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Periodontal Referral Guidelines for Predoctoral Dental Students

Published: July 3, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9464

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  • Periodontal Referral Guidelines for Predoctoral Dental Students.pptx

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Teaching the basis and concept of periodontal referral at a predoctoral level can be challenging. Having well-defined guidelines for basing referral decisions provides the students with a clear objective and understanding of referral curriculum. This Referral Guideline was developed to enhance referral education at the predoctoral level. Incorporating clinical cases with the guideline and the audience response system encourages interaction, participation and gives the presenter instant feedback on student understanding.

This resource was developed specifically to address the importance of periodontal referral in the undergraduate curriculum as well as enhance referral education in the clinics. The referral guideline was created to give students a more simplistic approach in decision making during periodontal therapy. Students are able to apply this knowledge at the chairside to determine further treatment options for their periodontal patients. This resource can be effectively used in the dental student and dental clinical hygiene curriculum.

Educational Objectives

This presentation is a guideline for a predoctoral dental student to base referral decisions:

  1. To provide clear guidelines for periodontal referral.
  2. To enhance referral education at predoctoral clinics.
  3. To enhance implementation of the periodontal referral guidelines at predoctoral clinics.
  4. To educate students and faculty on the importance of the team approach in achieving the highest quality of patient care.

Author Information

  • Kavitha Parthasarathy, BDS, MS: University of Texas School of Dentistry - Periodontics
  • Sridhar VK Eswaran, BDS, MS: University of Texas Houston - School of Dentistry

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Parthasarathy K, Eswaran S. Periodontal referral guidelines for predoctoral dental students. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9464. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9464

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.