UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Early Clinical Immersion

Course Director: Diane Daubert
Credits: 6
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 1

Course Overview

This course will introduce incoming students to clinical dentistry. They will learn from lectures and simulated activities to gather and manage fundamental clinical data and information necessary for all dental clinic procedures. They will also critically appraise scientific literature derived from dental research and investigate the dental specialties. Students will study basic tooth morphology using waxing techniques.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Explain aseptic procedures in a clinical setting.
2. Apply correct dental anatomy terminology to a simulated dental examination and periodontal exam.
3. Apply the components of a dental record and the ethical and medical/legal implications of proper treatment notes to a written treatment note using the SOAP format.
4. Recognize how cultural differences impact communication with patients from diverse populations.
5. Illustrate how to take a medical history and input this information into a dental record.
6. Demonstrate a head-and-neck examination and a dental examination, applying relevant elements from head-and-neck anatomy.
7. Identify the training requirements and duties of each member of the dental healthcare team.
8. Assess the effectiveness of various oral hygiene techniques.
9. Describe various methods for the prevention of dental trauma.
10. Apply the elements of a healthy diet and the interaction between nutrition and oral health to nutritional self-assessment and dietary planning in patient simulations.
11. Identify various factors affecting caries risk including salivary flow and access to fluoride.
12. Describe career path options for dentists.
13. Act in a professional and ethical manner.
14. Identify signs of impairment or psychological stress in self or colleagues, the avenues for help, and the professional responsibilities for reporting.
15. Recreate basic tooth morphology through waxing techniques.

UWSOD Competencies: C01, C02, C04, C05, C06, C07, C08, C09, C10, C11, C12, C13, C15, C19, C20, C22, C30, CE02, CE06, CE07

Date last updated: 2022-02-17