Oral Pathology and Radiology

 

Overview – Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers a Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology. Our Certificate Program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing clinicians who want to gain experience in Oral Pathology and Radiology. This hybrid (onsite and online) program teaches graduates the clinical and didactic skills necessary to evaluate and manage patients with oral diseases. It focuses on clinical, pathological, and radiological correlations as applied to clinical practice. CBCT technology and applications are the focus of radiological education. This program is led by expert faculty in oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral medicine, and orofacial pain, and the emphasis is on gaining skills in clinical diagnosis and management to directly impact professional practice.

  • Students are able to enter the program during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters
  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program includes 10 courses (13 credit hours)
  • Students take 2-3 courses each semester
  • There are 2-3 streaming video lectures for viewing each week
  • After each video lecture, students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions)
  • A weekly video conference allows students to present and discuss cases
  • During the summer sessions in our clinic, program participants see patients and take a comprehensive Knowledge Assessment course in which they complete a set of examinations (Oral Exams, Essay, MCQ, OSCE, Virtual Patient and Oral-Viva Voce)
  • Online participants prepare, present, and discuss a case portfolio
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,863/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 701 Bone Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (1 Unit)

Review of hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures. The role of conventional dental x-rays versus cone-beam CT scans will be discussed. Interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies including CBCT scans will be discussed, with emphasis on clinical applications related to oral pathology diagnosis.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (1 Unit)

Overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also of oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology (1 Unit)

Review of disease mechanisms and principles through discussion of the pathological entities associated with each organ system. Fundamentals of disease processes including developmental, inflammatory, and neoplastic conditions are illustrated by means of clinicopathological material and case studies.

Fall Semester: Total of 5 ½ Units

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (3 Units)

Review of soft tissue diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities

OPR 707 Oral Pharmacology and Clinical Prescribing (2 Units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of clinical oral pathology and medicine, including chronic orofacial pain conditions

OPR 730a Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

This course has multiple elements including:

  • (A) Weekly online (web-based) conferences, presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • (B) Based on these weekly discussions, the residents will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver to the entire group’s file exchange folder within two to three weeks after the assignment.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 705 Oral Histopathology and Surgical Pathology (2 Units)

Review of common and rare oral pathology focusing on microscopic findings and clinicopathologic correlation.

OPR 706 Evidence-Based Practice (1 Unit)

Discussion of patient cases and how to use the literature for daily clinical practice.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 ½ Units

OPR 732 Knowledge Assessment (1 Unit)

Knowledge-based assessment course requiring each student to successfully pass a set of examinations (Essay, MCQ, OSCE, Virtual Patient and Oral-Viva Voce) in order to demonstrate competency.

OPR 730b Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

Progressively across two trimesters, the residents will be expected to select, prepare and defend their Portfolio. This will include presentation and defense of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented. These 6 cases constitute the portfolio, which is due at the end of the program.

Overview – Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC offers a Certificate in Oral Pathology and Radiology. Our Certificate Program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing clinicians who want to gain experience in Oral Pathology and Radiology. This hybrid (onsite and online) program teaches graduates the clinical and didactic skills necessary to evaluate and manage patients with oral diseases. It focuses on clinical, pathological, and radiological correlations as applied to clinical practice. CBCT technology and applications are the focus of radiological education. This program is led by expert faculty in oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral medicine, and orofacial pain, and the emphasis is on gaining skills in clinical diagnosis and management to directly impact professional practice.

  • The Program has a total of 10 courses (13 units of academic activity)
  • There are 7 strictly online courses
  • Students take 2-3 courses each semester
  • There are 2-3 streaming video lectures for viewing each week
  • After each video lecture, students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions)
  • A weekly video conference allows students to present and discuss cases
  • During the summer sessions in our clinic, program participants see patients and take a comprehensive Knowledge Assessment course in which they complete a set of examinations (Oral Exams, Essay, MCQ, OSCE, Virtual Patient and Oral-Viva Voce)
  • Online participants prepare, present, and discuss a case portfolio

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 701 Bone Pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (1 Unit)

Review of hard tissue and bone pathology affecting the jaws and other maxillofacial structures. The role of conventional dental x-rays versus cone-beam CT scans will be discussed. Interpretation of hard tissue imaging studies including CBCT scans will be discussed, with emphasis on clinical applications related to oral pathology diagnosis.

OPR 702 Principles and Practice of Oral Medicine (1 Unit)

Overview of the evaluation and management of patients with primary oral conditions and also of oral diseases related to systemic pathology. Oral manifestations of systemic diseases and systemic manifestations of oral diseases will be discussed.

OPR 703 General and Systemic Human Pathology (1 Unit)

Review of disease mechanisms and principles through discussion of the pathological entities associated with each organ system. Fundamentals of disease processes including developmental, inflammatory, and neoplastic conditions are illustrated by means of clinicopathological material and case studies.

Fall Semester: Total of 5 ½ Units

OPR 704 Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Medicine (3 Units)

Review of soft tissue diseases affecting the oral cavity and their management, which includes mucosal and connective tissue abnormalities

OPR 707 Oral Pharmacology and Clinical Prescribing (2 Units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of clinical oral pathology and medicine, including chronic orofacial pain conditions

OPR 730 Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

This course has multiple elements including:

  • (A) Weekly online (web-based) conferences, presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases that have been posted on blackboard for discussion and analysis.
  • (B) Based on these weekly discussions, the residents will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver to the entire group’s file exchange folder within two to three weeks after the assignment.

Spring Semester: Total of 3 Units

OPR 705 Oral Histopathology and Surgical Pathology (2 Units)

Review of common and rare oral pathology focusing on microscopic findings and clinicopathologic correlation.

OPR 706 Evidence-Based Practice (1 Unit)

Discussion of patient cases and how to use the literature for daily clinical practice.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 ½ Units

OPR 732 Knowledge Assessment (1 Unit)

Knowledge-based assessment course requiring each student to successfully pass a set of examinations (Essay, MCQ, OSCE, Virtual Patient and Oral-Viva Voce) in order to demonstrate competency.

OPR 731 Case Portfolio (0.5 Unit)

Progressively across these 3 trimesters, the residents will be expected to select, prepare and defend their Portfolio. This will include presentation and defense of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented. These 6 cases constitute the portfolio, which is due at the end of the program.

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