Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

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    $338,253.49*
    75
    2,783
    3.62
    20.1
    Private
    1892
    Cleveland, OH
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 

    Background

    Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine (CSDM) is a private, graduate professional dental school located at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. CSDM confers a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree to graduates.

    Each year, roughly 3,700 applicants apply to the program, and 300 applicants are interviewed for 75 available seats. In addition to the pre-doctoral DMD, CSDM offers five specialty programs in endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, pediatrics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

    Case School of Dental Medicine has graduated more than 4,200 graduates since its creation in 1892. The program is clinically focused and highly competitive with an acceptance rate around 2%.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Tuition: $67,180
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • Medical Plan Fee : $1,045 / semester
    • One-to-One Fitness: $148 / semester
    • Graduate Student Council Fee: $15 / semester
    • Activity Fee: $125 / semester
    • Clinic Computer Lease Fee: $95 / semester
    • Lab Fee: $295 / semester
    • Exam Fee: $22.50 / semester
    • Course Fee (2nd year): $949
    • Dental Kits (1st year – fall): $10,387.79
    • Dental Kits (2nd year – fall): $6,211.48
    • Dental Kits Supplemental (2nd year): $184.65
    • Multimedia Package (2nd year): $801.02
    • Multimedia Package (3rd year): $910.07
    • Multimedia Package (4th year): $891.07
    • Instrument Leasing Fee: $128.50 / semester
    • Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $338,253.49

    Prerequisites

    CWRU strives to have a student body that reflects the intellectual diversity needed to deliver excellent health care. While there are no preferences for specific majors, we expect all applicants to have demonstrated excellence in their scientific foundation that will allow them to succeed in our unique curriculum.

    All applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours (or equivalent) of collegiate course work at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States (This number excludes physical education or military training coursework). All requirements must be completed before enrollment as a condition of acceptance. All applicants are strongly encouraged to earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculation, and a vast majority of our matriculants have earned bachelor’s degrees before matriculation (the remainder are participants in our early admissions programs).

    Applicants can apply up to 60 semester hours of institutional credit for AP coursework or community college coursework in fulfilling prerequisite and elective coursework, but upper-level coursework at a four-year institution that builds upon these course credits is strongly recommended.

    Science prerequisites (must include laboratory instruction):

    CourseCredits
    Biology with Lab6 Semester Hours
    General Chemistry with Lab6 Semester Hours
    Organic Chemistry with Lab6 Semester Hours
    Physics6 Semester Hours
    English / Humanities6 Semester Hours

    Strongly recommended pre-dental science coursework (concurrent laboratory not required) includes statistics, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, advanced cell biology, histology, and neuroscience. Engineering coursework may also be considered.

    Recommended social science coursework includes introductory coursework in ethics, business, psychology, sociology, epidemiology, and cultural anthropology.

    Recommended humanities coursework includes art, music, dance, and media studies.

    Evidence of outstanding scholarship, creativity, or innovation is encouraged.

    Mastery of critical foreign languages (including American Sign Language) is strongly encouraged.

    Often, successful applicants graduate with their bachelor’s degrees to present a more complete record of academic performance and a more desirable application profile.

    Curriculum

    First Year – Term 1

    Cariology

    • 1 Unit
    • This course in cariology includes clinical features, etiology, risk assessment, and prevention of caries. The course will enable students to understand the etiology, patho-physiology, and clinical aspects of caries, which would complement the first Problem-Based-Learning module, Epidemiology for Public Health and Clinical Practice. In addition, this course will prepare the first-year students for their sealant rotation where they will be seeing clinical features of caries in children.

    Foundations of Life Science

    • 4.5 Units
    • This course includes an introduction to basic elements of cell structure and function. This includes the characteristics and role of different types of cells, the cell cycle, mechanisms for cell damage, repair and death, cell signaling, differentiation and gene expression. This course serves as a foundation for the modules in health and well-being and disease processes.

    Oral Histology

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Development of teeth and supporting tissues. Histology and ultrastructure cytology of the oral region with emphasis on the calcified tissues.

    Heart and Lungs in Health and Disease

    • 4.5 Units
    • This course provides students with the understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. This integrated approach serves as a foundation for understanding the health and well-being of these systems. This education module also facilitates student recognition of cardiovascular and respiratory dysfunction that may be present in their patients and help students understand how such conditions may affect their patients’ general and oral health.

    Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

    • 0.5 Units
    • The last decade has seen a growing emphasis on fostering the ability of healthcare providers from different professions to more effectively communicate and collaborate in the care of patients in order to improve the patient’s care experience, to improve population health outcomes and to create a more cost-effective healthcare system. Interprofessional education (IPE), in which students from different professions learn about, with and from each other, can help to develop skills for interprofessional communication and collaboration. This course serves as a foundational interprofessional education experience for first year dental students.

    Epidemiology for Public Health and Clinical Practice

    • 2.5 Units
    • This 3 week intensive sequence provides the first experience with the problem-based learning format and focuses on the content foundation in epidemiology and skills for evidence-based practice in dentistry. Problem-based cases will use oral health topics to present the skills for critical appraisal of health literature. Small-group settings will permit students to gain experience in applying these skills to relevant dental literature.

    Preventive Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • A laboratory lecture and clinical course in basic procedures including scaling, polishing, instruction in home care, and a system of instrumentation for thorough prophylaxis in preparation for clinical treatment. An understanding of the formation, composition, and relation of dental plaque to the occurrence and prevention of periodontal disease. Emphasis on periodontal health and recognition of early disease condition.

