Goals and Objectives by Dental Discipline

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Goals and Objectives by Dental Discipline

Listed below are the specific educational goals and objectives for each area. They describe what residents are expected to be able to do upon completion of the program. Following this list are the major methods that will be used to achieve the specific goals and objectives.

Planning and providing multidisciplinary comprehensive care and oral disease prevention

1. Integrate multiple disciplines into an individualized, comprehensive, sequenced treatment plan using diagnostic, risk assessment and prognostic information for patients with complex needs.

2. Develop and carry out dental treatment plans for special needs patients in a manner that considers and integrates those patients’ medical, psychological and social needs.

3. Provide primary dental care as part of an inter-professional health care team.

4. Diagnose and manage oral manifestations of systemic disease.

Obtaining informed consent

5. Explain and discuss with patients, parents, or guardians of patients who lack decisional capacity, findings, diagnoses, treatment options, realistic treatment expectations, patient responsibilities, time requirements, sequence of treatment, estimated fees, and payment responsibilities, in order to establish therapeutic alliance between the patient and/or parent or guardian, and care provider.

Promoting oral and systemic health and disease prevention

6. Use accepted behavioral and prevention strategies such as oral hygiene instruction, nutritional education, and pharmacologic intervention to help patients maintain and improve their oral and systemic health.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

7. Obtain and interpret a patient’s chief complaint, history of present illness, medical, dental, family, cultural, and social histories, and review of systems.

8. Develop a comprehensive or limited diagnosis and treatment plan incorporating historical, laboratory, radiographic and clinical findings to include patients with complex needs.

Medical risk assessment

9. Obtain and interpret appropriate laboratory and radiographic data and obtain additional diagnostic information through consultation with other health care providers.

10. Identify needs and make referrals to appropriate health care providers for the treatment of physiologic, psychological and social problems presented by dental patients.

Documentation, information management and quality improvement

11. Maintain a patient record system that facilitates the retrieval and analysis of the process and outcomes of patient treatment.

12. Evaluate scientific literature and use information in the literature in making evidence-based professional decisions.

13. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate digital photographic principles and techniques.

14. Understand the components and function of a comprehensive quality improvement program.

Restoration of teeth

15. Restore single teeth using a functionally acceptable range of materials and methods.

16. Restore endodontically treated teeth.

17. Appreciate the relationship between periodontics and esthetic dentistry.

Replacement of teeth

18. Treat patients with missing teeth requiring removable and/or fixed prostheses.

Implant Placement and Restoration

19. Manage patients with missing teeth using uncomplicated dental implant restorations.

Periodontal Therapy

20. Understand the indications and contraindications for periodontal flap surgery, periodontal plastic surgery, and other techniques.

21. Perform atraumatic periodontal surgery concentrating on gentle flap management and suturing.

22. Diagnose and manage periodontal emergencies.

Endodontic therapy

23. Diagnose and treat pain of pulpal origin, to include performing uncomplicated, non-surgical endodontic therapy.

24. Recognize and manage endodontic complications and emergencies.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology

25. Perform surgical and nonsurgical extraction of erupted teeth.

26. Perform uncomplicated pre-prosthetic surgery.

27. Recognize and manage the complications of intraoral surgical treatment.

28. Extract uncomplicated impacted wisdom teeth.

29. Diagnose and manage common oral mucosal diseases.

Treatment of dental emergencies

30. Diagnose and manage dental emergencies, performing uncomplicated or reversible techniques where indicated.

31. Provide initial treatment and then manage patients with extra-oral and complex oral-facial emergencies and infections.

Treatment of medical emergencies

32. Anticipate, diagnose and provide initial treatment and follow-up management for medical emergencies that may occur during dental treatment.

Sedation, pain and anxiety control

33. Evaluate the need for use of behavioral and/or pharmacologic modalities in management of pain and anxiety based upon psychosocial factors and anticipated clinical procedures.

34. Prevent, recognize, and manage complications related to the use and interactions of drugs used to control pain and anxiety.

Temporomandibular Dysfunction and Occlusion.

35. Diagnose and manage a patient's malocclusion.

36. Understand, diagnose, and non-surgically treat uncomplicated temporomandibular disorders.

Ethical Practice

37. Understand, articulate and discuss ethical principles and models.

38. Use principle-based decision making in responding to simulated and real-life patient-care scenarios.

Practice management

39. Understand basic business principles and necessary decisions of running a dental practice.

40. Use and implement principles of business management, managed care, peer review, and alternative health care delivery systems in the practice of dentistry.

41. Practice and promote the principles of jurisprudence and ethics in the practice of dentistry and in relationships with patients, personnel and colleagues.

42. Effective management of allied dental personnel including clinical and support staff.


43. Develop an understanding of the importance, theories, and models of leadership.

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