Curriculum for the Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

The successful completion of the dental curriculum leads to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. The curriculum is divided over four academic years. The academic year begins in late August and ends in late July, with a vacation period in August. Graduation is in May. 

The timing and sequence of courses are designed to develop a biomedical and preclinical knowledge base prior to the start of clinical patient care. The clinical periods provide the time necessary to develop the applied knowledge and technical skills essential for a person to enter the practice of general dentistry. The curriculum and course content are constantly being reviewed and improved to present the most current information and trends in dentistry.

The curricular information is subject to change.

Syllabi

Enrolled students can download syllabi for their current courses through Blackboard (http://knowledge.udmercy.edu).

First Year Curriculum

DS 1 Fall Term (15 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8110 Gross Anatomy I 2.5

M. Ahmad

DBS 8020 General and Oral Histology 4 M. Kurpakus-Wheater
DBS 8150 Biochemistry 3 M. Gleason
DBS 8040 Immunology 2.5 M. Elftman
DBS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 10-18) DEF J. Scheys
DPE 8111 Periodontics I DEF A. Neely
DBS 8111 Restorative I DEF W. Lim
DRD 8150 Essentials of Clinical Practice DEF L. Weberman
DSD 8130 Professional Ethics and Responsibility Development I 1 P. Zarkowski / J. Daniels
DSD 8140 Foundation of Evidence-Based Dentistry 1 (Pass/Fail) M. Kurpakus-Wheater /
DSD 8220 Psychological Aspects of Dentistry 1 S. Ceresnie / E. Rodems
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF

E.J. Newness

DS 1 Winter Term (16 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8140 Gross Anatomy II 4 M. Ahmad
DBS 8180 Physiology I (Wk 1-9) 3 J. Scheys
DBS 8200 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology 3 M. Gleason
DBS 8230 Physiology II (Wk 10-18) DEF J. Scheys
DBS 8251 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases I 2.5 E. Krukonis
DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II DEF M. Elftman
DOM 8210 General Pathology DEF J. Ojha
DPE 8111

Periodontics I

DEF A. Neely
DRD 8111 Restorative I DEF W. Lim
DRD 8150 Essentials of Clinical Practice 2.5 L. Weberman
DSD 8430 Community Dentistry II: Dental Public Health 1 D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

Second Year Curriculum

DS 2 Summer Term (20 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DBS 8010 Nutrition 1.5 M. Gleason
DBS 8220 Pharmacology I DEF W.C. Foong
DBS 8230 Physiology II 3 J. Scheys
DBS 8270 Microbiology and Infectious Diseases II 2 M. Elftman
DOM 8210 General Pathology 4 J. Ojha
DOM 8220 Radiology DEF A. Balasundaram
DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology DEF R. Geist
DPE 8111 Periodontics I DEF A. Neely
DRD 8111 Restorative I 8 W. Lim
DSD 8200 Professional Ethics Development II 1.5 P. Zarkowski
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 2 Fall Term (21.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8320 Part I Board Review DEF TBA
DBS 8220 Pharmacology I 2 W. C. Foong
DOD 8200 Growth and Development 1 R. Kulbersh
DOD 8201 Orthodontics 2 H. Kang
DOM 8220 Radiology 3 A. Balasundaram
DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology 2 R. Geist
DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation Seminar DEF J. Geist
DOS 8220 Pain and Anxiety I 1 Z. Ibrahim
DOS 8390 Physical Assessment 2 S. Aravindaksha
DPE 8111 Periodontics 8.5 A. Neely
DRD 8211 Restorative II DEF W. Lim
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 2 Winter Term (21 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8320 Part I Board Review 0 (Pass/Fail) E.J. Newness
DBS 8310 Pharmacology II DEF W.C. Foong
DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8210 Preclinical Orthodontics 2 R. Al-Qawasmi
DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation Seminar 4 J. Geist
DOM 8280 Principles of Treatment Planning 2 N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8340 Oral Surgery I 1 Z. Ibrahim
DPD 8300 Pediatric Dentistry I 1 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPE 8240 Periodontial Therapy II 1 T. Thompson-Sloan/L. Dobis
DPE 8290 Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases 2 D. Mattana/J. Palanci
DRD 8211 Restorative II 6 W. Lim
DSD 8230 Evidence-Based Dentistry II 1 M. Wheater/
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation 1 E.J. Newness

