In 2020, the Commission for Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved Revised Standard
2-24k to include the teaching of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) in the predoctoral
curriculums of all US dental schools by 2022. In addition, the American Academy of
Orofacial Pain (AAOP) developed a competency-based core curriculum framework for predoctoral
education in TMDs to train future clinicians how to provide excellent evidence-based
care for their patients with TMDs. This commentary describes the background and rationale
for establishing this educational standard and the associated curriculum.
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Dr. Fricton is a professor emeritus, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
Dr. Chen is an assistant professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa, N333 Dental Sciences Building, 801 Newton Rd, Iowa City, IA 52242
Dr. Shaefer is the president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, an assistant professor, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, and an assistant professor, Division of Orofacial Pain, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Dr. Mackman is the past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, TMJ and Orofacial Pain Treatment Centers of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI.
Dr. Okeson is a professor and the dean, College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Dr. Ohrbach is a professor, Oral Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York, University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Klasser is a professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Hawkins is the orofacial pain program director and an associate professor, Orofacial Pain, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Postgraduate Dental College, Naval Medal Leader and Professional Development Command, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Hasel is an associate professor and an associate dean emeritus, College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.
Dr. Heir is a professor and the program and clinical director, Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ.
Published online: February 17, 2022
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