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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR5306M Advanced Oral Surgery

20 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Mr Alasdair Mckechnie

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

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Two years’ full time (or equivalent) post-graduation clinical experience in hospital dentistry or General Dental Practice or has successfully completed the PGCert in Oral Surgery from University of Leeds

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

The advanced oral surgery module builds on technical and theoretical knowledge from the Foundations of Oral Surgery module and applies them in the real world clinical setting. Students will learn mastery of the techniques as well as other more complex techniques for management of (for example) surgical endodontics, odontogenic cysts and benign dentoalveolar pathology.Students will perfect their diagnostic and communication skills in assessment and management of complex oro-facial symtoms and pathology.Students will use patient and peer feedback to guide their own clinical development and build confidence in their clinical skills. Familiarity with clinical support arrangements such as Managed Clinical Networks will further engender confidence in the service students can provide.


The aims of this module are:
• To develop students technical and patient management skills in a clinical setting in the context of more complex oral surgery procedures such as wisdom tooth removal, surgical endodontics, management of odontogenic cysts.
• To perfect clinical communication and diagnostic skills with respect to such matters as complex diagnoses, management of facial pain and means of anxiety management.
• To build confidence to undertake independent practice by the use of patient and peer feedback, personal reflection and familiarity with clinical systems such as Managed Clinical Networks.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the student will be able to:
• Apply in-depth knowledge of surgical techniques in provision of complex oral surgery care.
• Synthesize complex differential diagnoses and apply clinical judgement in management of complex clinical presentations
• Confidently manage acute presentations and peri-operative complications in oral surgery
• Apply advanced clinical communication skills in discussing complex diagnoses with patients.
• Apply results of personal reflection, peer and patient feedback in professional development.

Skills outcomes
Surgical management of uncomplicated wisdom teeth
Surgical management of odontogenic cysts
Advanced clinical communication skills
Differential diagnoses for complex symptoms
Clinical support networks


• Assessment of risk in wisdom tooth removal
• Surgical techniques for uncomplicated wisdom tooth removal, surgical endodontics, management of benign odontogenic pathology.
• Use of reflective logs and patient feedback in personal professional development.
• Communication skills
• Introductiion to patient pathway and means of optimising efficiency.

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
Clinical Sessions43.0012.00
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Group learning22.004.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will review the evidence base for management of complications of dentoalveolar surgery and research patient pathways and service design models for surgical services. They will also spend time researching the diagnosis and management of facial pain and the evidence for this. Students will also keep a reflective log of their surgical experience and spend time collecting, analysing and reflecting on patient feedback.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to tutorials and case-based discussions.
Reflective log and patient feedback
Log of surgical procedures
Seminars and tutorials will be used as opportunities for formative feedback to prepare students for the OSCE.

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 diagnosis of facial pain 2000 word20.00
Group ProjectGroup report on patient pathway and managed clinical network. Formative assessment.0.00
Reflective logReflective log on surgical technique and patient management. This will be Summative assessment.0.00
Tutorial PerformanceInvolvement and performance in tutorials. Formative assessment.0.00
PortfolioPortfolio of surgical procedures. Summative assessment.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Non formative progressional assessments (reflective log and portfolio) will be assessed by tutors and used to provide formative feedback to students and guide further development.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

The Online Time Limited Assessment will be standard set by a panel of teaching staff. 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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