Third Year

DS 3 Summer Term (11.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DBS 8310 Pharmacology II 3 W. C. Foong
DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills DEF Ceresnie/Young/Rodems
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8310 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8240 Preclinical Endodontics 2 J. Braud
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF H. Kang
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I 2 R. Geist
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II DEF N. Sreenivasan
DOS 8250 Management of Medical Emergencies .5 S. Aravindaksha
DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry Preclinical 2 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPD 8330 Pediatric Dentistry II 1 S. Atwan
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics DEF Thompson-Sloan/Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 3 Fall Term (7 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills 2 Ceresnie/Young/Rodems
DCD 8340 Removable Prosthodontics 1 Phillips/Yasser/Gurun
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8320 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics DEF H. Kang
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani / D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8380 TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain 1 T. Tanaka/F. Plaza
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II 1 N. Sreenivasan
DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics DEF SAravindaksha/WCFoong
DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics DEF M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPD 8340 Pediatric Dentistry III 1 S. Atwan
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics DEF T.Thompson-Sloan/ANeely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 3 Winter Term (22 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8330 Fixed Partial Denture Treatment Planning 1 A. Fard
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8330 Clinical Responsibility 1 C. Taylor
DEN 8410 Endodontics 1 J. Braud
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics 1 H. Kang
DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 3 N. Kashani  / D. Kacir
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology DEF J. Geist
DOM 8430 Oral Medicine II 2 R. Geist
DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics 2 SAravindaksha/WCFoong
DOS 8410 Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1.5 N. Sreenivasan
DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics 3 M. Kim/K. Ranganath
DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics 3 TThompson-Sloan/ANeely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8320 Community Dentistry I:  Dental Care For Special Patients 1 J. Grand
DSD 8400 Practice Management I 1.5 J. Parent
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

Fourth Year

DS 4 Summer Term (4.5 credits)

Course # Course Credits Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8430 Oral and Maxillofacial Implants 1.5 A. Fard / D. Gurun
DCL 8410 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology 1 J. Geist
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF T.Thompson-Sloan/ANeely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8410 Practice Management II 1 J. Parent
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 4 Fall Term (3.5 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics DEF C. Stone
DCL 8420 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics DEF J. Braud
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis DEF N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery DEF H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics DEF S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics DEF T.Thompson-Sloan/ANeely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative DEF C. Stone
DSD 8460 Practice Management III 1.5 J. Parent
DENT 8410 Dental Rounds II 1 L.Cabanilla-Jacobs/M. Elftman
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning DEF D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evaluation DEF E.J. Newness

DS 4 Winter Term (32 credits)

Course #
Course
Credits
Faculty
DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics 5 C. Stone
DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics 4 C. Stone
DCL 8430 Clinical Responsibility 1 M. Mayberry
DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics 4 J. Braud
DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis 1 N. Kashani/D. Kacir
DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery 1 H. Perez
DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics 2 S. Atwan
DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics 3 T. Thompson-Sloan/A. Neely
DRD 8411 Clinical Operative 6 C. Stone
DENT 8420 Dental Rounds III 1 T. Trombly/P. Zarkowski
DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning 3 D. Byrappagari
DZD 8010 Course Evalution 1 E.J. Newness

PF = Pass/Fail
DEF = Deferred Credit
DNR = Do Not Register

Dental Curriculum - Course Descriptions

DS1 – Fall term

 DBS 8020 General and Oral Histology

This course consists of a General Histology component and an Oral Histology component. The purpose of General Histology is to provide foundation knowledge of the structure-function relationships between cells, tissues, and organs of the human body. The purpose of Oral Histology is to provide foundation knowledge of the development and related developmental abnormalities of the orofacial region and the teeth, and of structure-function relationships of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity.

 

DBS 8040 Immunology

Students in the course will develop a strong fundamental concept of the body’s immune defense mechanisms with emphasis on mechanisms of the body’s immune resistance to infectious viruses and pathogenic bacteria.  The first part of this course introduces basic concepts of immunity and the immune system, including innate and adaptive immunity, antibody structure and function, biology of B and T lymphocytes, role of cytokines and biological effects of immunological reactions. The later half of this course introduces immune defense and immunopathology as they relate to allergy / hypersensitivity, inflammation, mucosal immunity, transplantation immunity and immunodeficiencies.

 

DBS 8110 Gross Anatomy I

The purpose of this course is to provide the foundation knowledge in the anatomy of the human body that will form the foundations of the dental curriculum, and of the practice of dentistry.

DBS 8150 Biochemistry

The topics considered in Biochemistry are devoted almost exclusively to human biochemistry.  The Biochemistry course sequence is designed to enable dental students to achieve an understanding of the molecular interactions that are ultimately related to dental health and disease.

