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Radiology, Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pedodontics, Orthodontics, Dentofacial Orthopaedics and Orofacial Pain.

For program specific and school-specific details and requirements, you can use the ADEA search engine by accessing the following link: Passweb

How long does a residency program in the US take?

The duration of advanced dental education programs offered in American dental schools can range from 1 year to four years although, certain oral and maxillofacial surgery programs can have a duration of 6 years if the candidate is working towards an additional degree such as M.D. For more information, refer to the following link: Program Options & Descriptions ( Program Options & Descriptions

Are all the advanced dental education programs registered under MATCH?

No, the advanced dental education programs registered under MATCH are Orthodontics, Periodontics, Pedodontics, GPR (both US and Canadian), AEGD, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics and Dental Anaesthesiology. The schools are directly involved in the selection of the candidates for the remaining programs without an intermediary source. For more information, refer: Programs | Overview

When does the application process start for US advanced dental education programs?

Generally, a candidate can apply to the programs under ADEA PASS from May to February of the following year although the earliest deadline is usually in the first week of July. This year the cycle opened on the 12th of May and will close on the 7th of February 2023, with the earliest deadline on the 1st of July 2022. For more details, refer the following link: Applying to ADEA PASS

What are PASS and MATCH?

PASS and MATCH are independent of each other and need to be registered for separately.


ADEA PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) is the centralized application service for over 700 participating advanced dental education programs. ADEA PASS simplifies the application process as applicants can submit one application for multiple programs. Once you submit, your designated programs will have access to your application

Dental MATCH is an algorithm that matches candidates to their programs of interest after the candidates submit a ranking list of their preferred programs and the programs submit a ranking list of their applicants post interview

It generally opens in May and closes in February of the following year (Based on 2021 data)

It consists of 2 phases: (Based on 2021 data)

  • Phase One: October to November
  • Phase Two: December to January

ADEA PASS | Applicant Login Page Section ( Programs | Overview (

What is the difference between AEGD and GPR?


Duration of the program varies from school to school:

  • 1 year (164) / 1 year+ optional
  • 1 year (5) / 2 years (2)

Duration of the program varies from school to school:

  • year (143) / 1 year + optional
  • 1 year (3) / 2 years (3))

Hospital based

Predominantly clinic based

Treatment is predominantly provided in an interdisciplinary manner and may involve treatment of medically compromised patients, anaesthesiology rotation, trauma cases etc.

Treatment involves addressing dental needs of the patient such as: dental prophylaxis, Endodontic and restorative procedures, Fixed and removable prosthodontics (including implant supported restorations) and other minor surgical procedures

Can international dentists apply to residency programs?

Yes, you can. Although there may be more obstacles for international dentists, we are here to help. Certain programs prefer candidates who have earned a degree from CODA accredited schools while others may additionally require possession of a U.S. dental license. One of the most sought-after programs by international dentists is the AEGD which has lesser restrictions compared to specialty programs.

What is the duration of AEGD and GPR programs?

The duration of both AEGD and GPR programs can vary from 1 to 2 years depending on the school/ hospital. The options available are: One year/ One year with an option of an additional year/ Two years. For more information, refer the following link: Program Options & Descriptions (

How can I prepare for ADEA PASS applications?

You can prepare by gathering the required documents to start with namely:

  • Dental school transcripts (in addition to ECE/WES course-by-course report for international dentists)
  • One Institutional Evaluation Form (IEF) from the dean of your dental school
  • 3-5 Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) from dental faculty/supervisors/ employer
  • Personal Statement (specific to each program)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • CE course and credits

For more information, refer the following link: ADEA-PASS-Application-Checklist.pdf

How is PASS different from CAAPID?

CAAPID and PASS are grossly similar in terms of their requisites with minor variations in the number of LOR’s required: one IEF and 3-5 PEF (as opposed to three LOR’s required by CAAPID). The personal statement can be customised for each program in PASS applications. Furthermore, the PASS cycle opens in May unlike CAAPID which opens in March.

Can we obtain a license in any state in the U.S.A. after graduating from an Advanced dental education program/ Residency?

No, licensure requirements vary with each state and completion of residency programs will restrict your licensure eligibility to one or more states as mentioned by the state’s dental body