Dental Curriculum Threads

Oral Surgery Clerkship

Course Director: John Evans
Credits: 8
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, appropriate clinical sciences, imaging and laboratory studies. Integrate the surgical treatment plan with an overall comprehensive, evidence-based plan of care for each patient.
3. Describe the common benign and malignant diseases, deformities, injuries, and abnormalities treated surgically by general dentists 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. Explain and perform surgical and medical procedures needed by patients who present with oral and maxillofacial infections commonly seen in general dental practice.
6. Explain and demonstrate the basic principles of exodontia. Perform simple dental extractions independently. Assess the difficulty of proposed complex dentoalveolar and pre-prosthetic surgery, obtain informed consent, and determine when and know how to refer patients for specialty care.
7. Recognize and treat the common complications of dentoalveolar surgery and other surgical procedures performed by general dentists.
8. 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 including the ability to write prescriptions and monitor a patient’s usage of opiates using an appropriate database.
9. 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.
10. Recognize, describe and participate in the treatment of patients with surgical and medical emergencies in an outpatient clinical setting.
11. Describe the histopathologic and clinical features that characterize the common oral lesions, formulate a differential diagnosis and describe appropriate surgical treatment.
12. Describe and demonstrate the ethics and professionalism associated with making referrals for specialty care and accepting patients back into general practice after specialty care.
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: 2019-06-26