Dental Curriculum Threads

Dental Urgent and Emergent Care 4

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

Course Overview

This fourth of four courses provides advanced instruction and clinical practice in diagnosis and management of patients requiring urgent and emergent dental care and those needing assessment and care in the discipline of oral medicine. Includes participation in clinical rotations to oral maxillofacial radiology and oral medicine specialty clinics.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Communicate with patients in a manner that establishes rapport and facilitates gathering of subjective data
2. Demonstrate effective patient interview skills
3. Complete an accurate medical history taking that demonstrates the understanding of the impact of medical and psychosocial problems on oral health and 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 diagnoses, and later more definitive working diagnoses that include differential diagnoses as appropriate for signs and symptoms identified during 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 patient’s desires for treatment
7. Integrate into your planned treatments medical, behavioral, and functional issues relevant to the care of your patient
8. Determine imaging needs (e.g. radiographic, other), demonstrate skills in obtaining dental radiographs, and interpreting and reporting radiographic findings.
9. Communicate with other health care providers in the form of telephone consultations and referrals to physicians, dental specialists, or other clinics within the school (when indicated)
10. Assess and appropriately treat urgent and emergent dental problems that include a care plan, sequencing, and delivery of urgent and follow-up therapy
11. Accomplish patient evaluations and dental care of patients with diverse cultural backgrounds including developmental and acquired disabilities
12. Diagnose and initially manage 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: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018-03-23