Professional Advancement Courses

Professional Advancement Courses

One of the clinician’s biggest challenges is keeping up with the advances of the different disciplines in health sciences. In order to provide an educational alternative that offers training in specific subjects and develop particular skills, we offer the modality of Professional Advancement Courses.

We offer 1-unit and 2-units courses, and the student has access to recorded material and live sessions. Each week, there is an interactive recorded lecture with embedded activities as well as a discussion session with faculty and peers.

Register for Professional
Advancement Courses

To enroll in Professional Advancement Courses, you will need to:

  1. Contact our online program’s admission team at ostrowon@usc.edu
  2. Fill out an application form
  3. Submit a $100 application fee

Please note: financial aid is not available for Professional Advancement Courses.

OFPM-705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains 

The purpose of this course is to discuss the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management (or referral as needed) for the various neurogenic orofacial pain disorders and headache disorders occurring in the oral, maxillofacial and neck regions. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to the USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • Neurogenic OFP disorders
  • Causes of Pulpalgia other than caries and cracked tooth
  • Diagnosis and treatment of Neuropathic Orodental Pain
  • Prevention and treatment of NPP
  • Diagnosis and Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuritis, Neural Trauma, and Dental Implant Pain

PAIN 704 Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues 

This course explores the societal issues related to pain, including the role of culture, ethnicity, caregiving, social and psychological factors related to pain and pain management.

COH 714 Community Health Funding and Support 

Presents the approaches to the generation and allocation of financial support for community health policies, programs and systems.

OFP 730a Case Portfolio

Case-based weekly discussions of cases related with complex orofacial pain and oral medicine conditions.

OFPM-723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea 

The purpose of this course is to discuss the presentation, diagnosis, and management of oral motor disorders and sleep-disordered breathing, providing knowledge about the general issues of physiology associated with the masticatory system. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • Sleep Disorders: What are they?
  • Interview, Questionnaires, Examination Methods
  • Polysomnography and Portable Sonography
  • Endothelial Dysfunction
  • Brain Damage & Other Medical Complications of SDB
  • MAD devices what are they?
  • Creating and Inserting a MAD
  • CPAP Treatment methods
  • Combination Treatment Methods
  • Surgical methods for assisting airway
  • Other Methods of SDB Treatment.
  • Nasal Airway and OSA
  • Bruxism and OSA NEW
  • Clenching, Bruxism
  • Involuntary Motor disorders (dyskinesia, dystonia, EPS)
  • Splint and Bruxism
  • Counterstimulation
  • Chemodenervation with BoTN-A
  • BoNT-A for OMD (Bruxism)
  • Bite force
  • Masticatory Muscle Physiology
  • Erosion, Attrition, Abrasion, Abfraction

COH 703 Community Health Program Planning  and Implementation

Introduction to the concepts and processes used in evidence-based community oral health program development.

OFPM-706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, and Physical Therapy 

The purpose of this course is to discuss the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management (or referral as needed) for the common and uncommon temporomandibular, arthrogenous, motor, mobility and growth disorders occurring in the oral, maxillofacial and neck regions. This is an online course, with weekly recorded interactive lectures. The participant will have access to USC library and the manual for the course is provided.

Topics include:

  • TMJ Anatomy
  • Masticatory and Cervical Anatomy
  • Definitions and Epidemiology of TMDs
  • Diagnosis of Internal Derangements
  • Diagnosis of Acute and Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Diagnosis of Uncommon TMDs
  • Collagen Vascular Diseases and Vasculitis
  • Diagnosis of TMJ Arthritis
  • Treatment of Internal Derangements
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Treatment of TMJ Arthritis
  • Splints for Clenching and Bruxism
  • Surgical Intervention for TMJ disease
  • Behavioral Treatment for TMD

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 27, 2020.

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 27, 2020.

COH- 706 Foundations and strategies in Health Education

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 27, 2020.

OFP 730a Case Portfolio

Case-based weekly discussions of cases related with complex orofacial pain and oral medicine conditions.

The deadline for Fall 2020 registration is August 27, 2020.

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