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Intended Outcomes of Resident Education

Planning and providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary oral health care:
  1. Function as the patient’s primary and comprehensive oral health care provider
  2. Obtain and interpret the patient’s chief complaint; medical, dental and social history; and review of systems
  3. Select and use assessment techniques to arrive at a differential, provisional and definitive diagnosis for patients with complex needs
  4. Explain and discuss with patients, or guardians of patients, findings, diagnoses, treatment options, realistic treatment expectations, patient responsibilities, time requirements, and treatment sequence in order to establish a rapport with patients that will serve as an avenue for effective communication in which the patient will become an informed participant in the planning of health care
  5. Use available diagnostic and prognostic information to integrate multiple disciplines into an individualized, comprehensive and sequenced treatment plan for patients with complex needs
  6. Modify the treatment plan, as indicated, to effectively manage unexpected circumstances or individual patient needs
  7. Perform dental consultations for patients
  8. Request medical consultations for patients

Health care delivery:
  1. Treat patients efficiently in a dental practice setting
  2. Understand the importance of scheduling systems, insurance processing and financial arrangements to maximize production in a dental practice
  3. Implement and use accepted sterilization, disinfection, universal precautions and occupational hazard prevention procedures in the practice of dentistry
  4. Provide patient care by working effectively with allied dental personnel, which includes performing sit-down four-handed dentistry
  5. Employ and promote ethical principles in the practice of dentistry and in relationships with patients, personnel, and colleagues

Information management and analysis:
  1. Develop a rational approach to evaluating the scientific literature and other sources of information to determine the utility of new concepts, materials and procedures
  2. Utilize electronic media systems to access and retrieve information related to dentistry and patient care
  3. Maintain a patient record system that accurately and concisely documents the patient’s diagnostic database, the plan of care and the course of treatments in a format that facilitates the retrieval and analysis of the process and outcomes of patient treatment
  4. Analyze the outcomes of patient care to assess the degree of success, patient satisfaction and/or the need for further treatments
  5. Understand, and participate in, a system for continuous self-evaluation and quality improvement in a dental practice

Oral disease detection and diagnosis
  1. Expose periapical and bitewing radiographs of diagnostic quality
  2. Obtain and interpret clinical and radiographic data and additional diagnostic information from other health care providers or other diagnostic resources
  3. Refer to other health care professionals to utilize the services of clinical, medical or pathology laboratories
  4. Perform limited history and physical evaluation and collect other data in order to establish a risk assessment for dental treatment and use that risk assessment in the development of a dental treatment plan
  5. Recognize and manage oral manifestations of systemic disease
  6. Recognize and manage soft tissue lesions and/or common oral pathological abnormalities
  7. Diagnose and manage a patient’s occlusion

Promoting oral and systemic health and disease prevention:
  1. Participate in community programs to assist in the prevention and reduction of oral disease
  2. Use accepted prevention strategies such as oral hygiene instruction, nutritional education and pharmacologic intervention to assist patient in the improvement and maintenance of their oral and systemic health

Assessment of medical risk:
  1. Develop and carry out dental treatment plans for patients with special needs in a manner that considers and integrates the patient’s medical, psychological and social needs

Pain and anxiety control and sedation:
  1. Provide control of pain and anxiety in the conscious patient through the use of psychological interventions, behavior management techniques, local anesthesia and oral conscious sedation techniques.
  2. Prevent, recognize and manage complications related to the use and interactions of drugs, local anesthesia and oral conscious sedation.

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Dental Laboratory