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Fourth Year Courses

Fall Semester

Senior Practice Management

The course presents and discusses specific topics in the management of a dental practice. Through this course, we prepare the new graduate for the wide variety of practice opportunities they may encounter. Senior Practice management is intended to develop the business and personnel management concepts further that were presented in Junior Practice Management. During the summer, students have participated in a variety of clinical extramural experiences. This course is intended to reinforce and integrate the didactic material with the observations made during the extramural rotation,. It is designed to be an interactive, discussion course. Course participants are expected to apply information to specific tasks at hand. A computer simulation has been designed to allow participants to have the experience of making strategic managerial decisions regarding a dental practice. [4.0 credits graded]

Restorative Dentistry Review

The lecture series is correlated with clinical experience a student obtains in the senior year. The most current concepts in Restorative Dentistry are reviewed, and the lectures and discussion periods are designed to prepare the student for the National Board examination in Operative Dentistry. [1.0 credit graded]

Clinical Extramural Experience

Students complete a six-week experience in remote dental sites throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A variety of possible sites exist including rural and urban private practices, public and private clinics, and hospital settings. Besides performing clinical work, students are expected to describe practice management concepts and systems and to investigate the interrelationships of the health care system with the community. [4-6 credits graded]

Ethical Issues in Dentistry

The course is comprised of a series of lectures and seminars. The lectures, which alternate with the seminars, will be in the Multipurpose Room. The seminars will integrate and reinforce material presented in the lectures and in the assigned readings. The seminars will be small group discussions which will allow more interaction than the large class setting. The class will be divided into seven seminar groups which will be led by two faculty members per group. Attendance at lectures and seminars will be mandatory. [1.0 credit graded]

Advanced Concepts in Dentistry II

The course is comprised of a series of lectures designed to complement the clinical experiences a student acquires during the senior year. The most current concepts in prosthodontic dentistry are reviewed, and the lectures and discussion periods prepare the senior student for clinical use of these ideas and concepts. In addition, information on new techniques and new dental materials are presented which will prepare the student for private practice. [1.0 credit graded]

Special Topics in Clinical Dentistry

A multi-disciplinary series of lectures designed to update and review the most current information in clinical pharmacology, prosthodontics, and related dental materials. The objective of the course is to prepare the student to successfully integrate these subjects into their private practice experience. [1.0 credit P-F]

Advanced Periodontology

This summarizing didactic course integrates case based learning and preparation for the National Board Part II. Also emphasized are special care issues in dealing with medically compromised periodontal patients and the implications of systemic diseases that may have a cause and effect relationship to periodontal disease. [1.0 credit graded]

Community Service

This service-learning course provides the student dentist with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of community service activities. In so doing, it affords the student an opportunity to learn more about the community in which he or she is living and working, as well as to experience the responsibility of the health care professional in terms of community involvement and service. [0.5 credit P-F]

Clinical Oral Surgery II

This course provides a clinical learning experience, culminating the didactic theory and techniques of exodontia and minor oral surgery for junior dental students. [2.0 credits P-F]

General Medicine in Dentistry

This course introduces the fourth year dental student to general medicine concepts and their application to Dentistry. The body will be broken down into the major organ systems, with discussion on their pathophysiology and how it affects dental care. There will be heavy clinical basis and clinical application of basic science principles. Lecture topics will be as listed on the schedule. [1.0 credit P-F]

Spring Semester

Jurisprudence/Ethics/Dental Practice

The course is designed to provide the graduating senior information in the areas of Jurisprudence, Ethics, and Dental practice in today's practice environment. Lectures will be presented by invited speakers who are working on a daily basis in the areas to be covered. [1.0 credit P-F]

Clinical Treatment Planning II

The course teaches synthesis of treatment modalities for direct patient care with emphasis on collation of all pertinent facts. Patient management and case presentation techniques are utilized in a primary care setting. [0.5 credit P-F]

