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Predoctoral Course Catalog

Service Learning Rotation

IMPORTANT: As of 2024-2025, Service Learning Rotations take place during DENTGP 652, 662, 672, 682 Comprehensive General Dentistry 1-4. 


Program Director: Rachel Greene
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 4


Students will rotate in a community, tribal dental, or private practice clinic that delivers dental care to patients in need. Under the guidance of a preceptor dentist, students work as members of the dental team while gaining a better understanding of dental practice.

Learning Objectives

After their Service Learning Rotation, students will be able to:

1. Practice comprehensive, patient-centered dentistry on a diverse patient population in rural or underserved communities.
2. Demonstrate high standards of professionalism with patients, colleagues, staff, and the community.
3. Apply a team approach to community-based dental care.
4. Utilize effective four-handed dentistry.
5. Practice within the community-clinic public health model.
6. Manage the oral health needs of rural and/or underserved communities within the context of social, cultural, and political factors.
7. Reflect upon one’s own cultural awareness of rural and/or underserved communities when describing the oral health needs and challenges of the patient population one serves.
8. Facilitate the provision of health care by collaborating with other members of the healthcare team.
9. Demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills needed in a multicultural work environment.
10. Explain how to create cultural awareness in dental practice.
11. Create an improvement plan for a current clinical-scheduling protocol.
12. Identify the appropriate duties that a dental hygienist and a dental assistant can perform in a dental practice.
13. Compare community health dental practice to private dental practice.
14. Analyze a mission statement.
15. Describe the leadership qualities of an effective leader of an oral healthcare team.

Date last updated: 2024-04-11