Core Curriculum

Anxiety, Sedation and Pain Control

from OMFS 1

  1. Evaluate / identify apprehensive patients requiring behavioral, sedative and/or analgesic intervention
  2. Select appropriate anesthetic drugs
  3. Perform anesthetic techniques by appropriate routes
  4. Identify complications secondary to anesthesia
  5. Monitor vital signs
  6. Be knowledgeable of the pharmacology of drugs selected for administration
  7. Manage emergency drugs and equipment

Clinical Performance

Continuation course over 6 semesters

8. Increase understanding and competence in diagnosing and managing dental disease

9. Broaden knowledge, skills and experience in a wide variety of clinical disciplines and contemporary techniques

10. Increase competence and confidence in the provision of independent practice in all dental disciplines

Emergency Dentistry

from OMFS 2

11. Appropriately respond to dental emergency patients that present to the dental clinic

12. Evaluate the course of the patient’s chief compliant

13. Prescribe and/or carry out the definitive procedures necessary to relieve the patient’s chief complaint

14. Consult with dental specialists, attending dentists, as needed

15. Refer the patient for proper follow-up care


16 Diagnose pulpal and periradicular pathology

17. Utilize contemporary techniques for treating pulpal pathology

18. Treatment plan and treat simple to complex endodontic cases

19. Restore the endodontically treated tooth

20. Understand endodontic access, instrumentation and obturation techniques using current armamentarium

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Endodontics

21. Treat failing Root Canal Therapy either non-surgically or surgically

22. Gain expertise in treating geriatric and pediatric patients with advanced endodontic needs

23. Provide the opportunity to plan, treat and restore increasingly complex endodontic cases

24. Understand concepts of Apexogenesis & Apexification

Implant Dentistry

25. Understand patient selection criteria for the placement of dental implants

26. Complete implant pre-surgical diagnostics and treatment planning

27. Place and recover dental implants

28. Provide prosthodontic restorations for dental implants

29. Understand and manage complications that may arise during and after treatment

30. Understand special consideration in treatment planning

31. Facilitate communication between members of the implant team

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Implant Dentistry

32. Understand treatment planning, radiographic or CBCT analysis, patient selection, medical considerations, independent surgical techniques, and patient case presentations for placement and restoration of single and multiple dental implants. Presentations will be made to peers and private practitioners attending the course

Literature Seminars

from the 6-semester course Advanced Clinical Sciences

33. Critically review, analyze and evaluate the current dental literature

Medical Risk Assessment

from OMFS 2

34. Understand major medical disorders that may impact oral health care

35. Understand the process in making informed judgments and clinical decisions regarding the potential risk and management of the medically involved or medically compromised patient during operative and surgical dental procedures


36. Record accurate impressions and fabricate satisfactory diagnostic casts

37. Record an accurate centric registration and correctly mount study casts on the articulator

38. Diagnose occlusal disharmony and determine if it relates to either signs or symptoms

39. Gain knowledge about the anterior envelope of function

40. Adjust occlusion on mounted models to determine if intraoral adjustment is practical

41. Be aware of the mandibular position when reconstructing the occlusion (maximum intercuspation or centric relations)

42. Diagnose the need for an occlusal splint and fabricate a splint and create a proper occlusal pattern on the splint

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

43. Perform the comprehensive patient history and physical examination; evaluate the physical diagnosis and medical risk assessment of each patient

44. Provide routine outpatient oral surgery, deal with complications, manage biopsies

45. Treat more complex oral surgery and other surgical cases within the scope of experience and training

46. Identify complications, pathology, injuries and other complex cases requiring referral to the specialist

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

47. Pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Provider Course Completion Card and be prepared and competent in the use of emergency equipment and able to respond to cardiac emergencies

48. The resident demonstrates proficiency in the use of Nitrous Oxide and emergency equipment and is capable of directing clinic emergency protocol

Oral Medicine

Advanced Oral Medicine and Dental Pharmacology: Distance Learning

49. Understand all systemic diseases with oral manifestations

50. Recognize oral diseases and aware of the therapy recommended

51. Recognize all oral diseases that may have systemic manifestations

52. Recognize the oral manifestations, signs and symptoms that can occur from medications

Oral Pathology

Advanced Oral Pathology: Distance Learning

53. Demonstrate written proficiency in differential diagnosis when provided with clinical cases and histories requiring such decision making

54. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of accepted therapy for oral ulcerations and vesiculobullous conditions

55. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms that explain the clinical appearance of oral pathologic processes

56. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of salivary gland diseases discussed

57. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge relative to the etiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of oral cancer

58. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge concerning the oral manifestations of systemic diseases

59. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of pathologic processes common to jaws

