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SDM EN 640: Clinical Endodontics
Clinical experiences consist of the diagnosis and treatment of pulpal and perapical dental pathology requiring endodontic intervention. Specific focus of this course is on case selection, specialty referral, non-surgical root canal therapy, emergency endodontic treatment, direct observation of clinical endodontic procedures in the predoctoral and postdoctoral setting in addition to preparation for the endodontic component of the clinical licensure exams.
SDM GD 642: Group Practice Learning and Reflection
This course is designed to facilitate attainment of the various professional competencies each student must demonstrate prior to graduation. Clinically active students and their respective Group Practice Leaders interact on a regular basis to document student progress towards competency. This occurs under the auspice of the Group Practice Model, which is a patient-centered clinical education construct for student-provided, faculty-guided high quality care of patients. During the final year of the curriculum, the emphasis is on ensuring that students successively challenge structured summative assessments. Group Practice leaders are responsible for monitoring student progress, implementing corrective actions as needed, and authorizing that students have met the competency standards ("signing out") required for the degree.
SDM OD 644: Clinical Urgent Care
Students are periodically assigned to the dental emergency clinic. Under the supervision of the attending faculty students have the opportunity to gain experience in clinical diagnosis, completing and interpreting diagnostic tests and radiographs and provide or recommend the urgent treatment required to manage patients with acute dental emergencies. Emphasis is on promoting critical thinking, independent clinical and radiographic diagnosis and correct triage to meet patients' chief complaint and appropriate treatment and course of action, as well as to present alternative treatments options. An important component of the course is considering the need for appropriate time management as well as issues pertaining to patients' health promotion.
SDM OS 640: Clinical Oral Surgery
This course provides a clinical rotation in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the third and fourth year. It is designed to give the undergraduate students clinical hands-on experience in office surgical procedures pertinent to the general dentist. The student may have the opportunity to observe and/or assist with more complicated procedures in the both the clinic and operating room setting during the rotation. Daily seminars are given throughout the rotation. Clinical rotation: Two weeks.
SDM PD 640: Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
This course includes Pediatric Dentistry and Special Needs rotations, where students receive training in preventive and restorative dentistry, treatment planning, behavior management and in the treatment of traumatic dental injuries. During this course, students rotate for 2 weeks at the children's dentistry clinics both at the dental school and at external sites.
SDM PE 640: Clinical Periodontology II
This clinical course emphasizes not only treatment of the patient's existing periodontal disease, but also maintenance of healthy periodontium through patient education.
SDM PH 544: Integrated Problems in Practice Management IV
This course provides information necessary for a new graduate to obtain a position as an oral health-care provider. Topics discussed include jurisprudence, issues surrounding employment law pertinent to the new graduate, risk management (disability and liability insurance coverage and products), how third party reimbursement works, various provider compensation models, personal finance (retirement and student loan repayment), interview techniques, and employment contract assessment and negotiations
SDM PH 644: Externship
Students are assigned to alternative treatment settings such as Community Health Centers and Hospital based dental clinics for 10 week rotations. These rotations provide opportunities for continued growth of students clinical skills, as well as enhancement in skills in the following areas: treatment planning, diagnosis, critical thinking and time management. This course also provides the students with experience in treating diverse patient populations.
SDM RS 542: Treatment Planning Seminar
This seminar course focuses on real-world problem solving. There is a special emphasis on decision-making and patient communication in a private practice setting. It is an interactive course given in small group format.
SDM RS 545: Clinical Treatment Planning & Patient Management II
"This clinical course is a sequel to RS544 and is seminar based. The aim is to continue to develop graduates who are competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients throughout their lifecycle. The course is composed of weekly Treatment Planning Seminars. Through these activities students learn skills that enable them to evaluate a patient's needs and develop an orderly, prioritized and sequential course of treatment that is problem based. Students are exposed to discriminating diagnostic skills and valuation assessment on treatment options based on risk. The student learns to present this information in a way that enables the patient to conceptualize what treatment he or she requires and to co-participate in an informed fashion in the development of their treatment plan. Through participation in this course students should develop realistic goals and expectations for patients and dentist. Using faculty supervised seminar presentations, the students develop comprehensive programs of dental care on theoretical patients. The care is problem based and consists of a recommended plan as well as an alternative plan of therapy. The idea is to challenge the students' ability to draw on their experiences and education to provide the best therapy choices they can conceive and defend. Additionally, the seminar presentation requires a conversation about the patient's medical or physical condition at a molecular or organ systems level that demonstrates the students' knowledge and mastery of biomedical science. The students are required to support a treatment concept, procedure or material choice that is proposed in the therapy of their patient and support their decisions based on the available evidence in the dental literature. This case presentation is delivered via PowerPoint to a group of students and is subjected to questions and debate. Demonstrating students' communication skills and comprehensive understanding of the presented material before peers and other dental professionals. "
SDM RS 640: Clinical Operative Dentistry II
This clinical course focuses on individual tooth restorations. Students provide comprehensive oral health care for patients, receiving hands-on training in a full range of restorative dentistry including amalgam, gold, porcelain, and composite resin restorative systems. The course explores the use of ceramics, composite material, and bonding techniques in cosmetic dentistry.
SDM RS 641: Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics II
This clinical course focuses on fixed single-unit and fixed multiple-unit prosthesis. Students provide comprehensive oral health care for patients, receiving hands-on training in a full range of porcelain and gold fixed prosthesis.
SDM RS 642: Clinical Removable Prosthodontics II
This clinical course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of both fully and partially edentulous patients as well as the design and fabrication of complete and partial denture prostheses, utilizing principles and fundamentals in a technologically driven environment. The course explores comprehensively the following procedures, complete, overlay, immediate, interim, provisional, transitional, treatment dentures. Relines, rebases and repairs. All phases of Implant-retained overdentures and Digitally- fabricated complete and partial dentures.