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Trinity College Dublin

Dental Surgery

Clinical Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.)

It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge.  Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year.  The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination.

The first year of the programme is designed to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality.  A background in relevant sciences is also provided through the Advanced Dental Science Course, which is common to all strands of the DChDent programme.

The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management.

The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Applicants will be considered only if they have held a primary dental qualification for at least two years. The MFD/MFDS or equivalent is desirable, and mandatory for some courses.   Normally, up to 12 months should have been spent working in hospital practice.  Good communication skills in English are essential.  Minimum requirements are an IELTS (academic version) score of 7 (with no individual band below 7) or TOEFL score of 230 computer based, 570 paper based, 88 internet based.

The fee for the course is currently €21,000 per year for EU students and €42,000 per year for non-EU students (September 2010).   We advertise in September each year.  Applications to be made online 1st October – 31st October each year.  Applications for all taught postgradute courses must be made online through www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply.  Information on this is available from Trinity College Dublin’s Graduate Studies website: http://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/howtoapply/apply/index.php.  For further information please contact Agnes Hagan, Postgraduate Administrator email address agnes.hagan@dental.tcd.ie 

Below is a brief description of each strand:-

1.    Orthodontics – Course Director Dr. Therese Garvey

The aim of the course is to educate dentists to become specialists in orthodontics with a broad academic background and sufficient clinical experience.  MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course. The course follows the guidelines developed by the University of Dublin (TCD), School of Dental Science, in conjunction with Advisory Committee (AC) in Orthodontics of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry.

2.    Oral Surgery – Course Director Professor Leo Stassen

MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course.  Experience in a hospital setting and in oral surgery is advisable.  Publications in peer review journals are an advantage.  The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of Oral Surgery (dentoalveolar surgery, implants, intra-oral soft tissue surgery and bone grafting).  There are strong links with oral medicine, oral pathology and other dental specialties, especially periodontology, prosthodontics and special needs.  There is a very strong component of Conscious Dental Sedation and students undertake the ACLS Course. Oral Surgery is a recognised Dental Speciality in Ireland.   There are strict criteria for entry on the Oral Surgery Specialist Register in Ireland and advice on this is available on the Dental Council website.

3.    Paediatric Dentistry – Course Director Dr. Anne O’Connell

The Paediatric Dentistry Training Programme prepares the student both didactically and clinically to manage the child patient (0-16 years) at specialist level in a variety of settings (clinic, hospital, private practice).  Clinical experience is provided under consultant supervision in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and in two Paediatric Hospitals.  The volume and variety of patients includes healthy children, children with traumatic injuries, children with challenging behaviour, medically compromised children, children with dental anomalies/ syndromes etc. Treatment is provided under local anaesthesia, relative analgesia or general anaesthesia.  Interdisciplinary care is co-ordinated with the other specialty programmes. The programme has six modules.  In addition, the student is required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings.  Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged.

4.    Prosthodontics – Course Director Professor Brian O’Connell

This programme prepares the student for the clinical practice of prosthodontics at specialist level and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme.  Students will thoroughly explore the prosthodontic literature and become competent in the clinical/laboratory aspects of fixed and removable prosthodontics, including dental implantology. Students will learn how to diagnose, plan and execute high quality prosthodontic treatment for a range of patients. They will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art materials and equipment, including CAD-CAM restorations, computer-aided implant placement and fully adjustable articulators. The course explores the use of high strength ceramics and high-aesthetic situations. The Prosthodontic programme works closely with periodontics, especially in treatment planning for implant patients. In addition, students attend multidisciplinary clinics for the treatment of dental trauma, developmental disorders (including hypodontia) and cancer surgery defects.

5.    Periodontology – Course Director Professor Noel Claffey

Students will be instructed in clinical periodontics with emphasis on the scientific basis for treatment.  There is a heavy emphasis on evaluation of the contemporary literature.  Elements of the surgical management of implant patients will also be included. The programme was visited for accreditation purposes by the European Federation of Periodontology in 2007.

6.    Special Care Dentistry – Course Director Professor June Nunn

The seven modules in the course in Special Care Dentistry cover: general and oral/dental aspects of impairment, planning of dental services, preventive and health promotion activities, inter-professional working, legislation and ethics, use of behaviour management strategies such as sedation and general anaesthesia, audit and research. Part of the programme will incorporate some of the modules from the Developmental Disabilities Graduate Diploma Course in University College Dublin. There will also be clinical attachments with outside hospitals and units, alongside hands-on training in the Dublin Dental University Hospital.