Pediatric Dentistry - Curriculum

Pediatric Dentistry residents receive their education through daily seminars, hospital rotations, grand rounds presentations and continuing education courses. Off-service hospital rotations include Anesthesia, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Inpatient Pediatrics, Ambulatory Surgery and Emergency Department. There is also a rotation to the Rose F. Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. This rotation provides clinical experience in providing care to individuals with a range of developmental disabilities.

Lectures are provided in pediatric restorative dentistry, growth and development, orthodontics, preventive practices, sedation techniques, pharmacology, oral pathology, pulp therapy, pediatric periodontal therapy, public health, practice management, biostatistics, and special patient care. Treatment planning seminars and literature review are also integral components of the didactic curriculum.

Residents are expected to develop their own case presentations, as well as assigned presentations in other areas. The ability to be comfortable with public speaking is a necessity for any professional who aims to become an effective advocate in the area of children's health.

Through lectures, literature review, written and oral examinations this program prepares residents to take the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Qualifying and Oral Clinical Exam. Residents are strongly encouraged to pursue Diplomate status.

All residents are required to fulfill the research requirements of the program, and to present their research in a scientific forum. Flexibility is built into the program to allow involvement in outreach activities. Past residents have chosen to participate in Dental Missions to Israel, Mexico and Honduras.

Rotations

Rose F. Kennedy Center

  • Residents will serve a 2 month rotation through the Rose F. Kennedy Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • This rotation will familiarize the practitioner with different health and oral health issues that can affect the pediatric and adults patients with special needs and developmental disabilities.
  • Residents will gain knowledge in the assessment and management of special needs patients, as well as formulate and carry out a treatment plan using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques.
Anesthesia
  • Residents will serve a one month block rotation on the Anesthesia Service.
  • This rotation provides residents with a greater understanding of the workings of a hospital operating room, the interdisciplinary care provided by various pediatric health care providers, and the ability to provide airway management in the sedated or unconscious patient.
Emergency Medicine
  • Residents will serve a one month block rotation in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Service at Jacobi Medical Center.
  • This rotation provides the residents with the knowledge to: triage pediatric patients and differentiate between non-urgent, urgent, and emergency care; manage acute respiratory episodes, debride and suture wounds of the head & neck area; obtain appropriate medical consultations prior to treatment, and provide all aspects of emergency care in the emergency room.

Pediatric Medicine- Inpatient
  • Residents will serve a one month block rotation in the Pediatric Inpatient unit at Jacobi Medical Center.
  • This rotation provides residents with the knowledge of hospital protocol in the admission and discharge of pediatric patients. The resident will gain the ability to manage a pediatric patient as part of a multi-disciplinary team including: participating in grand rounds and daily conferences; participating in admitting procedures, diagnosing and formulating differential diagnoses based on the clinical presentation or history of the problem; performing examinations and ordering radiological and laboratory tests; participating in the management of the general oral problems in acute and chronically ill children via a team approach; participating in writing patient management orders, patient monitoring and discharging.
  • Residents will participate in Pediatric Medicine educational conferences.
Pediatric Medicine- Ambulatory
  • Residents will serve a 2 week rotation in the Ambulatory Pediatric unit at Jacobi Medical Center.
  • This rotation provides the residents with the ability to work with pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in an outpatient setting. Residents will learn: Hospital records and protocol, interviewing techniques, assessment of body systems, differentiation between acutely or chronically ill children and their treatment, selection of laboratory tests and data evaluation, etiology of childhood diseases including genetic implications, and prescribing and assessing the effects of therapeutic agents.
Ambulatory Surgery
  • This rotation provides the residents with the ability to do a pre-operative workup including physical assessment and medical risk assessment as well as obtaining informed consent. Prior to the procedure, residents will participate in examining the patient, reviewing the medical chart, assessing medical risk, writing pre-op orders, monitoring the patient post-operatively in the recovery room, completing the medical records and discharging the patient.
Oral Surgery
  • Residents will serve a 2 week rotation with the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery service.
  • This rotation provides the residents with the ability to provide routine oral surgery care. Residents will assess, monitor and provide emergency care for the pediatric and adult patients with oral surgical needs. Residents will also interact as a member of the Oral & Maxillofacial team in patients presenting with complex surgery needs and oral-facial injuries.

Didactics

Topics in Pediatric Dentistry
This course reviews all aspects of Pediatric Dentistry. This two-year curriculum combines information from pediatric dentistry textbooks, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Reference Manual and Handbook, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Core Curriculum and relevant journal articles.

Board Preparation
A major emphasis is placed on preparation for the Pediatric Dentistry boards. This encompasses classroom preparation as well as mock written and oral examinations. Residents are prepared to pass the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examinations upon completion of the program and achieve Diplomate status.

Public Health Dentistry
This course covers items such as evidence based dentistry, research methodology, behavioral health, statistics, special patient populations and advocacy.

Case Presentations
Residents present cases with complex medical, social and/or dental histories that require special consideration in the treatment planning process. Active participation is encouraged.

Craniofacial Surgical Institute/Orthognathic Conferences
Residents participate in the interdisciplinary activities of the CSI team. Residents will learn the role of the pediatric dentist in treatment of cleft lip and palate, micrognathia, hemifacial microsomia, and other craniofacial abnormalities. The team consists of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, and the Department of Otolaryngology.

Orthodontics
This course reviews growth & development, interceptive orthodontics including space regaining, crossbite correction and habit breaking appliances. Space analysis and cephalometrics are reviewed. Clinical cases are supervised by board certified orthodontists.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support
A course leading to Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) by the American Heart Association.

Practice Management
A course reviewing contracts, staffing, insurance, investments, equipment, risk management and legal matters.

Sedation
Seminars in pharmacology, pre-operative assessment, monitoring, airway management, pain and anxiety control, and emergency management are provided..

Emergency Dentistry
This course reviews clinical evaluation and emergency treatment of dental conditions including pain, infection, bleeding, and dental-alveolar trauma, and facial bone injuries.

Oral Medicine
An inter-institutional conference reviewing medical disease conditions and exploring their dental implications.

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