Medically Complex Patient Care Fellowship

Introduction

This Fellowship program is specifically designed for the dentist who wishes to gain a scientific background and additional training in the practice of dentistry on medically complex patients. The educational program will focus on all aspects of complex medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis C and other infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, renal disease and cerebrovascular disease which can complicate dental treatment. This program offers comprehensive dental management skills for dentists. The program will also emphasize the identification and evaluation of patients with HIV infection and dental treatment for these individuals.

The MCPC Fellowship Program

Successful dental treatment of medically complex patients requires a thorough understanding of internal medicine and how medical conditions can potentially complicate dental care. The MCPC fellowship program is geared towards training its Fellows on effective strategies to prevent medical emergencies in a dental clinic by having adequate knowledge of the frequent medical conditions, making necessary treatment adjustments and closely monitoring patients during dental treatment. In the case of a medical emergency, the program equips Fellows to manage such emergencies. To become competent in the practice of dentistry on medically complex patients, the clinician must perform a proper assessment of patients, which includes:

  • taking a detailed medical history,
  • performing an appropriate physical examination,
  • requesting consults from health care providers,
  • understanding the medical information obtained and 5) interpreting laboratory studies.

The Fellowship program will include a didactic program designed to provide the Fellow with the necessary background for the practice of medically complex dentistry. The Fellow will be exposed to several areas including internal medicine, laboratory diagnostics, oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral oncology, orofacial pain, oral and maxillofacial radiology, pharmacology, and geriatric dentistry through didactic/clinical exposure at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Based on this philosophy, the participant will have a unique opportunity to integrate and synthesize basic science and clinical knowledge and apply this information in a clinical setting.

Educational Requirements

The Medically Complex Patient Care Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month program that offers the dentist a collegial environment to accomplish his/her personal objectives. The curriculum is comprised of clinical experience, didactic courses, intramural rotations and teaching responsibilities. The didactic learning experiences include seminars, lectures, workshops, and self-study activities. Although there is considerable flexibility in the selection and sequencing of the didactic and clinical components, each participant is required to attend didactic sessions designed to provide the necessary background for management of medically complex patients. An important part of the program is the clinical experience which comprises nearly half of the scheduled activities commencing upon enrollment and continuing across the entire program. The participants are also encouraged to write a manuscript of publishable quality for submission to a refereed scientific journal on a topic to be mutually determined by the Fellow and Program Director. The participant also has the opportunity to participate in research projects conducted within the department.

Contacts

Program Director:
Temitope Omolehinwa, BDS, DScD
Clinical Director of Medically Complex Clinic
omote@upenn.edu
215-746-8857

Administrative Staff:
Umme Jahani
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Oral Medicine
ujahani@upenn.edu
215-898-6628

Connor Crockford
Staff Administrative Assistant
Department of Oral Medicine
cmcrock@upenn.edu
215-898-6628

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