Diagnostic Sciences - Predoctoral Education

The predoctoral curriculum in Diagnostic Sciences encompasses the range of divisions described below.

Oral Diagnosis
Oral Diagnosis deals with obtaining, recording and evaluating information that contributes to the identification of abnormalities in the head and neck region. Such information is analyzed to establish a diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.

Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases and abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region through the interpretation of images.

Oral Medicine
The Division of Oral Medicine is responsible for teaching the diagnosis and primarily nonsurgical treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, including the mucosa, salivary glands and the surrounding structures.

Oral Pathology
The Division of Oral Pathology fosters an understanding of normal and pathologic cells, tissues and organs so  students can comprehend the basic processes and mechanisms that underlie all diseases.

Emergency/Urgent Care
The Division of Emergency/Urgent Care screens and treats patients who present to the dental school with an existing emergency or urgent care need. Services are provided to registered patients of the Dental School and those who are not currently receiving active treatment.

The Division of Nutrition is responsible for the didactic and clinic based nutrition portion of the curriculum, including the role diet and nutrition in prevention and management of oral diseases, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and dental procedures and surgeries.

Radiology Clinic, Treatment Planning Clinic and Oral Medicine Clinic
The clinical curriculum is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills in oral diagnosis and oral medicine, including diagnosis, prognoses and treatment planning.