DENTSL 550

Second Year R/UOP (Rural/Under-served Opportunities Program) Selective

Course Director: Rachel Greene and Frank Roberts
Credits: 6
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 2

Course Overview

The Rural/Under-served Opportunities Program (R/UOP) is a service learning clinical rotation for 2nd year predoctoral dental students. The R/UOP provides students early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing dentistry in rural and/or under-served settings. Students will build an understanding of oral health care delivery in these clinics and communities, identify barriers to care, and serve diverse populations to enable the further development of cultural competence. The course includes an online component of weekly assignments and reflections that support the clinical experience.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify oral health needs unique to these communities and associated barriers to dental treatment (cultural, financial, transportation, etc.)
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges in providing care to patients in rural and/or underserved communities; Identify leadership opportunities that could influence such challenges
3. Demonstrate written critical reflection based on clinical rotation experiences
4. Perform basic dental procedures (i.e., oral injections, rubber dam placement)
5. Demonstrate basic dental assisting functions (i.e., greet, seat, drape patients, operatory set-up and break-down)
6. Demonstrate effective four-handed instrument exchange
7. Describe the operations of a Community Health Clinic (including basic principles of optimal patient flow; fundamentals of dental billing, coding, patient record documentation and compliance regulations)
8. Perform infection control and waste management procedures in accordance with state and federal guidelines

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Date last updated: 2018-07-17