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Introduction to Oral Pathology

Course Director: Dolphine Oda
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

This is the first course in a three-part Oral Pathology series (Spring, Summer and Winter) designed to introduce students to oral diseases bridging the field of dentistry to medicine. These courses are designed with the philosophy that a command of oral diseases on the part of the dental practitioners makes dentistry part of a patient’s overall health care and that dentists are members of a patient’s broader health care team. DENTPC 534 and DENTPC 554 consist of lectures while DENTPC 574 is dedicated to clinical case discussions and differential diagnosis of oral diseases. DENTPC 534 covers oral soft tissue diseases.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize and detect oral and maxillofacial diseases
  2. Identify oral and maxillofacial disease pathogenesis.
  3. Correlate the histopathology of a disease with the clinical presentation of a disease.
  4. Investigate oral and maxillofacial clinical problems and reach a working differential diagnosis.
  5. Appropriately manage & treat diseases within the scope of a general practitioner.
  6. Refer oral and maxillofacial diseases, which are beyond the scope of a general practitioner.
  7. Describe how to handle a Pathology Specimen including the type of fixative, packaging, shipping, and the filling of a Pathology Request form.
  8. Interpret a pathology report using histopathology descriptive terminology.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2017-7-7