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Master and Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science (MChD/BChD, BSc)

Year 4

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- complete a range of restorative procedures on adult and child patients;
- undertake extraction of teeth and removal of roots, when necessary;
- have knowledge of the management of acute infection;
- be familiar with the diagnosis of common oral medical disorders and their treatment;
- diagnose medical emergencies and instigate resuscitation techniques;
- carry out an orthodontic assessment including an indication of treatment need;
- have experience of patient care in outreach clinics;
- demonstrate continued clinical progress;
- develop professional relationships with senior medical staff, nursing and other health care workers;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in the management of their learning and clinical development;
- be aware of their own limitations;
- be aware of the responsibilities of consent, duty of care and confidentiality;
- engage in self-direction and effective decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- have knowledge of the structure, function and biochemistry of tissues affected by disorders that may impinge on management of the oral cavity in such detail as to be able to place disease aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and follow-up in context;
- be familiar with human disease, particularly as it affects the management of oral care;
- be familiar with the role of therapeutics in the management of patients’ oral health;
- have knowledge of the pharmacological properties of those drugs used in general dental practice and of their side effects and interactions;
- be aware of the role of special investigations in the management of oral diseases or oral manifestations of systemic disease and interpretation of their results.
-Experience a different socio-economic culture and context of the practice of dentistry.

Transferable (key) skills

By the end of the module, students will be better able to:
-Understand their own personal strengths and those characteristics that would benefit from further development
-Demonstrate effective communication skills
-Reflect on their own life, motivation and experience particularly in the context of an international environment.
- acquire enhanced skills in problem solving from under different presures:
- develop a growing ability for self-direction and decision-making in clinical situations;
- prepare for independent learning and the ability to work in a way which enables continuing professional development;
- have a questioning approach to the development of professional boundaries;
- use some of the transferable skills necessary for employment as a dental surgeon;
- exercise initiative and personal responsibility;
- deploy decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- understand the practice of oral health care in a different environment.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme. In addition to the completion of all University of Leeds modular assessments, there will be two additional, compulsory elements. These are a reflective portfolio and upon return, a powerpoint presentation to the cohort. Existing assessment will include:
- demonstration of the ability to apply knowledge and skills to increasingly complex aspects of clinical dentistry;
- evidence of drawing on a range of perspectives to reach provisional clinical diagnoses;
- demonstration of a critical ability in the formulation of treatment plans;
- evidence of the provision of clinically acceptable methods of patient management.


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