DPE 8111 Periodontics I

This course is designed to introduce and reinforce the foundational and basic science knowledge that is necessary to provide periodontal patient care.  It is a semester series of online lectures, face-to-face time, and preclinical sessions. Clinical application of information is emphasized in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning of patient periodontal care.  

 

DRD 8111 Restorative I

The purpose of this modular course is to provide student instruction that follows a dental caries track, beginning with a non-diseased tooth and ending with single-tooth restorations. The course will introduce foundation knowledge in Restorative Sciences and evidence-based treatment techniques as applied to the different stages of dental caries progression and acquired or genetic defects.

 

DRD 8150 Essentials of Clinical Practice

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the foundation knowledge and basic skills essential to the clinical practice of dentistry.

DSD 8130 Professional Ethics and Responsibility Development I

This course introduces the dental student to the foundation ethical principles and values guiding the profession. The student becomes familiar with the concepts of professionalism and its relationship to student behavior and responsibilities. Students are also introduced to the dental team, and each team member’s roles and responsibilities as well as the Michigan Administrative Rules Board of Dentistry which describe scope of practice. In addition various codes are introduced including the ADA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the Canadian Code of Dental Ethics. Key themes that are highlighted include ethical principles and values for health care professionals, diversity and gender issues and social justice and ethical challenges in today’s academic and practice environment. Students participate in developing a Class Code of Ethics for guidance during their professional educational experiences.

DSD 8140 Foundations of Evidence-Based Dentistry

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of evidence-based dentistry.  Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how evidence-based decision making applies to the practice of dentistry.

DSD 8220 Psychological Aspects of Dentistry

The purpose of this course is to introduce the dental students to the basic concepts of psychological aspects of patient treatment.  This course is the first of three courses that address the behavioral sciences for the dental students.  The aim is to raise dental students’ awareness of a patient-centered approach to provide dental care.  This course provides the basic knowledge necessary to understand human behavior, communication, and demonstrates its’ application to dentistry.

 DS1 – Winter Term

 DBS 8140 Gross Anatomy II

This is the continuation of DBS 8110.  This course provides foundation knowledge in the anatomy of the human body that will form the foundations of the dental curriculum, and of the practice of dentistry and will focus on the head and neck region.

DBS 8180 Physiology I

Using a problem solving approach, this course will establish a fundamental working knowledge of human systems physiology as well as foundation for describing the mechanisms of action underlying human health and disease.

DBS 8200 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

The topics considered in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology are devoted almost exclusively

to the human system. The Biochemistry/Molecular Biology course sequence is designed to enable the dental student to achieve an understanding of the molecular interactions that are

ultimately related to dental health and disease.

DBS 8230 Physiology II

This course is a continuation of DBS 8180, Physiology I.  Using a problem solving approach, this course will establish a fundamental working knowledge of human systems physiology as well as foundation for describing the mechanisms of action underlying human health and disease.

DBS 8251 Microbiology & Infectious Diseases I

This is the first of two courses related to microbiology and infectious diseases.  This first course provides a brief review of basic microbiology assuming that students have some background on this topic.   This course includes the microbiology of dental caries and a section on sterilization and disinfection in dentistry.  This course and the subsequent course emphasize infectious diseases, the infectious microorganisms associated with those diseases, and their clinical manifestations stressing the oral signs and symptoms of infection and the transmission of disease.

DBS 8270 Microbiology & Infectious Diseases II

This course is comprised of lecture and discussion sessions with the purpose of assisting dental students in acquiring knowledge of the fundamental principles and clinical application of microbiology.  Characteristics of infectious agents affecting oral and maxillofacial tissues, responses of the host to infection, and the use of appropriate antimicrobial chemotherapeutic agents are emphasized.  This course will continue discussion of the characteristics of the various infectious agents and their clinical manifestations emphasizing the oral signs and symptoms of infection and the transmission of disease.

DOM 8210 General Pathology

This course provides the student with a solid understanding of the mechanisms and manifestations of diseases and the body’s response to disease, essential for the comprehensive treatment of dental patients.  This is integral to such clinical disciplines as periodontics and endodontics, and forms the foundation for oral pathology and diagnosis, physical assessment and dental treatment of patients with systemic or localized disease.  Whenever possible, the relevance of subject matter to dentistry will be emphasized.  The future dentist will develop an overview of basic disease processes, and of systemic diseases that are important to their day-to-day practice, whether managing the medically challenged patient, preparing patients for surgery, or communicating with physicians.

