This programme is designed to offer graduates in dental surgery a background in the application of the basic sciences to the art and practice of clinical dentistry. The Diploma also provides preparation for the Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF).
The programme is divided into four parts; the first three parts cover the programme syllabus through lectures, seminars and clinics. The fourth part is dedicated to training you in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Structured Clinical Reasoning (SCR) tests at a newly equipped Medical Skills for Dentistry laboratory.
You will observe current practice of dentistry via clinics in: Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Paediatrics, Sedation and General Anaesthesia. You will also have the opportunity to practice taking radiographs using phantom heads.
You will prepare and develop a Professional Development Portfolio for a log of requirements needed for Continuous Professional Development. The Portfolio allows you to gather evidence on lectures, tutorials, clinics, self study and self reflection sessions. Your communication and
presentation skills are developed and honed through weekly journal clubs, clinical cases, clinical audits and presentations on dental and clinical governance topics.
You will be assessed through multiple-choice (single best answer) papers and extended matched question papers throughout the programme. There will also be an OSCE exam and a SCR exam. To be awarded the Diploma you must also show satisfactory completion of the Portfolio.