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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 581: Facial Neuromodulators and Soft Tissue Fillers
This course presents the concepts and techniques to enhance therapeutic and esthetic outcomes of dental treatment through the use of facial injectables. The course builds upon in-depth instruction in head and neck anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology that has previously been provided in the curriculum. The composition, biocompatibility and mode of action of the various biologic and synthetic injectables will be discussed, as will the indications and contraindications for using these as part of comprehensive dental treatment.
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 GD 660: Critical Thinking
The purpose of the course is to teach and have students demonstrate a deeper understanding of how critical thinking is an essential part of assessing information and decision making in the practice of dentistry.
SDM OD 642: Clinical Radiology
This course is clinical rotation where students expose radiographs on new patients. They expose both intraoral and panoramic radiographs. They interpret radiographs they expose on patients. Students are provided with series of cases, to broaden their horizon on manifestation of disease and give them an insight into radiographic interpretation.
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 OR 530: Orthodontics
This predoctoral course discusses concepts in the growth and development of the craniofacial complex, the diagnosis, etiology and development of malocclusions with special focus on their diagnosis and multidisciplinary treatment planning. Intervention in growth problems for children and minor tooth movement for adults are included as well as access to Invisalign Onboarding.
SDM OS 530: Oral Surgery
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of tooth removal as well as minor and major oral surgical procedures. Patient history and physical examination are described along with the prevention and management of medical emergencies in the dental office. Emphasis will be given to the pre-surgical patient evaluation, risk management, and basic surgical principles.
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 530: Pediatric Dentistry
The course focuses on training in patient management, preventive and restorative dentistry, diagnosis and management of common pediatric problems and treatment of traumatic dental injuries. This course also discusses development and growth of the orofacial structures of the child and adolescent.
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 530: Periodontology II
This course presents a continuation of the discussion of concepts presented in PE 520. Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and clinical management of periodontal disease, including the principles and techniques of periodontal surgery.
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 530: Health Care Law
This course continues to build the student's understanding and consideration of ethical issues in dental practice and introduces related legal principles. Through lecture and case discussion, the student will focus on ethical problem-solving in more complex patient-based cases and introduces legal concepts affecting the practice of dentistry including licensure, contract and tort law, patient abandonment, malpractice, informed consent and refusal, mandatory reporting laws, patient confidentiality and prudent behavior, diversity and discrimination laws.
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 RS 532: Removable Prosthodontics II
This course discusses the edentulous and partially edentulous patient and the use of removable prostheses. The purpose of this course is to review previously acquired didactic information; to introduce new clinical information such as Implant-retained overdentures and digitally-fabricated complete and partial dentures is introduced and supported in the treatment center; and to correlate these in such a manner that the student is able to logically and systematically diagnose, treatment plan and treat a patient requiring a removable prosthesis. Correlation is made with comprehensive clinical practice.
SDM RS 534: Fixed Prosthodontics II
This course provides a detailed study of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and techniques for fixed prosthodontic appliances. Stress is placed on the integration of periodontal and endodontic considerations that may affect the final prosthodontic appliance.
SDM RS 540: Implantology
This course presents the scientific basis for diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical protocol, and prosthetic options in modern dental Implantology. Students will perform restorative Implantology procedures and CT scan evaluation in a simulated clinic setting.
SDM RS 546: Clinical Treatment Planning & Patient Management
This clinical course will develop graduates who are competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients throughout their lifecycle. Additionally, this course seeks to develop competency in patient management and interpersonal skills. Through the use of faculty-supervised clinical experiences, seminars, and a faculty mentoring program, students develop comprehensive programs of patient care including patient education, prevention, and treatment of oral disease.
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.