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Dental Curriculum Threads

RIDE Comprehensive General Dentistry 4

Course Director: Natasha Flake and Sangeetha Nedunchezhian
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. Demonstrate practice management skills in a real clinical setting.
2. Identify oral health issues common in a rural and/or underserved patient population.
3. Self-assess one’s work and limits as a clinician.
4. Provide evidence-based oral health care while employing critical-thinking skills.
5. Apply scientific and lay literature to treatment-related decisions.
6. Demonstrate advanced attributes of professionalism, including the ability to self-assess, make ethical decisions, develop professional competencies, and utilize lifelong learning.
7. Apply biomedical science knowledge to the delivery of patient care.
8. Provide patient-centered oral health care by applying behavioral science principles.
9. Lead a multicultural oral healthcare team to provide comprehensive dental care to a diverse patient population.
10. Provide patient-centered oral healthcare as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
11. Provide oral health care in compliance with ethical healthcare principles and the laws, regulations, and policies of the profession.
12. Provide risk assessment, prevention, and management strategies for dental caries, periodontal disease, and cancer of the head and neck.
13. Develop sequenced patient-centered comprehensive dental treatment plans including appropriate referrals and consultations.
14. Manage oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions to establish and maintain health.
15. Replace missing teeth using removable, fixed, and/or implant-borne prostheses.
16. Control pain and anxiety, administering appropriate anesthesia as needed, during the provision of oral healthcare.
17. Ensure the continued quality of treatment by performing post-treatment evaluations and end-of-treatment exams.

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

Date last updated: 2023-03-31