60. Identify and diagnose abnormalities and pathological conditions of the oral cavity

Oral Photography

from Restorative Dentistry

61. Understand standardized oral photographic techniques

62. Use intraoral and extraoral devices, as well as digital photography

63. Present cases using intraoral photographs

Orofacial Pain

Distance Learning

64. Understand basic pain mechanisms and pathways in the head and neck

65. Understand commonly occurring pain referral patterns in the orofacial region

66. Understand the rationale and protocol for obtaining a comprehensive history from the orofacial pain patient

67. Recognize essential differences between acute and chronic pain

68. Be able to perform a detailed examination of the temporomandibular joint

69. Identify various subgroups of intracapsular disorders

70. Be able to perform a detailed examination of the masticatory and cervical musculature

71. Identify various subgroups of extracapsular disorders

72. Understand the role of occlusal factors in TMD

73. Understand the rationale for multidisciplinary evaluation and management of TMD/Orofacial Pain

74. Recognize non-TMD orofacial pain conditions of neurologic, salivary gland, vascular, anatomic, systemic disease origin

75. Know the indications for an occlusal orthosis

76. Be able to determine the need for physical therapy


77. Develop a working knowledge of common occlusal/orthodontic problems

78. Develop a logical, sequential procedure for diagnosis and analysis of orthodontic problems

79. Gain familiarity with orthodontic treatment goals

80. Teach the resident technical methods for treating minor orthodontic problems

Pediatric Dentistry

81. Familiarize the resident with how the anatomic and emotional differences between the pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients impact on treatment

82. Refine behavioral management skills necessary to effectively treat the pediatric patient

83. Provide the resident the opportunity to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care in the general practice setting


84. Increase the resident’s diagnostic acumen, ability to treatment plan, and clinically manage and maintain patients with periodontal diseases

85. Diagnose periodontal defects and know accepted corrective measures

86. Understand and apply emerging clinical concepts in the treatment of periodontal defects and disease

87. Recognize and understand when and what clinical skills need to be applied for the treatment of periodontal disease and recognize when to refer as needed

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Periodontics

88. Develop independent diagnostic and clinical skills in the management of mild, moderate and severe periodontitis

89. Understand, apply and utilize clinical concepts and traditional and/or emerging armamentarium in the treatment of periodontal defects and disease

90. Understand the possible interaction of periodontal disease with other diseases and special precautions in patient management necessitated by systemic conditions

Practice Management

from the 6-semester course Advanced Clinical Sciences

91. Understand business and management issues in dental practice associated with business plans, insurance, practice acquisition and development, management of personnel, dental records, informed consent, quality assurance, peer-review, dental ethics, medico-legal concerns

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Practice Management

92. Be familiar with the daily business and management issues associated with dental practice with emphasis on business plans, practice development, personnel, quality records, and quality assurance

93. Understand the function of a variety of dental settings, including routine solo and group clinical practices. Graduates will develop interpersonal skills to successfully interact with patients, staff, suppliers, insurance companies, and the business community

Radiology and Interpretation

Advanced Radiology and Interpretation: Distance Learning

94. Describe advanced imaging techniques appropriate for the diagnosis of complex conditions including techniques as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

95. Discuss the principles of panoramic imaging and its role in dental practice

96. Describe the options of radiographic examination of dental implant sites and cross sectional anatomy of the mandible and maxilla

97. Be familiar with the fundamentals of digital imaging and its integration into the practice of dentistry

98. Understand the basic principles of radiologic interpretation

Restorative Dentistry

Scope: General Practice Philosophy of Restorative Dentistry

99. Operative, Fixed, Removable, Comprehensive Prosthodontics courses

100. Be given the opportunity to integrate various disciplines of dentistry, enabling the resident to provide the patient with comprehensive, well sequenced care

101. Reach sound decisions regarding appropriate referral

102. Be able to restore teeth to health and function and to understand alternative methods of accomplishing treatment objectives

103. Have the opportunity to use and evaluate new operative techniques and dental materials

104. Integrate a variety of therapy with the dental therapeutic needs for the patient

105. Choose the appropriate design and material to meet the requirements of the patient

106. Provide treatment options for patients

107. Evaluate and use impression material selection and techniques

108. Evaluate and select methods of provisional restorations

109. Utilize effective communication with the dental laboratory

110. Be introduced to the restoration of osseo-integrated implants

111. Se aware of abused tissue and intervention; surgical, conditioners, relines, rebases

112. Understand the integration of complex prosthodontic therapy with other dental treatment

Subset: Operative Dentistry

from Restorative Dentistry


113. Recognize both active and inactive carious processes and initiate appropriate treatment for each.

114. Design and develop the appropriate tooth preparation with respect to both the tooth and the materials used to restore it.

115. Be proficient at patient management for operative dentistry including adequate isolation techniques.

116. Select the appropriate restorative material for restoration of a tooth to best restore form, function and esthetics.

