• 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 640: Comprehensive Clinical Dentistry in a Group Practice Model
    This course is a major clinical experience in the DMD III year. Students apply the information learned in the curriculum up to this point and begin comprehensive care of assigned patients. This occurs under the auspice of the Group Practice Model, which is a patient-centered clinical education constructed for student-provided, faculty-guided high quality care of patients. Group Practice Leaders interact on a regular basis to document student progress towards competency. The emphasis is on ensuring that students are meeting interim educational goals and preparing to challenge structured summative assessments.
  • 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 531: Oral Medicine
    Lectures and case presentations in this course illustrate the diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal lesions, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and their effects on comprehensive oral health care. The goal of the course is to develop students' competency in the use of critical thinking and problem solving related to the comprehensive care of patients with oral diseases.
  • 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 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 532: Pain Control II
    The course builds on the concepts presented in OS 521, and is designed to provide the dental student with a more in-depth post-operative pain management and an introduction to anxiety control of the dental patient. This will include consideration of the impact of prescribing practices and substance use disorder. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of pain, behavior techniques, oral and intravenous sedation, general anesthesia, along with enhanced emphasis on the properties, monitoring, safety and administration of nitrous oxide. Patient evaluation and the prevention and treatment of medical emergencies and management of anesthetic complications will be discussed. Prescription and medical consult writing exercises are given throughout the course.
  • SDM PA 530: Oral Pathology
    This course is focused upon the pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of common diseases affecting the oral and para-oral structures. Students should learn a systematic approach to evaluation and diagnosis of oral diseases.
  • SDM PD 530: Pediatric Dentistry
    The course focuses on training in patient management, parental and patient education, 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 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 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 541: Gerontology & Geriatric Dentistry
    This course integrates biomedical, clinical, and behavioral science principles into the evaluation and treatment planning of older adults and adults with special needs. PH 541 builds on didactic and clinical information acquired in their prior dental school curriculum. The students' didactic knowledge and understanding of special populations is assessed through a web-based examination platform. Evaluation of the students' clinical competence is based on attendance, participation, and an online assessment of an older adult patient or adult patient with special needs. This course focuses on patient-centered ways to promote, improve, maintain, and modify oral health care. This course also provides opportunities for critical thinking and foundational knowledge regarding inter-professional care and referrals, the social and behavioral implications of aging, polypharmacy, and management of oral health and quality of life for medically compromised older adults and adults living with special needs.
  • 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 expand on previously acquired didactic and preclinical information; to introduce new clinical information such as implant-retained overdentures and digitally- fabricated complete and partial dentures; 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 in the treatment center with the comprehensive clinical group practices.
  • SDM RS 534: Fixed Prosthodontics II
    This course provides a detailed study of the diagnosis, treatment plan, and techniques for fixed prosthodontic treatment. Stress is placed on the integration of periodontal and endodontic considerations that may affect the final prosthodontic treatment.
  • SDM RS 544: Treatment Planning and Patient Management I
    This course utilizes the format of didactic lectures, case based learning and treatment planning seminars to introduce the student to comprehensive treatment planning. The course will emphasize a holistic approach to develop competency in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients with a focus on the relationship between oral health and systemic health. Lectures will demonstrate the importance of integrating a patient's medical and dental history with biomedical sciences. The student will demonstrate mastery of biomedical science through an in depth understanding of disease etiology at a molecular or organ systems level, and integrating that into prognosis, risk analysis and treatment. Time will be spent demonstrating how to effectively analyze information collected in the comprehensive oral evaluation in light of best practices, patients desires and understanding and other modifying factors. The 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. They will be able to develop a recommended plan as well as an alternative plan of therapy and support their decisions based on the available evidence in the dental literature. Utilizing treatment plans presented during students' clinical work, the student learns to present this information in a way that enables the patient to conceptualize what treatment and to co-participate in an informed fashion in the development of their treatment plan. The case presentations facilitate questions and debate, demonstrating students' communication skills and comprehensive understanding of the presented material before peers and other dental professionals.