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Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program

Curriculum - Course Descriptions

PEDO 400 - GENERAL REGISTRATION (40 hours/week for seven weeks) Vann and Staff. The residency program begins each year on July 1. For those entering residents who can commit to an earlier starting time, stipend support is available for the months of May and June by special contract. Students who begin the program early are assigned emergency call activities and routine clinical rotations.

The objective of PEDO 400 is to provide entering students with an orientation to the school, the Health Science Center and to the university, including a thorough indoctrination into the Department and its missions. A foundation to begin didactic/clinical activities is provided and patient care activities are started. PEDO 400 is comprised of six basic components: (1) Orientation to UNC-Hospitals, the School of Dentistry, the Department and the clinical sites, (2) Cultural Competency Training, (3) Scientific Computing Course, (4) The "How To" Seminar Series, (5) a Clinical Pharmacology Seminar Series and (6) clinical assignments/call activities.

All students are required to participate in the General Registration during the months of July and August in Year One. By special negotiation PEDO 400 can be deferred until Year Two for students in combined programs.

PEDO 800 - MCH SEMINARS (1 hour/week for each Fall and Spring Semester for 3 years) Roberts. This is a seminar series that examines a broad range of issues related to the health of mothers and children including pediatric dentistry, pediatric medical issues, practice management, social issues and child advocacy.

PEDO 801 - PEDIATRIC DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING SEMINAR (1 hour/week each Fall and Spring Semesters for two years) Vann. This course is a seminar wherein diagnosis and treatment planning options are considered through a problem-oriented approach. For each case, treatment planning objectives are derived by consensus. Clinical outcomes are assessed for in-progress and completed cases.

PEDO 803 - PRINCIPLES OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (6 hours/month for Fall and Spring Semesters for 24 months) Vann and Staff. This seminar course covers the fundamentals of pediatric dentistry, with emphasis on the scientific basis of clinical routines. The course relies on readings of classic and contemporary literature with seminars that involve discussions and critiques of readings. The course prepares the student for the Comprehensive Written Examination of the ABPD and provides experience in critical analysis of research design and data.

PEDO 804 - ADVANCED CLINICAL PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY (6-12 hours/week for 36 months) Staff. This clinical course provides experience in all phases of pediatric dentistry, including dental treatment under conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Cases embrace all phases of treatment and the clinical application of didactic material presented in other courses.

PEDO 805 - CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (2 hour/monthly each Spring Semester for three years) Vann. This course provides residents with an understanding of design, implementation and management of a modern pediatric dental practice. Most seminar leaders are guest speakers, many of whom are private practitioners who are Adjunct Faculty in the Department.

PEDO 806 - TREATMENT OF PEDIATRIC DENTAL EMERGENCIES (1 hour/week each week for 36 months) Vann. This seminar series serves as a faculty/resident forum for reviewing recent emergency cases and a critique of the care provided. Discussions focus on case reviews for the management of dental pain, infection and trauma (including child abuse). Endodontic faculty and residents participate in this seminar series.

PEDO 901 - RESEARCH (Average of one day/week for 36 months) Staff. Students pursue an institutionally-approved research project under the guidance of the faculty following review of the pertinent literature and planning on the basis of sound experimental design. Residents select an appropriate faculty mentor. The project is intended to lead to a thesis of sufficient quality to meet requirements for the Master of Science degree in Dentistry or a Master of Public Health.

PEDO 993 - MASTER'S THESIS Research mentors and thesis committee members.

PEDO 809 - PREVENTIVE ORTHODONTICS (7 hours/week Fall and Spring semester for 36 months) Koroluk and Christensen. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and demonstrate a thorough orthodontic diagnosis and establish realistic treatment objectives, considering all aspects of the patient's treatment needs. Clinical experience is provided in treating limited orthodontic malocclusions seen commonly by pediatric dentists.

OMSU 751 - ADVANCED APPROACHES TO PAIN AND ANXIETY CONTROL (1.5 hours/week in Spring 1) Roberts and Anesthesiology Staff. This course is a 1.5/hour week seminar led by faculty directing the residents in didactic and applied studies of basic acute pain and anxiety control sciences, physiological monitoring and physical evaluation for pharmacologic patient management. Introduction to general anesthesia is included.

ORTH 801 - ORTHODONTIC TECHNIQUE (4 hours/week - Fall 1) Hershey and Orthodontic Staff. This course serves as an introduction to orthodontic technique and procedures for beginning orthodontic and pediatric dentistry graduate students.

