Online Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine
This 37-month program uses a blended learning format (part online and part face-to-face) to educate practicing dentists from around the world to be expert clinicians in both Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine. Students in the master’s degree program will be able to continue practicing dentistry in their home location while they participate; they will take online courses (32.5 units) and attend weekly video conferences and work on their capstone research project and case-based e-Portfolio from home. Students must be able to commit 16 to 20 hours per week to the program.
Face-to-face learning occurs each summer trimester when the students attend the Ostrow School of Dentistry in Los Angeles for a minimum of two or more weeks for help with their capstone project, to build their case portfolio, and extensive competency skills training and testing. This program utilizes an evidence-based medical model for assessing and treating patients and includes developing competency in the assessment and management of various disorders and diseases. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the board examination of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) does not accredit the online combined master’s program in orofacial pain and oral medicine.
The field of orofacial pain encompasses:
- masticatory musculoskeletal pain
- neurogenic orofacial pain
- sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
- temporomandibular disorders
- orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism
- intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain
The field of oral medicine is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of:
- oral mucosal diseases and infections
- burning mouth
- immunopathologic diseases
- neoplastic diseases
- osseous diseases including bisphosphonate osteonecrosis
- salivary gland disorders and dysfunction
- pharmacologic-related and systemic disorders that cause oral disease
PASS application deadline: January 31
USC application (supplemental materials submission) deadline: January 31
How to Apply
The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service’s (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs.
In addition to the PASS, all Oral Medicine Program applicants must submit the following supplemental materials to the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Office of Admissions:
- A passport-style photo of yourself, measuring 2 inches x 2 inches.
- A non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants). We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check, or money order made payable to USC. Please indicate the program you are applying to on the check.
Mail your supplementary packet, all in one envelope, to:
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Office of Admissions
File No. 121452
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145
Cost of Attendance
This program does not provide a stipend.
Estimated cost of attendance for 2013-2016
|Direct Costs||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Instrument Management System Fee||$0||$0||$0|
|Student Health Center Fee (summer only)||$253||$253||$253|
|Total Direct Costs||$23,265||$17,072||$11,924|
|Allowances for Indirect Costs|
|Room and Board (2 weeks in summer)||$2,500||$2,500||$2,500|
|Estimated Total Cost of Attendance||$25,765||$19,572||$14,424|
*Health insurance fee can be waived with proof of health insurance that meets USC’s requirements by filing a waiver with the Student Health Center. Please check deadlines and documentation necessary to waive the Student Health Insurance.
U.S. Department of Education Disclosure
|Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Classification Code:||29-1023|
|Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Profile:||http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1029.00|
|On-Time Completion Rate:||100%|
|Tuition and Fees:||2013-2014: $23,265
|Job Placement Rate:||Not Available|
|Median Loan Debt|
Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.
For further information about the Master’s degree in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine contact:
Distance Learning Office
Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
925 West 34th St, DEN 127
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0641
Tel: (213) 821 5831
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 MS degree in OFPOM is expected to achieve before being eligible for his/her degree. 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 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.
The three-year curriculum begins in the first year with a series of 8 courses (2 are multipart courses). Seven of these courses are clinical courses covering bony and soft tissue pathology (2 parts), sleep and motor disorders, temporomandibular, orofacial pain and headache disorders and the pharmacology appropriate to these conditions. These courses provide the student with the core information about the over 300 diseases, disorders and dysfunctions which exist in the oral and maxillofacial region. Our basic principle here, which is a long time maxim in diagnostics, is that “if you don’t know about it, you will never see it”.
The eighth course is the case presentation/portfolio preparation course (2 parts). This course involves the students in a weekly video conference where they will be given one case a week to analyze, write a diagnosis and treatment plan for and present at our weekly video rounds. Some of these cases will become part of the final set of portfolio cases on which the resident choses to do in-depth analysis. The first year ends and the second year begins with the summer trimester year 2. In this trimester we hold our first knowledge assessment course where the student will be in attendance at USC for 2 weeks for extensive (formative) assessment of their accumulated knowledge to date. Specifically, we will examine which of the learning objectives they have mastered at this point in the program.
