School of Dentistry

DMD Program Competencies

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DMD Competency Philosophy- download

The practice of dentistry requires a firm foundation in the basic sciences enabling the dentist to discriminate between normal anatomic, histologic and developmental variation and pathological alteration. The dentist must have knowledge of anatomy, histology, embryology, genetics, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biomaterials, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology and behavioral science sufficient to understand the basis for clinical diagnosis and treatment. Knowledge of basic science and the ability to apply that knowledge critically is the foundation of the dental health care professions.
(CODA Standards 2-6, 2-11, 2-12)

The Graduate of the OHSU School of Dentistry is competent to:

  1. Communicate with the community and patients in a culturally sensitive manner.
  2. Complete a systematic and comprehensive patient assessment.
  3. Generate diagnoses.
  4. Develop comprehensive treatment plans.
  5. Select the sequenced treatment plan.
  6. Provide or manage patient care.
  7. Evaluate and manage the outcome.