Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic at UAMS opened in January 2013. The clinic has 11 operatories; each resident is assigned their individual operatory. Each operatory is large enough to allow four-handed dentistry whereby a faculty member and resident can comfortably be situated around a patient to maximize supervision and enhance the training experience. A fully-equipped surgical suite is included in the Oral Health Clinic.
The clinic provides comprehensive care and is equipped with a state-of-the- art, fully-electronic health record (EHR). The EHR features an integrated, comprehensive clinical information system that includes templates for entering patient social and medical histories, physical exam findings, plan of care, discharge instructions, lab and radiology test orders and results, and progress notes.
Residents, faculty, and staff have various options by which to enter data including a portable tablet, with and without a keyboard, desktop PC, and EHR “station”. Dental records are reviewed after each patient encounter on a daily basis for completeness and signed by the attending faculty and resident.
A quarterly Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) session led by the program director will have each resident studying random clinical records to insure compliance with clinical and hospital policies and quality of care. An outcome assessment is made and changes are made to enhance the clinical experience.
Residents will provide treatment of commonly encountered oral health conditions requiring corrective restoration as well as preventive care. Often times, for patients to be cleared for surgery, it is required that the oral cavity is healthy and poses no threat for infection.
There are several sources of patients that are seen in the oral health clinic. Community dwellers among the underserved strata of the society, including those who cannot afford private practice fees are patients of the clinic. Patients are also UAMS employees, students, and residents. Patients are also referred from the UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic and other residency programs. The UAMS hospital and clinics refer various patients to the oral health clinic. Local dentists refer their patients with complex medical histories.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic
ACH has a long-standing and highly respected dental service, with a multidisciplinary approach to a complex pediatric patient population. Their faculty consists of a variety of dental specialists providing inpatient and outpatient care beyond those experiences found in the Oral Health Clinic.
The clinic has 19 individual treatment rooms to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for infants, children and young adolescents with significant medical and/or developmental problems.
UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center
This is a student-led, interprofessional center which provides services from the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Graduate School. The center provides information for healthy living, preventive care focused on heart health, and consultations and screenings for chronic health conditions. All services are provided free of charge in order to benefit the community and provide an educational experience for UAMS students.
The UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center will provide patient- and family-centered services to:
- Prevent and improve chronic health conditions
- Provide health- and disease-related education
- Promote health literacy
- Foster interprofessional education in a community setting
- Facilitate collaborative practice skills among future healthcare practitioners
- Promote respect for cultural differences
The center currently sees an underserved population. Residents will treat these dental patients and provide a much needed service for the community. Supervising faculty will be on site when residents are in the clinic.