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Post Graduate Diploma In Special Care Dentistry inviting applications

Special Care Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry

The Dublin Dental University Hospital is currently inviting applications for its Post Graduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry: Course Code 963

The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry is to provide accessible, quality training in the principles and clinical practice of Special Care Dentistry.  It has been designed to meet the growing need for suitable training for dentists in the frontline service setting, following changes in the demographics of disability, the delivery of dental services and the needs of postgraduate students.

The Postgraduate Diploma provides education and training in evidence based clinical Special Care Dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary care effectively, safely and independently to this patient group. In addition, it aims to deliver a comprehensive education in the theoretical principles of Special Care Dentistry. Candidates for the course must attend a total of 21 didactic days and 40 clinical sessions, as well as a short induction. The course leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry) which has been recognized by the Dental Council or Ireland as a registerable qualification.

The curriculum is designed to enable postgraduate students, including dental practitioners who work in general dental practice as well as community and hospital dental services, to achieve the intended learning outcomes of the course. The course consists of seven core (compulsory) modules as follows:

1.  Biological sciences of relevance to Special Care Dentistry (10 ECTS)
2.  Concepts of health, impairment functioning and disability (5 ECTS)
3.  Concepts of oral health, impairment and disability (10 ECTS)
4.  Clinical Special Care Dentistry (15 ECTS)
5.  Oral health care planning and oral health promotion for individuals and groups (10 ECTS)
6.  Professional Literature Appraisal (5 ECTS)
7.  Legislation, Ethics and Clinical Governance (5 ECTS)

In addition to the course of study and examinations, a student must present an essay-based project on barriers to care, and a related presentation, a professional literature review of a topic related to special care dentistry, achieve clinical competencies and submit a project on health delivery models. A student must also submit a portfolio based on a reflective logbook of all cases seen as part of the course as well as selected cases from their own independent practice demonstrating application of knowledge and practical skills obtained through this course. Satisfactory attendance at all aspects of the course is compulsory. A Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry is awarded on passing all components of the course.The Diploma will be unclassified but a Distinction will be awarded if a combined mark of at least 70% is obtained across all modules.

Entry Requirements
Practitioners must hold a Bachelors Degree in Dental Science or its equivalent of at least two years, registerable with the Dental Council of Ireland. Students have a responsibility to have valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from certified bodies prior to commencement of the course. Furthermore, students must possess their own professional indemnity insurance and present evidence of satisfactory seroconversion against Hepatitis B virus and a recent negative hepatitis C antibody test. Applicants will also be required to undergo Vetting by an Garda Siochana.

The programme is held over 18 months on a part-time basis and leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry). The course will be delivered in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and affiliated centres.

Closing Date: 30th June 2011 for September 2011 entry

Tuition fees: (2011/2012) EU residents €10,000 /  Non EU residents €20,000. An additional bench fee of €2,000 applies to all students.

Location: Dublin Dental University Hospital and affiliated centres.

Contact: Dr Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig, Ussher Lecturer in Public Dental Health ( Disability Studies ), Dublin Dental University Hospital. 

Tel + 353-1-612 7337


Internet http://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/courses/taught/coursepg.php?course_id=214

Course Staff
The Course Director is Professor June Nunn.  The Course Co-ordinator is Dr Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig.

Application procedure
Closing date for entry to the course starting Sept 2011 is 30 June 2011.  Shortlisting will take place early in July and interview in the last two weeks of July.  Applications must be made on line through www.pac.ie/tcd

PAC Code: TRU84