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Master of Dental Surgery in Paediatric Dentistry

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The major emphasis of the programme is to train the student to be a clinically competent paediatric dentist, and hence the programme of clinical, laboratory, and didactic coursework is designed with this goal in mind. On completion of the course, the candidate will have completed 3 years of formal training that is recognised as part of the requirements for specialisation in Paediatric Dentistry in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the research project and thesis will prepare the candidate in scientific methodology so as to be equipped to critically analyse the literature and pursue a course of independent research, and to eventually become established in a field of research. This second emphasis should prepare the candidate for an academic career, if so desired. In addition, it also strengthens the candidate's credentials as a clinician. Course Syllabus: The syllabus includes: Basic science related to dentistry (including medical statistics and epidemiology, and scientific background of medicine and dentistry), methodology in dental and oral research, acid-etch composite restorations, advances in restorative dentistry, behaviour management of patients, cast-bonded retainers, clinical uses of fluorides, conscious sedation, craniofacial disorders, dentistry for the disabled child, dentistry for the medically compromised child, emotional and behavioural disorders of children and adolescents, hospital dentistry, management of cleft lip and palate patients, management of trauma, medical emergencies, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oral pathology of the soft tissues and jaws, oral surgical procedures for children, pathogenesis and prevention of dental caries, pharmacological management of patient behaviour, pit and fissure sealants, principles and practice of preventive dentistry, pulp therapy for the primary and young permanent teeth, and stainless steel crowns, management of hypodontia, and principles of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning (including development of the occlusion, growth and development of the craniofacial complex, and guidance of eruption and interceptive orthodontics). The student will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning modes. The student is required to prepare cavity preparations on manikins and other assigned work in order to acquire technical skills. A research project is to be planned, conducted, and then presented as a written thesis. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at an international conference and to prepare the work for publication in a journal. Mode of Attendance: FT (3 years)

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