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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