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Dentistry Offers New Online Program in Oral Medicine

Dentistry Offers New Online Program in Oral Medicine
The three-year program is designed for full-time dentists in an academic or clinical environment.

A new program at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC allows dentists from around the world to enrich their clinical skills – all from the convenient location of their practices.

The Ostrow School of Dentistry Master in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine program, which will begin in May, is a three-year online curriculum designed to give dentists a stronger understanding of how to treat patients.

Graduates of the program can better treat patients with mouth and facial pain, sleep-disordered breathing, oral and maxillofacial infections, temporomandibular joint disorders and other complex issues that affect the mouth and face, said USC professor Glenn Clark, director of the Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine Center at the Ostrow School.

Designed for full-time dentists in an academic or clinical environment, the curriculum involves video lectures, weekly videoconferences regarding patient cases, a short visit to campus each summer and the preparation of a research article on an oral medicine topic.

“This program is for the motivated general dentist who’d like to have a more medical perspective when addressing these types of complex patient issues,” Clark said. “If more dentists are better equipped with a medical model of problem-solving, it brings great benefit to the patients facing these complicated problems.”

Clark is the editor of Orofacial Pain: A Guide to Medications and Management, a new book to be released next year. The text, a collection of guidance and information on the use of medications for the treatment of chronic orofacial pain, is another effort aimed at helping dentists and other clinicians effectively address their patients’ multifaceted oral and facial pain problems.

To learn more about the online program, call the Ostrow School Office of Admissions at (213) 740-2841.

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