Certificate in Oral Clinical Pathology and Radiology

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Hybrid-Online Certificate in Clinical Oral Pathology and Radiology is a hybrid program with a total of 10 courses (13 academic units), specifically designed for the practicing professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex oral conditions.

The certificate curriculum is designed with a series of didactic courses where students will gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral diseases in the field of Oral Pathology and confidence in Oral Radiology and the use of conventional and advanced imaging studies for the diagnostic process. The goal of this postdoctoral 1-year certificate program is to give practicing dental or medical health care providers advanced clinical, didactic, and evidence-based education in the field of oral diagnostics, specifically oral pathology and radiology. With the onset of new diseases to dentistry and advancements in diagnostics and therapeutics in the last few decades, many clinicians may feel ill-prepared to comprehensively manage patients with oral lesions or patients with oral manifestations of complex medical conditions. Therefore, this program taught by expert USC Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty is designed to provide clinicians with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to diagnose and manage patients with oral diseases.

The students participate in weekly live online sessions with faculty and other program residents, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience. There are 2-3 courses per trimester, with 2-4 streaming video lectures for viewing each week.  After each video lecture students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions). The Program is primarily online but also includes a 10-day practical training conducted on-campus at USC, with skills development and competence evaluation. At the end of the program, the students present and defend a case portfolio.

Program Goals and Objectives

Some of the objectives of the program include but are not limited to:

Sequence of Courses

Trimester I — Summer

OPR 701 Bone Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology 1
OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine 1
OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology 1

Trimester II — Fall

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine 3
OFPM-707 Pharmacological Series for Dental Residents 2
OFPM-730a Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students 0.5

Trimester III — Spring

OPR 705 Oral Histopathology and Surgical Pathology 2
OPR 706 Evidence-Based Practice and Literature Review 1

Trimester IV — Summer

OPR 732 Knowledge Assessment 1
OFPM-731 Case Portfolio Review and Defense 0.5

Faculty Spotlight

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