Clinical Conference in Oral Medicine

Edmond Truelove

1 Credit Per Quarter, 2 Credits Total / Quarters 13-14 (Autumn-Winter, Fourth Year)

Course Description

Oral Medicine clinical conference utilizing case studies to emphasize problem solving and decision making in patient care with basic science application.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the application of point of contact clinical decision making in the area of oral medicine. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) recognize complex patient conditions found in general practice, (2) develop a differential diagnosis, (3) move from a differential diagnosis to a final diagnosis, (4) describe treatment alternatives, and (5) understand various topics in oral medicine. The focus of the course is clinical decision making in a real time context.

Course Outline

Students are presented summaries of oral medicine patients who have mucosal lesions, systemic diseases with oral signs and symptoms, conditions exhibiting chronic pain, temporomandibular disease, headaches, and trigeminal neuralgia on a weekly schedule. The cases are selected from patients recently seen and managed in the Oral Medicine clinical service.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must participate actively in the discussion of the patients presented, complete the case study sheets, and attend a minimum of 90% of class sessions.

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 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


Computerized library resources (MEDLINE)

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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