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Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Clerkship – Autumn

Course Director: Stuart Taylor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 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 patient’s desires, expectations, 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, personcentered, 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: C01, C02, C03, C04, C05, C06, C07, C08, C09, C10, C11, C12, C13, 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: 2023-08-29