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College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Dental Sciences

College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Integrated Oral Health Science Sequence
The Integrated Oral Health Science Sequence (OHSS) is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrated across the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences. This interdisciplinary sequence of courses spans the entire four years of the program. Didactic lectures covering the basic concepts are supplemented with active learning exercises in a small-group environment. Simulation laboratory procedures are introduced in a case contextualized manner; clinical scenarios are discussed and controversial topics are critically analyzed; and evidence-based discussions and practice is taught.

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DENT 1510

Oral Facial Complex in Health

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This course concentrates on the anatomy structure and function of the healthy oro-facial complex. The foundational knowledge of dental sciences is introduced including dental anatomy and morphology, dental terminology, dental health risk factors for prevalent dental diseases, and disease prevention. Students begin psychomotor skill development combined with the principles of ergonomic practice and infection control. Ethics, professionalism, and behavioral aspects of patient care are introduced in case-based scenarios, small-group discussions, and with standardized patient interactions.

Credits: 8

DENT 1520

Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases

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This course will continue the development of foundational knowledge with an emphasis on the assessment of the patient using various techniques required for patient assessment, diagnosis, and the determinants for early intervention. The development of psychomotor skills and ergonomic practice continues relative to cariology, periodontal disease management, and operative dentistry.

Credits: 9.5

Prerequisites

DENT 1510 Oral Facial Complex in Health

DENT 1530

Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions

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This interdisciplinary course concentrates on operative dentistry with regard to occlusal and proximal direct restorations in the anterior and posterior in both permanent and primary dentition, pulpal response to restorative procedures, and periodontal disease. The course will continue with the principles of occlusion and introduce factors contributing to malocclusion. There will be emphasis on how these areas relate to each other, and students will be introduced to the rationale and process for patient centered comprehensive treatment planning.

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

DENT 1520 Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases

DENT 1610

Management of Complex Oral Conditions

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This multidisciplinary course will introduce endodontic therapy and indirect restorations for the child and adult patient. The assessment, diagnoses, and treatment planning aspects of this care will be delivered in the context of patient care situations located in the electronic patient record. Critical analysis of findings and decision making will be a mainstay of the course, predicating and leading into simulated patient care. The learner will be trained in the evaluation of patients for oral pathology and provided opportunities to practice her/his developing diagnostic skills. Additionally, assessment of the oro-facial growth and development of the child patient will be incorporated as well as variations in treatment considerations for the elderly patient.

Credits: 8.2

Prerequisites

DENT 1530 Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions

DENT 1620

Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry

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This course concentrates on the restoration of oral facial function resulting from advanced disease. During oral pathology and rehabilitative dentistry fixed and removable prosthodontics and the associated periodontal concerns will be covered as well as related ethical concerns, practice management, and occupational hazards. Oral pathology will be addressed at a level that prepares the student to manage infection, cysts, tumors, fibro-osseous lesions and traumatic injury. This course is taught during the Fall and Winter quarters with a single grade given at the completion of the course.

Credits: 11

Prerequisites

DENT 1610 Management of Complex Oral Conditions

DENT 1625

Dental Pharmacotherapeutics

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Dental Pharmacotherapeutics is taken concurrently with Pharmacology for Dental Students (PHAR 1640) in the Fall and Winter Quarters of DMD-2. The primary goal of this course is to discuss the most current clinical application of therapeutic agents commonly used in general dentistry, such as analgesics, antibiotics, sedatives and anxiolytics, local and general anesthetics and vasoconstrictor agents, in preparation for entry into clinic training in Spring Quarter of DMD-2. Additional topics for discussion to be determined by the course director may include the pharmacotherapy of smoking cessation, alternative medicine products, and emerging trends in drug therapy. Clinical problem solving and management is emphasized, with reference to issues associated with the pediatric and geriatric populations, pregnancy and breast-feeding, poly-pharmacy and drug-drug interactions. The basics of prescription writing and prescribing regulations relevant to dentistry are covered. This course is taught during the Fall and Winter quarters with a single grade given at the completion of the course.

Credits: 1.5

DENT 1630

Comprehensive Oral Healthcare

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This course concentrates on the restoration of the patient's oral facial function in cases of advanced disease. During Comprehensive Oral Healthcare, fixed and removable prosthodontics and the associated periodontal concerns are continued from the previous term. Fixed partial dentures are emphasized as well as related ethical concerns, practice management, and communications. The indications and options for pain and anxiety control are addressed, as is hard/soft tissue trauma, urgent care, medical emergencies, TMD, and oral surgery. Topics in oral pathology continue from the previous quarter.

