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Our Orofacial Pain MSc is an innovative programme designed to provide advanced training and clinical practice in this emerging discipline. Read more

Our Orofacial Pain MSc is an innovative programme designed to provide advanced training and clinical practice in this emerging discipline. Orofacial pain and headaches are a significant financial burden to the NHS with patients presenting as challenging cases often baffling practitioners. Led by world-renowned experts who have extensive published research, this course will provide training in the field of Orofacial Pain to benefit patients in the UK and internationally. 

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in dental and health sciences.
  • Led by world-renowned experts who have extensive published research, including Professor Tara Renton, Consultant in Oral Surgery and Clinical Lead for Orofacial Pain Services at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and at INPUT (Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust), a nationally recognised pain management centre.
  • Clinical attachments to multidisciplinary orofacial pain services, which include neurology (led by Professor Peter Goadsby), oral surgery, ENT, psychology, psychiatry, neurosurgery and pain management at King’s College Hospital and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

Description

The course will provide comprehensive understanding, experience and advanced skills in the diagnosis and management of patients with orofacial pain, and will enable you to appreciate the relationships with other medical and dental specialties.

You will develop:

  • Enhanced knowledge on key underlying neurological and molecular mechanisms involved in acute and chronic pain.
  • Understanding of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods used to manage acute and chronic pain.
  • Advanced knowledge about anatomical, physiological, biological, pathophysiological and medical processes involved in orofacial pain.
  • Improved understanding of the social, physical, psychological, physiological, cultural and behavioural implications of orofacial pain.
  • Knowledge about orofacial pain conditions and their classification, with a specific focus on:

Bio-psychosocial model of pain

  • The environmental, psychological and psychiatric pain constructs
  • Acute orofacial pain conditions
  • Masticatory musculoskeletal pain
  • Neurogenic orofacial pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Headache disorders – differential diagnosis
  • Orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism
  • Intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders.
  • Expertise in examining and evaluating the patient.
  • Competency in diagnosing and managing the orofacial pain patient.
  • Ability to coordinate the appropriate care of orofacial pain patients, either as a single clinician or within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Expertise in evaluating the treatment outcomes of patients with orofacial pain.
  • Ability to develop and successfully carry out research projects within the field of orofacial pain.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures, tutorials, hands-on training and supervision in clinic. Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.

Assessment

Three modules in year one are assessed by written examination and one by 50% case presentation and 50% written examination. In year two, two modules are assessed by 50% case presentation and 50% written examination. The research project is assessed by written dissertation and oral examination.

Career prospects

The Orofacial Pain MSc may contribute to a specialism in oral medicine, oral surgery or restorative dentistry.

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Programme description

The DClinDent in Oral Surgery is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in oral surgery, together with a taught professional Doctorate, preparing them for the Speciality examination of Membership in Oral Surgery (MOralSurg) of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (Tricollegiate Edinburgh, Glasgow, England) UK.

The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in oral surgery.

Programme structure

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus components are based on the core competencies for oral surgery training as set out by Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) for Oral Surgery, The Faculty of Dental Surgery The Royal College of Surgeons of England (2014) :

  • extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
  • management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
  • management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
  • management of impacted teeth
  • management of complications
  • peri-radicular surgery
  • dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
  • intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
  • treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
  • management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
  • insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
  • appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
  • management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
  • management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
  • management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
  • clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
  • diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • control of cross-infection
  • medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each term.

In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also have oral exams in June and in August/September.

Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will present the following:

a) a clinical governance project b) a systematic review of a topic related to Oral Surgery c) two fully documented patient case presentations d) two unseen (diagnostic) cases will also form part of this examination

The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.

Year 1 courses:

  • Basic science in relation to oral surgery
  • Clinical knowledge 1
  • Oral Surgery - Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Pathology of the Oral and Dental Tissues
  • Research Methodology, Statistics, Clinical Governance and Audit
  • Resuscitation and Management of Emergencies
  • The NHS

Year 2 courses:

  • Clinical knowledge 2
  • Oral Surgery - Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation
  • Systemic disease in relation to Oral Surgery
  • Management of Pain and Anxiety

Year 3 courses:

  • Systematic Review
  • Clinical Governance Project
  • Specialist-Level Clinical Case-Reports
  • Clinical Patient Care 3

Learning outcomes

  1. Ability to produce good clinical care whilst maintaining good clinical practice
  2. Good understanding of the basic biological science relevant to oral surgery
  3. Ability to carry out the extraction of teeth and retained roots and management of complications
  4. Knowledge to deal with odontogenic and all other infections of the orofacial region and benign salivary gland disease
  5. Fluent in the management of impacted and unerupted teeth and dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment , peri-radicular surgery, treatment of benign cystic lesion of the oral hard and soft tissues
  6. Familiarity with appropriate anxiety management techniques and management of orofacial pain
  7. Familiarity with the management of benign and malignant lesions arising in, or presenting in the oral cavity

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.



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Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). Read more

Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI).

This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

Applicants will be invited to an Advice day held at Greenbank Building at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Leader and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students will carry out their 15 clinical placements throughout their course in which we provide the patients.

Postgraduate Advice Events

Tuesday 6th Feb 2018, 2pm – 4pm (Presentation and Facilities Tour)

Tuesday 10th April 2018, 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Saturday 16th June 2018, 10.30am – 1pm (1 hour CPD lecture 12pm – 1pm)

Wednesday 11th July 2018, 2pm – 4pm (1 hour CPD lecture 4pm – 5pm)

Reserve your place by emailing 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The programme encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinic training sessions and laboratory visits. Each person will be assigned a personal tutor for the entire programme.

We offer MSc students 15 clinic placements in which we provide the patients at the UCLan Dental Clinic during the diploma programme.

Each module of your course will have a series of assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs and essays.

Our MSc/PGDip Oral Surgery programme provides the busy General Dental Practitioner with a part-time educational route to acquire the skills and knowledge required of a Dentist with Special Interest (DwiSI). This programme focuses on contemporary practice, teaching evidence-based principles and systems to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

During the course (2 years PGDip; 3 years MSc) you will be expected to attend up to 15 study/assessment days per year. Many of these sessions will be within the School of Medicine and Dentistry on the main UCLan Preston Campus, though some sessions will be timetabled in UCLan Dental Clinic, where you will observe, assist and ultimately lead in clinical treatment. To accompany the study days, much of the course content, including lecture notes, PowerPoint slides, videos of lectures and assignments will be delivered to you via the University’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to both prepare work for study days and undertake additional work independently from your home location.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility and work on pigs head sand similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision in UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs, mini clinical examinations and essays.

THE KEY AREAS OF FOCUS FOR THIS COURSE:

  • History taking and examination
  • Patient records and confidentiality
  • Consent and medico-legal aspects
  • Surgical complications
  • Anatomy for oral surgeons
  • Bleeding disorders and anticoagulants
  • Microbiology of oral infections
  • Dental radiology
  • Pharmacology and drug interactions
  • Treatment planning
  • Communication skills and patient psychology
  • Medical complications
  • Flap design
  • Surgical removal of impacted teeth and roots
  • Oral medicine and precancerous lesions
  • Medical emergencies
  • Resuscitation
  • Orofacial infections and management
  • Oral surgery for orthodontics
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders - non-surgical management
  • Surgical management and treatment of TMJ disorders
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Maxillary sinus and oroantral fistulae
  • Diseases of bone and osteoporosis
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Dental anaesthesia / pain control
  • Theatre instrumentation
  • Health and safety issues in dental practice
  • Cross infection control, sterilisation and patient safety


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