School of Dental Medicine Competencies for Predoctoral Dental Students - Standard 2

(as adopted from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

The Dental School is responsible for setting student achievement measures that measure a student's ability to demonstrate competence in dentistry.  Competence is defined as the knowledge, skills and values required for  new graduates to begin independent, unsupervised dental practice. Each predoctoral dental student must demonstrate competence in the following areas prior to graduation. 

Critical Thinking
 - Graduates must be competent in the use of critical thinking and problem-solving, including their use in the comprehensive care of patients, scientific inquiry and research methodology.


2.10 - Graduates must demonstrate the ability to self- assess,including the development of professional competencies and the demonstration of professional values and capacities associated with self- directed life long learning.

Biomedical Sciences  

2.14 - Graduates must be competent in the application of biomedical science knowledge in the delivery of patient care.

Behavioral Sciences  

2.15 - Graduates must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral sciences as they pertain to patient- centered approaches for promoting, improving and maintaining oral health. 

2.16 - Graduates must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communications skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.

Practice Management and Health Care Systems  

2.17 - Graduates must be competent in applying legal and regulatory concepts related to the provision and/or support of oral health care services. 

2.18 - Graduates must be competent in applying the basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of oral health care delivery, and how to function as the leader of oral health care team. 

2.19 - Graduates must be competent in communicating and collaborating with other members of the health care team to facilitate the provision of health care.

Ethics and Professionalism
2.20 - Graduates must be competent in the application of the principles of ethical decision making and professional responsibility.  

Clinical Sciences   

2.21 - Graduates must be competent to access, critically appraise, apply and  communicate scientific and lay literature as it relates to providing evidence-based patient care.

2.22  - Graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry to patients in all stages of life.

2.23 - At a minimum, graduates must be competent in providing oral health care within the scope of general dentistry, as defined by the school, including: 

a - patient assessment, diagnosis, comprehensive treatment planning, prognosis, and informed consent;
b - screening and risk assessment for head and neck cancer; 
c - recognizing the complexity of patient treatment and identifying when referral is indicated; 
d - health promotion and disease prevention;
e - local anesthesia, and pain and anxiety control; 
f - restoration of teeth; 
g - communicating and managing dental laboratory procedures in support of patient care; 
h - replacement of teeth including fixed, removal and dental implant prosthodontic therapies; 
i - periodontal therapy; 
j - pulpal therapy;
k - oral mucosal and osseous disorders; 
l - hard and soft tissue surgery; 
m - dental emergencies; 
n - malocclusion and space management; and 
o - evaluation of the outcomes of treatment, recall strategies, and prognosis.

2.24 - Graduates must be competent in assessing the treatment needs of patient with special needs.