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Competency Statements

Competency Statements
Critical Thinking
1.         Evaluate and integrate emerging trends in health care
2.         Utilize critical thinking to evaluate and integrate best research outcomes with clinical expertise and patient values for evidence-based practice.
3.         Make professional decisions that satisfy legal, societal and
             ethical principles.
4.         Use self-evaluative skills to assess individual knowledge and abilities, to practice within the scope of one’s competence and make appropriate professional referrals, and to identify areas of deficiency to correct through lifelong learning.
5.         Collaborate effectively with other health professionals to facilitate the provision of overall health care.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
6.         Apply appropriate interpersonal and communication skills to create a humanistic environment.
7.         Communicate effectively with diverse patients and other health care providers to ensure appropriate, patient-centered patient treatment.
Health Promotion
8.         Provide prevention, intervention and educational strategies.
9.         Participate with dental team members and other health care professionals in the management and health promotion for all patients.
10.        Recognize and appreciate the need to contribute to the improvement of oral
             health beyond those served in traditional practice settings.
Practice Management and Informatics
11.        Evaluate and apply regulatory agency requirements for dental practices such as infection control, HIPAA and environmental and office safety programs
12.        Apply principles of risk management including informed consent
13.        Demonstrate effective business practices, financial management and human resource skills
Patient Care
      Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
14.        Perform an examination that collects biological, psychological, clinical, radiographic and other diagnostic/consultative information required to evaluate the health, oral conditions, needs, and expectations of patients of all ages.
15.        Recognize, diagnose and interpret normal and abnormal conditions of the orofacial complex (to include oral cancer), occlusal and temporomandibular disease, craniofacial growth and development that require monitoring, treatment or management.
16.        Develop, present and discuss individual sequenced treatment plans for patients of all ages consistent with patient’s condition, interest, goals and capabilities.
     Establishment and Maintenance of a Healthy Oral Environment
          Management of Emergency Situations
17.        Anticipate, diagnose, and provide initial treatment and follow-up management for medical emergencies that may occur during dental treatment
18.        Recognize and manage dental emergencies to include acute pain, hemorrhage, trauma, and infection of the orofacial complex
          Control of Pain and Anxiety
19.        Employ pharmacological agents and techniques to manage orofacial discomfort and psychological distress
          Periodontal Therapy
20.        Diagnose, treatment plan, comprehensively treat, and maintain patients with periodontal disease in the primary, mixed, and permanent dentitions
          Endodontic Therapy
21.        Diagnose and treat diseases of pulpal and periradicular origin in the primary, mixed, and permanent dentitions 
          Surgical and Non-Surgical Therapies
22.        Diagnose and treat conditions requiring reparative surgical procedures and non-surgical therapies on the hard and oral soft tissues
          Restorative/Prosthodontic Therapy
23.        Provide single or multiple tooth restorations, with appropriate fixed or removable techniques, to restore anatomic form, function, and esthetics to patients of all ages.
24.        Continually analyze the outcomes of patient treatment to improve patient care.

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