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Foundations of Dental Medicine 3

Course Director: Kimberly Espinoza & Nousha Panahpour Eslami
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 additional core skills necessary in dentistry. Students will practice multiple interviewing techniques and dive deeper into the care of patients with disabilities. They will also learn appropriate methods of obtaining consent from and communicating with people with cognitive, sensory, and/or other communication impairments. The course structure includes workshops, clinic, case studies, and guest lectures.

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.
3. Outline the appropriate consent process when providing care for people with communication and cognitive or sensory impairments.
4. Demonstrate advanced interviewing techniques.
5. Identify appropriate methods of communication for people with cognitive, sensory, and/or other communication impairments.
6. Use principles of metacognition to self-assess in major course areas: disability, communication, and performance of head-and-neck examinations.

UWSOD Competencies: 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-29, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-06

Date last updated: 2023-10-07