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  • Course Duration

    3 years full-time

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  • Last Updated

    23 April 2018

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Programme description

The DClinDent in Orthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in orthodontics, together with a taught professional Doctorate, and will also prepare them for the Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the 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 each clinical discipline.

Programme structure

The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to laboratory facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.

Clinical patient care is also established early within the first term and continues throughout the three year programme. Half of a student’s time is spent treating patients under supervision (20 hours per week).

Candidates will undertake a yearly audit project and will present this at the annual departmental audit day.

The academic programme is 9 structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests of clinical ability carried out regularly.

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 be examined as follows:

  • 2 written papers (single best answer questions) (usually in June)
  • 3 unseen cases (diagnostic tests) (usually in June)
  • 3 personally treated clinical cases in orthodontics (usually September)
  • a dissertation on a research topic (usually 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 orthodontics 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.

Programme structure:

Year 1 courses:

  • Growth and Development of the Normal Child
  • Orthodontics – Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Craniofacial Growth
  • Radiology and Imaging
  • Research methodology, Statistics, Clinical Governance and Audit
  • Biology of Tooth Movement
  • Biomechanics and Appliance Systems
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Year 2 courses:

  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Orthodontics – Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation

Year 3 courses:

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

Learning outcomes

On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Diagnose anomalies of the dentition.
  • Detect deviations in the development of the dentition, of facial growth and the possession of functional abnormalities.
  • Evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and predict its course.
  • Carry out interceptive orthodontic measures.
  • Carry out orthodontic treatment procedures using fixed, functional and removable appliances.
  • Evaluate orthodontic progress and treatment outcomes.
  • Possess an overview of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of dentally and medically compromised patients.
  • Be able to acquire and interpret research information and data.
  • Be able to prepare oral and written clinical and research findings.
  • The ability to design and organise a Systematic Review.
  • Clinical competence at the level of a specialist for an appropriate range of treatment techniques.
  • Competence in the selection, planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of clinical audit.

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in their chosen discipline to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the appropriate Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal College of Surgeons.

The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in the appropriate discipline, allowing an individual to practice as a specialist and with further training, appointment as a substantive/honorary NHS Consultant.

Likewise, for overseas students attainment of both a Professional Doctorate and a College Speciality Membership normally allows appointment within their own country at the Specialist/Consultant level

Visit the Orthodontics (DClinDent) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!





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