Pre-doctoral Education

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is responsible for the didactic and clinical instruction along with a keen interest in teaching undergraduate students with a strong emphasis on dento-alveolar procedures.  The following courses are offered with a description of each.


Local Anesthetic:  The purpose of this course is to prepare the student for the clinical administration of local anesthetic drugs.  This course will provide the dental student with an understanding of the neurophysiology of local anesthetic action coupled with the pharmacology of the local anesthetics themselves and vasoconstrictors.  We will review in depth, the clinical actions of specific agents, paying close attention to maximum doses and complications.  Additionally, we will explore the armamentarium of local anesthesia i.e. the syringe, needle and cartridge.  Preparation of this armamentarium will be clearly discussed enabling the dental student to prepare and instrument the fully assembled dental syringe.  We will spend considerable time mastering the basic injection technique required of any oral injection with special attention being paid toward understanding normal vs. abnormal variations in anatomy.  Techniques of maxillary, mandibular and supplemental injections will be reviewed until there is no ambiguity between the various modes of local anesthesia.  Lastly, we will discuss local & systemic complications and medical emergencies that may ensue.  At the end of this course, each dental student should be able to adequately select the proper local anesthetic in a given situation and provide adequate, safe pain control.


Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine:  This course has been established to prepare the dental student for the practice of clinical dentistry as it applies to the medically complex patient.  The process of acquiring a thorough medical history, identifying at-risk patients, application of pharmacology related to and co-existing disease and the proper management of medical emergencies will be explored.

Fundamentals of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery:  Fundamentals of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the didactic introduction to the surgical management of the dental patient. The course is designed to provide the dental student with the basic knowledge to manage minor oral and maxillofacial surgical conditions. Course material will be presented in a lecture format. The purpose of a lecture is to clarify the reading and expand on the topic at hand. To maximize the benefit of the lectures, it is expected that students read the required assignments in advance of class.


Pain & Anxiety Management:  Pain and anxiety control is a fundamental skill for successful dental practice.  A competent dentist should be able to select an appropriate method of pain and anxiety control for each patient under his/her care.  The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the basic didactic theories of pain and anxiety control for managing patients in contemporary dental practice.

Advanced Oral Surgery Concepts:  The Advanced OMFS Concept course exposes the student to advanced aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a dental specialty that is involved in the diagnosis, management and treatment of injuries, deformities, and pathology of the maxillofacial region. This involves management of oral and maxillofacial trauma/injuries, diseases, pathology, and skeletal deformities as well as the temporomandibular joint. The graduating dentist is the first diagnostician who may be involved in these conditions and as such should have a basic knowledge to diagnose and refer as needed. As a doctor, the dentist should also have the ability to follow the progression of their patient’s care once the referral is made. This requires knowledge of the various interventions provided by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The course will provide the student with an understanding of the various management interventions that may be used by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to treat the patient.

DDS 3 & DDS 4

Hospital Dentistry:  The purpose of the Hospital Dentistry rotation is to expose the student to the management of patients referred for dental treatment within the hospital environment, patients with complex medical conditions and patients with neurodevelopmental disorders. (Intellectual and developmental disabilities or IDD).

IUSD 4th year dental students have a two and ½ day Hospital Dentistry rotation coordinated by the Office of Clinical Affairs as part of Comprehensive Care. This rotation is structured to supplement the knowledge base from the didactic curriculum so that the student will achieve knowledge to manage patients’ care. Management of patients’ care depends on the specific medical and dental diagnoses and may entail the ability to monitor or coordinate care provided by others, refer the patient to another health care provider, or perform the actual procedure.

Pre-doctoral Oral Surgery Clinic:  The 3rd and 4th year students perform oral surgery and the post ops on their respective assigned patients in our surgery clinic. Each student is required to have 12 experiences as the primary provider and 6 assisting per year.

Intramural Course Elective

195 Oral and Maxillofacial Clinical Case Conference:  This is a graduate level course where clinical cases are presented for discussion by residents and faculty.  Cases encompass the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and are typically complex or associated with some type of complication.  Application of appropriate surgical principles to patient care is stressed.  This course may be of particular interest to students interested in pursuing oral surgery as a career.