Predoctoral Curriculum

The following is a listing of the predoctoral courses offered by the Department of Oral Medicine in the sequence that they are offered in the curriculum.

Oral Medicine 520: Introduction to Oral Radiology

Course Director: Dr. Lars Hollender
2 Credits Per Quarter / 6 Credits Total, Quarters 5, 6 and 8

Course Description
This course stretches over three consecutive quarters in the second year. It uses lecture, laboratory/clinic, seminar, and self-study formats to teach physical, biological, technical, and diagnostic aspects of oral X-ray procedures. The role of Oral Radiology as a crucial component in information gathering for diagnosis and treatment planning is delineated. Accordingly, various radiographic techniques are learned and a systematic approach to interpretation of radiographic images is emphasized.

In the first quarter (Autumn Quarter), the students will be introduced to the fundamental physical and biological components of radiography,i.e. physical principles, biological effects of ionizing radiation, radiological health and radiation hygiene, X-ray films, photographic action of X-rays and processing, and quality assurance. The students will also gain the skills necessary to expose and evaluate two half-mouth surveys, one on a skull and one on a manikin.

In the second quarter (Winter Quarter), the students will be introduced to panoramic radiography and they will develop the skills needed to apply an intraoral radiographic technique that pertains to the diagnostic situation at hand. In the course of this, they will produce two half-mouth surveys on patients, evaluate image quality, describe normal radiographic anatomy and its variation, and diagnose dental caries, periodontal disease, defective restorations, and periapical pathology.

Finally, in the third quarter (Spring Quarter), the scope will expand to include the basics of the radiology of the paranasal sinuses and the major salivary glands, modern imaging modalities, radiographic localization, and the quality of radiographic interpretation with an emphasis on observer variation and the basics of the radiology of the paranasal sinuses and the major salivary glands. As a result of the third quarter curriculum the students will be able to conduct oral radiographic examinations on patients while maintaining a high image quality, and to describe and diagnose pathological conditions of the teeth and surrounding jawbone as they manifest themselves radiologically.

  • OM 520 Introduction to Radiology Course Outline
    Lecture topics include: introduction to radiology, radiation physics, radiation biology, radiation protection, geometry and principles of projection geometry, intraoral radiographic techniques, evaluation of radiographs from a quality assurance standpoint, normal radiographic anatomy, principles of film processing, quality assurance, infection control, panoramic radiography, occlusal and lateral jaw examination techniques and anatomy, communicating radiographic findings, the radiology of dental caries, periodontal and periapical disease, modern imaging modalities, localization techniques, maxillary sinus radiographic anatomy and pathology, radiology of the major salivary glands, and psychological aspects of image interpretation including observer variation. Seminar topics involve group discussions of the radiology of dental caries, periodontal disease, periapical pathology, diseases of the jawbone, and trauma. Also included are group discussions of radiographic reporting, localization and panoramic radiology.
  • OM 520 Introduction to Radiology Assessment of Competency:
    To meet the requirements of this course, students are expected to attend lectures, laboratory and clinical sessions and seminars, and to show their cognizance of the various course topics at midterm and final examinations in each of the three quarters.

Oral Medicine 525: Introduction to Patient Assessment

Course Director: Dr. Michael Martin
1, 2 Credits Per Quarter/3 Credits Total, Quarters 5 and 6

Course Description
This is a two-quarter course that covers methods for assessing patients. During autumn quarter the focus is on interviewing and history taking including assessment of social, medical, and dental history. Winter quarter is devoted to methods of physical assessment and physical examination including vital signs, general assessment, head and neck examination, oral and dental examination, and special diagnostic procedures including neurological evaluation, and oral diagnostic procedures.

Oral Medicine 526: Physical Diagnosis

Course Director: Dr. Beatrice Gandara
1 credit, Quarter 8

Course Description
The course is a didactic (self-instructional) and clinical course presenting techniques and methods for the orderly examination and analysis of a dental patient. Interviewing, history-taking, physical diagnostic techniques, use of medications, physical therapy, and clinical non-surgical management, and treatment of patients in a dental setting are presented. Medical factors in the treatment of dental and other specific oral diseases and chronic pain are covered as well as treatment planning of oral, medical, and behavioral problems.

Oral Medicine 527: Problem-Oriented Case Planning

Course Director: Dr. Earl Sommers
1 credits, Quarter 8

Course Description
A course on the Problem-Oriented Record System that presents the basic concepts of treatment planning. Course content is centered around a syllabus and cases supplemented by lectures, seminars, and text.
The course is composed of three hours of lecture and eight hours of seminar/case discussion of unknown cases for which students prepare treatment plans in advance of the seminar.

Oral Medicine 531: Acute and Chronic Orofacial Pain

Course Director: Dr. Earl Sommers
1 Credit, Quarter 9

Course Description
Essential clinical and technical information and skills for diagnosis and management of those disorders typically considered to be dental emergencies. The format is problem solving of cases from the clinic.

Oral Medicine 532: Acute & Chronic Orofacial Pain

Course Director: Dr. Earl Sommers
1 Credit, Quarter 10

Course Description
Essential clinical and technical information and skills for diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain, and those non-dental and non-temporomandibular disorders which cause orofacial pain. The focus is on general factors important to understanding pain and pain disorders other than those directly involving the dental structures.

Oral Medicine 533: Acute and Chronic Orofacial Pain

Course Director: Dr. Earl Sommers
2 Credits, Quarter 11

Course Description
Essential clinical and technical information and skills for diagnosis and management of patients that present with symptoms of tempromandibular disorders (TMD). Both lectures and problem solving of clinical cases are utilized.

Oral Medicine 540: Oral Medicine Senior Seminar

Course Director: Dr. Edmond Truelove
2 Credits Per Quarter/4 Credits Total, Quarters 13-14

Course Description
A seminar format that focuses on factors that impact decision-making related to delivery of oral health care. Topics addressed include recent scientific findings in the related fields of medicine, pharmacology, behavioral medicine, and dental specialties that alter approaches to care.

Oral Medicine 545: Clinical Conference in Oral Medicine

Course Director: Dr. Edmond Truelove
1 Credit Per Quarter/2 Credits Total, Quarters 13-14

Course Description
A weekly clinical case conference that uses a case based format to explore diagnostic decision-making and determination of appropriate patient management protocols for mucosal lesions, facial pain, and other complex orofacial problems.

Oral Medicine 630: Clinical Diagnosis and Oral Medicine

Course Director: Dr. Beatrice Gandara
1 Credit Per Quarter/4 Credits Total, Quarters 9-12

Course Description
Clinical course series which includes patient examination, radiology, diagnosis and treatment. Progressively more advanced, the student receives advanced instruction and practice. Students also participate in rendering diagnosis and emergency treatment.

Oral Medicine 640: Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Oral Medicine

Course Director: Dr. Beatrice Gandara
1 Credit Per Quarter/ 3 Credits Total, Quarters 13-15

Course Description
Advanced instruction in diagnosis and in the examination and handling of patients. Students are in block assignment and perform radiographic surveys, oral diagnosis, and treatment plans for prospective patients. Progressively more advanced, the student receives advanced instruction and practice.

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