Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Surgery Clerkship

Course Director: John Evans
Credits: 9
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

This clerkship introduces students to oral surgery for general dentistry, combining clinical performance and didactic content that builds on learning from the 1st and 2nd 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. Perform and document a physical examination appropriate for the clinical situation; compile, interpret, and record a past medical history; then assess the capacity of a given patient to undergo prescribed surgical procedures.
2. Formulate and document a surgical treatment plan based on clinical history, physical examination, and imaging and laboratory studies. Integrate the surgical treatment plan with an overall comprehensive plan of care for each patient.
3. Describe the common benign and malignant diseases, deformities, injuries, and abnormalities treated by 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. This includes major and minor bone augmentation and maxillofacial and dental implants.
5. Describe the basic medical and surgical procedures employed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons as they treat common oral and maxillofacial conditions.
6. Explain the medical and surgical care associated with caring for patients who have experienced major and minor oral and maxillofacial trauma.
7. Explain and perform surgical and medical procedures needed by patients who present with oral and maxillofacial infections commonly seen in general dental practice.
8. Discuss findings, diagnoses, and treatment options with patients and obtain informed consent when surgical intervention is recommended.
9. Explain and demonstrate the basic principles of exodontia. Perform simple dental extractions independently. Assess the difficulty of proposed complex dentoalveolar and pre-prosthetic surgery and including when and how to refer patients for specialty care.
10. Recognize and treat common complications arising after dentoalveolar surgery.
11. Describe and demonstrate clinical knowledge of the pathophysiology and anatomy of acute orofacial pain and prescribe pharmacologic and basic psychological methods for treating patients in acute pain.
12. Describe the pharmacology of commonly used oral sedative agents and demonstrate the clinical use of those agents in patients selected for conscious sedation based on clinical examination, medical history and proposed treatment needs.
13. Monitor patients through the continuum of depressed levels of consciousness commonly seen in sedated patients.
14. Describe the indications and contraindications associated with commonly used pain and anxiety control measures including specialty-level parenteral medications and general anesthesia.
15. Recognize, describe and participate in the treatment of patients with surgical and medical emergencies in an outpatient clinical setting.
16. Manage acute post-operative pain with medications. This includes demonstrating knowledge of the pharmacology of the commonly used analgesics and the potential for drug interactions in light of the patient’s medical history. Students will also demonstrate their ability to write prescriptions and communicate, when appropriate, with pharmacists.
17. Formulate and list the features that support the differential diagnosis for an oral lesion, defect or deformity based on clinical history, physical findings, laboratory studies and radiographic images.
18. Describe the indications for and procedures associated with simple biopsy techniques.
19. Describe the definitive histopathologic features that characterize the final diagnosis of commonly seen oral and maxillofacial pathological processes.
20. Describe the procedures and documentation necessary for referring a patient for specialty care.
21. Describe and demonstrate the ethics and professionalism associated with making referrals for specialty care and accepting patients back into general practice after specialty care.
22. Describe the basic principles of implant placement and associated clinical surgical techniques.
23. Describe and perform basic bone grafting procedures.

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

Date last updated: 2018-07-17