Small Group Case-based Review of Medicine for Dental Students

Publication ID Published Version
8584 June 27, 2011 1


This exercise is designed for dental students close to the end of their second year of training where it can serve as a review of major concepts related to the dental management of medically complex patients. By design, the cases require only limited dental knowledge. On the other hand, the medical clinical presentation in many of the scenarios contain intentional ambiguities that force the students to make and justify assumptions and decisions', in keeping with reality. The cases require the participating students to work together to identify learning needs and resources for the purpose of creating a presentation to deliver to the class that explains the condition identified in the scenario. Each presentation is limited to 30 minutes as a means to force students to focus on the points they consider to be most important, rather than allowing them to include all that they know. The presentation is the "deliverable" product on which they are assessed. The assessment is pass/fail and group and individual rubrics are included. It should be emphasized to the students that this is an opportunity for them to look back and showcase what they have learned while at the same time creating a quick reference resource for their clinical training years.


Whitney E. Small Group Case-based Review of Medicine for Dental Students. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To identify a patient's presenting dental and medical issues.
  2. To summarize common medical conditions in terms of epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinical presentation, management, disposition, and effect on the oral cavity.
  3. To apply knowledge of the dental management of medically complex patients to patient scenarios.


  • Dental Management, Dental Practice Management, Medically Complex, Alcoholic Liver Diseases, Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, Steroids, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Venous Thrombosis, COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Chronic Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Failure, Hemodialysis, Renal Dialysis, Rheumatic Fever, Rheumatic Heart Disease, WeTeach, Case-Based


  • Dental
    • Critical Thinking
    • Intro to Clinical Dentistry


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • WeTeach

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Case-based Instruction/Learning

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Clinical Sciences

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student

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