Summer: Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders, Sleep Apnea For Dental Residents (OFPM-723)
Summer: Bony Pathology, Radiology, Advanced Imaging For Dental Residents (OFPM-704)
Summer: Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (OFPM-702a)
Fall: Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (OFPM-707)
Fall: TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (OFPM-706)
Fall: Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (OFPM-702b)
Fall: Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students (OFPM-730a)
Spring: Neurogenic Based Oral & Facial Pains for Dental Residents (OFPM-705)
Spring: Internal Medicine and Systematic Disease for Dental Residents (OFPM-722)
Spring: Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students (OFPM-730b)
The second year is focused on basic science. This involves the student in 4 basic science courses covering immunology, microbiology, research methodology and neuroscience. These four courses will provide the student with the essential knowledge about pathobiology to help them better understand the various diseases, disorders and dysfunction they learned about in the first year. The maxim here is that “expertise is not just about recognition but only is achieved with true understanding”. The other two courses provided in year 2 include the ongoing course called case presentation/portfolio preparation course (2 parts) and the beginning of their capstone project. As described above, the case presentation/portfolio course involves the students in a weekly video conference where they will be given one case a week to analyze, write a diagnosis and treatment plan for and present at our weekly video rounds.
During this year the student will meet with the course director one-on-one, periodically to present their progress towards the final goal of writing up 18 of their cases with an in-depth analysis and putting this analysis in their e-portfolio. The first part of the capstone project course is scheduled for the first trimester following the research methodology course. In this course the student meets (via GotoMeeting or Skype) with the research advisor and present his or her work progress towards the final goal of a project presentation and defense as the end of the 3rd year. The second year ends and the third year begins in the summer trimester (beginning of year 3) with our second knowledge assessment course where the student will be in attendance at USC for 2 weeks for extensive (formative) assessment of their accumulated knowledge to date. Specifically, we will examine which of the learning objectives they have mastered at this point in the program.
Summer: Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (OFPM-710a)
Fall: Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology And Virology For Dental Residents (OFPM-727)
Fall: Immunology And Immunosuppression For Dental Residents (OFPM-726)
Fall: Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students (OFPM-730c)
Fall: Research Methodologies In Dentistry (ADNT-701)
Spring: Neurosciences For Dental Residents (OFPM-721)
Spring: Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students (OFPM-730d)
Spring: Capstone Project for OFPOM Students (OFPM-729a)
In the third year of our planned 3 year curriculum, there are four courses (two are ongoing multi-part courses). Two of these courses are clinical courses which cover the principals of psychology and geriatrics as applied to the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine population. We reserved these courses for the 3rd year since it is important to take a broader psychosocial view of patient diagnosis and management. These two courses further the students understanding of the complex issues that real patients bring into the clinic above and beyond their specific disease. The maxim here is that “understanding how a disease impacts a patient’s life is as important knowing its specific diagnosis and pathobiology”.
In year 3 we have deliberately reduced the course load and the video conference activities of the student so they can concentrate on finishing their e-portfolio case write-ups and their capstone project write-up. The second and third trimesters of the capstone project course was scheduled for year three and like the first trimester of this course (previously described), the student will meet (via GoToMeeting or Skype) with their research advisor and present his or her work progress towards their final goal of a project presentation and defense at the end of the 3rd year. The third year ends with the students visiting USC to present and defend their final set of portfolio cases and their capstone project report to a panel of our faculty. This faculty examination is designed to give us a summative and final assessment of the learning objectives they have mastered to date.
Summer: Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (OFPM-710b)
Fall: Psychological And Psychometric Assessment For Dental Residents (OFPM-724)
Fall: Epidemiology, Nutrition And Aging For Dental Residents (OFPM-725)
Fall: Capstone Project for OFPOM Students (OFPM-729b)
Spring: Capstone Project for OFPOM Students (OFPM-729c)
Summer: Capstone Project for OFPOM Students (OFPM-729d)
Summer: Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students (OFPM-730e)