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This subject is the first part of a 3 year inter-related series of subjects that are expected to be taken contiguously, which introduces students to knowledge in the oral medicine field. The subject provides basic teachings on the aetiology, pathogenesis, immunology and clinical aspects of oral medicine, specifically with regard to oral mucosal lesions, orofacial pain or temporomandibular dysfunction.
This subject aims to provide the student a broad understanding of the oral pathology, and experience in diagnosing and treating diseases of the oral mucosa and oro-facial pain through participation in regular seminars and review meetings. They will begin developing the competencies to recognise diseases and their associated risk factors, and to understand the full range of clinical treatment services in oral medicine. They will form inter-disciplinary relationships across the environment of medical, dental and allied health professionals.
The clinical component of the subject will provide supervised opportunities for students to understand the process of managing patients with oral mucosal disorders, oral manifestations of systemic disease and the assessment and treatment of patients with oro-facial pain during the clinical component of the subject. Assessment of clinical performance will include written paper and oral examinations on both clinical skills, and introductory understanding 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 a basic level as they progress through the Oral Medicine 1 unit.
Upon completion of this subjects, student will be competent to:
- Recognise 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
- Develop techniques to establish effective communication with relevant teams by means appropriate to the urgency of the situation
- Be able to elicit, record and interpret an accurate history from patients of any age within the scope of Oral Medicine practice and undertake operative techniques to confirm diagnosis where necessary
- Be able to minimise risk of, recognise, assess and treat other acutely unwell adult and paediatric patients including simple faint, postoperative bleeding, hyperventilation, angina, myocardial infarction, acute asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetic emergencies, seizures and adrenal insufficiency
- Review 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
- Be able to perform an initial clinical examination on patients of any age within the scope of Oral Medicine practice
- Commence safe and effective prescription of drugs
Last updated: 11 February 2021