ORTH 803A - ORTHODONTIC DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT PLANNING (2 hours/week -Fall 1) Proffit and Orthodontic Staff. This offering addresses principles of orthodontics diagnosis and analysis of diagnostic records.

ORTH 806 - BIOMECHANICS (2 hours/week - Fall 1) Proffit and Orthodontic Staff. This course encompasses mechanical principles, orthodontic force production and control as well as biological response to orthodontic forces.

ORTH 808 - GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (6 hours/week in Spring 1) Koroluk and Orthodontic Staff. This course covers principles of growth and development, emphasizing dentofacial growth and maturation from an evolutionary, functional and traditional anatomic perspective.

ORTH 209 - ORAL-PHARYNGEAL FUNCTION (4 hours/week in Summer 2) Trotman and Orthodontic Staff. This course examines oral motor function and respiration and their roles in the development of speech and malocclusions.

DENG 701 - RESEARCH DESIGN (1 hour/week in Fall 1) Wright. This is a core curriculum research course for all first year postdoctoral dental students. Concepts in basic study design and research protocol preparation are emphasized. Sampling and nonsampling errors, reliability and validity and sample size determination are presented. Published dental literature is used as a basis for developing critical review skills and application of concepts during discussion.

DENG 702 - BIOSTATS (2 hours/week in Spring 1) Phillips. This course covers major biostatistical concepts including estimation, tests of hypotheses, two sample comparisons, regressions and correlation. Published dental literature is used as a basis for discussion of appropriate and inappropriate uses of statistical analyses.

DENG 703 - APPLIED RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (2 hours/week - Fall Year 2) Beck and staff. The objective of this course is to evaluate research methods used in basic, clinical, behavioral and epidemiological research in oral health and encountered in the dental literature. A second objective will be to examine and evaluate research methods employed in graduate student research projects.

DENG 710 - SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING (1 hour/week plus 2 hours/week lab) George and staff. Word processing and computer application skills appropriate for scientific application are taught in this course. An introduction is provided to a variety of available software products.

DENG 750 - ORAL-FACIAL COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS (1 hour/week in Spring 2) Dilley and Craniofacial Team. This course provides an overview of a multi-discipline approach to the clinical management of children with oral, facial and communicative disorders.

ANESTHESIA ROTATION (Summer 2) Georges and Anesthesiology Staff. This is a 4 week off-service rotation covering pre-, intra- and post-operative care for patients undergoing surgery with out-patient and inpatient general anesthesia.

PEDIATRICS / ER ROTATION (Summer 2) Hammrick and Pediatrics Staff. This is a 4 week pediatric medicine clerkship at UNC Hospitals. It offers participation in the pediatric screening and sub-specialty clinics/wards and selected community clinics/programs. One week of the four are set aside for ER-activities in the Pediatrics Acute Care Clinic in the Emergency Room.

APPLIED PEDIATRIC PHARMACOLOGY (1 hours/week in Summer 1) Farrington. This course examines the pharmacology and microbiology of disease processes in children using a seminar format and special assignments.


HEMOPHILIA AND SICKLE CELL ANEMIA ROTATION Hematology/Oncology Staff (3 hours/week in Fall and Spring Semester). The student gains additional experience in the hematology clinic in the UNC Hospitals under mentorship of a medical attending. Patients with hemophilia and sickle cell syndrome are observed and examined. Insight into the medical management of these patients is obtained. Includes attendance at off-site sickle-cell clinic in Wilmington, NC.

OBIO 233 - ADVANCED ORAL BIOLOGY (2 hours/week in Summer 1) Yamauchi and Dental Research Center Staff. This course is offered in a module format with students leading discussions after a brief review of the literature. Topics covered include biology of the periodontium, pulp biology, wound healing in the oral cavity, oro-facial pain physiology and management.

ORT 206 - ADVANCED DENTAL ROENTGENOLOGY (2 hours/week in Spring 1) Tyndall and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Staff. The purpose of this course is to acquaint graduate students with the advanced radiographic imaging and techniques currently available to the dental profession. Reviews of radiographic anatomy appropriate to the techniques are discussed.

ORPA 262 - ORAL PATHOLOGY (2 hours/week offered on alternate years) Murah. This is a core curriculum course for multi-specialty use. It covers abnormal and normal embryology, histology and physiology of the teeth, supporting structures, salivary glands, oral mucous membranes and the temporomandibular joint.

