UW School of Dentistry

DENTCL 650

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Integrated National Board Dental Exam Preparation

Course Director: Bruce Silverstein
Credits: 2 (each quarter)
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Students use Integrated National Board Dental Exam (INBDE) practice questions and supplementary study materials to review the biomedical curriculum and its integration into clinical care. This helps them prepare for high-functioning patient care and for two standardized exams: the UWSOD Global OSCE and the ADA INBDE. Both these exams are required for graduation from the School of Dentistry.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Achieve a score of 75% or higher on a mock INBDE.
2. Integrate knowledge of basic, biomedical, and behavioral sciences with clinical know-how necessary for the safe practice of dentistry.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-07, 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-04, CE-05, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 656

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Oral Medicine Clerkship WR

Course Director: Rolf Christensen
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

This course, the second in a series of three, provides students with the experience and skills necessary to provide complete dental care from assessment through treatment for patients with urgent and emergent oral health issues; developmental or acquired disabilities; chronic or acute orofacial pain; neurosensory, chemosensory or movement disorders; or oral problems caused by treatment of cancer.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Communicate effectively with patients of all ages and stages of life and in a culturally sensitive manner with diverse populations including patients with special healthcare needs.
2. Using the patient interview, make an appropriate treatment or management plan applicable to the dental care setting that includes non-dental considerations for patients with special healthcare needs.
3. Assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, oropharyngeal structures of patients that involve an assessment of orofacial pain, temporomandibular dysfunction, and risks of oral cancer.
4. From a problem list, develop a differential diagnosis and a working diagnosis for each problem that does not have a definitive diagnosis.
5. Compose a comprehensive staged and sequenced treatment plan, customized to the patient’s needs, desires, and financial restrictions, that contemplates non-dental considerations.
6. Demonstrate good practices in case presentation and professional etiquette when consulting and collaborating with other members of the health care team.
7. Effectively communicate with medical, behavioral, or dental specialists when there are problems and issues that require referral.
8. Facilitate the effective diagnosis and management of the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions, by prescribing and evaluating diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT).
9. Identify problems and issues from the problem list that require referral to or collaboration with another health care professional.
10. Collaborate with UW School of Pharmacy students to develop and execute care plans for patient’s pain, infection, dry mouth, and other patient- specific medication-related needs.

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, C15, C-16, C-17, C-18, C-19, 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-04, CE-06

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 655

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Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Clerkship WR

Course Director: Stuart Taylor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

Oral diagnosis and treatment planning is the start of every new patient or recall appointment. Even in the ongoing treatment plan, a reassessment of the patient’s needs and oral health status is paramount in providing optimal care. This clerkship will emphasize the importance of a thorough comprehensive patient examination and the interaction between the dentist and the patient in composing a person centered treatment plan that considers the patient’s desires, expectations, and financial limitations. This course will provide the foundation of skills in performing a thorough and comprehensive patient assessment and oral examination; developing problem lists, differential diagnoses, and creating a person-centered, multi-disciplinary treatment plan (considering the patient’s concerns, desires, expectations, and financial restrictions); communicating inter-professionally; and using oral and maxillofacial radiography and radiographic interpretation.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Perform a comprehensive patient history and examination.
2. Detect normal clinical anatomy, differentiating it from pathology.
3. Identify oral health risk factors.
4. Interpret medical problems or issues and their importance for oral health and a dental treatment plan.
5. Interpret oral and maxillofacial radiographs that are taken in the clinic.
6. Distinguish normal anatomy from pathology on dental and maxillofacial radiographs.
7. Identify the patient’s most urgent treatment needs.
8. Compose a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, person-centered, appropriately sequenced treatment plan, customized to patient needs, desires, and financial restrictions.
9. Present treatment plan options to fellow students, faculty, and patients.
10. Communicate with patients and interprofessionally with other medical colleagues and specialists.

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-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-05, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 654

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Operative Dentistry Clerkship WR

Course Director: Pollene Speed McIntyre and JM Anderson
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

The student will diagnose and treat conditions of the human dentition that fall within the scope of operative dentistry. Operative dentistry plays a key role in disease control and the integration of comprehensive care of our patients. Emphasis is placed on preventive therapies for caries. In the daily clinical environment, the student and faculty will utilize the patient assessment and treatment planning process to ensure preventive and restorative procedures provided are appropriate for the patient’s comprehensive care.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe the patient assessment and treatment planning process in providing comprehensive patient care.
2. Perform the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for conditions of the human dentition that fall within the scope of operative dentistry.
3. Complete Class II amalgams, Class III or IV resin composite restorations, and complex restorations.
4. Treat patients, faculty, staff, and peers in an ethical and professional manner.
5. Accurately self-assess clinical performance.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-06, C-07, C-09, C-10, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-16, C-17, C-19,
C-28, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 652

