Department of Diagnostic Sciences: Curriculum

ADVANCED IMAGING
The course on advanced imaging reinforces the importance of the right way of using technology and understanding the usage of advanced techniques like ct, mri and ultrasound in dentistry. It also helps students understand the digital radiography and its advantages and disadvantages over the film based technique. It helps them to choose appropriate imaging modality for treatment planning for procedures like implants. The diagnostic part of the course should help residents in describing, interpreting and developing most relevant differential diagnoses for the systemic and bone pathology that is seen on the radiographs. The literature component of the course will help them in knowing the latest research in the field and promotes ideas to develop research integrating imaging.

ADVANCED ORAL PATHOLOGY
This conference provides the essential information for histologic diagnosis of oral pathologies. This individualized program provides concentrated instruction in the microscopic aspects of those oral diseases related to the specific clinical specialty in which the resident is enrolled.

GENERAL & SYSTEMIC PATHOLOGY
This course is organized to present the pathologic processes which underlie the basis for a variety of human disease states. The fundamentals of cell injury and cell death, inflammation and repair and the abnormalities associated with intra and extravascular fluid derangements are covered. Many of these principles are recapitulated in lectures on dental pulp and periapical lesions. Additionally, material relating to autoimmune and environmental diseases and a number of infectious diseases are presented. The oral manifestations of these processes are stressed.

RADIOLOGY
This course provides the student with the theoretical knowledge required to achieve a working knowledge of the radiologic sciences as they apply to dentistry. Also included will be concepts of radiation safety and radiation biology. An introduction to normal radiographic anatomy and the radiographic aspects of dental pathology will be included.

CLINICAL RADIOLOGY
This course is designed to allow the student to acquire the skills for performing intraoral and panoramic dental radiographic examinations. The student will demonstrate these skills first on mannequins and develop them doing radiographic examinations on patients. The student will also be taught to recognize and correct common imaging and processing errors encountered in dental radiography. The student will also be introduced to other maxillofacial imaging techniques as patient needs permit.

EMERGENCY CLINIC ROTATION
This course will provide the student an opportunity to evaluate, diagnose, treat or manage patients requiring immediate intervention.

EMERGENCY CLINIC ROTATION
This course will provide the student the opportunity to evaluate, diagnose, treat or manage patients requiring immediate intervention.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
This independent study course is designed for the predoctoral dental student who desires to pursue additional knowledge in specific areas of the diagnostic sciences. These areas include any one of the following: general, systemic or oral pathology or oral medicine. The content of the course is specified by the student and approved and monitored by a full-time faculty member. The teaching format is designed to encourage independent student experiences with the faculty acting in an advisory capacity with limited personal interaction.

CLINICAL PATHOLOGIC CORRECTION OF ORAL/MAXILLOFACIAL PATHOLOGY
The oral and maxillofacial pathology elective course is an intensive review of clinical oral pathology. Through the use of projected slides, ent tumor board attendance, and class presentations, the prepared student should improve their recognition of diseases specific to the oral cavity, and head and neck. Clinical pictures, radiographs, and microscopic sessions are a significant part of the elective experience. Diagnosis and treatment discussions are expected at each class meeting. A small group biopsy lab is held on one evening during the course.

MEDICAL THERAPEUTIC GERIATRIC DENTISTRY
The goals of this course are to familiarize the student with the socio-demographic characteristics of the geriatric population, to identify the factors that influence its oral health, to recognize the effects and implications of systemic medications, to recognize the effects of aging on the oral structures, and to appreciate the general impact of the interactions among aging, systemic diseases, and oral health.