Division of Oral Diagnosis

Director, Dr. Gary Vitaletti

Oral Diagnosis is the area of dental practice that 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 specific for a given patient.


Diagnostic Sciences. This sophomore course is designed to familiarize students with the diagnostic process in the formulation of dental treatment plans, ranging from emergency treatment to comprehensive patient care. It encompasses all dental disciplines and recognizes the biopsychosocial aspects of patient interaction that correlate with clinical findings. The course includes a clinical phase that provides an introduction to clinical charting and physical examination procedures that correspond with the course didactic information.

Diagnostic Sciences Seminars I & II. The Department offers two seminar programs, one each in the junior and senior years. These consist of small (6-14) student groups that utilize critical thinking and problem solving in formulating diagnoses, prognoses and treatment plans. The groups foster peer interaction, educational collaboration, research of pertinent learning issues and professional public speaking.

Diagnosis & Treatment Planning I & II. The objective of these clinical courses, one each in the junior and senior years, is to teach students how to evaluate and assess patients for appropriate treatment based on existing medical and dental conditions. Such assessment includes the use of pertinent patient histories, clinical and radiographic findings, recognition of existing biopsychosocial factors, and ultimate formation of a problems list from which a comprehensive treatment plan can be presented that also satisfies all requirements of informed consent.