UMKC Catalog


Program Description: Advanced Education in General Dentistry
John W. Thurmond, D.D.S., M.S., Diplomate, American Board of General Dentistry
Dean A. Elledge, D.D.S., M.S., Frank B. Gardner, D.D.S., Sam E. Hayes, D.D.S., David L. Moore, D.D.S., M.D.,  David J. Thein, D.D.S., M.S.D., Bruce C. Cummings, D.D.S. 

The advanced education in general dentistry residency program is a 12-month Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited program that begins in July of each year for eight residents.  The program is designed to refine and advance knowledge, skills and clinical competency and proficiency in the practice of comprehensive general dentistry. The program bridges the gap between dental school and dental practice. Clinical instruction is offered in all of the clinical disciplines. The didactic component provides postgraduate training in the basic and behavioral sciences, as well as the clinical sciences and practice management. Upon completion of this program a certificate in “Advanced General Dentistry” will be awarded. 

An optional second year residency is available for two of our current residents. The emphases during this year of the program are in advanced restorative and implant dentistry.  


An applicant for this program must be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national having a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Applicants must also submit evidence of graduation from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Canadian Dental Accrediting Commission, or verification from the dean of an accredited dental school that the applicant will graduate during the current academic year.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated school tuition can be obtained at the Advanced Education Enrollment Fees section of this catalog. If selected for the program there is a $500 nonrefundable acceptance fee which must be paid within two weeks of the time of acceptance of the position. More information will be provided to the applicant once he/she is accepted into the program.

Financial Assistance

Up-to-date additional information on financial assistance can be obtained at


No stipend is available. Residents receive income generated from their clinical practice of general dentistry. The income paid is approximately 33 percent of the net fees collected for clinical treatment they provide in the program. Net collected clinical fees are defined as gross clinic fees collected, less scheduled laboratory fees incurred as a part of the treatment procedures.


Application to this program is through the Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS). Use the link for greater detail on both. The deadline for receipt of application at the school is Oct. 1 of the year prior to planned enrollment.


Competitive applicants will be invited to Kansas City for an interview with the program director and other selected faculty and staff. If invited, the interview is a required part of the application process and funding is the responsibility of the applicant.

Point of Contact

To request further information, please contact either the Office of Student Programs at (816) 235-2080 or; or the program director, Dr. John W. Thurmond at (816) 235-2164 or