Clinical Diagnosis

This clinical course is designed to assist the student in becoming knowledgeable in Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine. Clinical Diagnosis in the Oral/Diagnosis/Oral Medicine curriculum entails a three-semester ongoing clinical experience in principles of diagnosis, medicine and emergency care (immediate or urgent care) that is graded at the end of the second (spring) semester of the senior year. The experience comes basically in patient admission, consultations and emergency/immediate care. [3.0 credits graded]

Clinical Operative Dentistry II

Experience in the operative dentistry clinic during the junior and senior year, enables the student to obtain clinical experience in providing operative dentistry treatment for clinical patients. Basic procedures mastered in the preclinical laboratory are practiced in a clinical environment. Students progress, clinical variations are introduced and more advanced operative procedures are mastered. [6.0 credits graded]

Sr. Clinical Complete Dentures

This course is a combination of the clinical application of the principles learned in previous courses in complete denture prosthodontics. During these courses, the student will construct maxillary and mandibular complete dentures. This course emphasizes the clinical practice of complete denture prosthodontics, especially as it pertains to patient management and the relationship of the dentist to the dental laboratory. [2.0 credits graded]

Clinical Removable Partial Dentures

The course expands upon the involvement of students in the treatment of partially edentulous patients in need of removable restorations. [3.0 credits graded]

Sr. Clinical Fixed Partial Dentures

Experiences in the Fixed Partial Denture Clinic during the junior and senior year enable the student to obtain clinical expertise in replacing lost tooth structure and missing teeth with either cast gold restorations, porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, or all ceramic restorations. Basic procedures mastered in the preclinical laboratory are practiced in a clinical environment. Emphasis is placed on treatment planning, sequencing optimum function, and esthetics for all restorations. As the student progresses with skills, clinical variations and new materials are introduced and more advanced concepts in fixed partial dentures are mastered. Each student learns to critique his/her own work constructed by the Dental Laboratory. [7.0 credits graded]

Clinical Patient Management II

The course will consist of the aspects of a student's skills, behavior and knowledge that are separate from clinical technical skills. Those elements include clinical utilization, patient management, professionalism, case presentation, personal interaction, self assessment and case presentation activities. [2.0 credits graded]

Clinical Orthodontics

This course is designed to teach the dental students the application of principles of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment. The student is taught to apply diagnostic principles to a broad range of malocclusions as they would be encountered in a general practice and to develop communication skills necessary to provide effective patient/parent consultation and effective interaction with the specialist in orthodontics. The student is also taught treatment of those malocclusions that are generally considered to be of an uncomplicated nature. Treatment may be provided in a wide variety of situations using either fixed or removable appliances without particular patient age restrictions. [1.0 credit P-F]

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry II

This clinical course is completed on a block assignment basis. Five weeks of rotation are included in the two clinical courses. On completion of this course, a student should feel confident about the behavioral, diagnostic, preventive and restorative management of the child patient. This course directly contributes to the attainment of skills listed under ULSD Major Competencies, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14 and 17 and are listed below. [3.0 credits graded]

Senior Clinical Endodontics

Senior Clinical Endodontics is entirely clinical in nature and is the final course in the predoctoral endodontic clinical curriculum. This course continues to emphasize diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as provide clinical application of principles taught in the second and third year courses. In addition, the student dentist is exposed to manage or treat more complicated endodontic therapy. [2.0 credits graded]

Clinical Periodontics

Students will demonstrate competency in treating patients with periodontal disease. This includes examination and diagnosis, treatment planning, sealing and root planing, minor surgical procedures and re-evaluation of treatment success & maintenance therapy. [3.0 credits graded]

Clinical Preventive Dentistry

Students will demonstrate proficiency in treatment planning the preventive needs of the patient, additionally they will demonstrate counseling in oral hygiene, tobacco use intervention and diet. They will demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate use of flourides and hygiene tools. [3.0 credits graded]

Advanced Radiologic Interpretation

This seminar, and case-based course covers the radiologic features of local and systemic disease processes affecting the head and neck. Comparisons are made between different imaging modalities including plain radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and ultrasound. Factors in setting up and maintaining a radiographic facility for dental practice are addressed. [1.0 credits graded]

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