DSD 8430 Community Dentistry II: Dental Public Health

This course is designed to introduce the student to Dental Public Health and the role of dentists in their community.  The format is designed to introduce and provide a foundation in the principles of dental public health, current oral health and demographic related trends, oral health prevention and promotion, public health infrastructure, current societal and public health issues. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the dentist in the community setting as well as current issues affecting the practice of dentistry.

DS2 – Summer Term

 DBS 8010 Nutrition

This course is designed to acquaint the dental student with the basic concepts of nutrition.  Proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals as a source of energy and nutrient value will be presented. The role of carbohydrates in dental disease will be emphasized with a discussion of the classical epidemiological studies relating carbohydrates and dental caries. The effects of nutritional deficiencies and excesses as well as nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners will be discussed. Topics covering nutrition through the life cycle, evaluation of popular nutrition reports, and food safety topics will bring together the basic concepts of nutrition and the basic science foundation. The effect of nutrition on oral, as well as overall, health and disease will be an integral part of the course.

DBS 8220 Pharmacology I

This course will provide a framework and fundamental understanding of how drugs act and how the body “handles” drugs. The fundamental basis of therapeutics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic factors governing drug utilization, their desired and adverse effects will be introduced. These concepts and principles will be reinforced for all drug classes covered in this course (DBS8220) and in Pharmacology II (DBS 8310). In addition, the mechanism of action, the clinical applications and an overview of the therapeutic and adverse actions, precautions, contraindications and interactions of drugs for each major drug category/class and their implications to dental patient management will be discussed.

DOM 8220 Radiology

DOM 8220 Radiology prepares the dental student to practice the science of oral and maxillofacial radiology.  The techniques of digital and film-based intraoral radiography are presented in class and in the pre-clinical (lab) part of the course, and identification and correction of errors in technique are strongly emphasized.  The course continues with radiation physics, the mechanisms of x-ray generation, the effects of exposure factors on the x-ray beam, and the interactions of x-radiation and matter.  Image production and intraoral image receptors are considered next, and emphasis is placed on identifying and correcting errors resulting from improper exposure and processing.  Panoramic and other extraoral projections are discussed, followed by specialized radiographic procedures.  Radiation biology and protective measures are presented, with quality assurance protocols discussed in the context of radiation dose reduction.

 

DOM 8250 Oral Diagnosis and Radiology

This is the second in a sequence of five courses that will prepare students to function competently in the Domains of Examination and Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning.  This course introduces the principles and skills of taking the patient’s history, performing an examination, and analyzing the information to reach diagnoses.  It also covers patient flow, legally required documentation, and other support skills needed in the clinic.  The electronic record system will be introduced, and students will gain experience through exercises based on the principles and skills of data collection and diagnosis.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a beginner’s level of performance in clinical diagnosis and treatment planning.  Emphasis will be placed on problem solving and conceptual skills, with the goal to develop critical thinking and clinical judgment.

DSD 8200 Professional Ethics Development II

This course will review and reinforce the ethical, legal and professional parameters and responsibilities of the oral health care provider. The primary goal is to introduce the student to an Ethical Decision Making Model to assist in resolving frequently encountered ethical dilemmas in dental school and private practice. The model is based on ethical concepts as well as Central Values and Professional Obligations, four models of the dentist patient relationship and the ADA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Students also build on concepts introduced in Professional Ethics Development I including professional monitoring and support related to personal well-being. In addition, discussion of current ethical issues evident in dental education, private and public health dentistry will be highlighted.

DS2 – Fall Term

 DBS 8320 Part I Board Review

This course is designed to review the information that will be examined on Part I of the National Dental Boards. 

DOD 8200 Growth and Development

This course provides an overview of the general nature of growth, growth curves, and the factors influencing growth and maturation and reviews foundation knowledge of basic principles of genetics. A review of bone formation and remodeling principles, embryology of the craniofacial complex, cleft lip and palate development will serve as a springboard from which the mechanisms of growth as well as the controlling theories of Scott, Moss, Sicher, Latham and Van Limborgh will be discussed.  An overview of the application of this craniofacial growth data in clinical orthodontics will be integrated as appropriate and further extends this basic knowledge into clinical applications, likely to be encountered by the general dentist or dental specialist in clinical practice.

DOD 8201 Orthodontics

This lecture course is designed to provide the student with an overview of clinical orthodontics today.  Such topics as the development of occlusion, etiology of malocclusion, early treatment, biomechanics of tooth movements, the treatment of clinical problems, and the role of orthodontics in the profession of dentistry are presented.  Clinical treatment of orthodontic malocclusion problems in the primary, mixed, young adult and adult dentitions will be reviewed and an overview of orthodontic treatment for Class I, II and III problems will be presented. Initial content will focus on assessment of facial form, dental, skeletal and functional problems. In lecture format, students will be presented with orthodontic records characteristic of a spectrum of orthodontic problems. Based upon the presented case records, course participants will be exposed to the diagnosis and treatment planning of various orthodontic problems.   

