The UCLA School of Dentistry has launched a five-week long elective course for dental students on Deaf culture, Deaf history, and American Sign Language, the American Dental Association reports.
The course is designed so that the future dentists will have a basic understanding and be prepared in their interactions with Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients.
“The more we can do to increase awareness and education of the community as a whole will hopefully benefit overall patient care in the coming years,” said Benjamin Kurnick, a second-year dental student and co-vice president of the school’s Special Patient Care Club. “This program is a part of the Special Patient Care Club’s overall mission of adding to our fellow dental students’ capabilities in treating and interacting with the special needs community.”
“The students at the UCLA School of Dentistry are excited about this program,” Mr. Kurnick said. “In our classes, and during discussions with my fellow students, we often speak about how we can increase care to the patient populations that are often overlooked. This program is just one way we can help these populations.”