CDE: [Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series] Curriculum Development in Special Care Dentistry for Pre-Doctoral Students: Problems & Pearls

Jan, 2021
05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.5 lecture credits
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Course Description

Accreditation standards and expectations for Dental School curriculum regarding care for individuals with Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) have changed considerably over the past 10-15 years. Fortunately, for those with SHCN, this is good news, as revisions to the standards should provide the ultimate goal of improving access to care to accommodate these needs. Curriculum development to meet such standards has been challenging for many dental schools, and includes a wide variety of instructional methods and modalities. As one example, we will explore the curriculum development at the University of Pittsburgh in the Center for Patients with Special Needs, established over 12 years ago.

Educational Objectives

  • Historical perspective of dentistry for individuals with disabilities, in general and specifically at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Commission on Dental Accreditation Standards
  • Direct involvement of pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene students in treatment of patients with SHCN
  • Problems and Pearls along the way


Lynne M. Taiclet, BS, DMD, joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in the fall of 2009, assigned specifically to the Center for Patients with Special Needs (CPSN), and is currently serving as the Director. She received her BS from Allegheny College in 1981, and earned her DMD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. Following graduation, she completed a one year GPR Residency at Montefiore Hospital, on the Pittsburgh campus. Following residency, Dr. Taiclet entered private practice as a general dentist, primarily in a family practice.

In 2009 Dr. Taiclet joined as a faculty member for the CPSN shortly after its opening in 2008.
In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the director of the Center, and has focused on curriculum development for pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene students. The curriculum incorporates both didactic and clinical components, including hands-on care for individuals with Special Health Care Needs (SHCN), enabling all graduates to obtain competency in assessing and treating patients with SHCN. Provision of dental procedures involves a variety of modalities, such as protective stabilization, behavioral guidance and pharmacological management. In 2018, the CPSN received the ADEA’s William J. Gies Award, category of Academic Dental Institution, in the area of Innovation. Dr. Taiclet was honored to accept the award for the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Taiclet is an active member of both the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry Association, and previously served on the executive board of the AADMD. She also functions as the advisor to the University of Pittsburgh’s student chapter of the AADMD. The student group is one of the oldest of the AADMD’s and has grown to be one of the largest student chapters. In previous years, the student members helped to design the initial student chapters’ logo, and participated in the Spread the Word to End the Word and Medically Underserved Population Campaigns with the AADMD. Since the initial year, the group has continued to actively participate in LEND activities, Special Olympics events and Special Smiles screenings, both in and out of PA. This past year, due to the travel restrictions, the group has been involved with creating virtual presentations for the SO athletes, including at-home exercises and oral hygiene instructions.


University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.