DOM 8260 Oral Pathology and Radiographic Interpretation Seminar

This course will present the more common and important diseases that appear in the orofacial structures.  A wide spectrum of diseases will be covered, with special emphasis on inflammatory/infectious and neoplastic diseases of oral soft and hard tissues.  The course involves pattern association -- the correlation of observed signs and symptoms with known patterns of disease to make a differential or definitive diagnosis

DOS 8220 Pain & Anxiety Control

This course will serve as an introduction to the methods for dealing with pain and anxiety control in dentistry.  It is intended to provide each student with the rationale for pain control, a review of essential anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of local anesthetics.  In addition, there will be detailed instruction in local anesthetic techniques, both didactic and clinical, and an introduction to the use of nitrous oxide analgesia as a means of anxiety control.  Students will begin to develop the necessary clinical skills in administering local anesthesia to assure that their patients will be comfortable and pain free when receiving dental care.

DOS 8390 Physical Assessment and Management

This course will introduce the student to the principles of internal medicine from a systems approach with particular emphasis on dental correlations as they may arise in the course of daily patient care.

DRD 8211 Restorative II

The purpose of this modular course is to continue the instruction on restorative dentistry that ended with the restoration of existing teeth in the Restorative Dentistry I course. This course will continue to introduce foundation knowledge in the Restorative Sciences and evidence-based treatment techniques on the management of replacing missing oral structures in patients who are partially and completely edentulous.

DS2 – Winter term

 DBS 8310 Pharmacology II

This course builds on the core pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics principles and autonomic pharmacology introduced in Pharmacology I. These concepts and principles will be reinforced for all drug classes covered in this course. In addition, the mechanism of action, their clinical applications and an overview of the therapeutic and adverse actions, precautions, contraindications and interactions of drugs for each major drug category/class and their implications to dental patient management will be discussed.

DEN 8240 PreClinical Endodontics

This course will prepare the student to diagnose diseases of the pulp and periradicular tissues and to provide practical preclinical experience in performing nonsurgical root canal treatment on uncomplicated anterior, premolar and molar teeth.  The student will be introduced to the scope, biologic rationale, and technical aspects of endodontics.  The student will develop an understanding of the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp as well as the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of pulpal etiology.  The laboratory component of the course will prepare the student in the management of pulpal and periradicular disease through various forms of clinical simulation exercises.  Problem solving skills, critical thinking and self-assessment will be emphasized. 

DOD 8210 PreClinical Orthodontics

This course is designed to introduce the dental student to the techniques and procedures necessary to recognize, evaluate and diagnose a dental or skeletal malocclusion. Basic concepts of Straight Wire Appliance, electronic models and OrthoCad software for the evaluation of various dental analyses, as well as Invisalign treatment and mechanics will be presented.  The course will provide the student with the diagnostic abilities necessary for orthodontic evaluation of the patient. At the end of the course, Invisalign certification will be available for those students who complete the course requirements.

DOM 8280 Principles of Treatment Planning

This course will enable the dental student to develop a logical thought process needed for comprehensive, problem-oriented treatment planning for the adult patient.

DOS 8340 Oral Surgery I

This course  is designed to prepare the dental student for their clinical experiences in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

DPD 8300 Pediatric Dentistry I

This course will introduce the dental student to the concepts of behavior management, prevention, and treatment planning in pediatric dentistry.

 

DPE 8240 Periodontal Therapy  II

This course is designed to provide the learner with information regarding the surgical aspects of the treatment of periodontal disease, as well as the consideration of pertinent systemic conditions, which may affect periodontal surgery.  Topics covered in this course will include the rationale, indications and contraindications for various periodontal surgical procedures, treatment modalities including mucogingival surgery, treatment of bony defects, osseous grafting and periodontal tissue regeneration.   The mechanisms and timing of healing of surgical sites, as well as post-surgical treatment will be presented.   Current trends in periodontics will be emphasized, and the student will be helped to understand the relationships between the dental hygienist, general practitioner and the periodontal specialist.  The student will understand the role of all health care providers in the management of periodontal disease.

DPE 8290 Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases

This course is designed to introduce concepts and strategies utilized in the UDM clinical setting and in private practice for the promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases including dental caries, periodontal diseases and oral cancer for the individual patient. 

