First complete specialist training programme in periodontology in the UK. Outstanding educational experience through exceptional calibre of teachers. Huge variety of expertise available to give thorough practical education in advanced clinical periodontology, including aesthetics, implants and contemporary surgical methods.
• Developed at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals in the 1990s, this was the first complete specialist training programme in periodontology in the UK.
• The programme was built on the long history of master's degree level graduate education in periodontology starting in the Royal Dental Hospital and Guy's Hospital in 1966.
• The exceptional calibre of the staff teaching on this programme makes it an outstanding educational experience.
The programme includes: the scientific basis of periodontal care; the relationship of other dental disciplines to periodontal care; diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with advanced periodontal disease involving multidisciplinary approaches and integrated treatment; the clinical treatment of patients with advanced periodontal disease; techniques for placement and restoration of dental implants in different clinical situations; aesthetics and contemporary surgical methods.
You will attend a core course in restorative dentistry which includes critical review of the literature, biometry, periodontology, prosthodontics and dental materials science. You will be required to carry out an investigation and to prepare a project report, which must include a survey of the relevant literature. Recent research projects include: smoking and periodontal health; periodontal microbiology and immunology; clinical trials of periodontal treatment and oral hygiene methods; behavioural factors in periodontology and periodontal relationships to systemic health.
- Course purpose -
For practitioners with minimum two years' general professional training wishing to specialise in periodontics. Part of an SAC-approved programme of specialist training for those who have a specialist training number (see entry requirements). For those not part of an SAC-approved programme of specialist training it provides relevant and appropriate education and training in periodontology with greater depth of knowledge and clinical skills than is required for general practice.
- Course format and assessment -
Modular programme consisting of 360 credits, plus for UK specialist training an additional 180 credits of non-modular supervised clinical work (540 credits in total). Modules are grouped into three distinct types:
(i) Three taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of Periodontology, assessed by written examination;
(ii) Six clinical modules, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical, or oral examinations;
(iii) One research module, involving the submission of a research project report including a literature review, with an oral examination.
Graduates often set up or seek employment in limited practice of periodontology.
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