Neoplasia (DSPR 139)

D1 Fall, 1 credit

Topics covered in this educational module include tumor nomenclature, features of benign versus malignant tumors, cytologic characteristics of cancer cells, pathogenesis and prognosis.

Intro to Radiography (REHE 129)

D1 Spring, 1.5 credits

Initial course consisting of lecture and laboratory covering basic principles of radiography. Included are: instructions on taking intraoral radiographs, radiation physics involved in x-ray generation and the parts and function of the x-ray unit, radiation biology of x-ray interaction with tissue, head and neck anatomy and pathology with regards to radiographic interpretation. Each student will have a clinic rotation.

Oral Pathology (DSPR 234)

D2 Spring, 3.5 credits

Diseases and abnormalities of the teeth and adjacent hard and soft tissues. Includes periodontal, pulpal, and periapical diseases as well as cysts, tumors, developmental anomalies, and oral aspects of systematic disease.

Advanced Principles of Radiography (REHE 256)

D2 Spring, .5 credits

This is a continuation of REHE 229. This course will explore alternative intraoral radiographic techniques, extraoral radiography techniques, their uses and limitation. Included is a discussion of radiation safety in the dental office and film processing. Each student will have an opportunity to gain "hands-on" experience in patient alignment for a panoramic radiograph and alternative tools for taking quality films. Each student will have a clinic rotation.

Introduction to Medicine (INQU 202)

D2 Spring, 1.5 credits

Introduces the student to professional patient interaction and evaluation in a simulated environment. Students will develop interview techniques, learn patient appraisal skills, and techniques for communicating effectively in a health care environment. Students will experience patient interviews and assessment in a simulated environment with live patients.

Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (COMP 328)

D3 Summer, 1 credit

Treatment planning based on the correlation of fundamentals taught in diagnosis, preventive dentistry and restorative dentistry. Clinical experience in the application of didactic training consists of four components; assignments in the admitting and radiology service where students carry out examinations of the newly admitted patients and evaluate their problems and needs; radiology seminars where the technique and interpretation of the radiographs taken by the students are discussed; assignments to the emergency service; and clinical conferences with a staff member.

Oral Diagnosis & Radiology (DSPR 341)

D3 Fall, 2 credits

This course helps the beginning clinician develop and understand the diagnostic process. It is designed to present to the student a method by which the common oral problems facing the dental practitioner can be recognized, diagnosed, evaluated and managed.

Principles of Medicine (DSPR 344)

D3 Fall, .5 credits

Hospital procedures and protocol and the management of surgical complications and emergencies. General principles of surgery as applied to selected topics.

Oral Cancer Diagnosis (DSPR 342)

D3 Spring, 1 credit

Lecture and discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, and psychosocial impact of oral cancer. Legal and ethical responsibilities in diagnosis and detection of malignant oral tumors, oral complications of cancer therapy, dental management, surgical treatment and radiation therapy. Principles of early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Oral Diagnosis & Radiology (COMP 428)

D4 Fall/Spring, .5 credits

Clinical experience in the admitting and radiology service.

Our faculty actively participate in the introductory history and physical diagnosis course (ACE: Knowing the Patient, INQU 102), as well as in the graduate core curriculum.