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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Summer 2002
Volume 16 , Issue 3

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Integration of Basic Sciences into the Predoctoral Curriculum to Study Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, DSc(hc)

Pages: 181-184
PMID: 12221733

This paper outlines several aspects of the integration of basic sciences into the predoctoral dental curriculum. It addresses a number of the points or questions posed by the organizers of the Third Educational Conference to Develop the Curriculum in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain. The importance of the basic sciences for a comprehensive overview of knowledge bearing on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain is first emphasized, followed by considerations of what material should be taught and by whom. The paper concludes by considering at what stage of the curriculum this material should be included, how the pertinent basics sciences should be taught, and under what circumstances. Under the term “basic sciences” are included not only relevant biomedical or biologic sciences such as physiology and anatomy, but also the behavioral sciences such as psychology and cognitive science.

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