DENT 7244B - Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry III Part 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry III Part 2 covers six units of the 72 units/ three year program. The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Paediatric Dentistry is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This is a specific program plan designed to lead to specialist registration in the field of Paediatric Dentistry. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action/clinical research, search training and a research project and is designed to conform to the Educational Requirements of Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7244B
    Course Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry III Part 2
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 24
    Contact up to 30 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT 7244A
    Restrictions Doctor of Clinical Dentistry only
    Course Description Specialist Clinical Paediatric Dentistry III Part 2 covers six units of the 72 units/ three year program. The University of Adelaide's postgraduate program in Paediatric Dentistry is of three years duration and leads to the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. This is a specific program plan designed to lead to specialist registration in the field of Paediatric Dentistry. The program plan comprises a mix of coursework, clinical work, action/clinical research, search training and a research project and is designed to conform to the Educational Requirements of Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Sumant Gue

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Development of the necessary advanced clinical skills expected of a specialist Paediatric Dentist

    2. Appreciation of the scientific basis for successful clinical specialist practice

    3. Development of scientific and research methodology relating to clinical specialist practice

    4. Development research skills related to clinical specialist practice

    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbooks, scientific journal, website, Women’s and Children’s Library, University of Adelaide Library, MyUni, access to materials to undertake research, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Clinics and Theatre complex
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning & Teaching Modes:

    Hands-on clinical sessions, seminars/tutorials, self-directed learning, prescribed reading, literature reviews, case reports and case presentations, log book record, ward rounds, department/discipline case audits and case reviews, research – regular interaction with research supervisors.

    Clinical Experience:
    The clinical component provides experience within the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry. Clinical sessions occur at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Women's and Children's Hospital. Sessions consist of Specialist Consultation Clinics, Specialist Recall Clinics, Outpatients Treatment Clinics, Inpatient Theatre Sessions, Ward rounds, On call and after hours clinical expereinces and other clinically related activities which form part training programme. Postgraduate students are appointed as Specialist registrars in Paediatric Dentistry through the Division of Paediatric Surgery, Women's and Children's Hospital. These appointments are in general 0.55fte and paid clinical appointments.

    Through reading, tutorials, didactic seminars, interdisciplinary clinics, medical seminars and case discussions students will gain knowledge and understanding in the areas of patient examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and overall management of patients in paediatric dentistry.

    Students will also participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities with students from other specialist areas at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

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

    The workload model is based on 20 teaching weeks and has an approximately work load of 37.5 hours per week. This is a guide only and will vary depending on topics and the students understanding
    Learning Activities Summary
    Clinical Component – 5-6 clinical sessions per week

    Clinical Seminar – Diagnosis and treatment planning (5-6 per week )

    Departmental Seminar – Departmental journal and case reviews / presentations (13 sessions per semester)

    Contemporary Didactic Seminars (12 per semester) (topics included below. These run for the full three years and are also included in the Clinical Components, the Clinical Seminars and Departmental Seminars)

    The seminar topics below are broad topics only and each is broken down into specific components.
    These broad topics recur throughout the entire programme, but in each semester they are developed into sub topics.
    Seminar – Basic Sciences
    Seminar – Research methodology and Biostatistics
    Seminar – Health Education, Promotion and Epidemiology
    Seminar – Evidenced based Diagnosis and Treatment planning
    Seminar – Behaviour Science/Patient management
    Seminar – Preventive Dentistry
    Seminar – Restorative Dentistry
    Seminar – Orthodontics
    Seminar – Craniofacial and Cleft Lip and Palate conditions
    Seminar – Dental Traumatology
    Seminar – Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    Seminar – Children with Special Needs and Medically compromised Children
    Seminar – Dental Anomalies and Genetics
    Seminar – General Paediatric Medicine and Surgery
    Seminar – Specialist Paediatric Practice
    Seminar – Dental Practice in Australia
    Each semester students receive a detailed didactic / seminar roster of all the topics prior to the start of the new calendar year of teaching which is highly detailed and this gives them specific reference to what will be examined. The management and execution of significant research project leading to dissertation.
  • 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
    1. Clinical assessment /Case Reports/Log Book/Assignments and Presentations
    Summative Assessment
    Weighting: 20%
    Hurdle barrier
    Competency required 1-4

