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DENT5201: Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology 1

Principles of effective diagnostic procedure are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed on history taking and examination; application and interpretation of special investigations; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; clinical records and quality of care evaluation; and the development of effective communication skills in interdisciplinary clinical practice. Principles and practice of pharmacology. Topics include; processes of inflammation and repair, hamartomas, oral dermatoses, neoplasia, orofacial infections, salivary gland diseases, neurological disorders and pain syndromes. Oral conditions of systemic significance include manifestations of: haematological and other malignancies and their treatment, immunosuppression (e.g. HIV), autoimmune diseases, psychogenic disorders with orofacial features. Review of relevant histopathology cases . Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems. Principles and practice of diagnostic dental and maxillofacial radiology are reinforced, with direct practical experience with a focus on extra-oral techniques. Discussions on diagnostic/interpretive imaging, including plain film radiography, sialography, angiography, CT and MRI.

Code DENT5201
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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DENT6000 and [(DENT6210 and DENT6211) or (DENT5200 andDENT5202)]
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the pathobiology and natural history of oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO2. Demonstrate a good understanding of the correlations between clinical and pathological features of oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO3. Demonstrate a good understanding of general histopathology and the specialised disciplines of cytopathology and immunopathology and their clinical applications to oro-facial diseases, at the level of a first year trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a developing knowledge and systematic approach for diagnostic procedures, treatment planning and management of oro-facial diseases, at the level of an early trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.
  • LO5. Demonstrate a developing understanding of medically compromised patients and appropriate dental management, at the level of an early trainee in Oral Surgery and Surgical Dentistry.

Unit outlines

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