Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Clerkship

Course Director: Stuart Taylor
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 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 re-assessment 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, considering the patient’s desires, expectations and financial limitations.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Perform a comprehensive oral examination.
2. Distinguish normal clinical anatomy from pathology.
3. Identify and recognize oral health risks.
4. Interpret and translate medical problems or issues and identify their importance for oral health and a dental treatment plan.
5. Take and interpret oral and maxillofacial radiographs.
6. Distinguish normal anatomy from pathology on dental and maxillofacial radiographs.
7. Identify the most urgent treatment needs.
8. Compose a comprehensive treatment plan, customized to patient needs, desires and financial restrictions.
9. Discuss treatment plan options with fellow students, faculty and patients.
10. Communicate with patients and inter-professionally with other medical colleagues and specialists, including with pharmacy students rotating through the UW School of Dentistry.

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

Date last updated: 2018-07-17