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Periodontics Clerkship WR

Course Director: Diane DaubertFrank Roberts
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

Periodontics Clerkship prepares dental students to provide periodontal therapy within the scope of practice of general dentistry. In the didactic component, students expand their knowledge of periodontology in preparation for clinical experiences. In the clinical component, students treat patients including diagnosis, treatment planning, and periodontal therapy of minimal-to-moderate difficulty level. At the end of the clerkship, the student dentist will be able to identify and describe the periodontics needs of patients, propose a treatment plan, complete treatment, and determine when to refer to a periodontal specialist.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Clinically assess patients with periodontal diseases.
2. Accurately identify radiographic findings for periodontal disease diagnosis.
3. Formulate an evidence-based treatment plan for the periodontal care/treatment of patients.
4. Design treatment plans to address the periodontal needs and desires of the dental patient in conjunction with their overall dental health needs.
5. Demonstrate clinical skills and ethical values in periodontal therapy/treatment.
6. Describe the integration of endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic, and oral surgery concepts in prosthodontics procedures.
7. Explain indications for and the use of dental materials in periodontics dentistry.
8. Complete all the steps for the fabrication and delivery of an occlusal/night guard.
9. Perform periodontal prevention activities, caries risk assessment, and diet analysis on the periodontics patients.
10. Accurately self-assess the quality of one’s work.
11. Coordinate care for the management of periodontal diseases.
12. Explain concepts of periodontal surgery.
13. Manage advanced periodontal lesions.
14. Explain the biology of periodontal regeneration.
15. Explain when a patient should be referred to a periodontal specialist.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-07, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C14, C-15, C-17, C-18, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-28, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 651

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Prosthodontics Clerkship WR

Course DirectorSami Dogan and Kavita Shor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 3

Course Overview

This is the second course in a three-part series that introduces students to clinical prosthodontics, building on the preclinical training from the first and second years of the curriculum. At the end of the clerkship, student dentists will understand the prosthodontic needs of patients and be able to design and deliver prosthodontic treatment.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Perform head-and-neck and dental examinations to facilitate proper diagnosis of all the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
2. Incorporate caries risk assessment, periodontal risk assessment, diet analysis, salivary analysis, head and neck cancer risk assessment, and prevention into the assessment and treatment of prosthodontics patients.
3. Identify normal and abnormal edentulous anatomy and its relationship to prosthodontic treatment.
4. Facilitate the effective diagnosis and management of the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions, by prescribing and evaluating diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT), and by recommending biopsies, referrals, and other special evaluations.
5. Diagnose diseased teeth, defective or failing dental restorations, and missing teeth.
6. Manage parafunctional habits and occlusal discrepancies.
7. Recognize the impact of general health conditions on the provision of oral health care.
8. Integrate other dental specialties into a patient’s prosthodontic and restorative treatment in a coordinated manner.
9. Perform the treatment planning, diagnostic procedures, and clinical procedures necessary for the restoration of dental implant(s).
10. Describe dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in the development of implants and fixed/removable prostheses.
11. Design comprehensive problem-based dental treatment plans, including prosthetic and restorative dental treatment, to address the needs and desires of the dental patient.
12. Perform tissue management such as tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
13. Explain indications and benefits of orthodontic prosthodontic treatment.
14. Identify endodontic/periodontal/orthodontic/oral surgery techniques used in fixed, implant, and removable prosthodontic procedures.
15. Solve problems associated with patient cases of varying levels of treatment complexity.
16. Provide elective esthetic dental procedures.
17. Accurately self-assess the quality of one’s own work.
18. Incorporate sound ethical and legal principles into the performance of all clinical procedures.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-07, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14,
C-15, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-24, C-25, C-27, C-28, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-03, CE05, CE-07

Date last updated: 2021.12.31

DENTCL 607

Dental Curriculum Threads

Ethics & Jurisprudence

Course Directors:  Kerry Streiff 
Credits: 1 (Earned over four quarters)
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct (ADA Code) and Washington State laws governing the practice of dentistry. Students will learn to evaluate ethical dilemmas systematically through online didactic and on-campus small-group learning. Students will evaluate the ethical and legal aspects of case-based scenarios and real-life examples.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Recognize ethical and legal dilemmas faced in the practice of dentistry.
2. Describe an ethical dilemma faced in the practice of dentistry.
3. Apply the relevant tenets of the ADA Code of Ethics to ethical dilemmas.
4. Apply the relevant Washington State laws to ethical/legal dilemmas.
5. Describe ways in which ethical and legal standards may conflict in certain situations.
6. Describe systematically the decision-making process in resolving an ethical/legal dilemma.
7. Minimize adverse ethical and legal dilemmas in dental practice.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-06, C-09