DSD 8230 Evidence-Based Dentistry II

This course, the second in a series, is designed to help students understand and apply evidence-based principles in clinical dentistry. It will provide students with practice developing PICO questions, conducting literature searches, and assessing evidence to determine its usefulness in clinical practice. Active learning will be emphasized and students will have opportunities to apply what they learn by conducting their own searches, analyzing, and presenting evidence in small group sessions.

DS3 – Summer Term

DCD 8300 Developing Communication Skills

This course introduces communication skills, with special emphasis in the dental setting, including sensitivity to cultural diversity in communication, promoting patient motivation, and addressing challenging situations.  Following an introduction to basic theory and concepts of communication skills, students will participate in small group workshops to build effective skills for communicating in the dental setting.

DCD 8410 Clinical Removable Prosthodontics

This is 2-year course which provides clinical treatment experiences in removable prosthodontics.

 

DCD 8440 Clinical Fixed Prosthodontics

This is 2-year course which provides clinical treatment experiences in fixed prosthodontics.

DCL 8310 Clinical Responsibility

This course is the first in a series of three courses designed to help the student develop clinical and patient management skills as part of the DS3 clinical program and to prepare the student to perform in the more advanced comprehensive care environment of the DS4 program.

DEN 8420 Clinical Endodontics

This course will evaluate the dental student’s ability to perform endodontic treatment on patients with uncomplicated root canal systems at a clinically acceptable level.  At the completion of this course the student should be able to diagnose, treatment plan, and provide appropriate treatment or referral of patients with diseases of the pulp and periradicular tissues.  Additionally, this course will help prepare the dental student to successfully complete the endodontics portion of the Northeast Regional Board Examination. 

DOD 8310 Clinical Orthodontics

This course will introduce the student to Orthodontic case diagnosis and treatment planning as well as learning to communicate and interact with the orthodontic specialists.  The course will explore the scope of orthodontic treatment appropriate for a general dental office and the appropriate need and timing for referral to an orthodontic specialist.  At the completion of the course the student will be able to recognize various orthodontic appliances.

DOM 8310 Clinical Oral Diagnosis

This course represents the clinical experience for third year students in oral diagnosis and treatment planning.  Third year students examine, diagnose, and treatment plan patients in the clinic.  A criteria referenced evaluation system is used to assess student performance. 

DOM 8320 Clinical Radiology

This course is a four semester course in which DS3 and summer term DS4 students are assigned on rotation to expose, electronically process and mount digital radiographs for patients of record. Students are evaluated on radiographic technique, identification and correction of errors and artifacts, and description and differential diagnosis of radiographic abnormalities.

DOM 8370 Oral Medicine I

This course will provide instruction on the dental treatment of patients with common medical problems, and management of some common oral diseases and oral manifestations of various systemic diseases.  The course is designed to stimulate the students’ analytic ability through case-based learning with the goal of enhancing problem-solving capability, critical thinking and clinical judgment. The course also emphasizes evidence-based practice.  The students will be introduced to the evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from various health organizations regarding common medical conditions and applying it in their clinical judgment. The most current scientific evidence will also be presented and discussed.

DOS 8250 Management of Medical Emergencies I

This course will offer foundational knowledge in emergency medicine, which will enable the student to assess and manage patients experiencing a medical emergency in the dental office. Differential diagnosis is presented according to the presenting signs and symptoms.  Emphasis is placed on proper office protocol during an emergency, including the use of an emergency drug kit.

DOS 8310 Clinical Oral Surgery

This course will provide the basic skills for the student to diagnose and treat simple oral and maxillofacial surgical problems and to develop expertise in evaluating the “total” patient by utilizing and integrating the foundation knowledge acquired in prior biomedical science and other clinical courses.

DOS 8320 Oral Surgery II

This course will assist in developing a foundation of professional knowledge and an in-depth exposure to the range of minor oral surgical procedures that are essential to the general dentist.  In addition, the course seeks to assist in developing a sense of confidence in the students' clinical judgment and enable them to recognize and select those cases for oral surgery which lie within the limit of their ability, and to refer other surgical problems wisely to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

DPD 8240 Pediatric Dentistry PreClinical

This course is designed to provide preclinical experiences to the dental student, to aid in the development of the skills necessary to perform basic restorative procedures on the primary dentition.  Upon completion of the preclinical course the student will be able to perform and evaluate basic restorative procedures, space maintainers, and preventive measures.

DPD 8330 Pediatric Dentistry II

The purpose of the course is to provide the theory and rationale for basic clinical procedures in Pediatric Dentistry.  This course complements DPD 8240, Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry, which is taught concurrently.

