Service Learning Rotation

Course Director: Rachel Greene
Credits: 6
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 4

Course overview

This course will provide an opportunity for 4th year dental students to practice clinical dentistry within diverse populations in rural and/or underserved areas. Students learn throughout their educational careers about serving various vulnerable populations. This is an opportunity to observe, practice, and develop that knowledge in a 5-week rotation in a realistic dental clinic setting.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will:
1. Explain the principles of comprehensive, patient-centered dentistry.
2. Demonstrate high standards of professionalism with patients, colleagues, staff, and the community.
3. Demonstrate a respectful, team approach to dental care.
4. Utilize effective 4-handed dentistry.
5. Perform clinical self-reflection appropriate for an entry-dental practitioner (discussing one’s limitations, strengths, and areas for improvement).
6. Exhibit independence, problem solving and efficiency in a realistic dental setting.
7. Describe public health models of care such as community clinics.
8. Describe the oral health needs of rural and/or underserved communities, within the context of social, cultural, and political factors.
9. Describe the challenges in providing care to patients in rural and/or underserved communities.
10. Demonstrate, through written self-reflection, one’s own cultural awareness of rural and/or underserved communities by describing the oral health needs and challenges of the patient population they serve.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Date last updated: 2018-01-22