Dental Training for Special Needs Patients

October 09, 2019
Students receiving training with special needs patients
Students receiving training with special needs patients

Touro College of Dental Medicine partnered with the Westchester Institute for Human Development to introduce a robust training program to dental students that provides insights on how to work with patients who have special needs. Third and fourth year dental students participated in a didactic session learning about the healthcare needs of individuals with disabilities and then heard from family teams of young adults with disabilities and their parents regarding their unique experiences and expectations for care. The collaboration aims to inform dental students about the health care needs of patients with disabilities, the effect of the disability on the patient/family health and wellness, the challenges for people with disabilities in accessing health-related services, and key factors in optimizing the care for patients with disabilities.

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