Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

The Division of Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning is based on the Group Practice model. The clinic is divided into six group practices, each shared by three Practice Coordinators, who are responsible for approximately 40 third year and 40 fourth year students. The Practice Coordinators are responsible for developing the overall treatment plan for the patient, monitoring the student’s progress toward graduation, and providing direct patient care as needed. The Practice Coordinator instructs, evaluates and advises predoctoral students regarding comprehensive patient care and is responsible for chairside instruction in diagnosis and treatment planning. The Practice Coordinator leads the practice in achieving optimal efficiency and productivity.

Practice Management Course

The Practice Management course is designed to teach all aspects of a dental practice. These concepts can be utilized during their clinical experiences at Tufts University School of Dental medicine as well as a practicing dentist post-graduation.

Ethics and Professionalism in Dentistry

The Ethics and Professionalism course is designed to provide students with a foundation upon which to develop ethical decision-making skills. The questions of what one should do and why one should do it are central to ethical decision making, and permeate into nearly all components of a dentist’s personal and professional lives.

The class is intended to elevate ethical and professional responsibility, promote ethical conduct in the classroom, in the clinic, and in the dental profession. The class is intended to stimulate debate on important ethical issues and not merely solve particular ethical dilemmas. While the object of ethics is to emphasize spirit or intent rather than law, the class will introduce a legal perspective to many ethical situations. While the rules of law and ethical standards are often in harmony, one question students must answer, for example, is how does one handle scenarios when ethical principles are contrary to law?

The class is intended to challenge students’ conventional thinking on a variety of issues pertaining to the practice of dentistry, while promoting an ethical perspective to the students’ decision-making processes.

ICE I

The purpose of Introduction to Clinical Experience I is to introduce the year one dental students to the clinic, to overview and apply the basic procedures of infection control in the dental operatories and to do dental plaque score assessments on each other. These processes will compliment and parallel the material covered in the concurrent Oral Microbiology Course and Oral Health Promotions Course.

During the first session the students will properly prepare the operatories for a patient appointment, then upon faculty approval, will “turn over” the operatory and prepare for the next student patient. The second session is a Clinical Plaque Disclosing Exercise. Students will be using the red disclosing dye on each other to determine their percent dental surface plaque-free scores.

ICE II

Introduction to Clinical Experience II (ICE II) introduces the second year student to those aspects of dentistry not taught in the basic science didactic courses or in the pre-clinical laboratory. The skills acquired in this series of lectures, hands-on workshops and clinical competencies are necessary for the student’s successful transition into the undergraduate dental clinic by the spring of their second year at TUSDM.

The course is approximately 165 hours long and runs from September to April. Areas of instruction include: Infection Control, Ergonometrics, Occupational Risk and Safety, Periodontology, Radiology, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Patient Risk Management, Practice Management, and Pain Management.

During this course, the second year student is required to clinically assist upper-class persons in patient encounters in the areas of diagnosis and treatment planning, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

ICE II for International Students

Introduction to IS Clinical Experience (IS ICE) introduces and / or reviews the international student to those aspects of dentistry not taught in the basic science didactic courses or in the pre-clinical laboratory. The skills acquired in this series of lectures, hands-on workshops and clinical competencies are necessary for the international student’s successful transition into the TUSDM undergraduate dental clinic.

The course is approximately 90 hours long and runs from April until August. Areas of instruction include: Infection Control, Ergonometrics, Occupational Risk and Safety, Periodontology, Radiology, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Oral Health Promotions / Preventive Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Patient Risk Management, Practice Management, and Pain Management and Medicine.

During this course, the IS student is required to clinically assist upper-class persons in patient encounters in the areas of diagnosis and treatment planning, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics and periodontics. Students will be evaluated and their grade will be determined by the result of two multiple-choice examinations, participation in workshops, clinical rotation attendance, clinical assisting and demonstrated competency in each of the hands-on workshops required.

The course has been modified based on suggestions from students, faculty and the Curriculum Review Committee. Changes have been made to ensure that all students are appropriately prepared for the clinical educational experience of their dental education. The schedule has been consolidated to reduce complexity and to increase the efficiency in accomplishing course objectives.