Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Online Master’s Program in Orofacial Pain & Oral Medicine (OFPOM) & Sleep Disorders is of 3 year duration designed for both US and Internationally dentists who work full time in a clinical or academic environment.

The program has 17 courses (33 units of academic activity) with 90% online and 10% at USC. There are 14 strictly online courses and the resident will take 2-3 courses each trimester. On average there will be between 2 to 4 streaming video lectures for viewing each week. After each lecture the residents will have to log on and complete an associated quiz. The quizzes will be comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions.

The weekly video case conference allows residents to present and defend their assignments. The summer sessions involve two comprehensive Knowledge Assessment courses.

At the summer sessions, the residents will see patients in our clinic at USC and will be taking a set of Oral, Essay, MC, and OCSEs. The online residents prepare, present and defend a portfolio of 18 documented cases.

The online residents must create, present and defend their capstone research project report. The last year of the program will focus mostly on the case portfolio and the resident’s research project.

Program Goals and Objectives

Objective #1 –Cross-Cutting Diagnostic/Pharmacologic Knowledge
Objective #2 – Orofacial Pain/Temporomandibular/Sleep Disorder based Learning Outcomes
Objective #3 – Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology/Medicine based Learning Outcomes

Sample Topics

Soft Tissue Diseases
Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging
Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains
TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy
Research Methodologies in Dentistry:
Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases
Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea
Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging
Immunology and Immunosuppression
Infectious Disease, Oral Microbiology and Virology
Case Presentation Portfolio Course

Sample Courses

Fall: TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology OFPM-706
Spring: Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders OFPM-723
Summer: Soft Tissue Diseases for Dentists OFPM-702b

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

Online students have the option to visit the USC Campus and shadow instructors during clinic hours.

Faculty Spotlight

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