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.
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.