Clinical Oral Diagnosis & Radiology
SDM OD 640
This course consists of clinical rotations in the Division of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology in the third and fourth years. Students expose and interpret radiographs for new dental patients, perform initial screening examination, and diagnose incoming patients. Working with faculty comprehensive-care team leaders, students gain the analytical and decision-making skills necessary to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and coordinate patient care. During rotations students are periodically assigned to the dental emergency clinic. Under the supervision of faculty of the respective clinical departments, students have the opportunity to gain experience in diagnosing and managing patients with acute dental emergencies. The experience includes periodic assignments in managing patients returning for follow-up appointments. Emphasis is on preventive dentistry, patient education, and appropriate triage to meet patient requirements.