UW School of Dentistry

OS 645

Hospital Rotation

Ryan O’Connor

2 Credits / Quarters 12-15 (Summer, Third Year + Autumn-Spring, Fourth Year)*

Course Description

The student is involved in hospital procedures and protocol and in dental care of the hospital patient.
*This rotation is offered multiple quarters. Each student enrolls and receives credit for one quarter.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge and awareness of the treatment of patients in the hospital and how to treat dental emergencies. The objectives will be for the student to have an understanding of, or enhanced skills in: (1) the dentist’s role in a hospital, (2) the organizational structure of a hospital, (3) the terms primary, secondary and tertiary care as they relate to the role of a hospital in a community, (4) hospital rounds, (5) the role of hospital dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery, (6) proper operating room protocol and maintenance of sterile techniques, (7) treatment sequencing and maintenance of a sterile-clean technique for dental care in the operating room, (8) patient management, (9) communicating with colleagues and other health professionals before, during, and after care delivery and their relation to dental needs examination, diagnosis and treatment of common dental emergencies, (10) evaluating the effect of medical conditions on oral health and dental treatment, (11) consulting, examining, planning, and prioritizing medically complex patients’ dental needs while hospitalized and as outpatients, (12) assessment and stabilization of oral health of patients before dental clearance for major surgical procedures, and (13) postgraduate level didactics by participating in GPR lectures.

Course Outline

Each senior student has a one week block with rotations through three university affiliated hospitals and hospital clinic (University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center).

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student must: (1) attend the University Hospital Dental Clinic orientation as scheduled, (2) attend the Operating Room orientation as scheduled, (3) complete the five day Hospital Block rotation, (4) complete and return the DENT 645 Evaluation Form after completing rotations.

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 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 10: Prescribe and administer pharmacological agents for patient care.
  • 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 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.


  • Hospital Block Rotation Manual

*last updated: 04/17/2012