UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Dental Medicine 2

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

Course Overview

This course further develops clinical skills for patient centered communication and development of a diagnosis and care plan. It focuses on case simulations requiring utilization of newly acquired skills. An optional opportunity is initial examination of a patient together 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. Adapt the interview to the clinical setting and to patients needs across the lifecycle.
3. Obtain a substance use history and understand 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. Explain the importance and techniques of communicating effectively with patients in a culturally sensitive manner
7. Assess structural and functional status of head, neck, craniofacial, oral, oropharyngeal structures, periodontium, and dentition of patients. This includes being able to:
a. Perform a Temporomandibular Dysfunction screening
b. 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 and deliver 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. Explain the importance a practice of professional reflection.
12. Explain the oral side effects of the top 30 prescribed medications in the US.
13. Conduct a critical review of an evidence-based scientific publication that supports a clinical question.

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

Date last updated: 2018-01-23