DENT 7224A - Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology III Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The University of Adelaide's postgraduate Doctor of Clinical Dentistry program in Oral Pathology is of three years duration and leads to the specialist degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This course is part of a specific program designed to lead to specialist registration in the field of Oral Pathology. The course comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, and is designed to conform to the Educational Requirements of the University of Adelaide the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7224A
    Course Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology III Part 1
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact 12 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7223B
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only
    Assessment casebook reports, seminar/tutorial participation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Richard Logan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Ensure students have a detailed knowledge of the normal anatomy and histology of the teeth, the jaw bones, oral soft tissues and the salivary glands
    2. Ensure students have a knowledge of core pathological processes affecting the body at an organ and particularly the tissue level 3
    . Provide students with a detailed knowledge of the pathology and histopathological diagnosis of diseases affecting the teeth, the jaw bones, the oral soft tissues and the salivary glands
    4. Provide students with a clinical perspective to oral disease processes
    5. Provide student with the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to tissue handling, processing and report writing
    6. Provide training and experience in research relevant to the discipline
    7. Encourage interdisciplinary management of patients
    8. To produce oral and maxillofacial pathologists who can ultimately practice unsupervised in oral pathology, contributing to comprehensive, safe and high 
quality dental (and medical) care, including in the general roles required for routine dental practice and within the ethical standards of the profession and the community.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4-6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6, 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-7, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5-7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Full University of Adelaide library resources • Access to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Diagnosis clinics and Special Needs Clinics, Adelaide Dental Hospital • Access to Head & Neck Clinic, Royal Adelaide Hospital • Access to case notes and archival histopathology slide collections in Oral Pathology • Access to anatomical pathology cases and rotations through pathology laboratories
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Through reading, tutorials, seminars and case discussions students will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment and pathological assessment and diagnosis. Students will also participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist areas.

    Seminars • two diagnostic oral histopathology seminars per week

    Laboratory and Clinical Rotations • rotations in laboratories  (from second year of the program) • rotations in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Outpatient Clinics, ADH (from second year of the program) • attendance at the Head and Neck Clinic, RAH.

    Related Activities • individual histopathology tuition • essays • assignments • seminars on core topics in Oral Pathology

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact hours

    Type Number of sessions Duration of each session Total hours
    Case reporting/review 20 5 100
    Tutorials 40 2 80
    Total 180

    Assessment tasks

    Type Total hours
    Extended lab report/assignments 100
    Practical reports 100
    Total 200


    Type  Number of sessions Anticipated time Total hours
    Weekly reading and other study 20 5 100
    Preparation for tutorial 40 3 120
    Exam preparation 40

    Total workload (hrs/semester) 640
    Workload/week (hr) 32.00
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Preparation, interpretation and reporting of stained tissue sections, including new and archival specimens. This is ongoing throughout the program.

    2. Weekly Tutorial Sessions on selected topics in basic pathological sciences and oral pathology themes:

    Oral Pathology themes • Diseases of the enamel dentine and pulp, gingivae, periodontium and jaws • Diseases of the oral mucosa and related skin disorders
 • Diseases of the bones and joints
of the face • Salivary gland diseases • Soft tissue disorders affecting the oral and maxillofacial region
 • Lymphoid and haematological disorders involving the oral and maxillofacial region • Genetic and acquired disorders with oral and maxillofacial manifestations Basic

    Pathological Sciences: • Disorders of cell growth and differentiation • Healing and repair • Inflammation • Neoplasia 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Presentations and performance in diagnostic histopathology review sessions Summative 60% 1-3,5
    Diagnostic histopathology/case book Summative 40% 1-7,8
    Assessment Detail
    Clinical Assessment / Case reports / Log Book

    The assessment of this component of the programme is composed of the following:

    Formative Review
    The emphasis of this program is self-motivated learning and evaluation. However, regular formative review is also held with senior teaching staff. Postgraduate students are assessed continuously throughout their training. Assessment reviews clinical case mix and amount of diagnostic histopathology experience. Deficient areas are discussed and remedied with the postgraduate student. In all years, students are assessed on a continuing basis in the conduct of their diagnostic histopathology activities, case report presentation, presentations of diagnostic histopathology cases seen as well as review of the the case book.

    Summative Assessment
    Students will receive continuous assessment of their diagnostic histopathology, case presentations and log book. These form the overall assessment and led to the barrier written examinations and viva voce examinations at the end of 2nd Semester.

    Case Reports
    Twelve “achievement” case presentations are required at the end of the 3rd year. These “achievement” cases are cases selected by the student to highlight their achievements during the program and the range of cases/pathology diagnosed. The principle of the “achievement” cases is to ensure a broad range of clinical cases is obtained and treatment is provided and supported by current research and literature. During each semester, students will be expected to prepare and present their achievement cases. There is an expectation that students present five to six cases each semester, the most comprehensive of these will be included in the “twelve achievement cases” submitted for their final assessment in third year. These case reports will be assessed based on the presentation style, as well as appropriate literature to support their respective management of each case.

    Portfolio/Logbook Requirements
    Each case will comprise discussion and clinicopathological correlation of selected oral and (at least 1) general pathology cases. Each report will be no more than 10 pages (single spaced type) and include a bibliography of up to 30 references. Reports will include high quality photographs or illustrations (as appropriate) of macroscopic and microscopic findings as well as include a critical appraisal the cited literature. The casebook conforms to the requirements that are outlined in the Royal College of Pathologist of Australasia trainee handbook for Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. (NB completion of the DClinDent in Oral Pathology does not qualify for Fellowship with the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology)

    Assignments / Presentations
    In each semester there are a series of traditional didactic teaching seminars. Students will be required to present comprehensive reviews of selected topics as directed on their individual didactic roster. Students will be assessed on their ability to review the literature and prepare an appropriately written, referenced literature review related to the specific topic. In addition, students are expected to present their review in the form of a power point presentation. Both the literature review and the power point presentation will be assessed. A fail in a specific component of the review will result in the need for the student to repeat this until the appropriate standard is achieved. At the conclusion of the review, a viva voce session, or short written assessment may be held to ensure that the topic is fully understood by all students involved. The end of semester examination will assess the specific topics from that semester. In following semesters, examinations will include all relevant information covered by the student to provide a continuous assessment of knowledge related to oral and maxillofacial pathology.

    Comprehensive internal written and oral examinations are held at the completion of each year. In each year there is a three hour written examination. Students must complete the examination satisfactorily before proceeding to the next semester.

    In order to fulfil the requirements for this course, the student will need to have satisfactorily completed all components of the program.

    All summative assessments are required to be completed satisfactorily.

    Assessment of the Structured Program in Specialist Oral Pathology involves: • continuous evaluation of performance by staff • satisfactory presentation and performance in research seminars • evaluation of assigned essays and seminars • completion of logbooks documenting oral and general pathology cases • submission of casebook of 5 cases (see below) • written and practical diagnostic oral histopathology examinations (including case discussion with examiners).

    Satisfactory progress will be assessed based on completion of goals set at the beginning of the candidature including satisfactory completion of examinations.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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