OS 550E

Faculty: Dolphine Oda
Year: 3, 4
Quarters: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
Type: Open
Day: Thursday
Limit: 10
Time: 12:30 -1:20pm
Credits: 2
Independent Study: No
Contact Person: Dr. Oda

Advanced Oral Pathology

Welcome to the elective Advanced Oral Pathology. This course is offered all four quarters: fall, winter, spring & summer. It is offered to third and fourth year dental students

Course Description

This course utilizes the basic science literature of oral diseases to interpret clinical and histological changes. It is designed to encourage the dental students to correlate the basic histological changes in diseases with the clinical presentations in order to arrive at a final diagnosis. This course will also expose the students to the current literature of clinical management and treatment of oral diseases.

This course approaches the study of oral pathology in a typical clinical setting with patients where various diseases are discussed clinically and histologically. One hour of weekly contact time is dedicated to discussing an average of four cases. The cases are derived from the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Each case has a clinical/radiographic photograph and a corresponding glass slide representing the biopsy material from the area. An applied differential diagnosis for each case is presented. The histology is thoroughly discussed and used to arrive at a final diagnosis. Once the final diagnosis is determined the disease is briefly discussed to cover the most important clinical features and treatment. What to biopsy and when to biopsy is discussed when applicable. The students are also informed of the biopsy service and how to interpret biopsy reports.

Supplemental Texts and Atlases:

Neville, Damm, Allen, Bouquet, Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Second Edition, 2001.

Methods and Procedures:

Clinical differential diagnosis / Microscope Viewing

Time Allotment:

1 hr/wk formal contact with instructor 2-3 hours/wk out of class preparation

Method of Evaluation:

  • In class participation
  • Ability to describe histological changes and arrive at a diagnosis
  • Ability to formulate applied clinical differential diagnosis

Course Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to enhance student skills in the clinical recognition, histological interpretation and management of oral diseases.

Specific Objectives

  • Learn proper clinical, radiographic and histological description of oral diseases
  • Use histology for the interpretation of clinical changes
  • Use histology to arrive at a final diagnosis
  • Review recent literature of common oral diseases
  • Emphasize radiographic interpretation of the jaw lesions
  • Formulate applied differential diagnosis of oral diseases

Reading Assignments

Neville, Damm, Allen, Bouquet, Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, third Edition, 2008.

Course Website

*last updated: 11/8/2011

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