117. Provide adequate pulpal protection from recurrent development of caries and thermal changes.

118. Develop functional occlusal anatomy to preserve the intermaxillary arch relationships.

119. Understand the need for recall and dental maintenance procedures.


120. Understand the need for direct esthetic restorations to restore defects secondary to dental caries, developmental disturbances and regressive alterations that may occur

121. Diagnose and deliver direct esthetic procedures such as diastema closures, direct veneers, anterior and posterior esthetic restoratives

122. Understand dental biomaterials and properties of composites and dentin bonding materials

123. Apply isolation techniques, including rubber dam and other contemporary devices

Subset: Fixed Prosthodontics

from Restorative Dentistry

124. Understand proper case selection and pre-treatment requirements for fixed prosthodontics

125. Complete an adequate case analysis for treatment

126. Complete appropriate tooth preparations to provide esthetics, function, retention and resistance form

127. Select appropriate type of retainers

128. Complete proper impression techniques to capture maxillo-mandibular relationships

129. Understand articulation and functional development of the prostheses

130. Understand shade selection and contouring of the restoration

131. Seat the restoration and teach proper care and maintenance

Subset: Removable Prosthodontics – Complete Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures

from Restorative Dentistry

132. Understand the diagnosis and treatment planning procedures for edentulous or partially edentulous patients

133. Perform the techniques for fabrication of complete dentures and partially edentulous removable prostheses

134. Understand the need to manage the psycho-social problems of the patient

135. Understand the multidisciplinary team approach in the laboratory component for the fabrication of complete dentures and partially edentulous prostheses

Subset: Comprehensive Prosthodontics

from Restorative Dentistry

Fall, Year 1

136. Perform a comprehensive oral exam, and collect the necessary clinical data to form a basic prosthodontic/restorative treatment plans

137. Form a phased and sequenced treatment plan for a basic prosthodontic/restorative patient

138. Evaluate a patient’s occlusion and diagnosing the potential etiology of some common causes for prosthodontic/restorative needs

139. Prepare the patient’s mouth for future prosthodontic/restorative treatment

140. Understand the principles of mouth/tooth preparation for cast metal, porcelain fused to metal and all ceramic crowns

141. Understand the principles of tooth preparation for a veneer crown, an inlay, and an onlay

142. Understand the principles of restoring the endodontically treated tooth

143. Understand the basic technique of restoring an implant with a prosthodontic/restorative prosthesis

144. Understand the technique of fabricating an interim prosthodontic/restorative prosthesis

145. Communicate with the dental laboratory on fabricating basic prosthodontic/restorative prostheses

Spring, Year 1

146. Evaluate the prosthodontic/restorative laboratory work fabricated by the dental technician

147. Understand the basic philosophy behind framework and pontic design for the prosthodontic/restorative prosthesis

148. Understand the evaluation of the abutment tooth for a fixed or removable partial denture

149. Understand the sequence of fabricating a complete or removable prosthesis

150. Understand the technique of shade selection, and replicating color in a prosthodontic/restorative prosthesis

151. Understand the technique of delivering and finishing the previously stated restorations

152. Understand the maintenance of a prosthodontic/restorative dental prosthesis

Year Two: Advanced Topics in Restorative Dentistry

153. Discuss the science of Prosthodontics – Restorative Dentistry

154. Develop strategies to diagnose and treatment plan complex edentulous patients for complete, implant and partial dentures

155. Gain competency in CAD/CAM and laser treatments

156. Be exposed to differing philosophies of occlusion

157. Discuss the etiology of the worn dentition

158. Develop strategies to sequence complex treatment plans

159. Discuss the 7 most common errors in implant placement

160. Examine parameters of beauty when considering esthetic dentistry

161. Develop a system of diagnosis, patient education and steps to provide esthetic excellence to patients

162. Discuss the importance of dental materials and material selection

163. Understand laboratory communication: from the diagnostic wax-up, to shade selection, to completion of the restoration

Safety, Infection Control, Biohazardous Waste and Hazardous Communication

164. Gain familiarity with Health and Rehabilitative Services and OSHA (CDC) guidelines as they pertain to safety, infection control, biohazardous waste and hazardous communication

165. Increase awareness of the avenues available by which to prepare, implement and train employees in programs related to safety, infection control, biohazardous waste and hazardous communication programs

Special Care Dentistry

166. Diagnose and treatment plan patients with special needs specifically: head and neck cancer patients, geriatric patients, patients with developmental and acquired problems, and the medically compromise and mentally challenged patients

167. Examine and triage a patient for oral cancer, refer the patient for definitive treatment and manage the dental needs of the patient

168. Understand the rationale behind the treatment planning and treatments available for the patient with special needs

169. Be acquainted with the ability to treat patients in the hospital and the dental care appropriate to the operating room

170. Understand the need to manage the psycho-social problems of the special needs patient

171. Understand the multidisciplinary team approach to treatment of the special needs patient specifically cancer and medically compromised patients

172. Understand the role of dental care in the overall management of the special needs patient

173. Understand the principles and pharmacology of sedation dentistry and the use of medical positioning devices in the treatment of patients with special needs

Treatment Planning for Comprehensive Oral Care: Patient Assessment and Diagnosis

from the 6-semester course Advanced Clinical Sciences

174. Comprehensively plan all cases in a logical and economically sound manner

175. Sequence dental care to meet the patient’s recognized needs while maximizing health and function

176. Design alternative plans to address patient’s needs so they make informed decisions about their dental care

177. Develop comprehensive, sequenced treatment plans for routine and complex dental cases

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