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This subject comprises clinical learning (general dentistry) in the Melbourne Dental Clinic (MDC), the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, urban community health centres, specialist practice/hospital clinics and rural community health clinics. Students will engage in tasks that will demonstrate and further enhance their skills preparing them for the work environment in which they will participate and contribute to, on graduation as a dentist.
This year-long subject is developed as a capstone experience with a practice based learning approach. The learning tasks will enhance students’ capacity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in previous years of the course to “real world” situations. Students will integrate graduate capabilities with clinical skills that are required to practice as an independent health care professional. They will also develop skills in teamwork and communication with the wider health sector. The clinical practice sessions, especially at the community health centres, will allow students to reflect on emotional and practical issues of transition from the university learning environment to the world of independent clinical practice. They also provide the opportunity to link students to future employers. The intended learning outcomes are designed to engender the development of graduate attributes.
- On completion of this subject students should have developed skills in the following: 1. workplace safety; 2. inter-professional team relationships; 3. independent learning; 4. communication; 5. first Aid procedures; 6. conflict resolution and management of people; 7. problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach; 8. capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations; 9. capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work; 10. capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society.
Last updated: 3 November 2022