UW School of Dentistry


Physical Examination III

David Dean

Credit / Quarter 5 (Autumn, Second Year)

Course Description

This course is an extensive review and application of techniques of patient assessment including history- taking, physical examination and interpretation of findings. Includes development of skills through participation in clinical sessions.

Educational Objectives

  • Review of physical diagnosis II techniques (including history-taking).
  • Application and reinforcement of skills by performing a basic examination of a patient seen in the Dental Urgent Care Clinic.
  • Skill maintenance through team treatment with upperclassmen of patients seen in the Dental Urgent Care Clinic during the Autumn Quarter.

Course Outline

This course will consist of:

  • A physical diagnosis intensive review and application that will take place during prep week before the Autumn Quarter (3 hour session).
  • Four clinical rotations during the Autumn Quarter (4 hours).

All sessions will take place in Dental Urgent Care Clinic (B229). The content is based on principles of history-taking and physical examination that were introduced during the first year oral medicine curriculum.

Course Expectations

Attendance at 4 clinical rotations is required to pass the course. Grading is based on attendance and active participation in the clinical sessions. If you do not show up for your assigned session without advance notification, there will be a final grade penalty of 0.2.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


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*last updated: 11/18/2014