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Program Goals & Objectives

The goals of these programs should include preparation of the graduate to:

  1. Act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes: providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care; providing patient focused care that is coordinated by the general practitioner; directing health promotion and disease prevention activities; and using advanced dental treatment modalities.
  2. Plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
  3. Manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
  4. Function effectively within the hospital and other health care environments.
  5. Function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
  6. Apply scientific principles to learning and oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidence or outcomes-based clinical decision-making, and technology-based information retrieval systems.
  7. Utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity in professional practice.
  8. Understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Rotation Through The Hospital Departments

Emergency Medicine – 2-weeks 80 hours

Objective

To instruct the resident in the following:

  1. Function of the Emergency Department
  2. Role and responsibilities in the Emergency Department
  3. Interaction with other disciplines
  4. Policies and protocol for emergency care

Practical experiences should include:

  1. Obtaining and interpreting the patient’s chief complaint, medical, and social history, and review of systems
  2. Obtaining and interpreting clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers
  3. Using the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories;
  4. Performing a history and physical evaluation and collect other data in order to establish a medical assessment

Anesthesia – 2-weeks 80 hours

Objectives (Oral Surgery)
  1. To acquaint the resident with anesthesia used for dental procedures
  2. To gain experience in taking a history and physical for a dental procedure
  3. To be introduced to different types of implant systems
  4. To gain experience in the treatment planning and placement to implants
  5. To become familiar with the type of procedures that can be offered by an Oral Surgeon office

Anesthesia – 2-weeks 80 hours

Objectives (Anesthesia)
  1. To acquaint the resident with general anesthesia principle and techniques
  2. Understand the pharmacodynamics of anesthetic drugs
  3. Gain experience and confidence in cardiopulmonary support and management of office emergencies

Practical experience should include:

  1. preoperative evaluation
  2. assessment of the effects of behavioral and pharmacologic techniques;
  3. venipuncture technique;
  4. patient monitoring;
  5. airway management;
  6. understanding of the use of pharmacologic agents;
  7. recognition and treatment of anesthetic emergencies; and
  8. assessment of patient recovery from anesthesia

Radiology – 1-week 20 hours

Objectives
  1. Basic and certain special radiology techniques commonly used in modern diagnostic radiology
  2. The full scope of radiograph and radiotherapy

Medicine – 2-weeks 40 hours

Objectives
  1. Become acquainted with medical practice and apply the knowledge learned in physical diagnosis
  2. Develop a greater knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine
  3. Lean to establish liaison with these disciplines
  4. Integrate the patient’s dental needs with the total patient care

Practical experiences should include:

  1. obtaining and interpreting the patient’s chief complaint, medical, and social history, and review of systems
  2. obtaining and interpreting clinical and other diagnostic data from other health care providers
  3. using the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories
  4. performing a history and physical evaluation and collect other data in order to establish a medical assessment

Pathology – 1-week 20 hours

Objectives
  1. To understand the indications for laboratory examinations and tests
  2. To be able to interpret and utilize laboratory data
  3. To interpret any laboratory data and findings in diagnosis and management of diseases of patients hospitalized for dental treatment
  4. To learn basic skills in collecting specimens, e.g.; venipuncture
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