Training for the qualification is provided by IAS Academy through its Advanced Orthodontics course. The comprehensive syllabus covers assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, as well as provision using the complete range of orthodontic appliance systems (including but not limited to fixed functional, aligners, Inman and removable). Students also gain an understanding of the science of orthodontics, as well as the evidence and research underpinning care, and the course trains dentists how to treat more complex malocclusions including extraction cases.
Education is delivered both on-campus and online in five 3-4 day blocks over 14 months, and includes both hands-on and theoretical study, as well as one-to-one mentoring for 20 treated cases, in preparation for the diploma examination.
Prof Nairn Wilson CBE, Chair of the College of General Dentistry, said:
“We are excited to be launching our new qualification. With its impressive breadth, scope and depth, the IAS Academy’s advanced course is perfectly aligned to training in preparation for the DipPCOrth. The involvement of IAS gives us confidence that those who take the examinations will be well prepared and set for professional success.”
The College of General Dentistry has been established as the first independent college for primary care dentistry in the UK. It aims to build on the achievements of the FGDP(UK) in setting standards for general dental care and delivering outstanding postgraduate dental education, and the organisations are also developing a Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Practice, which will be awarded by the new College and also serve as a qualification for membership.