UW School of Dentistry



Michael Martin

4 Credits / Quarter 8 (Summer, Second Year)

Course Description

Focuses on ability to recognize, diagnose and treat non-dental oral diseases and conditions that are commonly encountered in clinical practice. Rotations through the Oral Medicine undergraduate clinic where students take history and examine patients presenting for comprehensive care or urgent care. Interpretation and management of non-dental oral pathology and medical/psychological issues.

Educational Objectives

Students will gain knowledge of oral soft tissue, salivary, taste, and smell disorders. The objectives are to know the:

  • Etiology,
  • Signs and symptoms,
  • Diagnostic tests and interpretations,
  • Managerial protocol, and
  • Prognosis of these disorders.

Course Outline

  • Oral Infections
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Oral manifestations of hematologic malignancies
  • Oral Complications of chemotherapy
  • Oral inflammatory lesions
  • Oral oncology
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Halitosis
  • Taste and smell disorders

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 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, students must attend all lectures, and demonstrate an understanding of the disorders through completion of unknown cases, midterm and final examinations.

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.


Essentials of Oral Medicine, Silverman, Eversole, Truelove, 2002 BC Dekker inc.

*last updated: 6/29/2012