DENT 2006EX - International Dental and Oral Health Study Tour

External - Quadmester 4 - 2019

This course consists of a two-week international dental/oral health placement, introducing Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students to international culture and society. Students will be placed in a variety of settings including a major dental hospital, private dental practice and participate in community outreach activities. Students will gain a global perspective on dental and oral health issues. The international dental/oral health placement experience will further develop cultural awareness and basic language skills. The placement is available to second and fourth year students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery OR second or third year students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 2006EX
    Course International Dental and Oral Health Study Tour
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Quadmester 4
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s External
    Contact Up to 23.5 hours structured learning activities per week for the two-week clinical placement. Up to 20 hours for independent immersion experiences. Additional pre-departure and post-arrival learning activities contact hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Year 2 BDS: DENT 1005A/BHO & DENT 1000HO. Year 4 BDS: 1005AHO/BHO & DENT 1000HO, DENT 2005A/BHO & DENT 2000HO, DENT 3005A/BHO & DENT 3000HO
    Corequisites Year 2 BDS: DENT 2005AHO/BHO & DENT 2000 HO. Year 4 BDS: DENT 4004HO/BHO & DENT 4000HO
    Restrictions Bachelor of Dental Surgery students who have successfully completed DENT 1000 OR Bachelor of Oral Health Students who have successfully completed ORALHLTH 1200HO and ORALHLTH 2200HO
    Course Description This course consists of a two-week international dental/oral health placement, introducing Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students to international culture and society. Students will be placed in a variety of settings including a major dental hospital, private dental practice and participate in community outreach activities. Students will gain a global perspective on dental and oral health issues. The international dental/oral health placement experience will further develop cultural awareness and basic language skills. The placement is available to second and fourth year students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery OR second or third year students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Dimitra Lekkas

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    Course Timetable

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

    The full timetable will be made available in MyUni at the start of the semester.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    Practice in a culturally safe and sensitive manner

    Identify and reflect on the cultural and social context of the practice of dentistry in an international context

    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

    Demonstrate effective teamwork skills in an international context

    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills in an international context

    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)
    1, 2, 3
    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
    3, 5
    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
    3, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 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.
    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. 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.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course involves a two-week study abroad clinical placement experience including pre-departure and post-placement activities.

    There will be several pre-departure preparation activities involving a pre-departure information session and a pre-departure assignment. These learning activities will assist students to learn about the context of the forthcoming international experience. Students will review the literature to explore overseas dental health care systems. Students will explore international culture and social history in these sessions and develop skills in cultural awareness. Group discussions will be led by University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Global Learning who have links with the placement providers in country.

    The two-week study abroad experience will include visiting a major dental hospital and a private dental practice. During these visits students will be able to participate in clinical observations alongside dental practitioners/specialists. Students will also participate in a dental community outreach program and local primary school visit/s and review patient information, provide a basic screening examination, oral hygiene instruction and preventative dental care ie, topical fluoride application under supervision of local dentists. Time spent at dental hospitals, private practitioners and community outreach program will provide students with an overview of contemporary oral health issues being faced in foreign countries. Students will have the opportunity to engage in seminars hosted by local dental staff/practitioners and also be involved with a variety of cultural activities. Students will have clinical placement induction and language lessons on arrival.

    Independent travel time will allow students to experience local life during their placement and gain further insights into the culture and social history of the country of their placement.

    Students will reflect on their study abroad clinical learning and cultural immersion experiences via a Reflective Portfolio and share their experiences to their peers and staff.

    Workload

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

    Structured Learning - 53.5 hours

    Pre-briefing class meeting/lecture 2 x 2 hours
    Clinical induction and cultural workshop 1 x 2.5 hours
    Clinical experience in o/seas hospital 4 x 6 hours
    Community Outreach Program (REACH) 1 x 4 hours
    REACH Program treatment follow up 1 x 6 hours
    Observation (private practice) 1 x 2 hours
    Primary school outreach program 1 x 6 hours
    Oral presentation - host country 1 x 2 hours
    Debrief session and oral presentation (Adelaide) 1 x 3 hours

    Non-Contact Study/Preparation (In Semester) - 24.5 hours

    Reading for pre-placement class meetings and assignment 1 x 4 hours
    Preparation of pre-placement assignment 1 x 4 hours
    Reflective portfolio preparation and writing 11 x 2 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    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 academic performance and 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. In addition, the pre-departure class meetings will be conducted in groups. Students will work with a local supervising practitioners.
  • 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

