Dentistry

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Art DiMarco, Director, Regional Initiatives in Dental Education
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RIDE Courses


Note: in cooperation with the University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD), EWU offers these courses for first-year dental students.

RIDE 509N. MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BASIS OF DISEASE–FOUNDATIONS 1. 18 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: admission to UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
This course teaches the principles of cell and molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry and genetics. Aspects include the organization of the genome, properties of macromolecules, and cytoarchitecture. Students will gain an understanding of intracellular communication, cell-cell interactions, properties of differentiated cells, and the diversity of their physiological properties and functions.

RIDE 510N. DENTAL ANATOMY AND OCCLUSION. 3 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: admission to UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
This course includes lecture and laboratory content on the morphology and nomenclature of individual teeth of the adult dentition, introduction to tooth histology and function and the influence of tooth anatomy on clinical dental procedures.

RIDE 511N. INVADERS AND DEFENDERS–FOUNDATIONS 2. 18 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: admission to UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
This course covers and integrates the immune system, microbial biology, infectious diseases (including treatment), inflammation and repair, and skin and connective tissue. Topics discussed include the pathogenesis and immunity of infectious disease, immunodeficiencies, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, the basis of immunologic diagnostics.

RIDE 512N. INTRODUCTION TO PERIODONTICS. 2 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: admission to the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
This course explores the clinical, histopathologic and radiographic features of periodontal diseases, principles of preventive periodontics and initial examination of the periodontium. Topics include normal structure, classification and epidemiology of periodontal diseases, etiologic factors, host response, and pathogenic lesions in periodontal disease.

RIDE 513N. ORAL MICROBIOLOGY. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: admission to the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
This course applies basic sciences to an understanding of the molecular bases of the interactions between microorganisms and oral tissues that lead to plaque formation and dental diseases. Principles of clinical asepsis and diagnosis of caries and periodontal diseases are also covered.

RIDE 514N. FOUNDATIONS OF DENTAL MEDICINE. 2 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Pre-requisites: admission to the UW School of Dentistry (UWSOD).
In this course, the students will become familiar with the elements of patient interviewing, including developing a problem-focused, medical, social and dental history. They will also learn how to physically assess the dental patient. They will learn and apply principles of cultural competence and ethics throughout this process.

RIDE 519N. CARDIAC, PULMONARY AND RENAL DISEASES-FOUNDATIONS 3. 8 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
In this course students will become familiar with the structure, function and diseases of the cardiac, pulmonary and renal systems with special emphasis on the management of these diseases in the practice of dental medicine and surgery.

RIDE 520N. DENTAL OCCLUSION. 3 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Topics include: fabrication of master case models, articulator use and function, contacts in MIP and CO, temporomandibular joint function, mandibular excursive movements, mandibular envelopes of movement and how anatomical determinants influence occlusal function in all anatomical planes.

RIDE 521N. INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH. 2 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Students analyze a real-world public health case and develop feasible solutions.Each small group will present their solutions at the end of the course. Students submit weekly critical summaries of research articles and complete reading assignments. On the final examination students demonstrate basic dental public health knowledge.

RIDE 522N. FOUNDATIONS OF DENTAL MEDICINE 2. 2 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Students will increase expertise with patient interviewing and developing a problem-focused medical, social and dental history. They will improve their skills in physical assessment, including diagnostic tests. They will learn how to develop a differential diagnosis. They will learn and apply principles of cultural competence and ethics throughout this process.

RIDE 523N. ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY 1. 3 Credits.

Notes: graded Pass/Fail.
Developoment of orofacial and neck structures; tooth/pulp histology, development, eruption and exfoliation; innervation of teeth and oral structures; craniofacial and dental anomalies; cranioskeletal development; emporomandibular joint; masticatory muscle structure and function; oral mucosa and epithelial differentiation; periodontium and epithelial attachment; specialized mucosa; gustation; salivary gland structure and physiology.

RIDE 530N. BLOOD AND CANCER - FOUNDATIONS 4. 8 Credits.

This course provides an overview of hematology and oncology. Students learn the biology of bone marrow and blood, with an introduction to the field of cancer medicine. Specific cancer subtypes are discussed, providing illustrative examples of the impact of molecular biology and environmental risk factors in the development/treatment of malignancy.

RIDE 531N. ENERGY AND HOMEOSTASIS - FOUNDATIONS 5. 8 Credits.

Pre-requisites: must be admitted to the UW School of Dentistry.
This course covers energy metabolism, nutrition, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal/liver physiology, and endocrinology. Topics include physiology and pathology of digestion and hepatic function, principles and practice of clinical nutrition, endocrine integration of metabolism, and endocrine pathophysiology. Relevant anatomy, histology and pharmacology of the Endocrine and GI Systems are also covered.

RIDE 532N. ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL RADIOLOGY THEORY. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: must be admitted to the UW School of Dentistry.
In this course students will become familiar with and obtain expertise in radiation protection, potential risks of ionizing radiation, justification of exposures, decision making in type of radiographic exposure and radiographic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial anatomy and basic dental pathology (e.g. periapical radiolucency and caries).

RIDE 533N. ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY 2. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: must be admitted to the UW School of Dentistry.
Development of orofacial and neck structures; tooth/pulp histology, development, eruption and exfoliation; innervation of teeth and oral structures; craniofacial and dental anomalies; cranioskeletal development; temporomandibular joint; masticatory muscle structure and function; oral mucosa and epithelial differentiation; periodontium and epithelial attachment; specialized mucosa; gustation; salivary gland structure and physiology.

RIDE 534N. INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE-BASED DENTISTRY. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: must be admitted to UW School of Dentistry.
Evidence‐based dental decision‐making considers patient needs and desires, clinician strengths and weaknesses, and upto‐ date research evidence. The student will learn about why evidence‐based patient care is safer and more effective. They will learn how to evaluate scientific evidence on oral health, and apply it in clinical decision making.

RIDE 535N. INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIVE DENTISTRY. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: must be admitted to UW School of Dentistry.
In this course students will become familiar with and obtain expertise in applied dental materials, elementary concepts of tooth restoration, understanding of etiology and preventive aspects of caries, understanding of caries management by risk assessment. Students learn and develop the surgical skills for the restoration of one surface pathologic lesions.

RIDE 559. LOCAL ANESTHESIA. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: admission to UWSOD.
This course is intended as an introduction to dental local anesthesia for RIDE students. Pharmacology, neurophysiology, techniques, emergency prevention and management, armamentarium safety, and client management will be discussed.Safe administration and student-operator decision making are emphasized in both didactic and laboratory activities.

RIDE 596. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.