Dental Curriculum Threads

Early Clinical Immersion

Course Director: Diane Daubert
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 1

Course Overview

This course will provide incoming dental students with an introduction to clinical dentistry. It is designed to introduce each of the predoctoral curriculum threads prior to the initiation of the foundations curriculum. Students will learn fundamental clinical information necessary for all dental clinic procedures including aseptic technique in the dental operatory, dental record-keeping, patient communication, and introductions to health history, head and neck examination, dental and periodontal examination. Students will be introduced to dental research and each of the dental specialties. Students will also be introduced to basic tooth morphology through waxing techniques.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Demonstrate aseptic procedures in a clinical setting, including dental operatory set up and clean up, four-handed dental assisting, and proper handling of contaminated impressions that are taken into a dental laboratory.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of dental anatomy terminology and apply it to dental examination and periodontal exam.
3. Describe the components of a dental record, the ethical and medical/legal implications of proper treatment notes and apply this knowledge to write a treatment note using the SOAP format.
4. Recognize cultural differences and use the knowledge to communicate with patients from diverse populations including developmentally-delayed, geriatric, psychologically-impaired and fearful patients.
5. Demonstrate how to interview a patient regarding their medical history and input this information into a dental record.
6. Demonstrate a head and neck examination and dental examination, applying knowledge from head and neck anatomy and radiographic anatomy to describe the clinical anatomic elements that are parts of these exams.
7. Define the various components of a dental healthcare team, explain the training requirements and duties of each team member, and work in a team using 4-handed dentistry techniques.
8. Distinguish a variety of oral hygiene methods and aids, perform adequate oral hygiene techniques, assess a patient’s oral hygiene, and instruct patients in appropriate techniques based on specific patient conditions.
9. Recognize methods in the prevention of dental trauma and apply this knowledge to make a dental impression and athletic guard.
10. Explain the basic components of a healthy diet and the interaction between nutrition and oral health. Applying this knowledge, perform nutritional assessment and dietary planning in patient simulations and in clinical situations.
11. Identify caries risk factors, assess salivary flow, and explain the mechanism of action of fluoride for caries prevention; demonstrate topical application of fluoride.
12. Identify periodontal risk factors
13. Describe career path options for dentists including various specialties, teaching, research and military options.
14. Interact with other students, faculty, staff, and patients in a professional and ethical manner.
15. Identify signs of impairment or psychological stress in self or colleagues and explain professional responsibilities and what avenues are available for help.

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

Date last updated: 2018-07-16