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Introduction to Oral Pathology

Course Director: Ali Pourian
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 1

Course Overview

This is the first of a three-course series in oral and maxillofacial pathology that spans the first year and second years. The course introduces students to basic terminology used to study and describe oral maxillofacial diseases and conditions, and their signs and symptoms. Many of these represent oral manifestations of systemic disease. Students will build on their biomedical foundational knowledge as they explore pathological processes that affect the orofacial soft tissues. By the end of the course, as future members of interprofessional teams, students will have a deeper appreciation of the reciprocal interactions between oral health and overall health and disease.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe 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. Formulate a working differential diagnosis.
5. Appropriately manage diseases within the scope of a general practitioner.
6. Refer oral and maxillofacial diseases that are beyond the scope of a general practitioner.
7. Describe how to handle a pathology specimen from collection to delivery.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-05, C-06, C-09, C-11, C-12, C-14, C-20, C-24, C-25, C-30, C-31, CE-02, CE-07

Date last updated: 2023-03-20