What Will I Learn?

Short answer: a lot.


This program has been designed for practicing dentists from around the world who want to learn how to serve  older patients and their specific needs, such as:

  • Oral tissue changes, common geriatric oral health problems and their treatments
  • Signs, symptoms, diagnosis, monitoring and disease progress in geriatric patients
  • Pharmacology, common medications used by older patients, and how to understand drug interactions in complex prescriptions
  • Common oral lesions and orofacial pain conditions present in older adults
  • Critical treatment modifications necessary for oral care of patients with systemic diseases
  • Epidemiologic, sociologic, psychosocial, and other facts that impact oral health care

Clinical courses include:

  • Neurogenic Orofacial Pains
  • Soft-tissue Disease
  • Bony Pathology
  • Radiology and Advanced Imaging
  • Systems Physiology
  • Motor Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea

Foundational courses include:

  • Immunology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Research Methods

We also offer a long list of specialized fields of study, for dentists interested in doing a “deep dive” into a specific issue, such as:

  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition and Aging
  • Gerontology topics
  • Systemic Conditions in Older Patients
  • Geriatric Dentistry Issues
  • Geriatric Dentistry Cases

A great deal of the hands-on experience we offer takes place at the Geriatric and Special Patient Care Clinic (recently renamed the Dr. Roseann Mulligan Special Patients Clinic – read the complete story about this facility here).  This unique clinic treats patients who have complex medical conditions requiring multiple medications as part of their management. We have structured our program to challenge practicing dentists, who already have mastered the basic skills of dentistry, to learn how to treat the kinds of difficult and complex cases that baffle ordinary practitioners.

Don’t be scared. We’re here to help.

For a full run-down of the classes you will take and the areas of study, please see our Master’s curriculum page or our Certificate Curriculum page, each of which contains a complete course list.