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Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Clerkship WR

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

Course Overview

This clerkship course emphasizes the importance of a thorough comprehensive patient examination and the interaction between the dentist and the patient needed to compose a person-centered treatment plan that considers the patient’s desires, expectations, and financial limitations. This course also provides the foundational skills for performing a thorough and comprehensive patient assessment and oral examination; developing problem lists, differential diagnoses, and creating a person-centered, multi-disciplinary treatment plan; 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 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: 2023-01-04