Introduction to Treatment Planning

Glenn Govin

1 Credit / Quarter 7 (Spring, Second Year)

Course Description

Problem oriented record system with basic concepts of treatment planning. Students prepare treatment plans for actual school patients in advance to the seminar. The seminar session is dedicated to discussion of each case with students providing the details of the plan of care.

Educational Objectives

Students will learn to identify significant problems from the patient’s history and physical examination, prepare a clinically useful problem list for each case and establish an appropriate differential diagnose for each sign or symptom on the problem list. From the problem list they will establish a Goal of Therapy appropriate for each case, prepare appropriate and effective treatment plans and management strategies specific for each patient database. Additionally the students will sequence each plan based on the criteria provided in the course.

Course Outline

Treatment planning (definition and importance of), patient care process, the role of the general dentist in treatment planning, referral and consultation of other health care practitioners, problem-oriented records (major premise and components of), basic assessment, problem list and analysis, recording problems, the problem planning process, development of “Goal of Therapy”, therapy priorities and sequencing of therapy.

Course Expectations

Student competency is evaluated by faculty review of the treatment plans completed in the course. A final examination is given in which the students are presented with a new case and asked to develop a treatment plan Treatment plans are then reviewed by the department of Restorative Dentistry to evaluate clinical competency.

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 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.


The database for each case includes: medical history, dental history, physical examination findings, clinical photographs and radiographs for each case. Some cases also include study models.

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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