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DClinDent in Oral Surgery

Become a registered oral surgeon in New Zealand and Australia

Start your application on the DClinDent regulations page

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery specialists practise in the branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and surgical management of conditions affecting the oral and dentoalveolar tissues’.

Specialist oral surgery is undertaken by a dental practitioner who possesses additional postgraduate qualifications and experience recognised by the Dental Council as appropriate for registration.

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DClinDent in Oral Surgery

Duration 3 years full-time
Campus Dunedin

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What skills will you develop / learn?

The course combines clinical, didactic and research training, and experience in the specialty. It provides a learning platform to prepare the student for advanced level practise in the domain of Oral Surgery in the field of Dentistry.

The primary focus of the course is to prepare the Candidate to independently assess, plan and provide Oral Surgical care to individuals and the community.

The course will provide a learning framework that will help candidates to advance their academic and clinical skills in Oral Surgery to a level consistent with specialist level practice, subject to accreditation by the appropriate registration authorities.

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Programme goals

  • Provide in-depth education and clinical experience in oral surgery and related areas of dentistry
  • Provide candidates with a background in clinical disciplines relevant to oral surgery particularly oral pathology, oral medicine, oral radiology and oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Provide appropriate education in areas of general medicine and surgery that will complement the practice of Oral Surgery
  • Allow candidates to undertake in-depth studies of topics of relevance to oral surgery
  • Provide candidates with education pertaining to research methodology
  • Enable candidates to critically review scientific literature
  • Enable candidates to become proficient in scientific writing and promote contribution to scientific literature
  • Develop and foster the desire towards life-long learning and professionalism

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Course content: Year 1

CLDN 910 Clinical Research

Assessment:

  • Research protocol, including literature review (100%)

CLDN 920 Clinical Practice

Assessment:

  • Assignments (2) (15%)
  • Clinical case presentration / oral (20%)
  • Clinical practice (25%)
  • Written examination (40%)

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Course content: Year 2

CLDN 9F Thesis Research, Clinical Research and Clinical Practice

Assessment:

  • Clinical practice (includes ACPs and PASAF)
  • Case presentation and clinical oral (10-minute presentation, 5 minutes of questions), and oral examination (30 minutes)
  • Written examination (3 hours)

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Course content: Year 3

CLDN 9F Thesis

Assessment:

  • Thesis
  • Clinical log book and oral examination (30 minutes)

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the programme, you should fulfil criteria for study at the University of Otago as listed in the current University Calendar. You should hold a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the University and it is an advantage but not compulsory, if you are able to hold an annual practicing certificate with the Dental Council of New Zealand.

It is preferable that applicants will have passed the primary examination from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or equivalent. Evidence of this from the relevant College should be included in your application.

You should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in Oral Surgery. You are most likely to have worked at some point in time, for a hospital-based dental department or at a dental practice with an interest in providing oral surgery care to patients.

You should be at a minimum two years post-graduation of your primary dental qualification.

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How to apply

Start your application on the DClinDent regulations page

Applications close on 31 May of the year prior to enrolment.