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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

New Online Masters in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine at USC

A new program at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC will allow dentists from across the world to enrich their clinical skills – all from the convenient location of their own dental practices.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry Master in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine program is a three-year online program designed to give dentists a deeper understanding of how to treat patients using a medical model of problem solving. Graduates of the program will be able to better treat patients with mouth and facial pain, sleep-disordered breathing, oral and maxillofacial infections, temporomandibular joint disorders, and other complex issues that affect the mouth and face, said Professor Glenn Clark, director of the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Center at the Ostrow School.

Designed for full-time dentists in an academic or clinical environment, the curriculum involves video lectures, weekly live videoconferences regarding patient cases, a short visit to campus each summer, and the preparation of a research article on an oral medicine topic.

“This program is for the motivated general dentist who’d like to have a more medical perspective when addressing these types of complex patient issues,” Clark said. “If more dentists are better equipped with a medical model of problem solving, it brings great benefit to the patients facing these complicated problems.”

Clark is also the editor of a new book to be released in 2012, Orofacial Pain: A Guide to Medications and Management. The text, a collection of guidance and information on the use of medications for the treatment of chronic orofacial pain, is another effort aimed at helping general dentists and other clinicians effectively address their patients’ multifaceted oral and facial pain problems.

To learn more about the new online Master in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Program, call (213) 821-5831.