    Preventive Periodontics Clinic

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component to MAHE 143. Clinical application of methods for the prevention and maintenance of periodontal health in patients. The importance of patient education, motivation, and cooperation in present methods of prevention and plaque control.

    ACE: Outreach Preventive Dentistry

    • 2 Units
    • This didactic course provides generalized background of dental sealant placement and other preventive procedures. In addition the student will develop the knowledge of ethical dental practice and cultural awareness while providing care for an under-served population. The lab and clinical portion of the course will establish the student’s ability to provide dental sealants.

    Dental Anatomy

    • 3 Units
    • Descriptive anatomy of masticatory structures with emphasis on deciduous and permanent teeth and the temporomandibular-mandibular movements, and the fundamental concepts of the functional relationships between the dentition and the temporomandibular joint. Lectures on comparative anatomy and variations in tooth morphology.

    Dental Anatomy Laboratory

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion preclinical component to REHE 151. Laboratory exercises and assignments include drawings, waxups, tooth identification, and use of semi-adjustable articulator.

    First Year – Term 2

    Facial Growth

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Introduction to the normal growth and development of the human face from embryology to adult.

    Masticatory Dynamics

    • 2 Units
    • Descriptive anatomy of masticatory structures with emphasis on deciduous and permanent teeth and the temporomandibular-mandibular movements, and the fundamental concepts of the functional relationships between the dentition and the temporomandibular joint. Lectures on comparative anatomy and variations in tooth morphology.

    Masticatory Dynamics Lab

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Companion pre-clinical component to HEWB 124. Laboratory exercises and assignments include drawings, waxups and tooth identification, and use of semi-adjustable articulator.

    Body as Host

    • 4.5 Units
    • This educational module focuses on the role of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in immune function that preserves and maintains health and discusses host changes that occur during oral and systemic disease processes.

    Head and Neck Structure and Function

    • 4.5 Units
    • This course explores the developmental, cellular, physiologic, anatomic and biochemical components of the head and neck region. The focus is both healthy functioning and disease of the head and neck area.

    ACE: Knowing the Patient

    • 2 Units
    • This ACE introduces the student to professional patient interaction and evaluation in a simulated environment. Students will develop interview techniques, learn patient appraisal skills, and techniques for communicating effectively in a health care environment. Students will experience patient interviews and assessment in a simulated environment with live patients.

    Introduction to Interprofesssional Education and Collaboration

    • 0.5 Units
    • The last decade has seen a growing emphasis on fostering the ability of healthcare providers from different professions to more effectively communicate and collaborate in the care of patients in order to improve the patient’s care experience, to improve population health outcomes and to create a more cost-effective healthcare system. Interprofessional education (IPE), in which students from different professions learn about, with and from each other, can help to develop skills for interprofessional communication and collaboration. This course serves as a foundational interprofessional education experience for first year dental students.

    Promoting Evidence-based Dentistry I

    • 0.5 Units
    • The course aims to enhance and apply the use of evidence-based practice skills and critical thinking in D1 and D2 in preparation for use in clinical training. Using diverse formats, students will enhance their skills to be efficient and effective in acquiring, appraising and applying scientific evidence in didactic, pre-clinical and early clinical coursework. The course topics and requirements will be integrated with concomitant course work to enhance relevance. Student assignments can be included in a portfolio to demonstrate progress and competency.

    Preventive Periodontics Clinic

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component to MAHE 143. Clinical application of methods for the prevention and maintenance of periodontal health in patients. The importance of patient education, motivation, and cooperation in present methods of prevention and plaque control.

    ACE Clinical Outreach Preventive Dentistry

    • 2 Units
    • The student will have the opportunity to practice their knowledge of ethical dental practice and cultural awareness while providing care for an under-served population by providing screening and dental sealants for children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

    Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics

    • 1 Unit
    • To introduce and familiarize the dental student to basic principles related to fixed prosthodontics. The introduction will emphasize principles of engineering and preparation designs, full coverage retains for both metal and ceramic restorations.

    Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthetics Lab

    • 1 Unit
    • Laboratory component of REHE 152.

    Dental Materials I

    • 0.5 Units
    • The primary goal is to introduce basic material science concepts needed to evaluate, compare and select materials for a specific application. Knowledge of properties, indications and limitations of different clinical and laboratory materials will be presented. The effect of manipulation variables on material properties will be emphasized.

    Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I

    • 0.5 Units
    • This course, together with REHE 172 introduces students to the criteria, the techniques for, and practice of preparing `ideal/standard’ Class I and V operative preparations. In this course, the emphasis will be on the more traditional posterior amalgam Class I and Class V Preparations. Students will be introduced to basic cariology and radiology as it relates to operative dentistry. In addition, the composition and properties of amalgam will be reviewed in the Dental Materials Course. The restorative procedures will be performed primarily on typodont teeth mounted in a simulator. The emphasis will be on traditional preparation design and execution.

    Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry I Lab

    0.5 Units

    Laboratory component of REHE 162.

    Second Year – Term 1

    Neoplasia

    • 1 Unit
    • Topics covered in this educational module include tumor nomenclature, features of benign versus malignant tumors, cytologic characteristics of cancer cells, pathogenesis and prognosis.

    Renal and Hematologic Systems in Health and Disease

    • 2 Units
    • This educational module focuses on the understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the renal and hematologic systems. This integrated approach serves as a foundation for understanding the maintenance of health and well-being as well as disease processes within the body.