    (Formative and/or Summative)

    Percentage of total assessment weighting for grading purposes

    (Summative Tasks must add up to 100%)

    Hurdle Requirement

    (Yes or No)

    Learning Outcomes being assessed / achieved

    Pre-placement activity

    2000-word assignment

    Summative

    15%

    Y

    2

    Professional experience assessment task 1: Clinical practice observations and community outreach programs

    Formative and Summative

    50%

     

    N

    1,2,3,4,5

    Professional experience assessment task 2:

    Reflective portfolio and Oral presentation

    Summative

    35%

    Y

    2,3,6

    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

    PRE-EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT TASKS (15%)

    Students would be required to assess and understand social and cultural context of case studies provided. This activity will be conducted in small groups with the aim of optimising the off-shore experience by having worked on some issues beforehand.

    Objective: to prepare for the study tour/off-shore experience

    1.  By undertaking research to gain an understanding of social and cultural context of the country/place that students will visit

    2.  By undertaking research to gain an understanding of social and cultural context of upcoming study tour in relation to oral
         health care experience in foreign countries.

    1400 word written assignment

    Part 1: What will I see?: Overseas country/place

    Prepare a 500 word overview of what you expect to see and experience when you visit the overseas country of your placement? For example: consider the country’s history; language, culture, religion, economy, geography, customs and expectations of your hosts.

    Current Key References

    http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/

    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/

    Part 2: What will I experience?: Overseas Oral health care

    Part 2a. Reflect on your own dental professional culture in relation to what you think good oral health looks like; what you think good oral hygiene practices involve and what you value about patients. (300 words)

    Part 2b. Consider what individual patients think good oral health looks like; what they think good oral hygiene practices involve and what they value about dental practitioners. (300 words)

    Part 2c. What oral health needs do you expect your patients will present with in the dental hospital, primary school and private practice settings? Comment on the oral health status of the population; the dental health system; population based oral health care programmes (urban, rural) (300 words)

    Key References

    Nguyen et al (2010) Oral health status of adults in Southern Vietnam - a cross-sectional epidemiological study. BMC Oral Health BMC DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-10-2

    Dao et al (2015) Oral Health Problems among Adult Patients at Commune Health Centres in Central Vietnam: Prevalence and Care Seeking Behaviour. Book chapter Volume 46 IFMBE Proceedings pp 142-146, 5th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering in Vietnam

    Jürgensen, Petersen (2013), Promoting oral health of children through schools–Results from a WHO global survey 2012. Community Dent Health, 2013 - 195.178.227.58

    Uetani M, Jimba M, Kaku T, Ota K, Wakai S (2006) Oral health status of vulnerable groups in a village of the Central Highlands, southern Vietnam. Journal of Dental Hygiene.

    Formating: Typed; 1.5 spacing; Arial font size 11; include page numbers.

    Due date: TBA. Submission via MyUni/Canvas

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT TASKS

    Task 1 (50%)

    Clinical practice observations and community outreach programs

    Students will participate in all rostered hospital, private practice and community outreach activities. Students will be expected to self-monitor their performance during each session.

    Task 2 (35%)

    Reflective Portfolio (25%)

    Students will be required to write a Reflective commentary: 1700 word and answering the following questions:

    1.  What were the three most important cultural and social experiences you gained from the study tour experience?  Include why you selected these three experiences in particular (500 words).

    2.  What were 3 key challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? (500 words)

    3.  How have you adapted your approach to patient care following your overseas experience? Discuss 2-3 changes you made to your patient interactions related to e.g., obtaining patient information (histories; values/expectations/needs); patient education; discussing treatment options; gaining consent; providing treatment; providing follow-up information. (500 words)

    4.  Identify future overseas volunteer opportunities in the country that you visited and what contributions to these visits would you intend to participate in light of your recent overseas experience. (200 words)

    You may include images/photos of your experiences

    Due date: TBA.  Submission via MyUni/Canvas

    Group PowerPoint Oral presentation (10%)

    Students will use summaries of their experiences from their Reflective Portfolio to prepare their group oral presentation. In groups of 4-5, students will prepare a 5 minute narrated PowerPoint presentation or a video presentation. The presentation needs to cover a summary of the groups

    - key learning experiences related to the social and cultural context of the practice of dentistry in a foreign country

    - and why other dental students should consider participating in this international clinical placement in future.

    Due date: 3 weeks after returning to Adelaide (Date TBA). Submission via MyUni/Canvas.

    Submission

    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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