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DENTCL 650

Dental Curriculum Threads

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 UW School of Dentistry.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Achieve a score of 75 percent 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-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, CE-04, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-18, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23, C-27, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

DENTCL 656

Dental Curriculum Threads

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. Form collaborative care plans with UW School of Pharmacy students for managing patients’ pain, infection, dry mouth, and other patient-specific medication-related needs.

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

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

DENTCL 655

Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Clerkship WR

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

Course Overview

This clerkship course focuses on the patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment plan, supported by a trusting relationship between the patient and the dentist. Students learn the foundational skills for performing a thorough and comprehensive patient assessment and oral examination; developing problem lists and differential diagnoses; creating a person-centered, multidisciplinary treatment plan that considers the patients desires, expectations, prognosis and financial limitations; communicating interprofessionally; 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. Differentiate normal clinical anatomy from pathology.
3. Identify oral health risk factors.
4. Assess the impact of medical problems or issues on oral health and a dental treatment plan.
5. Interpret oral and maxillofacial radiographs that are taken in the clinic.
6. Distinguish dental/maxillofacial radiological normal anatomy from pathology.
7. Identify the patient’s most urgent treatment needs.
8. Compose a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, 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 effectively with patients and professional colleagues.

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-12, C-13, C-31, C-16, C-29, C-17, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23, C-27, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

DENTCL 654

Dental Curriculum Threads

Operative Dentistry Clerkship WR

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

Course Overview

Operative dentistry plays a key role in disease control and comprehensive care. In this course, students will diagnose and treat conditions of the human dentition that require operative dentistry. In the daily clinical environment, students will utilize patient assessment and treatment planning processes to ensure preventive and restorative procedures are appropriate for patient comprehensive care. We emphasize preventive therapies for caries.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Use the patient assessment and treatment planning processes in providing comprehensive patient care.
2. Perform the appropriate diagnosis and treatment (preventive, chemotherapeutic, and restorative) for conditions of the human dentition requiring operative dentistry.
3. Create Class I and II amalgams, Class I-IV composite resin restorations, and complex restorations.
4. Act ethically and professionally.
5. Accurately self-assess clinical performance.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, CE-06, C-02, C-09, CE-07, C-06, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-16, C-17, C-07, C-14, C-28, C-19, C-22

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

DENTCL 652

Dental Curriculum Threads

Periodontics Clerkship WR

Course Director: Diane Daubert
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-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, CE-06, C-02, C-09, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-17, C-07, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-15, C-18, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

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 be able to identify, treatment plan, and provide clinical care for the prosthodontic needs of patients.

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 patientaEUR(tm)s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
2. Incorporate risk assessment for, and prevention of caries, periodontal disease, and head and neck cancer, including dietary and salivary analysis, into the assessment and treatment of prosthodontics, implant, and restorative dentistry patients.
3. 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.
4. Diagnose defective or failing dental restorations, partially or fully edentulous ridges, soft tissue pathology, and occlusal discrepancies, particularly as they relate to the provision of prosthodontic, implant or restorative care.
5. Assess both the impact of general health conditions on the provision of oral health care and the impact of oral health conditions on general health to safeguard the patient’s well-being.
6. Describe the indications for use of a therapeutic acrylic occlusal splint and the advantages of its use to deliver an appropriate occlusal treatment.
7. Explain the role and impact of dental implants in the rehabilitation of edentulous/partially edentulous patients.
8. Identify dental digital systems (CAD/CAM) that can be used in the planning, design, and treatment of teeth, implants, and fixed/removable prostheses.
9. Perform tissue management such as tissue retraction techniques and electrosurgery.
10. In a coordinated manner, integrate other dental specialties into a patient’s prosthodontic and restorative treatment.
11. Design comprehensive sequenced and staged patient-centered dental treatment plans, incorporating preventive and prosthetic and/or restorative dental treatment, to address the needs and desires of the dental patient.
12. Successfully manage problems associated with prosthodontic, restorative, and multidisciplinary cases of varying levels of treatment complexity.
13. Accurately self-assess the quality of oneaEUR(tm)s own work.
14. Incorporate sound ethical and legal principles into the performance of all clinical procedures.
15. Provide current evidence-based prosthodontic and restorative care through the analysis and use of appropriate scientific and lay literature.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-10, CE-03, C-03, C-02, C-09, CE-07, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-30, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-29, C-07, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-24, C-19, C-20, C-21, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-01-02

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 ethical and legal dilemmas in dental practice.

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

Date last updated: 2023-07-05

DENTCL 605

Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Interprofessional Education

Course Director: Marilyn Rothen

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

Course Overview

This course in 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 through role playing and a clinical skills workshop. 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 in the delivery of health care.
6. Assist in the optimization of health system performance by improving the patient care experience.

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

Date last updated: 2023-09-26

DENTCL 638

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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clerkship

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

Course Overview

Pediatric DentistryThis 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.OrthodonticsThis 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. Demonstrate charting 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. Practice 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: 2023-09-19

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

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 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 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-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: 2023-09-27