i-TEETH Pediatric Oral Health Curriculum

Guide health professional students and trainees through a team-based approach to addressing pediatric dental caries.


The “i-TEETH: Interprofessional Teams Engaged in Education and Training for Optimal Health” curriculum, available from MedEdPORTAL, introduces oral health, growth and development, and principles of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPC) to trainees in advanced practice nursing (second-year pediatric nurse practitioner, doctor of nursing practice) or primary care trainees and pediatric dental residents. This three-part curriculum is designed to provide a systematic and pedagogical progression from didactic to clinical experience that allows trainees to learn from each other and apply newly learned skills to practice.


To provide a team-based approach to addressing the growing pediatric dental caries epidemic.

To understand each other’s scope of practice and how care for patients can be optimized in collaborative practice.


This three-part interprofessional curriculum introduces oral health, growth and development, and principles of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP).

Part I (Online module): Students first participate in an online module consisting of an introduction to team based care, and overview of growth and development, and oral health content that forms the basis for the ensuing shared learning opportunities, while allowing them to get to know each other.

Part II (Seminar): Learners then convene and apply this knowledge to co-create a care plan for 2-4 pediatric patients. Facilitators guide the students through each case. In creating plans of care, learners obtain an understanding of each other’s roles and how patient care is optimized when health care professionals work together.

Part III (Clinical experience): A 4-hour clinical experience allows trainees to translate the new knowledge into practice. At the end of the 4-hour clinical experience, students evaluate themselves and the clinical experience with faculty facilitating the discussion.

All materials and instructions are available from MedEdPORTAL, an open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources to promote educational scholarship and promote collaboration, provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).


Willgerodt M, Sonney J, Brock D, Liner D, Velan E. i-TEETH: interprofessional teams engaged in education and training for optimal health. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2015;11:10249. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10249

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, the learner will:

  1. Gain basic knowledge of oral health and growth and development to be able to conduct an oral health risk assessment and a focused developmental assessment in infants and children.
  2. Understand and appreciate how health professions can work together to provide team care.
  3. Recognize how one’s own uniqueness, including experience level, expertise, culture, power, and hierarchy within the health care team, contributes to effective communication, conflict resolution, and positive interprofessional working relationships.
  4. Be able to translate knowledge and skills into practice.
  5. Be able to apply knowledge and skills learned to clinical practice.


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Institute of Medicine. Advancing Oral Health in America. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2011.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Report of an Expert Panel. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative; 2011.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health; 2000.


The content of this IPE Curriculum was developed by an IPE curriculum development and team at the University of Washington  with financial support from the The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation; Hearst Foundation; and the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number U1KHP09543 and title “Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education & Practice Initiative.”

Curriculum Development Team Members:
Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, RN
Jennifer Sonney,
Debra Liner, PMP
Doug Brock, PhD
Elizabeth Velan, DMD, MSD