Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Dental Medicine 3

Course Director: Kimberly Espinoza
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

This course is a continuation of Foundations of Dental Medicine 1 and 2, focusing on several core skills necessary in dentistry: patient interviewing, head-and-neck exams, care of people with disabilities, and care of diverse populations. Interviewing topics include difficult interviewing, motivational interviewing, and communication with patients who have communication disorders. Disability topics include biopsychosocial profiles, care-facilitation techniques, and case-based scenarios. Beyond disability, topics related to diversity include religion and health care, prison health and intersectionality, and indigenous health. Finally, this course offers clinical experience with head-and neck exams.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Discuss classifications of human function, disability and health using a biopsychosocial framework (WHO ICF).
2. Assess the dental implications and potential facilitation techniques for patients with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions.
3. Outline the appropriate consent process when providing care for people with communication and cognitive or sensory impairments.
4. Describe concepts related to diversity, equity, and justice, including religion and health care, prison health and intersectionality, and indigenous health.
5. Demonstrate advanced interviewing techniques, including motivational interviewing and conducting “the difficult interview.”
6. Identify appropriate methods of communication for people with cognitive, sensory, and/or other communication impairments.
7. Use principles of metacognition to self-assess in major course areas: disability, cultural humility, and communication.
8. Assess the structural and functional status of the head, neck, craniofacial, oral, and oropharyngeal structures, and the periodontium and dentition of patients.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-06, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-16,
C-18, C-24, C-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-06

Date last updated: 2021-09-07