Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Dental Medicine

Course Director: Beatrice Gandara and Larry Lawton
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course consists of development of clinical skills that form the basis of patient-centered communication and development of a diagnosis and care plan. These skills include: developing rapport, eliciting a problem history and medical history, assessing impact of illness, physical examination, problem list formation, documentation and communication with the care team. It also includes developing the practice of professional reflection. This quarter will include case simulations that require utilization of newly acquired skills and include an opportunity to perform an initial examination of a patient in the DUCC and work with an upper class member who provides care for this patient.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Obtain a comprehensive medical/dental/psychosocial history.
2. Develop patient-centered communication skills for eliciting and exchanging information, identifying health priorities and making decisions about treatment.
3. Identify social and cultural contributors to individual patient’s health and health behaviors.
4. Adapt the interview to the clinical setting and to patients needs across the lifecycle, with a focus on geriatric and adolescent patients.
5. Describe the importance and techniques of communicating effectively with patients in a culturally sensitive manner and understand the impact of implicit biases.
6. Obtain a substance use history and describe the dentist’s role in opioid prescription.
7. Explain steps in identification and initial approach for family violence issues.
8. Assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, oropharyngeal structures and the periodontium and dentition of patients. This includes being able to:
o Perform a Temporomandibular Dysfunction screening
o Perform an oral cancer screening examination
9. Accurately and completely document the patient’s history and exam in a standard and organized manner, including the problem list.
10. Develop an accurate, complete and well-organized oral case presentation for a new or continuing patient and adapt the presentation to the clinical setting.
11. Develop a practice of professional reflection.
12. Utilize principles of ethics to analyze selected cases of patient-dentist interaction
13. Explain the side effects and impact on dental care and oral health of the top 32 prescribed medications in the U.S.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018-10-04