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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5300M Foundations of Oral Surgery

40 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Richard Moore

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the University of Leeds: BDS, BChD or equivalent.

Full or temporary registration with the GDC.

One year full time (or equivalent) post-graduation clinical experience in General Dental Practice or Hospital Practice

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any component.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
TOEFL Internet-based Test: 100 overall with no less than 24 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Writing and 26 in Speaking

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will furnish students with the technical skills and knowledge to support independent practice in management of complex dental extractions under local anaesthetic. Critical analysis of clinical guidelines, anticipation of local and systemic complications and confidence in dealing with surgical complications will enable students to expand their clinical repertoire.


The aims of this module are:
• To improve the technical skills of students in relation to management of challenging dental extractions and surgical removal of fractured, retained and buried roots,
• To provide practitioners with up to date evidence on the prevention, recognition and management of complications associated with extraction of teeth in primary dental care setting.
• To improve the confidence of participants in dealing with unexpected complicatons encountered while undertaking dental extractions that otherwise may be referred to a specialist service.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the student will be able to:
• Apply technical skills and theoretical knowledge appropriate for performance of difficult or complex dental extraction
• Appraise the ethical and legal framework for proper consent of patients
• Critically appraise the process of development, and the limitations of, clinical guidelines relevant to the field of oral surgery.
• Apply specialist-level knowledge and sound clinical judgement in discussing treatment with patients.

Skills outcomes
Skills in medical and surgical diagnosis and management for dentistry and oral health.


To include:
• Development of an evidence-based knowledge of competencies in oral surgery, appropriate to the level of the experienced general dental practitioner
• Management of risk associated with co-morbidities and medication including: bisphosphonates and anti-resorptive medication, anticoagulants and anti-platelet medication, radiotherapy, corticosteroids and immune suppressants.
• Anticipating and managing local problems such as: failure to achieve anaesthesia, fractured or retained roots, fractured alveolar bone, oro-antral communication, post-operative bleeding.
• Oral surgical techniques for removal of fractured, retained or buried roots.
• The process of consent and up to date guidance on the medicolegal aspects of advising patients on personal risk regarding complications of extractions.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Group learning22.004.00
Private study hours330.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Private Study
Students will follow up references and texts recommended in the supporting materials, and broaden their reading around the subject matter.
Students will revise the pathophysiology of co-morbidities relevant to oral surgery and the evidence base for guidelines on management of complications. Students will also revise relevant anatomy, pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.
Students will research the development of clinical guidelines and spend time critically appraising published guidance.
Students will research medicolegal aspects of oral surgery practice, in particular recent changes in the law on consent.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to tutorials and case-based discussions.
Involvement in the sessions with the simulated patients (SPs), which will include feedback from the SPs
Participation in a team debate on a clinical guideline
Verbal presentation on a topic to peers
The Pig’s Head Practical will be also offer opportunities for formative feedback on student’s technical skills.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay on basic science30.00
Group Project2 hr Debate on clinical guideline. Pass/fail assessment. The debate will be moderated by two members of teaching staff who will mark the debate and provide formative feedback to students. This debate will performed as a departmental activity, to include trainees and staff members. This will mitigate the risk of low student numbers.0.00
Oral PresentationVerbal presentation on management of complications20.00
Tutorial PerformancePerformance and involvement in tutorials. Formative assessment. Performance in tutorials will be assessed by tutors who lead the discussion. They will provide formative feedback to students on their knowledge and communication skills.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Group project: For the part-time variant of this course, this will be set in week 14 and due in week 16. Oral presentation: For the part-time variant of this course, this will be set in week 12 and due in week 14.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Online Time Limited Assessment with a duration of 48 hours. The format of this assessment may be subject to change as a result of restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic but the learning outcomes will remain unchanged.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:21:05


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