USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

There are the primary objectives of this program (see below). Below the Objectives are the Residency Competency Statement. These competencies constitute what a graduate of the program is expected to achieve before graduation. These statements serve to guide the program faculty in selecting and providing educational experiences which will lead to the development of graduates with these skills.

Goals and Objectives

1. To act as a primary care provider for individuals and groups of patients. This includes providing emergency and multidisciplinary comprehensive oral health care, directing health promotion and disease prevention activities, and using advanced treatment modalities.
2. To plan and provide multidisciplinary oral health care for a wide variety of patients including patients with special needs.
3. To manage the delivery of oral health care by applying concepts of patient and practice management and quality improvement that are responsive to a dynamic health care environment.
4. To function effectively provide oral health care in the outpatient setting and a hospital setting.
5. To function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams.
6. To apply scientific principles to the provision of oral health care. This includes using critical thinking, evidenced or outcomes-based clinical decision-making and technology-based information retrieval systems.
7. To utilize the values of professional ethics, lifelong learning, patient centered care, adaptability, and acceptance of cultural diversity.
8. To understand the oral health needs of communities and engage in community service.

Competency Statements

A graduate from the USC GPR Program will be able to:

General Statements:
1. Function as a patient’s primary and comprehensive oral health care provider, managing time and treating patients efficiently in a dental practice setting in a professional manner.
2. Work effectively with allied dental personnel as part of a dental health care team.
3. Apply principles of jurisprudence and professional ethics, evaluate scientific literature and use information in the literature in making professional decisions and continuously analyze the outcomes of patient treatment.
4. Obtain and interpret the patient’s medical/dental risk assessment.

Treatment of Oral Disease:
5. Know how to obtain informed consent for dental treatment and integrate multiple disciplines into developing a comprehensive, sequenced treatment plan.
6. Treat dental emergencies and infections.
7. Anticipate, prevent, diagnose and provide initial treatment and follow-up care for medical emergencies.

Restorative Dentistry/Cosmetic Dentistry:
8. Prepare and restore teeth utilizing a wide range of materials and methods, in order to rehabilitate the patient’s function, occlusion and facial esthetics.

9. Rehabilitate patients function, occlusion and esthetics utilizing fixed and removable prosthesis, including dental implants.

10. Diagnose, assess and treat or manage pain of pulpal origin utilizing surgical and non-surgical endodontic therapy.

Oral Surgery:
11. Assess the patient’s medical history, obtain consent, treatment plan and treat using various oral surgery procedures, including placing of implants, with appropriate patient follow-up management.

12. Diagnose and treat early to severe periodontal disease by surgical and non-surgical procedures.
13. Provide prophylactic periodontal procedures for restorative and esthetic procedures.