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Following on from Oral Medicine 1, this subject focuses on developing introductory learnings to intermediate knowledge in the oral medicine field in preparation before their final year of speciality practice. The subject continues to build students’ understanding on the aetiology, pathogenesis, immunology and clinical aspects of oral medicine, specifically with regard to oral mucosal lesions, orofacial pain or temporomandibular dysfunction.
Students’ knowledge in oral pathology will be refined in this subject in order to diagnose and treat diseases of the oral mucosa and oro-facial pain. Through participation in regular seminars and review meetings, they will continue to develop their intermediate knowledge as a specialist. They will expand their competencies in recognising diseases and relevant risk factors, and further form their awareness of the full range of clinical treatment services in oral medicine. They will build inter-disciplinary relationships across the environment of medical, dental, 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 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 intermediate level as they progress through the Oral Medicine 2 unit.
Upon completion of this subjects, student will be competent to:
- Demonstrate intermediate 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 intermediate 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 understanding 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: 29 July 2022