Predoctoral Course Catalog

Current UWSOD Predoctoral Competencies

Approved by Faculty Vote, February 2019

Effective: Summer Quarter 2019

UWSOD COMPETENCIES 2019 CORRESPONDING CODA COMPETENCY STANDARD, IF ANY
1. Graduates must be competent in the use of critical thinking and problem solving, including their use in the comprehensive care of patients, scientific inquiry, and research methodology. 2-10 Graduates must be competent in the use of critical thinking and problem solving, including their use in the comprehensive care of patients, scientific inquiry and research methodology.

Intent: Throughout the curriculum, the educational program should use teaching and learning methods that support the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

2. Graduates must be competent in the ability to self-assess, including the development of professional competencies and the demonstration of professional values and capacities associated with self-directed, lifelong learning. 2-11 Graduates must demonstrate the ability to self-assess, including the development of professional competencies and the demonstration of professional values and capacities associated with self-directed, lifelong learning.
3. Graduates must be competent in the application of biomedical science knowledge in the delivery of patient care. 2-15 Graduates must be competent in the application of biomedical science knowledge in the delivery of patient care.
4. Graduates must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences as they pertain to patient-centered approaches for promoting, improving and maintaining oral health. 2-16 Graduates must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences as they pertain to patient-centered approaches for promoting, improving and maintaining oral health
5. Graduates must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communications skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment. 2-17 Graduates must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communications skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.

Intent: Students should learn about factors and practices associated with disparities in health status among subpopulations, including but not limited to, racial, ethnic, geographic, or socioeconomic groups. In this manner, students will be best prepared for dental practice in a diverse society when they learn in an environment characterized by, and supportive of, diversity and inclusion. Such an environment should facilitate dental education in:

  • Basic principles of culturally competent health care;
  • Recognition of health care disparities and the development of solutions;
  • The importance of meeting the health care needs of dentally underserved populations, and;
  • The development of core professional attributes, such as altruism, empathy, and social accountability, needed to provide effective care in a multi- dimensionally diverse society.
6. Graduates must be competent in applying legal and regulatory concepts related to the provision and/or support of oral health care services. 2-18 Graduates must be competent in applying legal and regulatory concepts related to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
7. Graduates must be competent in applying the basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of oral health care delivery, and how to function successfully as the leader of the oral health care team. 2-19 Graduates must be competent in applying the basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of oral health care delivery, and how to function successfully as the leader of the oral health care team.
8. Graduates must be competent in communicating and collaborating with other members of the health care team to facilitate the provision of health care. 2-20 Graduates must be competent in communicating and collaborating with other members of the health care team to facilitate the provision of health care.

Intent: Students should understand the roles of members of the health care team and have educational experiences, particularly clinical experiences that involve working with other healthcare professional students and practitioners. Students should have educational experiences in which they coordinate patient care within the health care system relevant to dentistry.

9. Graduates must be competent in the application of the principles of ethical decision-making and professional responsibility. 2-21 Graduates must be competent in the application of the principles of ethical decision-making and professional responsibility.

Intent: Graduates should know how to draw on a range of resources, among which are professional codes, regulatory law, and ethical theories. These resources should pertain to the academic environment, patient care, practice management and research. They should guide judgment and action for issues that are complex, novel, ethically arguable, divisive, or of public concern.

10. Graduates must be competent to access, critically appraise, apply, and communicate scientific and lay literature as it relates to providing evidence-based patient care. 2-22 Graduates must be competent to access, critically appraise, apply, and communicate scientific and lay literature as it relates to providing evidence-based patient care.

Intent: The education program should introduce students to the basic principles of clinical and translational research, including how such research is conducted, evaluated, applied, and explained to patients.

11. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry to patients in all stages of life. 2-23 Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry to patients in all stages of life.
2-24 At a minimum, graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, as defined by the school, including:

Intent: Graduates should be able to evaluate, assess, and apply current and emerging science and technology. Graduates should possess the basic knowledge, skills, and values to practice dentistry, independently, at the time of graduation. The school identifies the competencies that will be included in the curriculum based on the school’s goals, resources, accepted general practitioner responsibilities and other influencing factors. The comprehensive care experiences provided for patients by students should be adequate to ensure competency in all components of general dentistry practice. Programs should assess overall competency, not simply individual competencies in order to measure the graduate’s readiness to enter the practice of general dentistry.

12. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including patient assessment, diagnosis, comprehensive treatment planning, prognosis, and informed consent. a. Patient assessment, diagnosis, comprehensive treatment planning, prognosis, and informed consent;
13. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including screening and risk assessment for caries, periodontal disease, and head and neck cancer. b. Screening and risk assessment for head and neck cancer;
14. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including recognizing the complexity of patient treatment and identifying when referral is indicated. c. Recognizing the complexity of patient treatment and identifying when referral is indicated;
15. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including health promotion and disease prevention (including caries management). d. Health promotion and disease prevention;
16. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including diagnosing and managing orofacial and dental pain.

17. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including prescribing and administering pharmacological agents with consideration of the impact of prescribing practices and substance use disorders.

18. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including administering anesthesia and pain/anxiety control.

e. Local anesthesia, and pain and anxiety control, including consideration of the impact of prescribing practices and substance use disorder;
19. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including restoring the form and function of teeth. f. Restoration of teeth
20. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including communicating and managing dental laboratory procedures in support of patient care. g. Communicating and managing dental laboratory procedures in support of patient care;
21. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including replacement of teeth using fixed and removable prosthodontic therapies for natural dentition, dental implants and edentulous spaces. h. Replacement of teeth including fixed, removable and dental implant prosthodontic therapies;
22. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including managing periodontal therapy. i. Periodontal therapy;
23. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including preventing and managing pulpal and periapical diseases. Pulpal therapy;
24. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including diagnosing and managing oral mucosal and osseous disorders. k. Oral mucosal and osseous disorders;
25. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including performing basic hard and soft tissue surgery. I. hard and soft tissue surgery;
26. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including managing dental and medical emergencies. m. Dental emergencies;
27. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including managing malocclusion and alveolar space/development disorders. n. Malocclusion and space management; and
28. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including evaluating the outcomes of treatment, recall strategies, and prognosis. o. Evaluation of the outcomes of treatment, recall strategies, and prognosis
29. Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, including diagnosis and management of TMJ disorders. NONE
30.  Graduates must be competent in assessing and managing the treatment of patients with special needs.

31. Graduates must be competent in assessing and managing the treatment of patients with complex medical conditions.

2-25 Graduates must be competent in assessing the treatment needs of patients with special needs.

Intent: An appropriate patient pool should be available to provide experiences that may include patients whose medical, physical, psychological, or social situations make it necessary to consider a wide range of assessment and care options. The assessment should emphasize the importance of non-dental considerations. These individuals include, but are not limited to, people with developmental disabilities, cognitive impairment, complex medical problems, significant physical limitations, and the vulnerable elderly. Clinical instruction and experience with the patients with special needs should include instruction in proper communication techniques and assessing the treatment needs compatible with the special need.

UWSOD CURRICULAR EXPECTATIONS 2019 CORRESPONDING CODA STANDARD, IF ANY
1. Graduates must have successfully completed the required service-learning experience providing dental care in community-based settings, as a requirement for graduation. 2-26 Dental education programs must make available opportunities and encourage students to engage in service-learning experiences and/or community-based learning experiences.

Intent: Service-learning experiences and/or community-based learning experiences are essential to the development of a culturally competent oral health care workforce. The interaction and treatment of diverse populations in a community-based clinical environment adds a special dimension to clinical learning experience and engenders a life-long appreciation for the value of community service.

2. Graduates must apply a biomedical knowledge base that emphasizes the orofacial complex as an important anatomical area existing in a complex biological interrelationship with the entire body. 2-13 The biomedical knowledge base must emphasize the orofacial complex as an important anatomical area existing in a complex biological interrelationship with the entire body.
3. Graduates must demonstrate a high level of understanding of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment and prognosis of oral and oral-related disorders. 2-14 In-depth information on abnormal biological conditions must be provided to support a high level of understanding of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment and prognosis of oral and oral- related disorders.
4. Graduates must demonstrate financial planning skills.  4.7 Student services must include the following:
g. Instruction on personal debt management and financial planning.
5. Graduates must be knowledgeable in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, using digital technologies. NONE
6. Graduates must demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of population health, demographics, and public health to patient care NONE
7. Graduates must demonstrate that they foster a culture of safety and the ability to disclose clinical errors. NONE