• SDM EN 640: Clinical Endodontics
    Didactic seminar and clinical patient experiences consist of the diagnosis and treatment of pulpal and periapical dental pathology requiring endodontic intervention. Specific focus of this course is on case selection, emergency endodontic therapy, specialty referral, non-surgical endodontic therapy, direct observation of clinical endodontic procedures in the predoctoral and postdoctoral setting, in addition to preparation for the endodontic component of clinical licensure exams.
  • SDM GD 642: Group Practice Learning and Leadership
    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. Students will also learn to integrate the knowledge they have acquired in their biomedical science courses in formulation of treatment planning and providing comprehensive patient care.
  • 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. The third and fourth year students are provided a review of the nitrous oxide -- oxygen sedation during one of the rotation seminars and the fourth year students are provided a clinical experience with the delivery of nitrous oxide -- oxygen sedation. The opportunity to observe and/or assist in the delivery of nitrous oxide -- oxygen sedation (as well as other sedation techniques) in the clinic is available 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 pediatric dental urgencies. 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 therapy and 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 community-based clinics such, as community health centers and hospital-based dental clinics, for 10-week rotations. These rotations provide opportunities for the continued growth of students' clinical, treatment planning, diagnosis, critical thinking, patient and time management skills. This course also provides the students with experience in treating diverse patient populations. During Externship, students also develop and implement a community outreach project that addresses a public health problem experienced by the community served by their Externship site.
  • 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 seminar-based course is a sequel to RS544. The aim is to continue to develop graduates who are competent in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning of patients. The course will continue to 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. 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. 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. Using faculty supervised seminar presentations, the students develop and present comprehensive programs of dental care. The care is problem based and consists of a recommended plan as well as an alternative plan of therapy. 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 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. The case presentations facilitate 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 the diagnosis and treatment of partially edentulous patients utilizing principles and fundamentals in a technologically driven environment. The course explores comprehensively all phases of the restoration of missing and/or damaged teeth with fixed prosthodontics or dental implants. Additionally, considerations on the periodontal, endodontic, and removable prosthodontics needs of the patient and how they may affect the treatment outcome are emphasized.
  • 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.