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Competency Statements

  1. Behavioral Sciences: A new dental graduate must be competent in the application of the fundamental principles of behavioral science as tools for patient-centered care and promotion, improvement and maintenance of oral-systemic health.
  2. Diversity and Communication Skills: A new dental graduate must be competent in managing a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional collaborative work environment.
  3. Health Care Delivery:A new dental graduate must be competent in applying basic principles and philosophies of practice management, models of health care delivery, and how to function successfully as the leader of the oral health care team
  4. Professionalism: A new dental graduate must be competent in identifying and applying legal, ethical and professional principles as they pertain to the practice of dentistry.
  5. Critical Thinking I:A new dental graduate must be competent in the use of critical thinking to assess scientific and lay literature as it relates to providing evidence-based patient care.
  6. Critical Thinking II: A new dental graduate also must be competent in the use of critical thinking as it applies to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis.
  7. Infection Control: A new dental graduate must be competent in applying current infection control principles and guidelines.
  8. Informed Consent: A new dental graduate must be competent in presenting appropriate information to patients to ensure understanding and obtain informed consent or informed consent refusal.
  9. Pain Management: A new dental graduate must be competent in managing pain and anxiety for their patients.
  10. Restoration and Replacement of Teeth: A new dental graduate must be competent in restoring or replacing teeth to proper form and function, in designing dental prostheses to replace teeth, in directing laboratory technicians to fabricate dental laboratory products that fulfill established criteria and in assessing the acceptability of completed products from a dental laboratory.
  11. Periodontal Therapy:A new dental graduate must be competent in performing anti-infective periodontal therapy, including scaling and root planning and monitoring their effectiveness in the treatment of periodontal disease.
  12. Caries Management: A new dental graduate must be competent in health promotion and disease prevention including caries management.
  13. Pulpal Therapy:A new dental graduate must be competent in managing pulpal and periapical disease.
  14. Oral Mucosal Disorders: A new dental graduate must be competent in recognizing and managing oral mucosal diseases
  15. Temporomandibular Disorders:  A new dental graduate must be competent in recognizing and managing temporomandibular disorders.
  16. Surgery:A new dental graduate must be competent in performing surgical and non-surgical exodontia of erupted teeth, minor alveoplasty, flap surgery and primary wound closure.
  17. Dental and Medical Emergencies: A new dental graduate must be competent in assessing and managing dental emergencies, and must be competent in providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in the dental practice.
  18. Malocclusion:A new dental graduate must be competent in classifying and managing malocclusions.
  19. Space Management: A new dental graduate must be competent in arch analysis and space management.
  20. Treatment Outcomes Assessment: A new dental graduate must be competent in documenting and evaluating the results of favorable and unfavorable treatment outcomes, and recognizing any deficiencies, including self-assessment of treatment rendered.
  21. Special Needs Patients: A new dental graduate must be competent in assessing and managing oral health treatment for patients with special needs.
  22. Therapeutics: A new dental graduate must be competent in prescription writing and the appropriate use of drugs and medications in the practice of dentistry. They must also be competent in educating patients about the indication for therapy and possible adverse reactions, including substance abuse disorders.

 

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021