Credits: 11

Prerequisites

DENT 1620 Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry

DENT 1650

Oral Health Sciences 2.4

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This course will begin with an orientation to the clinical facilities, including the policies and procedures, the dental unit, the electronic dental record, sterilization and distribution, radiological equipment and other components and equipment of the patient care facility. The course will progress through clinical activities that will assist the Student Dentist in transitioning from a simulated patient care environment to working with a patient in a clinical setting. The Student Dentist will begin to develop skills to provide comprehensive oral healthcare to patients. A portion of this course will concentrate on geriatric patients and special needs individuals with physical, psychological, and medical concerns. There will be a focus on dental care and the unique needs, both behavioral and clinical, which arise when working with aged and confined individuals. Student Dentists will develop the knowledge and skills needed to render comprehensive oral healthcare to the geriatric and special needs populations. They will also gain an understanding of the complexities of aging, learn about adaptive devices, and study the role of dentistry in comprehensive patient care while learning to manage patients with medical, physiological, and physical disabilities. Student Dentists will be provided greater detail on indications and options for pain and anxiety control, hard/soft tissue trauma, urgent care, medical emergencies, TMD, and oral surgery. Within this course is also an oral health seminar, Ground Rounds, in which the Student Dentist will participate in cases that may include treatment planning, evidence-based dentistry, critical thinking, and other topics of interest as defined by the current patient population and the Clinical Care Coordinators.

Credits: 17.8

Prerequisites

DENT 1630 Comprehensive Oral Healthcare

DENT 1700

Patient Assessment and Diagnosis of Head and Neck Disorders

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This course is co-taught by faculty of the College of Dental Medicine and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and will provide a systematic process for students to learn the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the head and neck.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

DENT 1650: Oral Health Sciences 2.4

DENT 1710, 1730, 1750, 1770

Oral Health Sciences 3.1A, 3.2A, 3.3A, 3.4A

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Student Dentists will experience clinical treatment of patients in four consecutive quarters. Student Dentists will have patient care experiences with all age groups from children to geriatrics and with patients of varying treatment difficulty under the supervision of the clinical faculty. Student Dentist will provide comprehensive clinical care (restorative dentistry, endodontics, and periodontics) to patients within comprehensive care group practices. Student Dentists will rotate through clinical experiences in oral radiology, oral medicine, oral surgery, screening and diagnosis, urgent care and pediatric dentistry/orthodontics.

Credits: Each course 13.5

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENT 1710 is DENT 1650 Oral Health Sciences 2.4; prerequisite for DENT 1730, 1750, and 1770 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENT 1711, 1731, 1751, 1771

Oral Health Sciences 3.1B, 3.2B, 3.3B, 3.4B

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Student Dentists will also participate in didactic coursework, small group learning experiences and Case presentations. This coursework will provide a review for National Boards Dental Examinations Part II and for Regional Dental Testing Examination.In Urgent and Surgical Care sessions, students will continue to learn more advanced local anesthesia procedures, and will be introduced to mild and moderate sedation modalities and the associated risk management strategies. Issues related to hard and soft tissue trauma, management of medical emergencies, TMD and oral surgeries will also be addressed.

Credits: Each course 3

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENT 1711 is DENT 1650 Oral Health Sciences 2.4; prerequisite for DENT 1731, 1751, and 1771 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENT 1777

Comprehensive Clinical Course

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Comprehensive Clinical Course will run through all four quarters of the DMD year three curriculum. There will be a series of formative and summative professional competencies addressed and assessed in this course.

Credits: 0-8

DENT 1810, 1830, 1850, 1870

Oral Health Sciences 4.1A, 4.2A, 4.3A, 4.4A

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Student Dentists will experience clinical treatment of patients in four consecutive quarters. Student Dentists will have patient care experiences with all age groups from children to geriatrics and with patients of varying treatment difficulty under the supervision of the clinical faculty. Student Dentist will provide clinical care (advanced restorative dentistry, advanced endodontics, and advanced periodontics) to patients within comprehensive care group practices.

Credits: Each course 12.5

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENT 1810 is DENT 1770 Oral Health Sciences 3.4A; prerequisite for DENT 1830, 1850, and 1870 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENT 1811, 1831, 1851, 1871

Oral Health Sciences 4.1B, 4.2B, 4.3B, 4.4B

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Student Dentists will also rotate through clinical experiences in screening and diagnosis, urgent care and pediatric dentistry/orthodontics. Within each course will be coursework designed to prepare Student Dentists for the practice of dentistry in a private practice setting. The coursework will first concentrate on developing leadership, management, and business skills necessary to operate a successful practice. It will also prepare Student Dentists for their first job in dentistry, their role as an associate and then their purchase of a dental practice.

Credits: Each course 3

Prerequisites

Prerequisite for DENT 1811 is DENT 1771 Oral Health Sciences 3.4B; prerequisite for DENT 1831, 1851, and 1871 is the preceding dental course in the series

DENT 1888

Comprehensive Clinical Course

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Comprehensive Clinical Course will run through all four quarters of the DMD year four curriculum. There will be a series of clinical competencies addressed and assessed in this course.

Credits: 0-8

DENT 1890

Community Oral Health

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Student Dentists will accumulate a broad experience of most age groups and with patients of different treatment difficulty under the supervision of the clinical faculty in rotations through extramural treatment experiences as part of the final four quarters of clinical experience. Most of these experiences will be in community health centers and clinics that focus on underserved populations. Student Dentists will register for this course only once in DMD-4.

Credits: 0-4