Skip to content
Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Dental Urgent and Emergent Care 2

Course Director: Rolf Christensen
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 4

Course Overview

This course provides advanced instruction and clinical practice in the diagnosis and management of patients requiring urgent and emergent dental care, as well as patients needing assessment and care in the discipline of oral medicine. The course includes participation in clinical rotations to the Dental Urgent Care Clinic (DUCC), and the oral maxillofacial radiology (OMR) and oral medicine (OMCS) specialty clinics. Students will apply and clinically demonstrate their background in the dental, medical, and basic sciences to/on conditions affecting the head and neck area; they will participate in complex case management.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Communicate with patients in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner that establishes rapport and facilitates gathering of subjective data.2. Demonstrate effective patient interview skills.3. Complete an accurate medical history including medical and psychosocial problems that impact oral health and the delivery of dental care.4. Identify diseases and conditions that affect oral health and delivery of dental care, through general survey, vital signs, and complete physical examination of the head and neck.5. Develop preliminary and later more definitive working diagnoses that include differential diagnoses appropriate for signs and symptoms identified through the patient history, physical, and radiographic examination.6. Form concise accurate problem lists for the patient that include pertinent health issues and behaviors, pathology of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and associated structures, urgent and emergent dental care needs, and the patient’s desires for treatment.7. Integrate into planned treatments medical, behavioral, and functional issues relevant to patients’ care.8. Facilitate the effective diagnosis and management of the patient’s oral and maxillofacial diseases and conditions, by prescribing, obtaining, and evaluating diagnostic radiographic imaging (including CBCT).9. Communicate with other health care providers in the form of consultations and referrals to physicians, dental specialists, or other clinics within the school.10. Implement care plans for urgent and emergent dental problems that include sequencing and the delivery of urgent and follow-up therapy.11. Perform patient evaluations and dental care on patients with diverse cultural backgrounds and patients with special healthcare needs.12. Demonstrate the diagnosis and initial management of patients with acute and chronic orofacial pain, mucosal abnormalities, diseases of the salivary glands, and chemosensory disorders.13. Demonstrate appropriate use of pharmacological agents for local anesthesia and pain, infection, and anxiety management.

UWSOD Competencies:C01, C02, C03, C04, C05, C06, C08, C09, C10, C11, C12, C13, C14, 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-02, CE-03, CE-05, CE-06, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-09-19