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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. The Periodontal Referral Guidelines resource was developed specifically to address the importance of periodontal referral in the undergraduate curriculum as well as enhance referral education in the clinics, by giving students a more simplistic approach to decision making during periodontal therapy. Incorporating clinical cases with the guidelines and an audience response system encourages interaction, participation, and gives the presenter instant feedback on student understanding. The following presentation can be used in the lecture hall.

The “Guidelines for Periodontal Referral” should be presented and discussed first. The audience is then given an opportunity to apply the guidelines to clinical cases that follow. The user will need approximately 30 minutes for this presentation. 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

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the guidelines for periodontal referral.
  2. Enhance implementation of the periodontal referral guidelines at predoctoral clinics.
  3. Understand 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.