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This subject in Endodontics provides the first introductory level into advanced training in all aspects of the discipline in order to prepare a student for further specialty practice, or teaching and research in the second and third years. The subject introduces students to advanced study and research into the nature and treatment of disorders of the pulp and periapical tissues, and the relationship of these to other dental and systemic conditions.
The subject structure comprises didactic and clinical components. Students can expect to be introduced to the following areas during the three-year cycle of the Endodontics subject themes: a. Pulp Biology & Clinical Endodontics I, b. Clinical Endodontics II, c. General Considerations in Endodontics, d. Dental Trauma, e. Endodontic Surgery, f. Evidence-Based Endodontics. In each year, two themes are covered. Entry point into the cycle depends on the year of commencement, but all six themes will be studied by the end of third year. The literature review involves the critical analysis of published scientific research papers.
The aims of this subject are to prepare dentists to an introduction to practice endodontics at an advanced (specialist) level, based on current knowledge of the pathobiology of the pulp and periapex; to equip dentists to keep pace with advances in the discipline; and to contribute in a scholarly manner to the discipline.
Students participate in a weekly seminar program conducted during the year. The seminar program includes three components: 1. seminar topic, 2. current literature review, and 3. case presentations. Students are rostered to each activity, and the number of times each student presents in each component depends on the year level and the number of students.
Clinical experience constitutes 50% of the subject, Students are rostered to the clinic, with the emphasis on the management of complex cases, and includes non-surgical and surgical treatment. Cases completed during these sessions will form the basis of the case presentations in seminars and for the clinical case portfolio submitted for assessment throughout the year.
Intended learning outcomes
Learning outcomes will depend on the year of entry into the Course and the themes covered in this subject. On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Develop special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty;
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty.
- Introductory understanding of the changing knowledge base of the discipline;
- Develop the ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature;
- Apply reasonable problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach;
- Rudimentary capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
- Basic understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the discipline;
- Develop a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
- Develop profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
- Develop leadership in the specialist area;
- Recognise the value, and to, participate in projects which require team-work;
- Understand the significance and value of the learned knowledge to the wider community;
- Engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society.
Last updated: 11 February 2021