Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery

Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery


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Applications HAVE NOW CLOSED for Cohort 5 of Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery.

From Cohort 6 onwards this course will be changing from the Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery to the Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery.

Cohort 6 is a top up for exisiting CMOS holders ONLY.

Application

Course Outline

ELIGIBILTY
This cohort is exclusive to holders of the Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery.

PLACES
Places are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.

VENUE
Royal College of Surgeons of England and Central London locations.

PRICES

Members

£9,000

Non-Members

£9,400

START DATE
4th November 2016

COURSE LENGTH
 1 year

For further details please email  fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk quoting DPCOS C6 in the subject box.

Applications for Cohort 7 of the Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery open this Summer. To register your interest please email fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk quoting DPCOS C7 in the subject box.

 

 

Why choose this course?

Research would suggest the level of undergraduate experience of core clinical skills in Oral surgery could be enhanced. In particular, competence in surgical extractions may be difficult to achieve for a variety of reasons but mainly due to lack of undergraduate exposure. 1

A national survey in oral surgery undergraduate teaching and experience in the UK 2, gives some insight into the levels of undergraduate experience in exodontia and surgical extractions. 13 out of 15 UK and Ireland dental schools returned a completed questionnaire. The results showed that on average 51 extractions were completed over 3 clinical years with a 1:5 staff /student supervision ratio. However, for the 9 schools with data on surgical extractions, the average number of surgical extractions was 6.

This would appear to be very limited and certainly the confidence that one gains from experience is thus a postgraduate objective.

However, many graduates do not feel that they have sufficient practical experience in minor surgical procedures to complete them in practice.

Surgical extraction of teeth has been identified as one of the areas that vocational dental practitioners and their trainers feel least prepared for by their undergraduate training.3

The resultant effect is that often minor oral surgery cases are referred to secondary care facilities thus draining valuable recourses that perhaps could have been treated in the primary care sector.

1Durham JA, Moore UJ, Corbett IP, Thompson PJ. Assessing competency in dentoalveolar surgery: a 3-year study of cumulative experience in the undergraduate curriculum. Eur J Dent Educ 2007:11:200-207.

2Macluskey M, Durham J. Oral surgery undergraduate teaching and experience in the United Kingdom: a national survey.Eur J Dent Educ 13(2009) 52-57

3Patel J, Fox K, Grieveson B,Youngson CC. Undergraduate training as preparation for vocational training in England: a survey of vocational dental practitioners’ and their trainers’ views.Br Dent J 2006: 201 (Suppl.): 9-15

The Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery, run by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), provides the clinician with the opportunity to complete multiple ‘hands-on’ oral surgery cases supervised by a specialist oral surgeon within a primary care setting or specialist minor oral surgery clinic.

The certificate gives participants the confidence to deal with oral surgery cases at a primary level; with prominent consultants and lecturers at the helm, the year-long course guides the general dental practitioner through the fundamentals of minor oral surgery in a primary care environment. It combines practical sessions on cadaveric and animal tissue, with didactic teaching sessions using a variety of methods. Participants are also paired with a clinical supervisor to treat patients for minor oral surgery procedures.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk.


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Course syllabus

The syllabus is a modern approach to all of the relevant subjects including;

  • Contemporary diagnostic  techniques

  • Treatment planning

  • Management of medically compromised patients

  • Flap design and suturing techniques

  • Surgical principles and techniques for all routine dento-alveolar procedures including surgical endodontics

  • Minor soft tissue surgery

  • Bone preservation and pre-prosthetic/implant surgery

  • Management of cranio-facial pain

  • Medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

  • Asepsis and cross infection control complying with recent guidelines

  • Management of intra/post-operative complications

  • Record keeping and consent

  • Risk assessment

  • Consent

Emphasis will be placed on minimally invasive surgical techniques to preserve hard and soft tissue for patients considering prosthetic/implant treatment and to reduce post-operative morbidity and complications.

The most interesting and relevant Basic Sciences will be incorporated into your learning experience;

Physiology and Anatomy will be taught in state of the art facilities;

Surgical demonstrations, dissection and practicals on fresh frozen cadavers have been arranged.

Pharmacology will include the management the anxious patient, pain and infection control and common drug interactions.

Pathology relevant to the general dental practitioner and the awareness of oral mucosal changes and diagnosis of cancer will be emphasised.

The clinical and radiographic differential diagnosis of pathological processes will be discussed along with advice on appropriate use of diagnostic equipment including cone beam scanning.

Communication with patients and recognition of appropriate cases to refer is imperative.

Each candidate will also be given an opportunity to develop research skills and critical analysis of a recent research article and present this using a Microsoft power point presentation.

Completion of the course, in brief, will be recognised with a logbook of oral surgery cases, 5 detailed presentation cases, a series of assignments, and a final oral examination.

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 Application criteria

 Are you a Suitable applicant?

  • Do you feel confident in assessing and completing routine oral surgery procedures in today's litigation conscious environment?

  • Have you completed Foundation training and even core training and still would like to improve your oral surgery skills?

  • Are you a Primary Care Practitioner and want to add a new dimension to your practice profile?

  • Do you want to treat many of your routine oral surgery patients ‘in-house’ rather than referring them?

  • If you are coming to study from abroad, do you feel confident in your proficiency in the English language at a level suitable for a postgraduate medical subject as delineated here: http://www.uefap.com/assess/ielts/ielts.htm?

  • Would you like to improve your skills in oral surgery to progress your career potentially towards specialist training?

With the FGDP (UK)’s Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery, enjoy learning and improving your skills with specialist oral surgeons in a typical specialist surgery.

It may also be of use to those who plan on following up the Certificate with one of our Diploma-level courses.

Be confident the care you offer patients will be safe and predictable.


If this has sparked your interest, please click here for a prospectus.


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 Quotes and recommendations

  • “Judith's experience was inspirational.”

  • "Excellent no nonsense, practical speakers."

  • “Dissection of human specimen very valuable; excellent anatomy sessions.”

  • “Very good lecturers - useful information/ideas which I can take back to practice.”

  • “The tutors are particularly good - clear, firm, instructive, but clearly very helpful and good teaching styles.”

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 Lecturers and Course Tutors

 Mr Richard Moore – Course Lead

MFDSRCS(Eng), MFGDP(Eng), FRSPH, AIFL, MFDCRCPS(Glasg) MAcadMed

Richard qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2002, since then he has worked exclusively in oral surgery. He is actively involved in education and has designed and taught post graduate courses in oral surgery across the U.K. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings within oral surgery both in the UK and North America. Richard has previously held academic posts at Kings College London and The University of Warwick Medical School. As well as directing courses at the RCS he is the Specialty Lead for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Hospitals. He is currently studying for his Masters in Medical Education.

Mrs Judith Stocker – Deputy Course Lead

FDSRCS(Eng), FRCS, FRCS(OMFS), Cert Clin Ed

Judith completed her dental degree at the University of Bristol before embarking on her training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. She completed her medical degree at the University of Leeds, before undertaking her specialist training in the north east of England. She has a long held interest in education, completing her Certificate in Clinical Education whilst still a specialist registrar. She is an educational supervisor at the University of Warwick, and is a consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwick.

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Important course information

Prospectus

Please click here for our most up-to-date prospectus.


Applications

Applications HAVE NOW CLOSED for Cohort 5 of Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery.

To register an interest in the next cohort of Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery, please contact fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk.

Applications for Cohort 6 will open Mid 2016.

 


 

Confirmed Dates

To download the confirmed dates for Cohort 5, please click here.

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Frequently asked questions


‘How many sessions or units are there?’

Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery takes place over 6 Units at the Royal College of Surgeons here in London. Each Unit is spread over a Friday and a Saturday; for the confirmed dates for Cohort 5, please click here.

Contact learning:

  • There are 12 days of contact learning including seminars, lectures and practicals on cadavers and animal tissue.

  • The collateral approach of teaching surgical techniques on various mediums, and subsequently practicing them within a mentoring clinical environment, will allow candidates to develop and refine natural manual dexterity in the management of soft and hard tissue.

All current guidelines and protocols will be considered. Evidence based practice substantiated by current reading lists and texts will be recommended.

The collateral approach of teaching surgical techniques on various mediums, and subsequently practicing them within a mentoring clinical environment, will allow candidates to develop and refine natural manual dexterity in the management of soft and hard tissue.

Clinical attachments:

  • Participants complete an attachment of 12 days at their tutor's practice.

  • During this attachment participants will observe their tutor completing cases including removal of teeth, fractured teeth, wisdom teeth, apicectomies and soft tissue lesions.

  • Participants will also be supervised by their tutor completing cases including surgical removal of roots/ teeth cases and soft tissue lesions /biopsies cases.

  • Having completed their clinical attachment, participants will be expected to complete cases at their own practice.

  • Participants will log all cases in an elogbook log, which will be regularly reviewed by their tutor.

  • Having completed cases at their own practice, participants will present 5 cases at a VIVA exam.


'When is the deadline for applications?’

 

Applications HAVE NOW CLOSED for Cohort 5 of Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery.

To register an interest in the next cohort of Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery, please contact fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk.

Applications for Cohort 6 will open in Mid 2016.

 

 

 


‘What are the current costings for the course?’

 

 

The fees for the course are as follows:

  • For FGDP (UK) Member - £8,850

  • Non-members - £9,200

The fee does not include the cost of personal travel or accommodation.

For information about FGDP (UK) Membership, please click here.

 

 


 ‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’

 

 

At present, we do not offer Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery as a distance learning course; this part-time course of six units must be attended in person at the Royal College of Surgeons, here in London.


‘I am an international student; can I apply for Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery?’

At present, for a candidate to be eligible for the course, they have to have full registration for with the General Dental Council (GDC), here in the UK.

In order to complete the course it is mandatory to attend all modules, any participant applying from abroad should take the extra monetary and time investment in to account before signing on to the course.

Unfortunately, the Certificate does not meet the GDC’s requirements for temporary registration; however, we are happy to answer any questions surrounding the admission of international students on to any of our courses, please see the contact details below.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk

 


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