    2. Research Dissertation
    Weighting: 30%
    Hurdle barrier
    Satisfactory required 1-4

    3. Examination
    Summative Assessment
    Weighting: 50%
    Hurdle barrier
    Satisfactory required 1-4
    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 and clinical staff.
    Postgraduate students are assessed continuously throughout their training. Assessment reviews clinical case mix, amount of clinical experience and standard of patient care. Deficient areas are discussed with clinical supervisors and remedied together with the postgraduate student.
    In addition, there are regular short 30 minute test papers and/or viva voce-style assessments aimed at consolidating the clinical topics covered previously. In all years, students are assessed on a continuing basis in the conduct of their clinical activities, patient management, treatment planning, case report presentation, presentations of patient seen in the clinics and the log book. Clinical assessment will include pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative management in lines with the specialist discipline and established guidelines on the overall management of paediatric dentistry patients.

    Summative Assessment
    Students will receive continuous assessment of their clinical work, clinical case presentations and log book.

    Achievement 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 managed. 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. 
    There is an expectation that students present five to six clinical 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, pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative management. In addition, appropriate literature to support their respective management of each case.

    Portfolio/Logbook Requirements
    Students will complete a comprehensive logbook of patients in accordance with the Guidelines for Accreditation and Training in Paediatric Dentistry, 2010. The patient logbook is computerised and satisfies the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia and other registering authorities overseas such as the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. The logbook will serve as a reference of the relative clinical case mix of patients seen; treatments performed and will aid continual assessment of each postgraduate. The registrar logbooks will be audited at the end of each semester. This process will aid in the clinical experience all postgraduate students receive and to expose the postgraduate students to a wide variety of cases. The logbook will also form part of the clinical assessment for each semester and will form part of their overall assessment during their final examination in October of the third year.

    Assignments / Presentations
    In each semester there are a series of traditional didactic teaching seminars, as well as fortnightly departmental / discipline meetings. Students will be required to present comprehensive reviews of selected topics as directed on their individual didactic roster, and departmental / discipline meetings. 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 final examination will assess all the topics from the three years.

    Final Examinations
    During the final year in October/November of the 3rd year, a comprehensive external examination will be conducted.
    This will consist of a 3 hour written paper, 1 hours oral examination of an unseen patient and unseen case, 2 hour oral examination of achievement cases, log book, and general final oral examination to be conducted by both internal and external examiners as indicated.

    Research Dissertation
    Students will be expected to submit a comprehensive research dissertation in either the format of a traditional thesis or a thesis by publication format for examination prior to the completion of the programme.
    The research dissertation format will be decided upon by the student and the principle supervisor.
    The examination of the thesis will be performed by two external examiners, one a Paediatric Dentist academic and the second a clinician or academic who has a special interest in the research field.

    The research dissertation will not be able to be submitted until the principal supervisor is satisfied that it is examinable and the research is reflective of the degree.

    In order to fulfil the requirements for this course, the student will need to have satisfactorily completed all components of the program. If any of the components are not completed satisfactory the degree cannot be conferred. In the case of unsatisfactory progress with the examination process, all or specific sections of the examination will need to be repeated. The decision upon whether all or some of the examination will need to be repeated will be dependent on the external examiners report and recommendations.
    If the research dissertation is unsatisfactory, recommendations and corrections will need to be completed as per the external examiners recommendations. If this cannot be fulfilled the degree will not be conferred.

    Finally, completion of the log book, achievement cases, clinical and didactic must be completed prior to the final examinations.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

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

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    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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