Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Dental Medicine

Course Director: Ashland Doomes and Stuart Taylor
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

This course promotes the development of clinical skills that form the basis of patientcentered communication, history-taking and physical assessment, and medical record documentation. It includes a brief introduction to telehealth dentistry. Students learn interactively through classroom lecture sessions, small group discussions and case activities, physical examination practice sessions, and clinical observations. They also develop culturallyappropriate basic skills through an elearning program.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Obtain a comprehensive medical/dental/behavioral history.
2. Explain 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 patients’ health and health behaviors.
4. Adapt the interview to the clinical setting and to patients’ needs across the life cycle, with a focus on geriatric and adolescent patients.
5. Describe the importance and techniques of communicating effectively with patients in a culturally-sensitive manner with recognition of the impact of implicit biases.
6. Explain the need for eliciting an accurate substance-use history during a dental examination.
7. Assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, oropharyngeal structures, and the periodontium and dentition of patients.
8. Perform an oral cancer screening examination.
9. Perform a temporomandibular dysfunction screening.
10. Accurately and completely document a patient’s history and exam—including the problem list—in a standard and organized manner.
11. Develop an accurate, complete, and well-organized oral case presentation for a new or continuing patient, adapting the presentation to the clinical setting.
12. Develop a practice of professional reflection.
13. Utilize principles of ethics to analyze selected cases of patient-dentist interaction.
14. Explain the side effects and impact on dental care and oral health of the top thirty-two prescribed medications in the U.S.
15. Describe concepts related to health inequities for people from marginalized groups.
16. Apply principles of cultural humility to health care.

UWSOD Competencies: C01, C02, C03, C04, C05, C06, C09, C10, C11, C12, C13, C14, C15, C- 16, C-17, C-18, C-23, C-24, C-26, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-05, CE06, CE07

Date last updated: 2021-09-08