UW School of Dentistry

DENTFN 501

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Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Students

Course Director: Katherine Rafferty
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of head-and-neck anatomy geared toward dental students. Through short video lectures and virtual lab assignments, students will learn the structures of the head-and neck region and the relationship of this part of the body with the organization of the body systems. Through interactions with faculty and each other, students will learn to use correct anatomical language necessary to communicate with patients and other professionals.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify the gross anatomic structures found within different anatomical regions of the head
and neck.
2. Explain the anatomical systems as they apply to the head-and-neck region and relate to the
rest of the body.
3. Apply head-and-neck anatomical structures to a clinical situation.
4. Practice using the appropriate anatomical language necessary to communicate with colleagues
and other health care professionals.
5. Demonstrate the 3-dimensional spatial relationships between the anatomical structures in the
head-and-neck region.

UWSOD Competencies: C-03, C-08, CE-02

Date last updated: 2022-02-17

DENTPC 565

Dental Curriculum Threads

Conversations on Dental Practice

Course Directors: Sandra Phillips & Rachel Greene
Credits: 1 per quarter/3 quarters
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter/1; Autumn/2

Course Overview

This course is the introductory component of the four-year practice management series. It provides a foundation for practice management and features a variety of dental industry professionals sharing their expertise in this area.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Discuss the elements of practice management.
2. Describe the annual continuing dental education requirements for dentists and the rationale for ongoing training.
3. Compare the various types of dental benefit plans.
4. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various practice ownership models.
5. Analyze the components of an effective personal financial plan.

UWSOD Competencies:C-02, C-06, C-07, C-08, C-09, C-14, C-28, CE-04

Date last updated: 2021-09-14

DENTPC 511

Dental Curriculum Threads

Introduction to Periodontics

Course Director: Diane Daubert
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This is the introductory didactic course in periodontology. It includes the clinical, histopathologic, and radiographic features of various periodontal diseases; principles of preventive periodontics; initial examination of the periodontium, and the classification and epidemiology of periodontal diseases.

Learning Objectives

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

1. List the normal structures of the periodontium.
2. Classify the various periodontal diseases.
3. Describe the epidemiology of periodontal diseases.
4. Describe local and systemic factors that contribute to the development of periodontal disease.
5. Describe the role of microbial plaque, calculus, and tobacco use in the development of periodontal diseases.
6. Describe the histopathology of periodontal diseases.
7. Describe the host response and pathogenic lesions in periodontal disease.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-11, CE-03

Date last updated: 2021-09-16

DENTPC 510

Dental Curriculum Threads

Dental Anatomy

Course Director: James Newman
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to permanent and primary tooth anatomy. The course compares the classes and types of tooth morphology and examines the influence of tooth anatomy on clinical dental procedures. Emphasis will be on the development of manual dexterity, perception, and evaluative skills.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify the morphology of selected permanent teeth from both an external perspective and a cross-sectional view.
2. Discuss the relationships between teeth and the supporting structures.
3. Recognize the clinical significance of selected tooth form and contour.
4. Develop manual dexterity skills by waxing teeth.
5. Reproduce the morphology of selected permanent teeth from both an external perspective and a cross-sectional view.
6. Demonstrate basic dental laboratory procedures through the manipulation of waxing instruments and dentoforms.
7. Self-assess tooth morphology.
8. Develop knowledge and skill in the use of a digital scanner and formulation of STL files.

UWSOD Competencies:C-01, C-02, C-03, C-09, C-15, C-19, C-20, C-21, CE-02, CE-03, CE-05, CE-07

Date last updated: 2022-02-17

DENTFN 513

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Oral Microbiology

Course Director: Jeffrey McLean
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

Caries and periodontitis are the most common microbial-based diseases that dentists treat every day; therefore, future dentists must have a strong understanding of the basic microbiology behind the etiology of these diseases. This lecture course will cover many aspects of oral microbiology including oral ecology, the human microbiome, and the relationship of bacteria to human health and disease.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Discuss the basic scientific rationale for the practice of microbiology in dentistry regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases.
2. Explain the basic knowledge of immune responses, oral bacterial virulence factors, and bacterial immune evasion.
3. Describe the principles of bacterial genetic variation and the types of techniques used to assess taxonomic/genomic diversity and their applications in dentistry.
4. Describe innate and adaptive immunity in the oral cavity.
5. Discuss basic knowledge of immune responses, oral bacterial virulence factors, and immune evasion.
6. Describe the bacteriological etiology and pathogenic mechanisms involved in the two major plaque-related diseases, caries, and periodontal disease.
7. Describe the principles of clinical asepsis.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03

Date last updated: 2021-10-18

DENTFN 512

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Foundations of Dental Medicine

