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:
- Taking and interpreting medical, dental, medication, social and family history.
- Performing a comprehensive clinical head and neck exam and review of systems.
- Identifying pathologic changes clinically and radiographically, and knowing the indications for the various imaging studies available such as CBCT, medical CT or MRI.
- Recognizing the need for additional studies, such as biopsy, imaging studies, or laboratory tests and being able to perform or order appropriate tests and also interpret their results.
- Understanding pathological cellular changes microscopically from biopsy specimens and identifying histologic changes consistent with the various developmental, inflammatory and neoplastic conditions affecting the oral cavity.
- Recognizing the limitations of routine histology and recognizing the indications for additional studies, such as molecular or genetic tests.
- Understanding the role of telemedicine and teleradiology/telepathology for pathology diagnosis, and knowing when and who to refer patients to for various conditions and how to communicate with other providers for better patient care.
- Reviewing disease mechanisms and principles through discussion of the pathological entities associated with each organ system in the body in addition to the oral cavity and GI.
- Evaluating and treating patients with primary oral conditions and also oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Conditions include oral cancer, mucositis, lichen planus, osteonecrosis of the jaw, Sjӧgren’s syndrome, peri-implantitis, denture stomatitis, candidiasis, odontogenic cysts and tumors, salivary gland pathology, and many more soft and hard tissue conditions affecting the oral cavity.
- Reading, interpreting and critically appraising the oral and maxillofacial pathology, radiology and medicine literature, and knowing how to apply the scientific method and evidence-based practice.
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|
|Glenn Clark||Roseann Mulligan|