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Predoctoral Course Catalog


Peer Mentor: DECOD – Selective

Course Director: Kim Espinoza
Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr. of Program: (SUM, AUT, WIN, SPR / 4)

Course Overview: Work closely with DECOD faculty to learn about becoming a special care dentistry educator. This course is a peer-mentorship position where you will mentor 3rd year dental students in special care dentistry. You do not have to be an expert in special care dentistry to mentor other students. You have already learned a great deal and DECOD will guide you along the way! Many special care dentists work in education and this course is ideal for those interested in mentorship and teaching. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Oral Medicine Clerkship.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Mentor third year Dental Students in the assessment of patients with special needs using the WHO ICF framework.
  2. Determine to which level of learner patients should be assigned.
  3. Identify when treatment of patients with special needs should be referred to special care dentist or other provider.