GRAD 202 - COLLEGE TEACHING ONLINE (2 1/2 hours/week) Bailey. This course is based on the principle that there is a “scholarship of teaching” that is worthy of study in the same way that one studies the scholarship of research. In this seminar, students will review the theory and practice of effective pedagogy and, following these principles, develop a college course of their own choosing. Their course design will include a syllabus, student exercises and papers, and sample examinations. it is designed for graduate and professional students who want to prepare for their teaching roles as future faculty members. This includes students who have had previous training and/or teaching experience, as well as those who have not had such experience. The student has the option of participating as an online student, as a traditional classroom student, or a combination of the two environments. The online option facilitates anytime, anywhere learning styles while the classroom option provides face-to-face interaction with the instructors and other students who may choose this setting. The combination option would allow students to select how they preferred interacting with the course material and instructors.

GRAD 204 - EFFECTIVE ORAL PRESENTATIONS - Tisdale (1 1/2 hours/week). Success in any career requires effective oral communication skills. In GRAD 204, you will learn how to create dynamic presentations. Topics include: audience analysis, delivery techniques, message organization, and visuals design.

GRAD 205 - PREPARING FOR THE PROFESSORATE - Poock (1 1/2 hours/week). This course aims to supplement the education of graduate students preparing for faculty careers by providing an overview of the role of professors in American higher education. Students in the course will examine broad issues facing academia as a whole (demographic changes, the influence of instructional technology) and also learn practical skills necessary for survival and success as a new faculty member. The course will be organized as a series of seminars and workshops lead primarily by experienced University administrators, faculty members, and other guest speakers. The workshops will be organized into three broad clusters focusing on what the academy is, how a faculty member works within that academy, and how one pursues an initial position and advancement within the academy.

GRAD 208 - CAREER EXPLORATION - Graham (1 1/2 hours/week). This course is designed to help students begin thinking about the transferable skills they have acquired over the course of their graduate training and to help them uncover career opportunities in non-academic settings. Due to the specialized nature of graduate education, students often think in terms of the knowledge they have gained rather than the skills they have acquired. As graduate and professional students begin to consider careers outside of the academy, it is often difficult for them to identify (a) the skills they have developed through their graduate studies and (b) how these skills might be used in non-academic settings. This course addresses these issues, and is open to all graduate and professional students considering (but not necessarily committed to) non-academic career alternatives.

GRAD 209 - WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: WRITING FOR NOW AND FOREVER - McKinney (1 1/2 hours/week). The goal of this course is to help graduate students develop writing skills and work habits that will get their dissertation finished quickly, and prepare them for the publishing pressures of an academic career. Topics include overcoming writer’s block, preventing procrastination, managing time wisely, improving organizational skills, and juggling the dissertation with the rest of life. Students will learn how to break down large projects into manageable units, create writing support networks, organize ideas more effectively, churn out rough drafts without pain, and improve rewriting strategies. Students from all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome.

EDCI 265 - PRINCIPLES OF COLLEGE TEACHING (3 hours/week, Wednesday night, Fall only) School of Ed. This is a course for graduate students in any academic department who plan to pursue a teaching career. It provides an introduction to the planning of courses and educational programming for college level students. The course emphasizes a systematic approach to developing, implementing and evaluation instruction.

PSYCH 024 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Variable). This course reviews the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research.

CAREER ENHANCEMENT ELECTIVE (CEE) This elective is taken by all students during Year 3 and typically it involves an exploration of or concentration in the students' career interest. Hospital dentistry, public health, research and private practice are popular areas of exploration. The CEE constitutes up to a half day / week during the first six months of Year 3. The CEE allotment in the first six months varies according to the research time needed during this time-frame.

PRIVATE PRACTICE ELECTIVE (PPE) is one elective CEE option. The PPE is a collaborative effort with a private practicing pediatric dentist who holds an Adjunctive Faculty appointment in our department. The practitioners provide mentorship for students in their offices as they experience the realities of a private practice, including both the clinical and practice management dimensions. Currently, we have four private practitioners who have contractual relationships with us for this elective. This elective is limited to those students who hold an unrestricted North Carolina Dental License because of state licensure restrictions.

Continuing Dental Education (CDE)

During the first and second year of our program, students attend an average of five days of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) from our School's CDE offerings. We sponsor also the first year students to attend regional CDE courses when resources permit. Over the past several years, students have averaged two to three regional CDE courses during the first two years. Students in the third year of training generally attend as many as seven days of school-sponsored CDE. Our department sponsors third year students attendance at the Annual Session of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (four to five days) and an additional two to three days of regional CE.