DENT 5006EX - Dental Clinical Practice: International Placement Vietnam

External - Summer - 2018

This course consists of a 2 week intensive overseas clinical placement, introducing final year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students to Vietnam, its culture and society. These include providing consultations and dental treatments in hospital and school dental clinic settings as well as gaining unique insight into the day to day life in Vietnam. The clinical placement experience will further develop cultural awareness and basic language skills. This course will be taken in lieu of one 4 week long rural clinical placement in Australia and contribute directly/gain credit towards the clinical assessment component of BDS 5.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 5006EX
    Course Dental Clinical Practice: International Placement Vietnam
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s External
    Contact Up to 23.5 hours structured learning activities per week for the 2 week clinical placement in Vietnam. Up to 20 hours for independent immersion experiences in Vietnam. Additional pre-departure and post-arrival learning activities contact hours.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites DENT4000; DENT 4004AHO; DENT 4004BHO
    Corequisites DENT5000; DENT 5005AHO; DENT 5005BHO
    Restrictions Only Bachelor of Dental Surgery students who have successfully completed DENT 4000. A cumulative GPA minimum of 4.5 is required at the completion of DENT 3000 (ie, BDS 3).
    Course Description This course consists of a 2 week intensive overseas clinical placement, introducing final year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students to Vietnam, its culture and society. These include providing consultations and dental treatments in hospital and school dental clinic settings as well as gaining unique insight into the day to day life in Vietnam. The clinical placement experience will further develop cultural awareness and basic language skills. This course will be taken in lieu of one 4 week long rural clinical placement in Australia and contribute directly/gain credit towards the clinical assessment component of BDS 5.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr My Anh Vu Thanh

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Practice in a culturally safe and sensitive manner
    2. Identify and reflect on the cultural and social context of the practice of dentistry in an international context
    3. Adapt your clinical practice (e.g., patient-dentist interactions and treatment planning) to improve engagement with patients and their health outcomes in an international context
    4. Demonstrate effective teamwork skills in an international context
    5. Demonstrate appropriate problem solving skills in an international context
    6. Identify the way in which they can provide an ongoing contribution to volunteer work as a dentist in a different country
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Background material relevant to the study tour (course and assessment information, a reading list, templates for the Reflective Portfolio, presentations) will be provided online. Students will also identify and source relevant information as they progress through this course. This course will require students to bring along a personal computer or hand held device. The accompanying academic staff member will also bring along School of Dentistry laptop for students to borrow as required.
    Recommended Resources
    This course will include use of books/journals/online resources (readings) accessible via Barr Smith Library.
    Online Learning
    Use of MyUni/Canvas – announcements, discussion board for students to pose any questions to the coordinator, assessment information; templates to use for Reflective portfolio will be available in course information area; submission of assessment tasks. Material will be released on MyUni/Canvas pre-departure, during placement and post-placement
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course involves a 2 week intensive study abroad clinical placement experience including 2 weeks of pre-departure and 2 weeks of post-placement activities.
    There will be several pre-departure preparation activities involving class meetings; group and staff discussion and independent learning activities. These learning activities will assist students to learn about the context of the forthcoming international experience. Students will review the literature to explore the dental health care system in Vietnam. Students will explore Vietnam’s cultural and social history in these sessions and develop skills in cultural awareness. Group discussions will be led by University of Adelaide Dental School staff who have existing links with clinicians and private providers in-country.
    The 2 week intensive study abroad experience will consist of observational and hands on clinical practice in various settings under the supervision of qualified dental supervisors. During clinical practice activities students will self-monitor their performance and be provided with tutor feedback on their performance. 
    Time spent with host families and independent travel time will allow students to experience the day to day life in Vietnam and gain further insights into the culture and social history of Vietnam and its’ people.
    Students will reflect on their study abroad clinical learning and cultural immersion experiences via a Reflective Portfolio. On return to Adelaide students will reflect and summarise their experiences via a group debrief and an oral presentation (including a short case presentation) to their peers and staff.

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

    This course will run over a 6 week period = 2 wks pre-departure; 2 wks placement; 2 wks post placement.
    There are 56 hours of structured learning activities.
    There are 23 hours of non contact time.
    Assessment tasks will require approximateky 60 hours of study time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Scheduled lectures
    Lecture topics:
    Pre-departure - Course outline, requirements and expectations, assessment tasks, travel and accommodation arrangements (2hr – face to face and online reading)

    Pre-departure - Clinical procedures and record keeping. Simple preventive restorations: material and technique (2hr – face to face and online reading )
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course requires students to participate in study tour outside of Australia. Students will need to attend pre-departure meetings.
    Selection into the course will be based on a combination of academic achievement, achieving a minimum satisfactory standard in clinic and written assessments and responses to written application. Applicants may require a short interview. Places are limited.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The international experience will be undertaken in small groups. Where practical, students will reflect on their experience in small groups and give presentations to other participants and stakeholders, either face to face or in an online environment, as well as debriefing during the tour. In addition, the pre-departure class meetings will be conducted in groups. Students will work with a supervising dentist who has extensive experience in providing culturally competent dental care in a variety of rural and remote communities.
  • 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

    Pre-placement activity
    1200 word assignment. Summative 15% (graded)

    Professional experience assessment task 1: Clinical practice in hospital and school clinics. Summative 50% (graded)

    Professional experience assessment task 2:
    Reflective portfolio including oral presentations. Summative 35% (graded)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Pre-placement, Placement activities and post-placement activities will comprise of academic assessment and require compulsory satisfactory completion of pre and post placement tasks
    Assessment Detail
    Students would be required to assess and understand social and cultural context of those case studies. 

    The primary assessment task during the international experience is dental clinical practice. Students will also undertake a Reflective Portfolio and Oral presentation on arrival to Adelaide

    Further details - Refer to MyUni
    e-submission of assignment (pre-placement activity, Reflective Portfolio and oral presentations)
    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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