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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject will be conducted as a preclinical subject and builds on knowledge gained in the 1st year of the DDS. It has the following components: General Pathology for Dental Practice, Therapeutics for Dental Practice, Principles of Medicine in Dental Practice, Principles of Surgery in Dental Practice, Common Medical and Surgical conditions and their treatment and Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. Student learning will include: the importance of pathology, medicine, therapeutic and surgical knowledge and principles and techniques in dentistry.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand the principles of medicine as it relates to dentistry, with particular emphasis on haematological disorders and cardiovascular diseases; liver and renal diseases; gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases; infectious diseases; stroke and epilepsy; rheumatology; diseases of the endocrine system; paediatric medicine; and metabolic disorders;
- comprehend the importance of therapeutics in dental practice. In particular, students should have an in-depth understanding of: drug classification systems; pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics; adverse drug rections; drug therapy of pain; anticoagulants; antimicrobials; immunosuppressants; and local anaesthetics;
- understand surgical principles and practice including surgical protocols, preoperative procedures, basic surgical techniques, as well as the principles of trauma surgery;
- understand principles and develop skills of diagnostic pathology including types of diagnostic tests available, disorders of growth and differentiation, acquired disorders of differentiation and growth, cell injury, inflammation, metabolic disorders, inherited and acquired disorders, immunopathology and neoplasia as these relate to dentistry.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in team work and develop skills of workplace safety;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs.
Last updated: 9 April 2021