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Foundations of Dental Medicine 2

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

Course Overview

This course is a continuation of DENTFN 512. It further develops clinical skills forming the basis of patient-centered communication and the development of a diagnosis and care plan. These skills include developing rapport, eliciting problem and medical histories, assessing the impact of illness, performing a physical examination, forming a problem list, and documenting and communicating with the care team. Students learn the practice of professional reflection. This quarter will focus on case simulations that require utilization of newly acquired skills.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Explain how to obtain a comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral history.
2. Discuss 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. Discuss how to 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. Discuss how to assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, and oropharyngeal structures, and the periodontium and dentition of patients.
8. Describe the steps in an oral cancer screening examination.
9. Describe the steps in a temporomandibular dysfunction screening.
10. Review how to document the patient’s history and exam, including the problem list and problem statement, in a standard and organized manner.
11. Develop a practice of professional reflection.
12. Explain how to deliver bad news in a clinical setting.
13. Apply the principles of ethics to the analysis of select cases of patient-dentist interactions.
14. Discuss how to communicate appropriately–with other clinicians and the patient–the specific problems and issues that require referral to a medical, behavioral, or dental specialist.
15. Explain the side effects and impact on dental care and oral health of the top thirty prescribed medications in the US.
16. Conduct a critical review of an evidence-based scientific publication that supports a clinical question.
17. Describe concepts related to health inequities for people from marginalized groups.
18. Apply principles of cultural humility to health care.

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-23, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-28, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2022-01-05