USC University of Southern California

Program Goals and Objectives

There are three primary objectives of this program (see below) and under each objective are several specific learning outcomes. These learning outcomes 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.

Objective #1 — Cross-Cutting Diagnostic/Pharmacologic Knowledge:

Mastery of the 21 learning outcomes listed below will achieve the objective that our graduates will be able to acquire, interpret and summarize all physical, psychological and historical data from their patients in a systematic fashion to achieve an evidence-based differential diagnosis.

1.01 Describe and demonstrate: how to conduct thorough OFPOM patient assessment (interview/exam).
1.02 Describe and demonstrate: how to deliver devastating diagnosis to patient.
1.03 Describe: general knowledge of medications used in OFPOM.
1.04 Describe and demonstrate: how to safely prescribe/monitor medications in OFPOM patients.
1.05 Describe: how to appropriately use imaging for OFPOM patient.
1.06 Describe: how systemic diseases alters normal laboratory tests (blood/urine).
1.07 Describe: pros and cons of various diagnostic modalities in OFPOM patients.
1.08 Describe: how an OFPOM patient’s mental health status affect their treatment.
1.09 Describe: the classification of psychological diagnoses seen in OFPOM pts.
1.10 Describe: the medical-legal aspects of suicide, stalking and patient threats.
1.11 Describe: how a medical workup might indicate organic brain disease.
1.12 Describe: the principles of research methodology and scientific evidence.
1.13 Describe: dental management of a medically compromised OFPOM patient.
1.14 Describe: the epidemiology of aging and the effects of nutrition on it.
1.15 Describe and demonstrate: how to respond to the medical emergency in the dental office.
1.16 Describe and demonstrate: how to record/summarize encounter findings in an OFPOM pt.
1.17 Describe and demonstrate: how to do interventional diagnostic procedures for OFPOM pt.
1.18 Describe and demonstrate: how to instruct a chronic pain patient in self-management.
1.19 Describe and demonstrate: how to interpret radiographic images of OFPOM patient.
1.20 Describe and demonstrate: how to conduct a behavioral assessment of a OFPOM patient.
1.21 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform a medical risk assessment of a OFPOM patient.

Objective #2 – Orofacial Pain/Temporomandibular/Sleep Disorder-Based Learning Outcomes:

Mastery of the 14 learning outcomes listed in the table below will achieve the objective that our graduates will be able to understand, recognize and appropriately design a plan of action for their patients who present with Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders and Sleep Disorders in a systematic fashion to achieve evidence-based treatment.

2.01 Describe: anatomical and physiological basis of OFP/TMJ disease.
2.02 Describe: classification, epidemiology, etiology of OFP/TMJ disease.
2.03 Describe: the correct use/expected outcomes of arthrocentesis/arthroscopy.
2.04 Describe: the mechanism of neuropathic pain
2.05 Describe: the neurosurgical and radiation-based ablative OFP therapies.
2.06 Describe: the alternative and complimentary therapy for OFP.
2.07 Describe: drug withdrawal/preventive medication approach for CDH pts.
2.08 Describe: the surgical methods for assisting airway maintenance in OSA pts.
2.09 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform diagnostic and therapeutic injections for OFP.
2.10 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform elements of the myofascial pain self-treatment.
2.11 Describe and demonstrate: how to create, insert and manage orthotics for OFP/OSA.
2.12 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform an anesthesia assisted TMJ mobilization.
2.13 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform interview/examination for OFP/TMJ/OSA pts.
2.14 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform behavioral self-treatment protocols OFP pts.

Objective #3: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology/Medicine-Based Learning Outcomes:

Mastery of the 20 learning outcomes listed below will achieve the objective that our graduates will be able to understand, recognize and appropriately design a plan of action for their patients who present with various Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology/Medicine Disorders in a systematic fashion to achieve evidence-based treatment.

3.01 Describe: normal oral histology and histopathology for OM Diseases.
3.02 Describe: the epidemiology, clinical features, pathobiology of OM diseases.
3.03 Describe: how to manage intra-oral soft tissue lesions.
3.04 Describe: how to establish a working etiologic differential for OM diseases.
3.05 Describe: benign, reactive, premalignant and malignant oral epithelial lesions.
3.06 Describe: benign and malignant orofacial tumors of all types.
3.07 Describe: inflammatory, infectious, immune, neoplastic salivary disease
3.08 Describe: common developmental and non-developmental odontogenic cysts.
3.09 Describe: odontogenic epithelial neoplasia.
3.10 Describe: radiographic, clinico-histopathology, pathobiology of bone lesions.
3.11 Describe: the reactive and neoplastic conditions involving blood/lymph tissue.
3.12 Describe: oral findings/management in HIV/Immunosuppressed patients.
3.13 Describe: hereditary conditions involving the oral cavity.
3.14 Describe: desquamative or vesiculo-bullous oral diseases.
3.15 Describe: cutaneous head and neck skin lesions.
3.16 Describe and demonstrate: advanced non-scapel based interventions oral tissue pathologies.
3.17 Describe and demonstrate: how to formulate/execute diagnosis & therapy for oral disease.
3.18 Describe and demonstrate: how to document lesions or abnormalities of the oral cavity.
3.19 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform a viral, fungal, and bacterial culture.
3.20 Describe and demonstrate: how to perform scapel based interventions for oral pathologies.