    Gastrointestinal System in Health and Disease

    • 2 Units
    • This educational module focuses on the understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the many components of the gastrointestinal system in health and disease.

    Endocrine and Reproductive Systems in Health and Disease

    • 1.5 Unit
    • This educational module focuses on the understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the many components of the endocrine and reproductive systems in health and disease.

    Musculoskeletal System in Health and Disease

    • 1.5 Units
    • This educational module focuses on the understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the many components of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.

    Neuroscience in Health and Disease

    • 2 Units
    • An integrated approach to the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. Analyzes neuronal phenomena at both cellular and systems levels.

    Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component for DSPR 232. Students observe and assist at periodontal surgical procedures on moderately advanced periodontal diseases. Treatment includes root planing, curettage, occlusal adjustment, minor tooth movement and case maintenance.

    Introduction to Radiography

    • 1.5 Units
    • Initial course consisting of lecture and laboratory covering basic principles of radiography. Included are: instructions on taking intraoral radiographs, radiation physics involved in x-ray generation and the parts and function of the x-ray unit, radiation biology of x-ray interaction with tissue, head and neck anatomy and pathology with regards to radiographic interpretation. Each student will have a clinic rotation.

    Prosthodontic Technology

    • 2 Units
    • A lecture-demonstration-laboratory approach to complete denture prosthesis construction. Emphasis on certain fundamental biological considerations of the edentulous patient, such as the oral membranes, muscles, bones, and phonetics and how they relate to the technical aspects of denture constructions.

    Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II

    • 1 Unit
    • This course builds upon those core elements covered in REHE 152/154. Emphasis on principles of engineering for fixed partial dentures, preparation and design of fixed partial dentures, considerations for the restoration of endodontically involved teeth, and definitive and provisional fixed partial denture restorations. Introduces dental material topics related to fabrication of a fixed partial denture restoration, including: chemicomechanical soft tissue retraction, die spacers, investments, casting and casting alloys, ceramics, soldering, provisional materials, prefabricated and custom post and core systems. Emphasis on principles of engineering for fixed partial dentures, preparation and design of fixed partial dentures, considerations for the restoration of endodontically involved teeth, and definitive and provisional fixed partial denture restorations. Introduces dental material topics related to fabrication of a fixed partial denture restoration, including: chemicomechanical soft tissue retraction, die spacers, investments, casting and casting alloys, ceramics, soldering, provisional materials, prefabricated and custom post and core systems.

    Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab

    • 1 Unit
    • Laboratory component of REHE 259.

    Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II

    • 1 Unit
    • This course, together with the first year Intro to BP Operative Dentistry and the BP Esthetic Dentistry Course covers the criteria, the techniques for, and practice of preparing ‘ideal/standard’ operative preparations and placement of operative restorations. In this portion of the course, the emphasis will be on posterior Class II amalgam preparations and restorations, as well as an introduction to cast gold inlay and onlays, and an introduction to CEREC (CEramic REConstruction) Onlays. Students will be introduced to basic cariology and radiology as it relates to operative dentistry. In addition, the composition and properties of the following materials will be reviewed: amalgam, liners and bases, and gold. The Dental Materials Course will provide the basic information regarding these materials. The restorative procedures will be performed primarily on typodont teeth mounted in a simulator. Extracted teeth with caries will also help students appreciate the different tactile responses of caries, dentin and enamel. There will be an emphasis on the following: the rationale for types of preparations and materials, indications and contraindications for different materials and types of restorations, and clinical problem solving related to operative dentistry in total treatment care.

    Basic Procedures in Operative Dentistry II Lab

    • 1 Unit
    • Laboratory component of REHE 262.

    Prosthodontic Technology Lab

    • 2 Units
    • Companion preclinical component to REHE 257. Each student constructs a complete set of dentures using laboratory manikin as patient. Although REHE 267 was conceived as a technique course, one of its principal objectives is to prepare the student for the clinical aspect of dental education.

    Preclinical Orthodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Preclinical orthodontics includes relevant areas of applied growth and development, diagnostic methods and treatment planning. Topics included are: Histology and Physiology of Tooth movement and Laboratory Techniques related to the fabrication and use of suitable orthodontic appliances including material and biologic background necessary for proper clinical management of these appliances.

    Second Year – Term 2

    Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • A comprehensive course in periodontology including etiology, diagnosis, radiographic, interpretations and prognosis.

    Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

    • 2 Units
    • Diseases and abnormalities of the teeth and adjacent hard and soft tissues. Includes periodontal, pulpal, and periapical diseases as well as cysts, tumors, developmental anomalies, and oral aspects of systematic disease.

    Principles of Medicine.

    • 0.5 Units
    • The didactic curriculum provides a general background and discussion of the risk assessment of medical conditions in an ever-increasing aging population. Within the setting of out-patient care, as well as those that are hospitalized, patients often present for dental procedures with co-existing medical systemic illness that provide an added challenge to the dental provider. Management of these medical problems within the context of dentistry and medicine will be covered.

    ACE: Family First

    • 1 Unit
    • The overarching goal of the clinical experience (ACE) is to incorporate the concepts of risk assessment and the importance of the family unit to oral health. The Family First ACE will allow students to explore the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in oral diseases and certain systemic conditions (diabetes, hypertension, and asthma). At the end of the “Family First” rotation the students would have achieved certain didactic and clinical objectives and the experience is linked to the second year didactic courses: Cariology, Periodontology, and Oral Pathology. This experiential learning includes clinical experience, didactic lectures, and small group discussions. Risk assessment for common oral diseases such as caries and periodontal diseases as well as for oral cancer is part of the clinical activities. Students will review the risk assessment and systemic health to delineate genetic and environmental factors through small group discussions.

    Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component for DSPR 232. Students observe and assist at periodontal surgical procedures on moderately advanced periodontal diseases. Treatment includes root planing, curettage, occlusal adjustment, minor tooth movement and case maintenance.

    Pain Control

    • 1 Unit
    • Anatomy pertaining to local anesthesia. Drugs used in local anesthesia and technique of administration. Management of complications. Slides and clinical demonstrations.

    Basic Procedures in Esthetics

    • 1 Unit
    • This course provides formal lecture presentations and laboratory exercises to introduce the students to basic operative procedures for direct composite resin restorations.

    Pharmacology

    • 4 Units
    • This course introduces students to the principles of pharmacology and to the mechanisms of drug action in the context of common disease states.

    Radiologic Interpretation

    • 1 Unit
    • This is a continuation of REHE 229. Follow up course to Imaging Principles and Techniques with a primary focus on Radiographic Interpretation, consisting of lecture and laboratory covering basic principles of radiography interpretation and diagnosis. Each student will have a clinic rotation.

    Principles of Treatment Planning I

    • 1 Unit
    • This course provides lecture presentations to help prepare the student to develop skills in patient diagnosis and treatment planning. The lectures will guide the students through the thought processes necessary in the development of workable treatment plans. The emphasis will be on exposing the students to the approach used in our clinic of providing the patients with options of optimal, alternative and emergency diagnostic or recall treatment plans using decisional analysis.

    Basic Procedures in Fixed Prosthodontics II

    • 1 Unit
    • This course builds upon those core elements covered in REHE 152/154. Emphasis on principles of engineering for fixed partial dentures, preparation and design of fixed partial dentures, considerations for the restoration of endodontically involved teeth, and definitive and provisional fixed partial denture restorations. Introduces dental material topics related to fabrication of a fixed partial denture restoration, including: chemicomechanical soft tissue retraction, die spacers, investments, casting and casting alloys, ceramics, soldering, provisional materials, prefabricated and custom post and core systems. Emphasis on principles of engineering for fixed partial dentures, preparation and design of fixed partial dentures, considerations for the restoration of endodontically involved teeth, and definitive and provisional fixed partial denture restorations. Introduces dental material topics related to fabrication of a fixed partial denture restoration, including: chemicomechanical soft tissue retraction, die spacers, investments, casting and casting alloys, ceramics, soldering, provisional materials, prefabricated and custom post and core systems.

    Basic Procedure Fixed Prosthodontics II Lab

    • 1 Unit
    • Laboratory component of REHE 259-1.

    Basic Procedure in Esthetics Lab

    • 0.5 Units
    • Preclinical component of REHE 253. Basic Procedures in Esthetic Dentistry.

    Endodontics

    • 0.5 Units
    • Introduction to methods and materials necessary for successful root canal therapy.

    Partial Denture Design

    • 2 Units
    • Recognition of clinical situations that require partial denture therapy are developed. Introduction to the terms used in removable partial prosthodontics. Partially edentulous casts diagnosed, designed, surveyed, contoured for path of insertion, prepared for rest seat areas, and finally tripoded for further orientation by each student on his or her own casts. Thus the design, surveying, and clinical applications for removable partial service are presented in order to maintain optimal oral health conditions and to provide a sound basis for the prosthesis.

    Partial Denture Design Lab

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Theories of removable partial denture construction which enable the student to perform exercises that are associated with the techniques used to achieve a successful result. Students will be evaluated by various testing methods.

    Basic Procedures Competency

    • 1.5 Unit
    • This course will build on the basic techniques learned in the previous basic procedure courses and aims to prepare the students for their clinical experience.

    Endodontics Lab

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion laboratory component to REHE 264. Complete endodontic treatment performed by each student on extracted teeth using gutta percha.

    Introduction to Pediatrics

    • 1 Unit
    • This course will provide instruction in the areas of preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, pulp therapy, trauma, space maintenance and non-pharmacologic behavior management techniques for the pediatric patient. Particular attention will be paid to those areas that are essential in order to treat a pediatric patient appropriately. It is the hope that this course will communicate expectations and will provide significant preparation that will enhance the dental students’ clinical learning experience.

    Third Year – Summer Term

    Management of Medical Emergencies

    • 1 Unit
    • Patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening emergencies that may arise in the course of dental treatment. Includes instruction in basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    Clinical Pharmacology

    • 2 Units
    • This course is designed to review common pharmacologic agents encountered in the general population. Emphasis is placed on the prescription, action, and interaction of dental pharmacologic agents as well as the implication of medical prescriptions on dental therapy. The course culminates in the evaluation of case studies and problem solving in drug therapy.

    Introduction to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    • 0.5 Units
    • This didactic course is designed to prepare the student for oral surgery clinical rotations and is comprised of the following topics, review of local anesthesia, review of applied anatomy, infection control, patient assessment and case presentation, informed consent, oral surgical armamentarium, and principles of exodontia.

    Dentofacial Morphology

    • 1 Unit
    • This course provides the dental student with an introduction to the assessment of dynamic faces and the relatively static dentition, The course details the etiologies and characteristics of various malocclusions including developmental disharmonies observed during the growth and development of a child. Primary emphasis is laid on empowering the student in the diagnoses of malocclusions employing study casts, intra and extra-oral photographs and, cephalograms.

