Predoctoral Electives – Special Topics Courses
Third- and fourth-year dental students are provided the opportunity to register for elective courses which cover a wide range of topics. Electives are offered during the fall and spring terms. Courses are held on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Each elective course consists of an 8-hour commitment for 0.50 credits or a 15-hour commitment for 1.00 credit. Please read the course descriptions below which include the time commitment and number of credits.
Policies & Eligibility
Third-year dental students may register for no more than one (1) elective per term. This limitation is inclusive of the third-year Pediatric Dentistry elective course (PEDS 539) and the third-year Research with Mentor course (ODSC 599).
Fourth-year dental students may register for no more than two (2) electives per term, which is exclusive of any clerkship course or the Research with Mentor course (ODSC 599).
Any student wishing to enroll in an elective course must be in good academic standing.
All elective courses are graded as pass/fail. Instructors may assign exercises and assessments at their discretion; however, at minimum, attendance is required at all course meetings dates in order to achieve a passing grade. Please see course descriptions for additional grading criteria.
Students who do not request to have an elective course dropped from their schedule prior to the first meeting date will receive a “W” on their transcript to indicate withdrawal from the course.
Upon successful completion of the elective course(s), credit will be given under the special topics course, DNTS 548, and it will appear on your official transcript.
When choosing your elective(s), please carefully check your schedule to ensure you are available to attend all sessions, and also make certain that multiple elective courses do not overlap.
Please use this link to register for the electives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKRXYXN
Questions may be directed to:
Mrs. Ellen Seed
DNTS 548: The Power of Communication When Presenting a Treatment Plan
Instructor(s): Dr. Deborah Rodriguez
Capacity: 20 students
Dates: Monday, 9/17, in room G309
Wednesday, 9/19, in rooms 9105 and 9106
Monday, 9/24, in rooms 9105 and 9106
Wednesday, 9/26 in rooms 9105 and 9106
Monday, 10/1, in rooms 9105 and 9106
Course Description: Communication is the key to a successful dental career. The dentist as the team leader in the practice must be able to communicate to staff and to patients why the patient should be in this practice and not in the practice “down the road.” Sharpening communication skills is an essential factor in the success of a dental practice. The participants in this course will learn about the importance of educating the patient on the value of the treatment in terms the patient can relate to. This requires knowing and understanding where the patient places value. Learn how you and your dental team can manage the message that you communicate to your patients.
Grading Requirements: Attendance to all lectures and small groups is required to pass this course. Repeated tardiness without prior approval from the course director will also result in failure of the course. The student may participate in a video for assessment and feedback of educational presentation.
DNTS 548: Overview of Clinical Anesthesia & Sedation
Instructor(s): Dr. Marvin Leventer
Seating Capacity: 25
Dates: Wednesday, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/24 in room G313
Overview of clinical anesthesia for dentistry. Covered topics include oral sedation, IV sedation, and inpatient and outpatient general anesthesia, and will include pharmacology and practical applications.
Grading Requirements: Attendance to all sessions of the elective is required for a passing grade.
DNTS 548: Designing Composite Veneers for Closing Diastemas
Instructors: Dr. Mary Anne Melo (course director) and Dr. Elaine Miginsky (attending faculty)
Capacity: 30 students
Dates: Monday, 10/15, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room G310
Wednesday, 10/17, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab
Monday, 10/22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in room G310
Wednesday, 10/24, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in G307
Monday, 10/29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab
Wednesday, 10/31, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Clinical Simulation Lab
Re-establishing a patient’s lost dental esthetic appearance is one of the most important topics for contemporary dentistry. New treatment materials and methods have been coming on the scene, day by day, in order to achieve such an aim. As the dental curriculum has shifted to a more conservative philosophy, composite resin restorations are becoming the favored restorative material. This didactic/hands-on course aims to focus on the simulated clinical protocol where we will teach up-to-date, step-by-step direct veneer restorations aiming to provide students with the skills necessary to gain confidence to perform these procedures. This may be a treatment option for patients with the esthetic problems of anterior teeth; patients that students are dealing with in the daily clinical sessions. The students will perform: (1) facial preparation design, (2) composite placement for facial veneer and diastema closures using polychromatic stratification technique and (3) simplified, effective finishing and polishing procedures.
Grading Requirements: Attendance to all sessions of this elective is required for a passing grade.
DNTS 548: A Mindfulness Approach to Clinical Excellence
Instructor(s): Dr. Douglas Drewyer
Capacity: 16 students
Dates: Wednesday, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 and 12/5 in room 9105
Course Description: As you read the course description, keep in mind that this is a conversational class. Through your participation we will uncover, unravel and consider the power behind what we do, how we do it, and who we might be in service with most effectively from here on out. Those who have come before you in this time together continue to reflect on the impact, the resources and the empowerment they took away as the reward for their participation. I look forward to providing the space to discover just what it means to you to be a dentist in the 21st century. During our conversations, we will explore practices for dealing with the daily rigors of professional life. Students will be introduced to useful, relevant concepts for improving their understanding, communication, planning and partnership services. Rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, philosophical distinctions will be offered to the student/practitioner for immediate incorporation into their daily lives. Lecture topics include: developing awareness of self and surroundings; the practices of dentistry are the practices of life; staff relations and training; entering private practice; conflict resolution and team development; business practices and ethics; personal values and consolidation.
Grading Requirements: Grading is pass/fail, based on attendance (100% is expected). Specific Criteria: each session will include a one page written assignment exploring the distinctions shared during that class. Credit will only be complete when a course evaluation is submitted to Dr. Drewyer.
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