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Oral Medicine 3 is the final subject, continuing on from the previous two years of learning to provide advanced training and research skills in the oral medicine field. The subject provides specialist understanding on the aetiology, pathogenesis, immunology and clinical aspects of oral medicine, specifically with regard to oral mucosal lesions, orofacial pain or temporomandibular dysfunction.
The subject will prepare dentists to diagnose and treat diseases of the oral mucosa and oro-facial pain at a specialist level. The training in oral medicine will be solidified through participation in research, regular seminars, and review meetings. The subject will provide students with high-level competencies to identify diseases and relevant risk factors, and superior awareness of the full range of clinical treatment services in oral medicine. They will understand the complexities of inter-disciplinary relationships across the environment of medical, dental, allied health professionals and utilise them to the needs of their patients and field.
The clinical component of the subject provides opportunity to manage patients with oral mucosal disorders, oral manifestations of systemic disease and provide specialist assessment and treatment plans to patients with oro-facial pain. Assessment of clinical performance will include written paper and oral examinations on both clinical skills, and developed understandings of histological diagnosis and patient management. Students will be required to pass all sections (clinical, laboratory and theory) of this subject.
Students will partake in weekly teaching sessions of Doctor of Dental Surgery students.
Intended learning outcomes
Oral Medicine specialists must have an understanding of the learning outcomes at an advanced level as they progress through the Oral Medicine 3 unit.
Upon completion of this subjects, student will be competent to:
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the structure and function in health of lips, oral soft tissues, salivary glands, saliva, orofacial tissues, and other oral soft tissues, nervous system and how it correlates to disease states and sleep disorders
- Apply techniques to establish effective communication with relevant teams by means appropriate to the urgency of the situation
- Elicit, record and interpret an accurate history from patients of any age within the intermediate scope of Oral Medicine practice and undertake operative techniques to confirm diagnosis where necessary
- Apply advanced specialist assessment and treatment methods to acutely unwell adult and paediatric patients including simple faint, postoperative bleeding, hyperventilation, angina, myocardial infarction, acute asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetic emergencies, seizures and adrenal insufficiency
- Demonstrate application of specialist assessment and management of a patient of any age within the scope of Oral Medicine practice, in both an outpatient and inpatient hospital setting
- Perform a clinical examination on patients of any age within the scope of Oral Medicine practice
- Demonstrate safe and effective understandings and practice of prescription of drugs
Last updated: 3 November 2022