Pre-doctoral Clinic Busy During Summer

Pre-Doctoral Clinic Busy During Summer

Gary ChiodoJuly 15, 2013

Dear School of Dentistry community,

For many, summer is a time of rest and (hopefully) sunshine. But here at the OHSU School of Dentistry, summer means the beginning of an eight-week session for second- through fourth-year dental students, with an increased emphasis on the pre-doctoral clinic and patient care.

Seventy-five second-year dental students will receive their white coats this month, signifying increasing responsibility for patient care in the pre-doctoral clinic. This is a big transition as students move from learning specific dental procedures to the essential communication, organization, professionalism, and compassion skills that mark a dentist. This transition from didactic coursework to patient care invokes much excitement… and a little trepidation … as dental students begin providing more services for patients, within the integrated group practice to which they were assigned when they began dental school. In a short time, the Class of 2016 will begin providing more cleanings, oral hygiene instructions, and more complex periodontal procedures. They will soon learn how to give anesthetic injections and can help with alginate impressions and radiographic imaging. For many dental students, this transition to the clinic is the moment they truly feel like a dentist.

Our third-year dental students assume responsibility for the comprehensive care of their family of assigned patients beginning in the summer. They will treatment plan and provide the full range of care to their patients.

For our fourth-year dental students, who provide patient care year-round, we intentionally offer fewer courses during the summer so they can maximize their time in the clinical setting. The more time spent in clinic, the more dental students feel confident and efficient in providing care. “Clinic” time also counts in the community and a number of our dental students spend the summer volunteering and/or doing community rotations, which are not only an integral component of the clinical curriculum at OHSU School of Dentistry, but an important way to give back to the community. Of course, all care is supervised by qualified dental school faculty.

Our pre-doctoral clinic is open this summer with appointments Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Supervised care by dental students means longer appointments (most last around three hours) but our fees are typically 30 to 40 percent less than in private practice and, therefore, your insurance dollars will go farther. We accept most major dental insurance plans and cash. We have interpreter services and parking available at no cost. To make an appointment, contact us at (503) 494-8667 or

We appreciate our patients who are vital to dental students’ education and hope to see you in the clinic this summer!


Gary Chiodo Signature

Gary Chiodo, D.M.D. `78, F.A.C.D.
OHSU School of Dentistry Interim Dean