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Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc

Course Description

A profitable clinical and business approach to tooth preserving caries management in dental practice.

The programme is designed for dentists and/or DCPs to develop and enhance Minimum Intervention preventive and tooth-preserving operative, patient and clinical practice management skills. Giving you the tools to maximise the clinical and financial potential of your dental practice

Key benefits

• Dentistry at Kings is a renowned centre of international excellence for teaching and research.
• Pioneers of teaching dentistry through a blended learning approach with over 20 years experience.
• Face-to-face training in years one & two, to learn and master latest techniques.
• Delivered by a team of highly specialised academic and non academic clinicians, many of whom are world-leaders in their field.
• Face to face training in year two to learn and master latest techniques.
• Contributes towards continuing professional development (CPD).
• Opportunity to network with other Distance Learning students in the UK and abroad, who are enrolled in the various specialties offered.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/advanced-minimum-intervention-dentistry-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description

Offered in response to the dental profession’s push towards a minimum intervention, preventive approach to caring for patients' oral health in both general and private practice, both in the UK and abroad, this unique and comprehensive flexible learning programme is designed for oral health care providers (dentist and/or DCP).

The curriculum includes the scientific basis of Cariology and disease pathology; detection, diagnosis, risk assessment and care planning for patients with complex dental health problems; prevention and control management strategies (including remineralisation) for patient groups and individuals; developing targeted marketing strategies to promote your practice and the MI care philosophy to patients using the latest social media frameworks; practice and business management skills; minimally invasive tooth preserving aesthetic clinical treatment of patients with caries and other restorative or aesthetic problems, and learning research methodology to enable completion of a useful practice-based research project.

- Intensive Face-to-Face Course

The course will feature two intensive face-to-face internships in year one (five days) and year two (seven days) of the programme, in London, when the participants will receive hands-on clinical training under expert supervision. The King's College London Dental Institute facilities at Guy’s Hospital and LonDEC provide delegates with some of the finest state-of-the-art dental teaching facilities available in the UK and Europe.

- Course purpose

The programme provides the latest evidence-based knowledge in Minimum Intervention care and minimally invasive tooth tissue preserving operative dentistry. It enables participants to integrate this patient care and oral health philosophy with suitable marketing and practice management strategies, into their general or private practice. It will develop team-care practice skills using DCPs where appropriate alongside other aspects of restorative dentistry and encourages practice-based research, with a hope to setting up UK or international clinical research networks.

- Course format and assessment

This flexible learning master's programme will be assessed through a combination of assignments, some written examinations, clinical case presentations and a dissertation. In the first two years, some modules are assessed by a combination of 60 per cent written examination and 40 per cent written assignments. For each module, you must complete a self-assessment exercise, a formative assignment and a final summative essay/assignment, to be entered into the end of year written examinations.

During the course, clinical work is also undertaken which is assessed by submission of clinical case presentations, both written or online. In the final year, you will be allocated a supervisor, undertake a research project and write a dissertation. If you fail an assessment element at the first sitting, you will be permitted one further attempt. Exams can be taken in London or, for overseas students, at centres in the student's country of residence.

Overseas examinations incur an additional fee payable to the Examinations Office. Further details of overseas exam arrangements and applicable fees can be viewed here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/examinations/exams/pep/pep.aspx

Career prospects

It is expected that graduates from this programme will develop a profitable network of “MI” centred dental clinics offering team expertise and higher skill levels to manage their patients, using the patient-centred, team-care approach. It is hoped this qualification may be used as further specialisation in general dental practice, enhancing profitability and encouraging future practice-based research opportunities.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

Link to student blog http://kclamid.blogspot.co.uk/

Visit the Advanced Minimum Intervention Dentistry MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Dr Babiker Elhag

“As an MSc DPH holder my salary will increase by 50% on renewal of my contract in May 2010. The exams are held in my country so I don't need to go abroad!

The distance learning programme is the only option that suits me due to family commitments. I would not like to join a postgraduate course in my home country of Sudan as I’m sure that nothing would change in my practice and career.

The excellent reputation of The Dental Institute encouraged me to join King’s, and also gave me the opportunity to visit and see the beautiful city of London, which I visited three times during my summer school MSc. Although it is not compulsory for me to attend the summer courses, I enjoyed being there.

Currently I am head of a team responsible for all oral and dental preventive measures in the Northern Border region of Saudi Arabia. These measures include dental health education, topical fluoride application and fissure sealants for primary school children.

I found the course very flexible and interesting. There is enough time for study if you arrange and distribute time well between work, family and social aspects.
I regularly receive calls from colleagues enquiring about the distance programme”.

(Student Profile)

Dr Mpho Molete

Currently training to become a Dental Public Health specialist

“I chose the distance learning option because I had a young family to take care of but felt the need to advance my career. Studying at a distance gave me the opportunity to further my studies without disrupting my family life. I was able to study at work between seeing my patients and at home in the evenings.

Part of the knowledge gained from the DPH MSc could be applied to my work setting. Studying the material during my working hours was an extension of my work.

The qualification opened up further opportunities to advance in the area of dental public health. Currently I am on a specialist training post at the Witwatersrand University of South Africa. I am involved with teaching, research and clinical service delivery in the Department of Public Oral Health. On completion of the post I will be able to register as a Dental Public Health specialist in South Africa.

The course is well planned and manageable and has been organised in an excellent way. It also gives one a very good foundation into understanding the principles of public health in general. The communication channels between the university, administrators and supervisors are efficient.”

“There is a sense of being part of an institution and not being isolated!”


Entry Requirements

Qualification and employment status:- A dental qualification acceptable to the College (BDS or BSc (or equivalent) in Dental Therapy), or full registration with the UK GDC or international country’s equivalent.- Current employment as a dentist or dental therapist in a dental practice, dental school, hospital, or community dental services environment, UK or abroad.- Adequate clinical facilities and an appropriate selection of patients;- Approved video/camera equipment, as part of the monitoring processVisit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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