    Dental Patient Management/Risk Management

    • 1 Unit
    • Principles of patient management and risk management are reviewed. The primary focus is directed toward the skills associated with communication. A variety of examples of malpractice are reviewed and discussed. Other areas of risk are discussed such as infection and occupational hazards related to EPA and OSHA standards.

    Dental Materials II

    • 0.5 Units
    • This is a didactic course that defines and describes properties, composition, indications and contraindications of uses of different dental materials.

    Third Year – Term 1

    General Practice Dentistry A

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Comprehensive dental care. Each student is assigned for clinical training to a preceptor group led by a practicing general dentist. The preceptor guides the students in diagnosis, treatment planning, and actual patient treatment with consultation in various specialties as required. Experience in the provision of emergency dental care. The preceptor directs the total dental health care of the patients of each of his students. Biweekly seminars are provided for each preceptor group. Special topics, student cases, techniques, and journal articles are discussed. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in DENC 389.

    General Practice Dentistry B
    • 1.5 Unit
    • Comprehensive dental care. Each student is assigned for clinical training to a preceptor group led by a practicing general dentist. The preceptor guides the students in diagnosis, treatment planning, and actual patient treatment with consultation in various specialties as required. Experiences in the provision of emergency dental care. The preceptor directs the total dental health care of the patients of each of his students. Biweekly seminars are provided for each preceptor group. Special topics, student cases, techniques, and journal articles are discussed. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in DENC 387.

    Oral Diagnosis and Radiology

    • 2 Units
    • This course helps the beginning clinician develop and understand the diagnostic process. It is designed to present to the student a method by which the common oral problems facing the dental practitioner can be recognized, diagnosed, evaluated and managed.

    Endodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Recognition of endodontic pulpal health and the changes that occur in the transition from health to disease. The didactic component focuses on scientific basis for recognition of degenerative states of the dental pulp and the philosophy of endodontic therapy. The clinical component focuses on the treatment of diseased, pulpally-involved teeth of actual patients. It provides practical instruction on how to render endodontic therapy under the direct supervision of qualified endodontic personnel.

    Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery I

    • 1 Unit
    • Physical evaluation of patient before removal of teeth. Techniques of tooth removal. Complications during and following tooth extraction and their management. Preprosthetic minor surgery.

    Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion

    • 1 Unit
    • The didactic portion of the course describes anatomy, biomechanics, and the maintenance of, the pathology associated with and the restoration of the masticatory or stomatognathic system. It includes Temporomandibular Disorder and other types of Orofacial Pains such as Primary Headache Disorders, Neuropathic Orofacial Pain, Psychogenic Pain, and Dental Sleep Medicine.

     

    Dental Auxiliary Management

    • 0.5 Units
    • This course introduces students to each type of auxiliary personnel in the dental office and describes their training, testing, duties delegated legally and how their utilization in the office setting can be optimized. Basic management considerations and theories of leadership are presented and various leadership styles are recommended for situations presented. This course provides an understanding of interacting with auxiliary and the process of delegation. The course defines state dental board rules and regulations that guide dentists in the utilization of auxiliary personnel. Such items as overhead costs are explored in relation to each auxiliary category.

    Surgical Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Case analysis and treatment planning for various conditions of periodontal disease. Case presentation to patients. Basic surgical technique and advanced types of periodontal surgery demonstrated. Occlusal analysis and occlusal adjustment considered.

    Principles of Treatment Planning II

    • 1 Unit
    • This course provides formal instruction designed to prepare the students for patient management, practice management, and treatment planning. Emphasis on devising optimal, alternative and emergency diagnostic treatment plans.

    Esthetic Dentistry

    • 1 Unit
    • Lectures and demonstrations. The indications, contraindications, limitations, and use of modern techniques and materials in esthetic dentistry.

    Implant Dentistry

    • 1 Unit
    • Didactic and laboratory instruction that introduces the concepts used in implantology. These include the scientific basis of implant tissue reactions, and the surgical and restorative protocols. Emphasis is placed on slide presentation of actual cases. An opportunity is given to students to place an implant in an artificial mandible and to manipulate implant components on a typodont.

    Third Year – Term 2

    General Practice Dentistry A

    • 1.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of general practice dentistry. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in DENC 394.

    General Practice Dentistry B

    • 1.5 Units
    • Clinical applications of the principles of general practice dentistry. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in DENC 390.

    Oral Cancer Diagnosis

    • 1 Unit
    • Lecture and discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, differential diagnosis, and psychosocial impact of oral cancer. Legal and ethical responsibilities in diagnosis and detection of malignant oral tumors, oral complications of cancer therapy, dental management, surgical treatment and radiation therapy. Principles of early detection, treatment, and rehabilitation.

    Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery II

    • 1 Unit
    • Removal of impacted teeth and post-operative complications. Management of cysts and other soft and hard tissue pathology of the oral regions. Management of trauma to the facial structures. Pre-prosthetics and orthognathic surgery in contemporary dental practice. Temporomandibular joint disorders.

    Fixed Prosthodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • The course describes further development of principles and clinical applications introduced in DSRE 259 and DSRE 260, Basic Procedures in Fixed prosthodontics, with emphasis on diagnosis, treatment planning, clinical and laboratory procedures in fixed prosthodontics. Discussion and comprehensive overview of fundamentals and advanced methods of restoring function and esthetics for partially edentulous patients with fixed prostheses.

    Nitrous Oxide and Conscious Sedation

    • 0.5 Units
    • Physiopharmacology of nitrous oxide use. Indications, contraindications, and complications.

    Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion

    • 1 Unit
    • The didactic portion of the course describes anatomy, biomechanics, and the maintenance of, the pathology associated with and the restoration of the masticatory or stomatognathic system. It includes Temporomandibular Disorder and other types of Orofacial Pains such as Primary Headache Disorders, Neuropathic Orofacial Pain, Psychogenic Pain, and Dental Sleep Medicine.

    Professional Development

    • 1 Unit
    • Major issues and trends that affect oral health and the mission of dentistry in the United States. Behavioral knowledge and skills essential to the oral health practitioner’s ability to deliver effective patient-centered care.

    Practice Management I

    • 1 Unit
    • This course is designed to develop practical knowledge and skills in dental practice management. It is organized around initial topics that will lay the foundation for adequate planning for practice success after graduation. The subsequent courses build upon this foundation knowledge so that students will have a general perspective of where to begin their strategies for success in the future. This course discusses topics that include analysis of practice configurations, choosing the appropriate consultants, basic tools for fiscal management and evaluation, and identifying opportunities that match the student’s life goals.

    Nutrition for Dentistry

    • 1 Unit
    • General nutrition concepts are presented in addition to aspects pertinent to the practice of dentistry.

    Clinical Application of CAD/CAM Technologies

    • 0.5 Units
    • This course covers the criteria, techniques and practice of using CAD/CAM technologies in the clinical environment. In this course, emphasis will be on ceramic restorations made by Cerec (Sirona), as well as an introduction to different options of CAD/CAM machines available in the market. Students will be introduced to an advanced level of expertise in using the latest Cerec software in a variety of clinical applications. There will be also emphasis on the rationale for types of preparations and material selection based on the correct clinical indication.

    Introduction to Geriatric Dentistry

    • 1 Unit
    • This course focuses on the study of aging in the population and its effects on treatment planning and actual dental treatment of geriatric patients from well to frail. Didactic instruction and case presentations would cover a wide variety of medically compromising conditions, physical disabilities and sensory impairments. The effects of these conditions as they pertain to dentistry will be discussed together with economic, social and community variables that need to be addressed to achieve rational dental care.

    Fourth Year – Summer Term

    Surgical Periodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component to REHE 351. Clinical treatment in conjunction with residents and faculty.

    Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

    • 1 Unit
    • Treatment planning based on the correlation of fundamentals taught in diagnosis, preventive dentistry and restorative dentistry. Clinical experience in the application of didactic training consists of four components; assignments in the admitting and radiology service where students carry out examinations of the newly admitted patients and evaluate their problems and needs; radiology seminars where the technique and interpretation of the radiographs taken by the students are discussed; assignments to the emergency service; and clinical conferences with a staff member.

    Endodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Companion clinical component to DSRE 391. Clinical application of endodontic techniques.

    Clinical Oral Surgery I

    • 1 Unit
    • This clinical course introduces the student to patient management in clinical oral surgery, which includes infection control, patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, informed consent, local anesthetic procedures, and routine oral surgery procedures employed in a general dental practice.

    Pediatric Dentistry Clinic

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Companion clinical component of REMA 341.

    General Dentistry Clinical Qualifying

    • 1 Unit
    • This course consists of the successful completion of the recall clinical qualifying exam and two diagnosis and treatment planning clinical qualifying exams. It is also necessary for the student to successfully fulfill the recall needs of their assigned clinic patients in order to pass this course.

    Quality Assurance

    • 1 Unit
    • This course requires student dentists to evaluate their dental records against widely accepted written standards for dental record keeping. This is known as a comprehensive record audit. Records are broken down to their component parts, including but not limited to medical history, progress notes, treatment plans, and chartings. Emphasis is placed on making sure the required components are present, and adequate information is filled in for each component. Because records are partially electronic and partially written, it is essential that all entries that appear in both records are identical.

    Practice Management II

    • 1 Unit
    • Students deal with entrepreneurship applications and experiences specific to dentistry and are introduced to the process of formulating a business plan. Personal finance and investment strategies are covered in this course, particularly as they pertain to developing a business plan for the students’ careers. Each student constructs a business plan specific to the goals and situation of that student.

    Advanced Implant Dentistry I

    • 1 Unit
    • This course is designed to expose the student to advance implant therapies for the dentate and edentulous patient. Through lectures and discussions the student will discover the multitude of variations of care available for these patients and the restorative processes necessary to delivery that care. They should also more fully understand the limitations of each of these modalities within the scope of dental implant therapy allowing them to provide for their patients the most appropriate treatment direction.

    Fourth Year – Term 1

    Community Oral Health Capstone Experience

    • 1.5 Unit
    • The goals of this particular course are to provide experience delivering dental care to a population of patients in a community health center while working with and communicating with a dental health care team and to gain experience in cultural sensitivity.

    Periodontics

    • 0.5 Unit
    • Clinical application of surgical and nonsurgical techniques used in the treatment of moderate periodontal disease. Students exposed to more advanced cases through clinical demonstrations by instructors. Students encouraged to gain additional experience and become more confident in the management of periodontal patients.

    Oral Diagnosis and Radiology

    • 0.5 Units
    • Clinical experience in the admitting and radiology service.

    Endodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of endodontics therapy. Diagnosis and treatment planning. Management of endodontic emergencies and prognosis of endodontic treatment.

    Clinical Oral Surgery II

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of oral surgery.

    Operative Dentistry

    • 2.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of operative dentistry.

    Removable Prosthodontics

    • 1.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of prosthodontic dentistry.

