This course qualifies as a Category 1 "Core" Course as designated by the RCDSO; CDE Credits: 3
Diseases arising in or around the jaws that are inadequately assessed, incorrectly diagnosed or inappropriately managed may result in severe morbidity or even catastrophic consequences for the patient. Using a case-based, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and management, this course will bring together specialists in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Surgery who will review a variety of clinical conditions of varying severity. The cases will emphasize the importance of multi-specialist involvement in proper patient evaluation, image selection and interpretation, differential diagnosis, and management. In particular, the clinical and imaging features that raise suspicion for more aggressive conditions will be discussed. Participants will also develop an understanding of biopsy technique; when and when not to biopsy, choice of biopsy site, and handling of biopsy specimens to ensure that tissue samples are of optimal quality for microscopic diagnosis. Finally, participants will be taught how to appropriately and effectively communicate clinically significant findings and conditions to patients. This half day course will encourage audience participation and interactions with the presenting clinicians.
- Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of the multi-disciplinary approach, and the roles of diagnostic and surgical specialists in disease diagnosis and management.
- Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of patient evaluation, imaging and biopsy in achieving a correct diagnosis.
- Participants will understand the importance of imaging and biopsy site selection in diagnosis.
- Participants will develop an understanding of differential diagnosis as it relates to conditions of the jaws.
½ Day lecture + Faculty Tour & Q&A Period
After the course, attendees are invited to take a tour of the Departments of Oral Pathology & Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The Departments are committed to excellence in the delivery of patient care and student education as well as innovative research. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions.