This unit of study provides students with learning and experience in dental management of the medically complex patient, which is integral to the practice of Special Needs Dentistry. This Unit of Study explores the principles of internal and general medicine with a specific focus on the oral and dental manifestations of systemic disease and implications of these on dental management. An understanding of medicine as it relates to the practice of clinical Special Needs Dentistry is acquired via didactic teaching and by clinical rotation through various medical specialty clinics including: Head and Neck Radiation Oncology, Haematology (with emphasis on the care of patients undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplants), Developmental Disability, Brain Injury and Geriatric Medicine. Candidates also attend the Medical Grand Rounds at Westmead Hospital.
At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:
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