Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of our Postdoctoral Program in General Dentistry will be able to:

  1. Function as a patient's primary, and comprehensive oral health care provider.
  2. Explain and discuss with patients (or parents or guardians of patients) findings, diagnoses, treatment options, realistic treatment expectations, patient responsibilities, time requirements, sequence of treatment, estimated fees and payment responsibilities in order to establish a therapeutic alliance between the patient and care provider. 
  3. Integrate multiple disciplines into an individualized, comprehensive, sequenced treatment plan using diagnostic and prognostic information for patients with complex needs. 
  4. Modify the treatment plan, if indicated, based on unexpected circumstances or on the patient's individual needs.
  5. Diagnose and manage a patient's occlusion. 
  6. Perform dental consultations and request medical consultations for AEGD patients and patients from other health care facilities. 
  7. Treat patients efficiently in a dental practice setting. 
  8. Use the school's scheduling system, insurance, and financial arrangements to maximize productivity in dental practice.
  9. Support the program's mission by acting in a manner to maximize patient satisfaction with the practice. 
  10. Use and implement accepted sterilization, disinfection, universal precautions and occupational hazard prevention procedures in the practice of dentistry. 
  11. Provide patient care by working effectively with allied dental personnel, including sit down, four-handed dentistry. 
  12. Provide dental care as part of an interprofessional and interdisciplinary health care team. 
  13. Practice and promote ethical principles in the practice of dentistry and in relationships with patients, personnel, and colleagues.
  14. Evaluate scientific literature and other sources of information to determine the safety and effectiveness of medications and diagnostic, preventive, and treatment modalities, and make appropriate decisions regarding the use of new and existing medications, procedures, materials, and concepts. 
  15. Take advantage of available information technology and use CMS information systems as they are developed within The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. 
  16. Maintain a patient record system that facilitates the retrieval and analysis of the process and outcomes of patient treatment. 
  17. Analyze the outcomes of patient treatment to improve that treatment. 
  18. Participate in a quality assurance system for continuous quality improvement in the dental practice. 
  19. Select and use assessment techniques to determine differential, provisional and definitive diagnoses for patients with complex needs. 
  20. Obtain and interpret the patient's chief complaint, medical, dental and social histories. 
  21. Obtain and interpret appropriate clinical and radiographic data and additional diagnostic information from other health care providers or other diagnostic resources. 
  22. Use the services of clinical, medical, and pathology laboratories, and refer to other health professionals for the utilization of these services. 
  23. Perform a limited physical evaluation and collect other data (chief complaint, medical, dental, & social histories) to establish a risk assessment for dental treatment and use that risk assessment to develop a dental treatment plan. 
  24. Diagnose and manage oral manifestations of systemic disease, intraoral soft tissue lesions of non-traumatic origin, and common oral pathological abnormalities. 
  25. Use accepted prevention strategies (e.g., oral hygiene instruction, caries risk assessment, nutritional education, and pharmacologic intervention) to help patients maintain and improve their oral and systemic health.
  26. Treat patients with a broad variety of acute and chronic systemic disorders and social difficulties, including patients with special needs. 
  27. Develop and carry out dental treatment plans for patients with special needs in a manner that considers and integrates those patients' medical, psychological, and social needs. 
  28. Use pharmacologic agents in the treatment of dental patients. 
  29. Provide control of pain and anxiety in the conscious patient through the use of psychological interventions, behavior management techniques, local anesthesia, and oral and nitrous oxide conscious sedation techniques. 
  30. Prevent, recognize, and manage the complications related to the use and interactions of drugs, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide. 
  31. Restore single teeth with a wide range of materials and methods. 
  32. Place restorations and perform techniques to enhance patient's facial esthetics. 
  33. Restore endodontically treated teeth. 
  34. Treat patients with missing teeth requiring removable restorations. 
  35. Treat patients with missing teeth requiring uncomplicated fixed restorations.
  36. Communicate case design with laboratory technicians and evaluate the resultant prostheses.
  37. Perform and maintain uncomplicated endosseous implant restorations.
  38. Diagnose and treat early and moderate periodontal disease using nonsurgical and surgical procedures. 
  39. Evaluate the results of periodontal treatment and establish and monitor a periodontal maintenance program. 
  40. Diagnose and treat pain of pulpal origin. 
  41. Perform uncomplicated non-surgical anterior endodontic therapy. 
  42. Perform uncomplicated non-surgical posterior endodontic therapy. 
  43. Treat uncomplicated endodontic complications. 
  44. Manage complex endodontic complications. 
  45. Perform adjunctive and limited orthodontic treatment for adult comprehensive care patients.
  46. Perform surgical and non-surgical extraction of teeth. 
  47. Extract uncomplicated impacted wisdom teeth. 
  48. Perform uncomplicated pre-prosthetic surgery. 
  49. Perform or manage biopsies of oral tissues. 
  50. Treat patients with intraoral dental emergencies and infections. 
  51. Treat patients with complications related to intraoral surgical procedures. 
  52. Perform endosseous implant placement surgery. 
  53. Anticipate, diagnose and provide initial treatment and follow-up management for medical emergencies that may occur during dental treatment.
  54. Treat intraoral hard and soft tissue lesions of traumatic origin.