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DENTPC 534

Dental Curriculum Threads

Introduction to Oral Pathology

Course Director: Ali Pourian
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

This is the first of a three-course series in oral and maxillofacial pathology that spans the first year and second years. The course introduces students to basic terminology used to study and describe oral maxillofacial diseases and conditions, and their signs and symptoms. Many of these represent oral manifestations of systemic disease. Students will build on their biomedical foundational knowledge as they explore pathological processes that affect the orofacial soft tissues. By the end of the course, as future members of interprofessional teams, students will have a deeper appreciation of the reciprocal interactions between oral health and overall health and disease.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe oral and maxillofacial diseases.
2. Identify oral and maxillofacial disease pathogenesis.
3. Correlate the histopathology of a disease with the clinical presentation of a disease.
4. Formulate a working differential diagnosis.
5. Appropriately manage diseases within the scope of a general practitioner.
6. Refer oral and maxillofacial diseases that are beyond the scope of a general practitioner.
7. Describe how to handle a pathology specimen from collection to delivery.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-05, C-06, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-14, C-20, C-24, C-25, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-03-20

DENTPC 574

Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Pathology 2

Course Director: Ali Pourian
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 2

Course Overview

In this course, students apply their oral pathology knowledge to clinical cases. They sharpen their preclinical skills by diagnosing lesions and formulating management plans, which then prepares them for patient care. The course has a clinical-pathologic conference (CPC) format. It emphasizes active learning and encourages two-way discussion.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the clinical and radiographic appearance of lesions.
2. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of oral and maxillofacial diseases.
3. Formulate a clinical differential diagnosis with a working diagnosis.
4. Recognize classic histopathological features of key oral and maxillofacial conditions.
5. Generate a referral for appropriate consultations and diagnostic tests/procedures.
6. Describe the steps for managing a biopsy in general dental practice from case selection to action on the pathologic diagnosis.
7. Recommend a prevention and treatment/management plan (including referral if appropriate) for common oral conditions within the scope of practice of a general dentist.
8. Recommend a prevention and treatment/management plan (including referral if appropriate) for oral manifestations of systemic conditions.

UWSOD Competencies:  C-01, C-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, CE-06, C-02, C-09, CE-07, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-30, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-16, C-29, C-17, C-07, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-24, C-25

Date last updated: 2024-01-03

DENTCL 637

Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clerkship

Course Director: John Evans
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

This clerkship introduces students to oral surgery as practiced by general dentists. The course combines clinical performance and didactic instruction that builds on the learning from the first and second years of the dental curriculum. It provides the necessary knowledge and clinical experience students need to begin the fourth year of dental school.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Document a physical examination appropriate for the clinical situation including patient capacity to undergo prescribed surgical procedures.
2. Document a surgical treatment plan that is integrated with a comprehensive treatment plan based on clinical history, physical examination, appropriate clinical sciences, imaging, and laboratory studies.
3. Describe the common benign and malignant diseases, deformities, injuries, and abnormalities treated surgically by general dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
4. Describe the indications and contraindications of the basic procedures performed by oral maxillofacial surgeons such as simple and complex dentoalveolar, orthognathic, TMJ and reconstructive surgery, bone augmentation, and implant-related procedures.
5. Demonstrate surgical and medical procedures needed by patients who present with oral and maxillofacial infections commonly seen in general dental practice.
6. Demonstrate the basic principles of surgical care by the performance of simple dental extractions independently including risk assessment, informed consent, and the need for specialty care.
7. Treat the common complications of dentoalveolar surgery and other surgical procedures performed by general dentists.
8. Demonstrate clinical knowledge of the pathophysiology, anatomy, and treatment of acute orofacial pain.
9. Demonstrate the clinical use of pharmacologic agents in patients selected for conscious sedation based on clinical examination, medical history, and proposed treatment needs.
10. Treat patients with surgical and medical emergencies in an outpatient setting.
11. Identify the histopathologic and clinical features of common oral lesions in the development of differential diagnoses and treatment modalities.
12. Develop a professional relationship with a specialist based on trust and clear, open communication.
13. Describe the basic principles of implant placement and associated clinical surgical techniques.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-08, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-16, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-27, C-28, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-09-26

DENTPC 554

Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Pathology 1

Course Director: Ali Pourian
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 2

Course Overview

This is the second course in a three-part oral pathology series designed to introduce students to oral diseases bridging the field of dentistry to medicine. The lectures will cover the most common and most important oral diseases of the jaws. Each disease will be discussed to include etiology and pathogenesis, clinical signs and symptoms, histological features, laboratory findings (when applicable), pitfalls in diagnosis, and prognosis.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Recognize oral and maxillofacial diseases.
2. Identify oral and maxillofacial disease pathogenesis.
3. Correlate the histopathology of a disease with the clinical presentation of a disease.
4. Investigate oral and maxillofacial clinical problems to reach a working differential diagnosis.
5. Appropriately manage diseases within the scope of a general practitioner.
6. Refer oral and maxillofacial diseases that are beyond the scope of a general practitioner.
7. Describe how to handle a pathology specimen.
8. Interpret a pathology report using histopathology descriptive terminology.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-05, C-06, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-17, C-24, C-25, C-30, C31, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-07-05

DENTPC 553

Dental Curriculum Threads

Local Anesthesia

Course Director: John Evans and Art DiMarco
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 2

Course Overview

The safe and effective use of local anesthesia is integral to general dentistry and most specialties. Since dentists must become expert at the safe and effective administration of local anesthesia, the primary goal of this course is to provide all dental students with the opportunity to learn the basic biomedical concepts necessary for the provision of local anesthesia for patients. Dentists must necessarily be experts with regard the pharmacology, physiology potential complications associated with local anesthetics and associated drugs routinely employed in our communities on a daily basis. This knowledge base is mandatory for most any dentist in practice.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Assess the risks associated with administration of local anesthesia to dental patients commonly seen in a general dental practice.
2. Describe in detail the pharmacology of local anesthetics and associated vasoconstrictors.
3. Describe, in three dimensions, the anatomy involved when performing the injections commonly used in dentistry.
4. Discuss problems associated with the administration of local anesthesia including complications.
5. Discuss medicolegal, ethical, and professional ramifications associated with the use of local anesthesia including nerve injury.
6. Discuss the management of difficult and/or fearful patients when performing local anesthesia.
7. Assess one’s own knowledge base and skills critically in light of clinical problems faced daily by dentists in practice.
8. Explain the basic biomedical sciences pertinent to the safe and effective use of local anesthetics in clinical practice.
9. Describe the medical risks and complications, both emergent and routine, associated with the use of local anesthesia in the management of patients in the general dental office.
10. Describe special techniques which may be needed to treat patients who are difficult to manage and/or anesthetize, including patients in all stages of life.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-06, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-16, C-17, C-18, C-23, C-26, C-30, C-31, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-07-05