Course Director: Ashland Doomes and Stuart Taylor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course promotes the development of clinical skills that form the basis of patientcentered communication, history-taking and physical assessment, and medical record documentation. It includes a brief introduction to telehealth dentistry. Students learn interactively through classroom lecture sessions, small group discussions and case activities, physical examination practice sessions, and clinical observations. They also develop culturallyappropriate basic skills through an elearning program.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Obtain a comprehensive medical/dental/behavioral history.
2. Explain patient-centered communication skills for eliciting and exchanging information, identifying health priorities, and making decisions about treatment.
3. Identify social and cultural contributors to individual patients’ health and health behaviors.
4. Adapt the interview to the clinical setting and to patients’ needs across the life cycle, with a focus on geriatric and adolescent patients.
5. Describe the importance and techniques of communicating effectively with patients in a culturally-sensitive manner with recognition of the impact of implicit biases.
6. Explain the need for eliciting an accurate substance-use history during a dental examination.
7. Assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, oropharyngeal structures, and the periodontium and dentition of patients.
8. Perform an oral cancer screening examination.
9. Perform a temporomandibular dysfunction screening.
10. Accurately and completely document a patient’s history and exam—including the problem list—in a standard and organized manner.
11. Develop an accurate, complete, and well-organized oral case presentation for a new or continuing patient, adapting the presentation to the clinical setting.
12. Develop a practice of professional reflection.
13. Utilize principles of ethics to analyze selected cases of patient-dentist interaction.
14. Explain the side effects and impact on dental care and oral health of the top thirty-two prescribed medications in the U.S.
15. Describe concepts related to health inequities for people from marginalized groups.
16. Apply principles of cultural humility to health care.

UWSOD Competencies: C01, C02, C03, C04, C05, C06, C09, C10, C11, C12, C13, C14, C15, C- 16, C-17, C-18, C-23, C-24, C-26, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-05, CE06, CE07

Date last updated: 2021-09-08

DENTFN 511

Dental Curriculum Threads

Invaders and Defenders

Course Director: Whasun “Sun” Oh Chung
Credits: 5
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn/ 1

Course Overview

Students will analyze critical concepts of microbiology and immunology in both health and disease using content-specific language. By the completion of this course, they will be able to interpret the manifestations of host-immune and pathogen responses in common infections of global health that impact dentistry. Classes will include large group lectures and small group discussions of case-based studies.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Analyze common diagnostic results of infectious and immune-mediated diseases.
2. Analyze factors that contribute to the expanding impact of infectious diseases on
interdependent health communities locally and globally.
3. Apply evidence-based approaches to the management and prevention of infectious and
immune-mediated diseases.
4. Describe the characteristics of antimicrobials, their mechanisms of action, mechanisms of
resistance, and adverse effects including allergy.
5. Compare normal innate and adaptive immune mechanisms used to recognize, control, and
clear pathogens.
6. Apply the clinical features, cells, and soluble mediators of inflammation to an explanation of
beneficial and deleterious inflammatory responses.
7. Compare normal and abnormal immune mechanisms that mediate tolerance, autoimmunity,
and allergy.
8. Relate the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the lymphoid system to how cells and
proteins of the immune system traffic and interact in the lymphoid system to generate an
immune response.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, C-08, C-11, C-12, C-15, C-17, C-24, C-29, C-30, C-31

Date last updated: 2021-08-27

DENTFN 510

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Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease

Course Director: Whasun “Sun” Oh Chung
Credits: 5
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course covers a broad range of topics in molecular and cellular biology, including cell basics, enzymes, protein/carbohydrate/lipid metabolism, cancer, neurobiology, pharmacology, and histology. Students will learn how various diseases are caused and regulated at molecular and cellular levels. Successful completion of this course will help prepare students to assess what cellular changes are responsible for diseases and how to intervene in diseases that are of importance in dentistry.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe the “central dogma” of molecular biology and the informational roles DNA, RNA, and
protein play in disease development.
2. Illustrate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism and how each metabolic regulation leads
to certain physiological outcomes.
3. Explain the functions of DNA methylation, covalent histone modifications and non-coding RNAs
in producing epigenetic effects, and outcomes of specific epigenetic changes on gene
expression.
4. Differentiate how defects in DNA repair pathways lead to specific syndromes and how these
defects could be remedied.
5. Assess various aspects of cancer pathophysiology and how each leads to a projected outcome.
6. Compare drug/receptor interactions and the dose/response/therapeutic window.
7. Describe the histological types, structural characteristics, and functions of epithelia.
8. Define the anatomic (central and peripheral) and functional (somatic and autonomic) divisions
of the nervous system.
9. Analyze the cell injury, inflammation, and repair processes and how each contributes to
homeostasis in health and disease.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, C-08, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-16, C-17, C-23, C-24, C25, C-26, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06

Date last updated: 2022-02-17