DPE 8310 Clinical Periodontics

This course is designed to give students practice with feedback in the treatment of patients as they apply didactic periodontal foundation knowledge gained in the classroom and pre-clinical instrumentation experiences. This course stresses the importance of accurate diagnosis, prognosis and periodontal treatment plans in relation to a comprehensive generalist-based treatment plan.  It also stresses overall management of the effect of oral disease and systemic conditions on oral health and the effect of oral disease on the patient’s systemic health or disease. The process and outcome of the mechanical aspects of periodontal treatment are carefully evaluated.  Within the limitations of patient-centered care, students are introduced to periodontal surgery by acting as the surgical assistant/observer to a Faculty Periodontist or Graduate Periodontics Resident during surgery.

 DRD 8411 Clinical Operative

This course is designed to continue the student’s clinical, diagnostic, and treatment experience in restorative dentistry. Students will diagnose dental caries and identify faulty restorations and/or traumatic injuries requiring restorative care. Students will build on concepts and skills for the removal of dental caries and faulty restorations and the restoration of patients to form, function, and esthetics mostly utilizing direct restorative materials such as amalgam, resin composite, and glass ionomer.

DS3 – Fall Term

 DCD 8340 Removable Prosthodontics

The purpose of this course is to assist the new 3rd year student clinician in integrating foundation knowledge in removable prosthodontics with new clinical experience, as well as providing an introduction to selected topics in ancillary and advanced prosthodontic treatments. 

DCL 8320 Clinical Responsibility

This course is the second in a series of three courses designed to help the third year student develop clinical and patient management skills as part of the DS3 clinical program and to prepare the student to perform in the more advanced comprehensive care environment of the DS4 program.

DOM 8380 TMJ Pathology and Facial Pain

This course presents information designed to provide the students with knowledge and concepts involved in discriminating masticatory and non-masticatory pain.  A variety of alternative treatment approaches, their indications, contraindications, strengths, weaknesses, and their risks and benefits will be explored.  This course is designed to permit students to develop the ability to diagnose a variety of sources of facial pain and become familiar with the procedures involved in behavioral, physical and/or surgical management of temporomandibular joint disk displacement, temporomandibular degenerative joint disease, and masticatory myofascial pain.

DOS 8300 Applied Clinical Therapeutics

Forthcoming

DPD 8320 Clinical Pediatrics

The purpose of the course is to introduce the 3rd  year dental student to the art and science of clinical pediatric dentistry, and allow them to gain the necessary skills to become competent in caring for the needs of the pediatric dental patient.

DPD 8340 Pediatric Dentistry III

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with information related to more complex information/evaluation and treatment of pediatric dental patients.

DS3 – Winter Term

 DCD 8330 Fixed Partial Denture Treatment Planning

The purpose of the course is to build dental student’s knowledge, and present rationale for treatment options in fixed prosthodontic treatment.  In this course the student is taught advanced fixed treatment options, periodontal consideration, and occlusion factor.

DCL 8330 Clinical Responsibility

This course is the third in a series of three courses designed to help the third year dental student develop clinical and patient management skills as part of the DS3 clinical program and to prepare the student to perform in the more advanced comprehensive care environment of the DS4 program.

DEN 8410 Endodontics

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to be able to diagnose, treatment plan, and provide appropriate treatment or referral of patients with diseases of the pulp and periradicular tissues.  The student will develop a broader understanding of clinical procedures included in the scope of endodontics in addition to nonsurgical root canal treatment.

DOM 8430 Oral Medicine II

The purpose of the course is to focus on management of oral mucosal diseases and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.  Instruction on the management and treatment of medically complex patients will be based on current evidence. The course, a continuation of Oral Medicine I (DOM 8370), consists of a series of case discussions in the classroom for which the students will be directed to establish the diagnosis and best management of oral manifestations of systemic diseases. The course will also introduce newly emerging evidence relevant to dental care.

DOS 8410 Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

This course is structured to help the senior year dental student acquire a basic understanding of the advanced aspects of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery and includes the process of diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive management of diseases, deformities and malformations of the oral cavity, jaws and associated structures.

DSD 8320 Community Dentistry I: Dental Care for Special Patients

The purpose of this course is to introduce the dental student to common disabling conditions and the special dental care needs of physically and mentally impaired individuals and/or geriatric patients.  The material presented will assist the student in recognizing, assessing, planning and managing the dental patient with special needs.

DSD 8400 Practice Management I

This course is the first of three in the Practice Management Series that will address issues,

both global and specific, to the operation of a dental practice. This first section will address basic skills needed in order to operate a successful business. It will include, but not be limited to, accounting principles, business structure, business law, economics, taxes, finance and strategic management.

