UW School of Dentistry


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 develops clinical skills including: developing rapport, eliciting a problem history and medical history, assessing impact of illness, physical examination, problem list formation, documenting and communicating with care team, development of professional reflection. These form the basis of patient-centered communication and development of a diagnosis and care plan.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Obtain a comprehensive medical/dental/psychosocial history.
2. Adapt the interview to the clinical setting and to patients needs across the lifecycle.
3. Obtain a substance use history and describe the dentist’s role in opioid prescription.
4. Develop patient-centered communication skills for eliciting and exchanging information, identifying health priorities and making decisions about treatment.
5. Identify social and cultural contributors to individual patient’s health and health behaviors.
6. Describe the importance and techniques of communicating effectively with patients in a culturally sensitive manner.
7. 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
8. Accurately and completely document the patient’s history and exam in a standard and organized manner, including the master problem list.
9. Develop an accurate, complete and well-organized oral case presentation for a new or continuing patient and adapt the presentation to the clinical setting.
10. Identify problems and issues that require referral to a medical, behavioral, or dental specialist and effectively communicate with those specialists and patients about the need for evaluation.
11. Develop a practice of professional reflection.
12. Explain the side effects and impact on dental care and oral health of the top 30 prescribed medications in the US.

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

Date last updated: 2018-01-22