College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Behavioral Science Education

College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

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DENTD 1523, 1533, 1543

Healthcare Ethics I, II, III

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Healthcare Ethics introduces dental students to the broad concepts of ethical and professional obligations, guidelines, reasoning, and decision-making involving the doctor-patient relationship and the delivery of healthcare.

Credits: Each course 0.5

DENTD 1524, 1534

Preventive Dental Medicine I and II

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These two courses cover important concepts in preventive dental medicine. Through lectures and hands-on exercises in the Simulation Clinic, students learn how to establish their own oral health. They also learn the science and practice of oral health assessment and preventive dental treatment modalities. Course instruction focuses on ways to promote one's own oral health, the health of one's patients, and the health of one's community at large. Methods learned and forms used in the courses are incorporated into subsequent patient care in the Dental Institute.

Credits: Each course 1

DENTD 1525

Personal Finance

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This course introduces the new dental student to effective personal financial management. Topics include the economy's effect on credit and debt, personal money management, managing credit, and debt and personal needs.

Credits: 0.5

DENTD 1546

Introduction to Human Behavior I

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This course introduces the fundamentals of effective communication and relationship-building skills. Topics covered include rapport-building skills with patients and colleagues, emotional intelligence, personality types, conflict resolution, and team-building strategies.

Credits: 1

DENTD 1623, 1633, 1643

Dental Ethics and Professionalism I, II, III

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Dental Ethics and Professionalism uses a case-based approach to clinical ethical reasoning and examination of ethical issues and dilemmas in the dental care setting. The course also addresses expectations for professional behavior among dental practitioners.

Credits: Each course 0.5

DENTD 1626, 1636, 1646

Dental Community Service I, II, III

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In these Dental Community Service courses, second year dental students participate in visits to elementary and junior high schools to provide health promotion education to students in oral disease prevention, tobacco cessation, and drug avoidance. Each student participates on two half-days per quarter.

Credits: Each course 0.5

DENTD 1723

Introduction to Human Behavior II

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This course covers advanced communication and human interaction skills. Topics include leadership skills, advanced NLP learning styles, case presentation skills, interviewing skills, and practice management topics related to the 'people' side of dentistry.

Credits: 1

DENTD 1725

Dental Ethics Grand Rounds

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Dental Ethics Grand Rounds involves a series of large case study analyses through self-study, small group discussion, and in-class discussion.

Credits: 0.5

DENTD 1746

Special Needs

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Recognizing the unique dental and medical needs of patients who are medically compromised or have mental or physical limitations, this course helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed to render comprehensive oral health care to this population. Students gain an understanding of the complexities of compromises and limitations, learn about adaptive devices and management techniques, and study the role of dentistry in total patient care while learning to manage patients with medical and physical disabilities. Topics include pediatric, adult, and geriatric special needs; sedation and OR indications; and occupational therapy and pharmacology uses.

Credits: 1

DENTD 1827

Dental Ethics Capstone

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This course is a capstone experience where students describe and analyze, in writing, a significant ethical issue or dilemma they have encountered in dental school.

Credits: 0.5