DS4– Summer Term

 DCD 8430 Oral and Maxillofacial Implants

The purpose of the course is to present foundation knowledge for implant treatment and to assist the student in the development and application of critical thinking skills necessary to function successfully in a clinical setting.

DCL 8410 Clinical Responsibility

This is the first in a series of three DS4 courses designed to build on the development of clinical management skills and prepare the student to perform in a comprehensive care environment integral to general practice.  The dental student provides care to patients in the dental school clinic and in a dental school clinic located in an urban hospital.  Patient management skills are developed and build upon the clinic experiences in the DS3 Clinical Responsibility Courses.

DOM 8410 Clinical Oral Diagnosis

DOM 8410 is the clinical experience for fourth year students in oral diagnosis and treatment planning.  Fourth year students examine, assess, and diagnose patients and plan treatment for those patients in the comprehensive care clinics at Corktown and University Health Center.  Student performance is assessed using a criterion-referenced evaluation system.  Students also work in small groups, in scheduled seminars, to develop comprehensive ideal and alternative treatment plans for complex simulated cases and oral pathology several times throughout the fourth year. 

DOS 8430 Clinical Oral Surgery

This course is designed to provide clinical instruction and opportunities for patient care for emergency patients and patients of record of the School of Dentistry who are in need of treatment in the specialty area of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

DPD 8410 Clinical Pediatrics

This course is intended to provide additional clinical experiences in pediatric dental techniques, evaluation of the clinical competency of each student in pediatric restorative dentistry and advanced treatment planning and provide comprehensive care to pediatric dental patients at the Corktown Clinic, Outreach clinics and University Health Center.

DPE 8410 Clinical Periodontics

This clinical course is designed to give students practice with feedback in the treatment of patients as they apply didactic periodontal foundation knowledge gained in the classroom and pre-clinical instrumentation experiences.  This course stresses the importance of accurate diagnosis, prognosis and periodontal treatment plans in relation to a comprehensive generalist-based treatment plan.  It also stresses overall management of the effect of oral disease and systemic conditions on oral health and the effect of oral disease on the patient’s systemic health or disease.  The process and outcome of the mechanical aspects of periodontal treatment are carefully evaluated.  Within the limitations of patient-centered care, students are introduced to periodontal surgery through observation and by acting as the surgical assistant/observer to a Faculty Periodontist or Resident during surgery.

DSD 8410 Practice Management II

This course is the second of three in the Practice Management Series that will address issues, both global and specific, to the operation of a dental practice. This second course will address leadership and communication in the office setting.  Focus within the course will be on associateships and practice purchase.

DSD 8470 Clinical Service Learning

This course has been designed to provide community-based experiences, particularly in clinics located in underserved communities, to give the dental student, greater skill and confidence in interacting with diverse patients, increase awareness of the dental care needs in the community, in turn, leading to better trust and more effective communication about oral health and exposure to employment opportunities in these underserved communities. In addition, the services that the students provide in such clinics improve access to care for underserved communities.

 

DS4 – Fall Term

 DCL 8420 Clinical Responsibility

This is the second of three DS4 courses designed to build development of clinical management skills as part of the pre-doctoral dental curriculum and to prepare the student to perform in a comprehensive care environment that is integral to general practice. The dental student provides care to patients in the dental school clinic, in a dental school clinic located in an urban hospital, and in off-site clinics.

DSD 8460 Practice Management III

This course is the last of three in the Practice Management Series that will address issues

specific to the operation of a dental practice. This last course will consist of a computer simulation of a dental practice as well as various pertinent topics appropriate to this course.

DENT 8410 Dental Rounds II

This course is designed to help students understand and apply evidence-based principles and integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines to solve clinical questions or problems.  Students will develop and answer questions based on their actual patient cases by applying the evidence-based decision making model.  In a case presentation format, they will also identify multidisciplinary treatment issues for a patient and will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the role biomedical sciences and scientific evidence play in the provision of patient care.  This course is designed to promote development of critical thinking, application of scientific evidence and self-assessment skills necessary for the practice of dentistry.

 

DS4– Winter Term

 DCL 8430 Clinical Responsibility

This is the 3rd of three DS4 courses which is designed to build on the development of clinical management skills and prepare the student to perform in a comprehensive care environment integral to general practice.  The dental student provides care to patients in the dental school clinic and in a dental school clinic located in an urban hospital.  Patient management skills are developed and build upon the clinic experiences in the DS3 Clinical Responsibility Courses.

 

DENT 8420 Dental Rounds III

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills utilizing a group discussion format.  Students will present a specific case that identifies an ethical dilemma personally encountered and facilitate discussion with faculty and peers.