Certificate Program in Geriatric Dentistry

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

This program is designed for both domestic and international dentists who work full time in the clinical or academic environment. A unique and innovative opportunity for dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of Geriatric dentistry issues.

The 12.5 month Certificate Program in Geriatric Dentistry has 8 courses (12 units of academic activity), each course with (90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities located at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

This certification program can stand alone as a true graduate study endpoint, or can be rolled forward before completion of the last course by application and upon acceptance into the MS degree program.

Most courses provide the residents a weekly streaming video lecture for viewing and a course manual. After each lecture the residents will log on and complete an associated quiz. There is a weekly video case conference which allows residents to present their assigned cases and discuss all the other cases presented by fellow residents.

All residents attend a 10 day summer session at the end of the year and this face-to-face program involves a comprehensive Knowledge Assessment process and practical training. At these summer sessions, the residents will be taking a set of Oral Exams, Essay Exams, MCQ tests and Practical Exams. The residents prepare, present and defend a portfolio of their activities to document how they have satisfied the learning objectives of the program in person at the end of their program. Each resident’s portfolio must contain 6 cases which demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Program Goals and Objectives

Objective #1 – Geriatric Dentistry/Gerontology Learning Outcomes: To identify, interpret and summarize the aging process and its associated epidemiologic, sociologic, psychosocial factors and the impact of these conditions on oral health, various oral disease findings and subsequent therapies.

Objective #2 – Common Medical Conditions & Medications in Geriatric Patients Learning Outcomes: To understand and recognize common medical conditions including their etiologies and appropriately design a plan of action for their older adult patients who present with these conditions in a systematic fashion to achieve evidence-based treatment.

Objective #3 – Cross-Cutting Diagnostic/Pharmacologic based Learning Outcomes: To acquire, interpret and summarize all physical, psychological and historical data from their patients in a systematic fashion that considers signs, symptoms, diagnosis, monitoring and disease progression and analyze medication usage and its impact to achieve an evidence-based differential diagnosis.

Sample Course Description

Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients: This series of lecture will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH, and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients

Geriatric Dentistry Issues: Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging: Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

Fall Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents GDEN-722
Spring Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains OFPM-705
Summer Soft Tissue Diseases for Dentists OFPM-702a

Sample Topics

Common Systemic Conditions in Older Adults
Geriatric Dentistry Issues
Epidemiology, Nutrition & Aging For Dental Residents
Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents
Topics in Gerontology
*Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Certificate Students

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

Geriatric Dentistry Programs are delivered in most part online and therefore we have a full-time program manager and technology coordinator to provide training and assist residents with technical support. At least a full time faculty member is assigned to help the enrolled students for academic support and students can also contact directly to the program director. Enrolled students should be available to come to USC for 10 days for Summer Program.

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