Small Group Case-Based Review of Medicine for Dental Students

Publication ID Published Volume
8584 June 27, 2011 7


This resource is a case-based exercise providing a review of major concepts related to the dental management of medically complex patients. It is intended for dental students close to the end of their second year of training. By design, the cases require only limited dental knowledge. On the other hand, the medical clinical presentation in many of the scenarios contains intentional ambiguities that force students to make and justify assumptions and decisions. 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 of forcing students to focus on the points they consider to be most important, rather than allowing them to include all that they know. Students are then assessed on the presentation; 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. This exercise has consistently been rated very highly by students. Comments from the anonymous teaching evaluations included the following: This module allowed us to effectively integrate our learning in medicine with dentistry. I liked the review of the material, and it helped jog my memory on a lot of things that had been shoved into the recesses of my mind, This was excellent timing for this course. I liked the presentation format, and I have really enjoyed this module so far. The topics we are discussing are so relevant to our future practice and our knowledge base.


Whitney E. Small group case-based review of medicine for dental students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2011;7:8584.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this exercise, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify a patients presenting dental and medical issues.
  2. Summarize common medical conditions in terms of epidemiology, etiopathogenesis, clinical presentation, management, disposition, and effect on the oral cavity.
  3. 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, Case-Based

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