    Fixed Prosthodontics

    • 2.5 Units
    • Treatment of patients requiring simple and advanced fixed prostheses as an integrated part of total patient care.

    Pediatric Dentistry

    • 1.5 Units
    • Emphasizes comprehensive oral health care of the well child to provide experience in examining, diagnosing, treatment planning, and completing treatment of a selected number of children. Preventive aspects of pediatric dentistry emphasized. Additional voluntary experiences in clinical practice of pediatric dentistry available.

    Clinical Geriatric Dentistry

    • 0.5 Units
    • The course exposes students to providing comprehensive care to a broad range of older adults in a variety of settings. Senior students will attend interdisciplinary team meetings to present dental findings, recommendations and to gain exposure to the impact of physiological aging, systemic conditions, functional disabilities, and pharmacological interactions on delivering comprehensive care to this vulnerable population.

    Clinical Orthodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of orthodontics.

    General Practice Dentistry A

    • 2.5 Units
    • Comprehensive dental care. Each student is assigned for clinical training to a preceptor group led by a practicing general dentist. The preceptor guides the students in diagnosis, treatment planning, and actual patient treatment with consultation in various specialties as required. Experiences in the provision of emergency dental care. The preceptor directs the total dental health care of the patients of each of his students. Biweekly seminars are provided for each preceptor group. Special topics, students cases, techniques, and journal articles are discussed. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in COMP 489.

    General Practice Dentistry B

    • 2.5 Units
    • Comprehensive dental care. Each student is assigned for clinical training to a preceptor group led by a practicing general dentist. The preceptor guides the students in diagnosis, treatment planning, and actual patient treatment with consultation in various specialties as required. Experiences in the provision of emergency dental care. The preceptor directs the total dental health care of the patients of each of his students. Biweekly seminars are provided for each preceptor group. Special topics, students cases, techniques, and journal articles are discussed. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in COMP 487.

    General Dentistry Clinical Competency

    • 0.5 Units
    • This course consists of the successful completion of the recall, emergency, diagnosis and treatment planning, and patient outcomes clinical competencies. It is also necessary for the student to successfully fulfill the recall needs of their assigned clinic patients in order to pass this course. Recommended preparation: Completion of Basic Core Program.

    Oral Diagnosis Seminar

    • 1 Unit
    • Case-based review of oral diagnosis, radiology, and medicine.

    Practice Management III

    • 1.5 Units
    • This course is designed to develop practical knowledge and skills in dental practice management. As the student prepares for clinical practice, topics surrounding negotiation of working contracts, insurance contract evaluation, policies, compliance, and marketing are among some of the most important issues to be familiar with. Skills acquired in the preceding course are applied to the student’s “practice” (panel of patients) for evaluation of practice productivity and growth.

    Jurisprudence and Professional Ethical Responsibility

    • 0.5 Units
    • Ethical and legal issues, civil and criminal law, contracts, malpractice and current ethical and legal dilemmas encountered in practice.

    Regional Board Preparation

    • 0.5 Units
    • The purpose of this course is to prepare the dental student to challenge a clinical licensing board examination. The students will be examined on the appropriate licensing board materials, and patient clinical activities. Students will be given formative feedback on typodont exercises as needed for their licensing examination.

    Periodontal Medicine and Cases

    • 1 Unit
    • Further application of the knowledge and skills learned in prior periodontal courses. Focus is on how selective periodontal treatment can be integrated into a treatment plan considering the parameters presented by a special situation. Some examples are treatment related to endodontics, prosthodontics, geriatrics, esthetics, orthodontics and implantology.

    General Anesthesia, Oral Surgery

    • 0.5 Units
    • Patient evaluation for anesthesia. Anesthetic agents and techniques for inhalation and intravenous anesthesia. Medical emergencies. Postanesthetic management. Sedation techniques. Pharmacology of anesthetic agents.

    Orthodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Instruction through lectures and audio-visual programs enabling the student to gain judgment, knowledge, and skills to select and treat uncomplicated tooth irregularities in children and adults. Advanced topics in comprehensive orthodontics, such as surgical orthodontics and cleft-palate treatment.

    Case Presentations I

    • 1 Unit
    • First Semester of case presentation is dedicated to the review of comprehensive treatment planning slide material in preparation for National Boards part II and the Northeast Regional Board Dental Simulated Clinical Examination DSCE and the Case Based Examination (CBE) and the Western Regional Board (WREB) treatment planning examinations. Cases treated in the CASE SODM clinics will be reviewed by the preceptor faculty along with clinical specialty faculty and biological science faculty where appropriate. Diagnostic information will be on Blackboard preceding the schedule case review. During the case review questions will be presented for all students to interject through either the PRS format or Blackboard. In addition to the interactive format three disciplined based quizzes will be provided. The semester final will present a case based problem similar to the regional boards in which students identify the components of the diagnosis, treatment plan, treatment modifiers, treatment sequence and prognosis.

    Fourth Year – Term 2

    Community Oral Health Capstone Experience

    • 1.5 Unit
    • The goals of this particular course are to provide experience delivering dental care to a population of patients in a community health center while working with and communicating with a dental health care team and to gain experience in cultural sensitivity.

    Periodontics

    • 0.5 Units
    • Clinical application of surgical and nonsurgical techniques used in the treatment of moderate periodontal disease. Students exposed to more advanced cases through clinical demonstrations by instructors. Students encouraged to gain additional experience and become more confident in the management of periodontal patients.

    Oral Diagnosis and Radiology

    • 0.5 Unit
    • Clinical experience in the admitting and radiology service.

    Endodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of endodontics therapy. Diagnosis and treatment planning. Management of endodontic emergencies and prognosis of endodontic treatment.

    Clinical Oral Surgery II

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of oral surgery.

    Operative Dentistry

    • 2.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of operative dentistry.

    Removable Prosthodontics

    • 1.5 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of prosthodontic dentistry.

    Fixed Prosthodontics

    • 2.5 Units
    • Treatment of patients requiring simple and advanced fixed prostheses as an integrated part of total patient care.

    Pediatric Dentistry

    • 1.5 Units
    • Emphasizes comprehensive oral health care of the well child to provide experience in examining, diagnosing, treatment planning, and completing treatment of a selected number of children. Preventive aspects of pediatric dentistry emphasized. Additional voluntary experiences in clinical practice of pediatric dentistry available.

    Clinical Geriatric Dentistry

    • 0.5 Units
    • The course exposes students to providing comprehensive care to a broad range of older adults in a variety of settings. Senior students will attend interdisciplinary team meetings to present dental findings, recommendations and to gain exposure to the impact of physiological aging, systemic conditions, functional disabilities, and pharmacological interactions on delivering comprehensive care to this vulnerable population.

    Clinical Orthodontics

    • 1 Unit
    • Clinical application of the principles of orthodontics.

    General Practice Dentistry A

    • 2.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of general practice dentistry. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in COMP 494.

    General Dentistry Clinical Competency

    • 0.5 Units
    • This course consists of the successful completion of the recall, emergency, diagnosis and treatment planning, and patient outcomes clinical competencies. It is also necessary for the student to successfully fulfill the recall needs of their assigned clinic patients in order to pass this course. Recommended preparation: Completion of Basic Core Program.

    General Practice Dentistry B

    • 2.5 Units
    • Clinical application of the principles of general practice dentistry. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in COMP 490.

    Quality Assurance

    • 1 Unit
    • This course reinforces quality assurance skills and knowledge provided in the prerequisite course including, but not limited to: providing students with the working knowledge of dental record keeping, as it relates to diagnosis and treatment of pathology; recognition and management of medical illness and disabilities; treatment planning; documentation of pre-existing conditions, current and past treatment; established laboratory protocols; evaluation of reasons for remakes and re-dos; post-treatment evaluation of care. Recommended preparation: COMP 394.

    Regional Board Preparation

    • 0.5 Units
    • The purpose of this course is to prepare the dental student to challenge a clinical licensing board examination. The students will be examined on the appropriate licensing board materials, and patient clinical activities. Students will be given formative feedback on typodont exercises as needed for their licensing examination.

    Advanced Implant Dentistry II

    • 1 Unit
    • This course is a continuation of Advanced Implant Dentistry I and consists of a small group PBL Project where each group will be challenged with a patient requiring complex care. The group will be expected, utilizing all of their four years of training, to fully diagnosis the patient’s problems and create multiple treatment plans to assist the patient’s return to oral health. They will finally present and defend their decision to the entire class and instructors.

    Case Presentations II

    • 1 Unit
    • Second Semester. This course provides formal lecture presentations in the discipline of comprehensive dental care to assist students in the development of appropriate and successful diagnoses and treatment plans and the use of techniques and technology to achieve the goals of optimal dentistry. The course provides examples of cases in diagnosis and treatment planning in lecture, and include expertise from other departments in both the clinical and basic biological sciences. This course also provides the methodology for the treatment of moderate to severely mutilated dentitions and information regarding treatment modalities used related to the cases under discussion. The treatment plans are to be evidence based and used in concert with the outcomes of treatment. Techniques and Technology associated with the case shall be described as cases are reviewed. Both didactic lecture presentations and case reviews will utilize the interactive questioning and survey opportunities as needed through either the PRS format or Blackboard. The semester grade will be based on participation in the interactive sessions, a case based examination and each student is to turn in a fully documented senior case that is both diagnostic and treatment demanding. All cases will be approved prior to being considered as an acceptable senior case.

    Interviewing

    Case Western Reserve University issues interviews on a rolling basis, meaning that seats are filled as interviews progress, it is therefore advantageous to apply as early as possible. Starting in mid-August, interviews are generally conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

    Interview groups tend to be small, between five and eight students per group. Each applicant will participate in two separate interviews with CWRU faculty or staff lasting roughly 30 minutes each.

    Mission

    The mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is to provide outstanding programs in oral health education, patient care, focused research and scholarship, and service that are of value to our constituents. We accomplish this in an environment that fosters collegiality and professionalism and that enables a diverse group of students to become competent oral health care providers and contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

    The School of Dental Medicine’s core values are: collegiality; a culture of inquiry; diversity; innovation; integrity; and responsible stewardship.

    Contact Information

    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4905
    Phone: (216) 368-3266
    Fax: (216) 368-3204
    Website: https://www.dental.case.edu
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CWRUDentalMedicine/
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    Admissions

    Dr. Emil Chuck
    Director of Admissions
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4905
    Phone: (216) 368-2460

    Financial Aid

    Ms. Barbara A. Sciulli
    Financial Aid Officer
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4905
    Phone: (216) 368-3256

    Student Services Office

    Mr. Philip C. Aftoora
    Director of Student Services
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4905
    Phone: (216) 368-3201

    Minority Affairs / Diversity

    Dr. Kristin Williams
    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4905
    Phone: (216) 368-2392

    International Students

    Director of International Student Services
    10900 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106-7038
    Phone: (216) 368-2517
    https://www.studentaffairs.case.edu/international/

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