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RIDE Comprehensive General Dentistry 4

Course Director: Natasha Flake and Mary Smith
Credits: 16
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 4

Course Overview

This is the second course of a two-quarter course. The RIDE extended rotation offers fourth-year dental students an opportunity to work in a clinical setting that serves a diverse population in rural and/or underserved areas. Patients receive comprehensive care in various specialties. Mentored and supervised by the RIDE regional clinical directors and clinical site preceptors (UW affiliate faculty), students manage complex and single phases of clinical dentistry using a sound philosophy of comprehensive patient care applicable to evidence-based general practice.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Apply the biomedical sciences to the delivery of oral health care using basic biological principles to support a high-level explanation of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and prognosis of oral and oral-related disorders.
2. Effectively detect, diagnose, prevent, and manage oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions.
3. Manage the oral health care needs within the scope of general dentistry–of patients with special needs and patients in all stages of life.
4. Provide evidence-based oral health care through the analysis and use of appropriate scientific and lay literature, and the application of the basic principles of critical thinking and problem-solving to scientific inquiry.
5. Provide oral health care using the advanced attributes of professionalism, including the self-assessment of the quality of one’s own work, the development of professional competencies, and the professional values and capacities associated with dedication to lifelong learning.
6. Create patient-centered approaches to comprehensive care using the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences.
7. Manage a diverse patient population using interpersonal and communications skills suitable for a multicultural work environment.
8. Provide oral health care ethically, meeting all expected professional responsibilities and applying legal and regulatory concepts related to the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
9. Apply practice management skills to the provision of patient-centered oral health care.
10. Collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide patient-centered care.
11. Design comprehensive sequenced and staged patient-centered dental treatment plans that address the needs and desires of the dental patient, integrating all dental specialties and other health care referrals into the patient’s oral health care in a coordinated manner.
12. Solve complex problems in case management.
13. Control pain and anxiety, administering appropriate anesthesia as needed, during oral healthcare.
14. Replace missing teeth using removable, fixed, and/or implant-borne prostheses.
15. Ensure the continued quality of treatment by performing post-treatment evaluations and end-of-treatment exams.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-10, CE-02, CE-03, C-03, CE-06, C-02, C-09, CE-07, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-30, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-16, C-29, C-17, C-07, CE-04, C-14, C-28, C-04, C-08, C-15, CE-01, C-18, C-24, C-25, C-26, C-19, C-20, C-21, C-22, C-23, C-27, CE-05

Date last updated: 2024-03-23