UW School of Dentistry

OS 664

Advanced Clinical Oral Surgery – Selective

Course Director: John Evans
Selective # of Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring  / 1

Course Overview

Participation in this course will extend the student’s biomedical knowledge base and augment their surgical skills. The course will also offer didactic instruction in a small group setting. We will use patients referred for surgical care as the basis for didactic and clinical instruction.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able, at an advanced level, to:

1. Examine and treat patients in need of complicated dentoalveolar surgery.
2. Evaluate medical histories and care for medically complex patients.
3. Manage the pharmacological needs of their patients.
4. Interact with surgical specialists if they choose to enter general dental practice.
5. Perform complex dentoalveolar surgery in various post-graduate educational programs.

Date last updated: 2022-07-01

OS 661

Elements of Moderate Sedation – Selective

Course Director: O. Ross Beirne
Credits: 1
Quarter/Yr of Program: Autumn / 4

Course Overview

PLEASE NOTE: OS 656 Internal Medicine for Dentistry, is a prerequisite for this course. This course is a prerequisite for OS 672 Intravenous Sedation.

Theory, techniques for rendering moderate and IV moderate sedation. Airway management, pharmacology, physiology, pharmacokinetics of common sedative agents, their usual applications, special considerations, emergency prevention, recognition and management. Emphasis on monitoring, proper record keeping, legal issues. This course meets for 6 sessions, from October through December.

OS 656

Internal Medicine for Dentistry – Selective

Course Director: O. Ross Beirne
Selective # of Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 4

Course Overview

This course teaches the student how to safely treat patients with compromising medical conditions and what types of sedation can be used to manage fear and anxiety in these patients. The pathophysiology and drug therapy for patients with diabetes, bleeding disorder, and cardiac, pulmonary, renal, neurological, and infectious diseases require significant alterations in dental management to avoid medical emergencies and not compromise the patients’ medical treatments.

IMPORTANT: This course is a prerequisite for OS 661 Elements of Modern Sedation If you miss a session, you must review the handouts for the missed session and meet with Dr. Beirne to take an oral quiz concerning the material covered. This course begins in late SUM quarter and continues into AUT quarter. It will appear on your transcript in AUT quarter only.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of medical diseases that impact dental treatment and sedation
  2. Describe and modify medical therapy for patients requiring sedation for dental treatment
  3. Describe how medical therapies effect the management of the dental patient
  4. Modify the medical treatment of patients in consultation with patients’ physicians
  5. Demonstrate how to prevent medical emergencies in the dental patient with medical diseases

Date last updated: 2019-4-24

OS 672

Intravenous Sedation – Selective

Course Director: Dr. O. Ross Beirne
Credits: 1
Quarter/Yr of Program: Winter, Spring / 4

Course Overview

PLEASE NOTE: OS 656 Internal Medicine for Dentistry and OS 661 Elements of Moderate Sedation are prerequisites for this course.

This course is the clinical component of the Elements of Moderate Sedation series. Students will administer sedation to at least 20 patients receiving sedation in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic. Students will learn how to place intravenous catheters, administer intravenous sedative medications, record vital signs before and during sedation as well as during recovery. Airway management and the management of medical emergencies will be reviewed. OS 656 Internal Medicine for Dentistry and OS 661 Elements of Moderate Sedation are prerequisite courses to take this course.

Course Expectations

Fourth year predoctoral dental students interested in taking OS 661 are welcome to do so, but they must attend at least 90% of all lectures if their intent is to follow-up with OS 672.

Date last updated: 2019-10-02

OS 662

50 Oral Lesions – Selective

Course Director: Dr. Dolphine Oda
Credits: 1
Quarter/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn / 4

Course Overview

This course is designed to focus on a few specific diseases that are either common or very important to recognize as dentists. The course will focus on early recognition and appropriate management and treatment of each of these conditions. The students will be taught to sort through and explicate criteria that can be used as a standard of care for each of the common and important oral diseases. The ultimate goal is to optimize patient care and minimize misdiagnosis and mismanagement through focused knowledge. Students will review five clinical photographs/radiographs and their respective histologies and formulate a differential diagnosis and final diagnosis based upon the presented histology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Identify most common and important oral epithelial, soft tissue and bony lesions
  • Learn about the guidelines for managing oral soft tissue and bony lesions
  • Be familiar with the latest diagnostic tests in oral cancer
  • Learn about what lesions to biopsy and when
  • Learn about what lesions to observe and why and how often
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis
  • Discuss treatment and clinical presentation of each disease
  • Discuss complications of diseases when applicable

Educational Objectives

This course utilizes the basic science literature of oral diseases to interpret clinical and histological changes. It is designed to encourage the dental students to utilize applied clinical criteria to reach a decision on whether or not to biopsy and where to biopsy. This course will give the student a solid standard of care criteria for each of the covered diseases. This course will also expose students to the current literature of clinical management and treatment of oral diseases.

Course Expectations

This course approaches the study of oral pathology in a typical clinical setting in which patients with various diseases are discussed clinically and histologically. One hour of weekly contact time is dedicated to discussing an average of five to ten cases. The cases are derived from the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Each case has a clinical/radiographic photograph and a corresponding glass slide representing the biopsy material from the area. During class students will be called on to formulate a clinical differential diagnosis; answer questions on clinical management; express opinion on whether or not to biopsy. If yes, students must decide on incisional or excisional biopsy and the site of biopsy, based on the histology. Students will discuss treatment and further clinical management; if the students decide to observe, they will have to discuss criteria that helped them reach that decision, as well as potential complications.


The recommended textbook for this course is:

Third edition of Oral& Maxillofacial Pathology by Neville, Damm, Allen & Bouquot, 2009. This book is to be used as a reference while studying; to gain additional information about a disease; to observe additional photomicrographs and radiographs of pathologic entities; and to clarify points, which may not be clear.

Date last updated: 2017-06-21