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J Dent Educ. 2013 Aug;77(8):1033-41.

An office-based emergencies course for third-year dental students.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Temple University, 1316 W. Ontario Street, Jones Hall 10 Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA.


Although uncommon, medical emergencies do occur in the dental office setting. This article describes the development and implementation of an office-based emergencies course for third-year dental students. The course reviews the basic management of selected medical emergencies. Background information is provided that further highlights the importance of proper training to manage medical emergencies in the dental office. Details regarding course development, implementation, logistics, and teaching points are highlighted. The article provides a starting point from which dental educators can modify and adapt this course and its objectives to fit their needs or resources. This is a timely topic that should benefit both dental students and dental educators.


clinical education; dental education; dental office; medical emergencies

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