RESD 541

Contemporary Topics in Restorative Dentistry

John A. Sorensen DMD, PhD

2 Credits / Quarter 14 (Winter, Fourth Year)

Course Description

ResD541 is a guest-lecture course given to 4th year students in Winter term, 7:30-9:20 AM on Tuesday mornings. Each week, an invited guest lecturer from within or outside the School of Dentistry presents a topic relevant to contemporary Operative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics. The lecture topics are selected to prepare students for issues and decisions that will confront them in today’s clinical practice, stimulate interest in and critical analysis of the dental literature, and integrate their knowledge base of restorative dentistry with other dimensions of dental practice. A central goal of the course is to maximize the student’s ability to integrate and critically analyze information in the assessment, treatment planning and restoration of oral disease.

Educational Objectives

Students completing ResD541 will:

  1. Be exposed to current topics in Operative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics.
  2. Gain knowledge and analytical skills that will lead to superior clinical assessment, treatment planning, and management of patients.
  3. Be introduced to experts in Operative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics here at the school and in the local community. It is hoped that these exposures will provide students opportunities network with these experts.
  4. Gain a background in the current literature that will serve as a foundation for continued learning and growth.
  5. Learn to critically analyze information in the literature via the expertise of the presenters.

Course Outline

The course will emphasize contemporary topics in Operative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics, and particularly topics that overlap with other areas of dentistry, for example: periodontics, implantology, esthetics, medicine, public health. Lectures will be structured to provide sufficient time for questions and discussion of the topics. A period of Q/A of at least 15-20 minutes will be reserved each week. Examples of topics are (these change year to year):

  • Contemporary use of ceramics and appropriate planning and delivery of ceramic restorations.
  • Esthetics in dentistry and its role in overall treatment planning; ethical issues in esthetics.
  • Operative/Fixed Prosthodontics treatment interface with other dental specialties (e.g., orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, public health).
  • Implantology and its interface with conventional Restorative Dentistry
  • The interface between caries and socio-economic factors.
  • Ethical and technical issues surrounding the biological safety of materials.

Topics will be reassessed and customized each year to accommodate current issues and availability of the best lecturers available to present them. The lecturers will be evaluated by students (via the online evaluation system) and by faculty in attendance (via the SOD lecture evaluation forms). Evaluation information will be used in subsequent years to construct the course content.

Course Expectations – Requirements

Professional behavior during the lectures will be required, including on-time arrival at the lecture, paying attention to the lecturer, participating respectfully in discussions, and not disrupting the lecture in any way. Egregious violations will be reported to the Student Professionalism Committee. If the student is participating via the distance learning mechanism, similar expectations are in place.

The course will be pass-fail. Lecturers will be asked to provide to the directors 1-2 literature articles relevant to their lecture topic and 1-2 questions relevant to their lecture topic (if they don’t, the directors will compensate by selecting articles or writing the questions). These articles will be distributed to the students each week.

An examination will be given during the last week of the course and will be comprised of the lecture questions as well as 2-3 questions from each literature article. Questions may take any format, but would commonly be multiple choice, true-false, or short-answer. Answering the questions will require the students to integrate information across the literature articles and lecture topics, apply principles in the lectures and literature to new situations, or critically analyze information. Achievement of ≥ 70.0% on the exam will be required to pass the course.

A student who receives < 70% but ≥ 65% will be required to take a remediation exam customized by the course director to address the student’s specific deficiencies. A student failing any remediation examination will fail the course. A ‘pass’ will be awarded for students passing the remediation exam. The remediation examination may take any format at the discretion of the course director, which may or may not be the same format as the original examination.

An initial overall course grade of <65% will receive a ‘fail’ grade. There will be no remediation exam(s) permitted in this case before the ‘fail’ grade is issued.

Final course grades of ‘fail’ will be reported to the Student Progress Committee for management as directed in the Academic Regulations Manual of the School of Dentistry with a recommendation that the student be required to complete a special project to help them improve their knowledge/critical analytical skills.

Incomplete (‘I’) grades may be awarded when all of the following circumstances are met: (1) The student does not complete all course requirements by the final day of the course; (2) the student’s performance has been satisfactory to within two weeks of the end of the quarter; the student presents proof satisfactory to the course director that circumstances beyond his/her control prevented completion of course requirements. Such proof must be received by the course director no later than the time grades are due at the Registrar’s Office according to the University calendar. Incomplete grades will be managed as directed in the Academic Regulations Manual of the School of Dentistry.

Upon the completion of the course, the student must visit the online course evaluation site and complete the online evaluation or state online that they do not choose to complete this evaluation. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Relevant Dates for Winter 2013

  • Class starts:    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in D209
  • Class meets:    Tuesdays from 7:30 am to approxiamately 9:00 am
  • Final Exam:        March 11, 2014 in D209
  • Attendance:      STRONGLY encouraged

Lectures will be given by expert guests from our school or the dental community. Students should be prepared to take notes and be aware that not all guest lecturers will provide handouts or permit their lectures to be recorded. The lecture will generally last about 60-70 minutes, followed by a 15-20 minute Q/A discussion session.

  • Week 01 January 07, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 02 January 14, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 03 January 21, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 04 January 28, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 05 February 04, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 06 February 11, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 07 February 18, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 08 February 25, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 09 March 04, 2014 Guest Lecture with Q/A
  • Week 10 March 11, 2014 Final Examination
  • Week 11 March 18, 2014 No class (finals week)

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluation the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 2: Communicate the risks and benefits of proposed care and alternative treatment strategies available, and then obtain expressed consent for treatment conveyed by a patient or legal guardian.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 21: Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.
  • UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment. Learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.


  • Literature in Pubmed as directed.
  • Parts of the course may be administered via the web.  Students must have access to the web to participate.

Information for lecturers

  • Lectures should be no longer than 70 minutes.
  • There will be a Q/A discussion period for 15-20 minutes after the lecture.
  • We encourage (but do not require) some sort of handout to be distributed by us to the students prior to the lecture.
  • We will ask to allow recording of the lecture, but this is at the discretion of the lecturer. Recordings allow students who are on rotations to benefit; recordings will be destroyed at the conclusion of the course.
  • Lecturers should be aware that some of the students will ‘attend’ via a distance learning platform. We will help/facilitate this for the lecturers.
  • We will provide a small honorarium to lecturers from outside the SOD.
  • Lecturers should provide, 1-2 weeks prior to their lecture:
    • One or two literature articles (pdfs preferred) that would provide the students a contemporary, provocative summary or supplement of/to their lecture topic. Mandatory.
    • 2-3 multiple choice or true-false questions relevant to their lecture.  Any format OK. Mandatory.
    • a handout in electronic (pdf preferred) format (optional).

*last updated: 12/04/2013

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