Date last updated: 2022-06-27

DENTCL 605

Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Interprofessional Education

Course Director: Sandra Phillips and Rachel Greene

Credits: 1 (Earned over three quarters)
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Interprofessional Education (IPE) prepares students to collaborate with members of other health
professions in future interprofessional patient practice (IPP) to improve patient healthcare and health outcomes. Students identify the roles and responsibilities played by other members of the healthcare team. They co-learn on teams with UW faculty and students from other health professions, applying principles of team-building dynamics to actual case analysis, role playing, and a clinical experience. Students also learn to communicate with patients and families using a team approach.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Explain the roles and responsibilities of other members of the healthcare team.
2. Identify the need for consultations within interprofessional teams.
3. Plan treatment in collaboration with other members of the interprofessional team care group.
4. Integrate recommended medical treatment into the dental treatment plan.
5. Collaborate with other members of the health care team to facilitate the provision of health care.
6. Assist in the optimization of health system performance by improving the patient experience of
care including quality and satisfaction.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-05, C-07, C-08, C-14, C-15

Date last updated: 2021-08-27

DENTCL 638

Dental Curriculum Threads

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Anna ForsythBurcu Bayirli
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Pediatric Dentistry:
This clerkship prepares dental students to demonstrate emerging skills in comprehensive care for pediatric dental patients in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment planning at the beginner level.

Orthodontics:
This clerkship prepares dental students to recognize and manage malocclusion, primarily by diagnosing and treatment planning malocclusions.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Diagnose treatment needs for pediatric patients.
2. Chart medical and dental information relevant to pediatric patient care.
3. Prescribe radiographic images of pediatric patients following AAPD guidelines.
4. Interpret radiographic images of pediatric patients.
5. Perform caries risk assessment according to AAPD guidelines.
6. Provide individualized patient anticipatory guidance according to AAPD guidelines.
7. Provide non-pharmacologic behavior management for pediatric patients following the AAPD guidelines.
8. Administer pain control with the appropriate use of local anesthetics in pediatric patients.
9. Diagnose correct indications for pulp therapy in primary and young permanent teeth according to AAPD guidelines.
10. Formulate treatment plans for dental trauma of the primary and young permanent teeth according to AAPD guidelines.
11. Prescribe common pediatric medications used in dentistry following AAPD guidelines.
12. Demonstrate diagnosis and treatment planning of dental care for pediatric patients with special care needs.
13. Complete accurate and timely chart documentation and record keeping.
14. Evaluate dental development, morphology, tooth eruption, and related pathologies.
15. Formulate dental and orthodontic treatment plans that may include referral to specialists to best meet patient needs.
16. Recognize malocclusion and the need for orthodontic treatment.
17. Evaluate growth, development, and management of the developing occlusion.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-04, C-06, C-07, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-23, C-27, C-30, CE-05

Date last updated: 2022-03-29

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 along with the capacity of a given patient to undergo prescribed surgical procedures.
2. Document a surgical treatment plan which 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. Perform 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 and 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. Successfully 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. Demonstrate the ethics and professionalism associated with making referrals for specialty care and accepting patients back into general practice after specialty care.
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: 2021-12-31

DENTCL 633

Dental Curriculum Threads

Endodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Natasha Flake
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Endodontics Clerkship prepares dental students to provide endodontic therapy within the scope of practice of general dentistry. In the didactic component, students expand their knowledge in preparation for clinical experiences. In the clinical component, students treat patients, including diagnosis, treatment planning, and endodontic therapy of a minimal-to-moderate-difficulty level.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Perform endodontic examination and diagnostic testing procedures.
2. Diagnose pathoses of endodontic origin using correct pulpal and periapical diagnostic terminology.
3. Formulate treatment plans for the endodontic care of patients, including emergency and definitive treatment plans.
4. Provide emergency endodontic treatment: pulpectomy, pulpotomy, pulpal debridement, incision and drainage, caries control, and/or other palliative treatments.
5. Perform root canal therapy of minimal and minimal-moderate difficulty level.
6. Provide vital pulp therapy, when indicated.
7. Prescribe appropriate antibiotics and analgesics, when indicated.
8. Cite guidelines for treatment of traumatic dental injuries.
9. Determine when to treat and when to refer a case employing the “AAE Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form and Guidelines.”
10. Recognize treatment options for conditions that may require referral to an endodontist: resorption, endo/perio lesions, apexification/regeneration cases, retreatment and endodontic surgery cases, and internal bleaching cases.
11. Evaluate endodontic case prognosis and outcomes.
12. Practice within a general dentist’s scope of practice in an ethical and professional manner.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-14, C-16, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-23, C-26, C-28

Date last updated: 2022-03-29