Certificate in Orofacial Pain
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
The Online Certificate in Orofacial Pain is a hybrid program (face-to-face and online classes) with a total of 8 courses (12.5 academic units), specifically designed for domestic and international dentists who want to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex conditions. .
The students participate in weekly live webinar sessions with the faculty and other 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 week of practical training conducted at the USC campus, with skills development and competence evaluation. At the end of the program, the students present and defend a case portfolio.
Program Goals and Objectives
This program will offer a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more about oral pain including jaw disorders, neuropathies, chronic headaches, sleep and motor disorders. The Dentist is often confronted with painful conditions that do not come directly from the dental structures, but whose diagnosis is crucial for proper management, thus avoiding procedures that not only do not solve the chief complaint, but also can complicate the clinical picture. Examples of these conditions are musculoskeletal diseases and neuropathic disorders, which are rarely solved by conventional dental treatment. Having training in Orofacial Pain benefits the dentist, who will acquire skills to diagnose and effectively treat painful conditions. It will also benefit patients suffering from these sometimes incapacitating conditions. In addition, society benefits, because with proper management, the impact of a disease in productivity and functionality is reduced, as well as the financial burden of unnecessary treatments. 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
|OFPM-723||Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders & Sleep Apnea For Dental Residents||2|
|OFPM-730a||Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students||0.5|
|OFPM-707||Pharmacology Series For Dental Residents||2|
|OFPM-706||TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology & Physical Therapy For Dental Residents||2|
|OFPM-730b||Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFPOM Students||0.5|
|OFPM-705||Neurogenic Based Oral & Facial Pains For Dental Residents||2|
|OFPM-724||Psychological & Psychometric Assessment For Dental Residents||2|
|OFPM-710a||Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents||1|
|OFPM-731||Case Portfolio Review and Defense||0.5|
|Glenn Clark||Roseann Mulligan|