Dental Practice 5

Subject 511-522 (2008)

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Credit Points: 100.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Year long clinical experience within and without the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 4 subject.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Associate Professor Peter Wilson
Subject Overview:

This subject, which covers the entire fifth year curriculum, encompasses a wide variety of clinical teaching, in rural and urban locations. During the year, students treat patients in general practice clinics and rotate through specialist teaching. Students are not expected to perform treatment during specialist practice.

General Practice Rotation: All aspects of dentistry for adults including Operative Dentistry, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Preventive Dentistry and Oral Surgery and Medicine; clinical treatment as needed by patients, with the emphasis on whole patient treatment' and continuing care on a rotational basis at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) clinics and community clinics. Referral of patients to oral health students.

Specialist Practice Rotation: Specialist clinics at the RDHM, seminars and postgraduate student clinical sessions in the areas of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Radiology and Paediatric Dentistry. An Orthodontic course associated with Paediatric Dentistry follows treatment in progress. Attendance at: external clinics for experience not available at the RDHM, such as complex radiology; Oral Surgery departments for consulting clinics and operating theatre experience; and emergency departments and medical teams for experience of seriously ill patients.

Academic Teaching/Study Module: Lectures, workshops and other teaching in areas such as Treatment Planning, Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence.

Advanced Dental Study 2: Continuation of the background research and literature review of a research project (commenced in Semester 2 of fourth year) and an oral presentation of that project in Semester 2.

Elective Study: There is time available during the year for students to undertake elective studies which can include interstate and/or overseas visits.

Assessment: (1) One 25-minute viva voce examination on integrated treatment planning. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ability of the student to formulate an appropriate treatment plan after analysis of clinical data of a patient (not present). The student will be presented with a patient's clinical records (eg. histories, dental charts, radiographs, photographs, study casts, etc.) one hour before the viva voce examination of 25 minutes. The student will make a written treatment plan to be taken into the oral examination and may also prepare personal notes. (2) One 30-minute case presentation with the patient present and complete records. The student may choose a patient they have treated in any discipline. (3) One 2-hour integrated multiple station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) presented in an electronic format and based on clinical scenarios with appropriate photographs and radiographs. (4) An oral presentation of the research project (during Semester 2) and a written report of no more than 3000 words at the end of Semester 2 and an oral presentation on the Shepparton rotation. A pass in each section of the assessment is required to pass Dental Practice 5 overall. If a student does not perform satisfactorily in one section, he/she may have to submit to further assessment in a form to be determined by the relevant subject examiner/s. Although there are no numerical quotas for any particular clinical treatments, students should endeavour to obtain exposure to as wide a range as possible of all forms of dental treatment. Students should note carefully that their lack of experience in any clinical area will not be acceptable as an excuse or reason for unsatisfactory progress in Dental Practice 5.All students are required to complete a log and attendance book of clinical procedures in order to sit the final examinations. Students should also note that it will be necessary to have completed a wide range of treatment procedures to be permitted to sit the final examinations. This will be determined by completion of the clinical log forms.
Prescribed Texts: There are no prescribed texts for fifth year; however, students will be referred to current journal papers relevant to the lectures/seminars provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in program design and implementation;
  • Evaluation and advocacy;
  • Planning and time management skills;
  • Capacity and motivation for continuing independent learning;
  • Appreciation of, and sensitivity to, cultural diversity;
  • Leadership skills; and
  • Respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Dental Science

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