MASTER OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY PROGRAM
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  • 1. UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA PUSAT PENGAJIAN SAINS PERGIGIAN SCHOOL OF DENTAL SCIENCES MASTER OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY PROGRAM
  • 2. UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA Master of Restorative Dentistry (Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics) 1. INTRODUCTION The Master of Restorative Dentistry is a new specialty program, which will be offered by the School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. This program comprises of specialty in the field of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. 2. BACKGROUND The Master of Restorative Dentistry in the specialty of Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics is established to train dental graduates to become restorative specialists. Up to the year 2005, there are only three restorative specialists in the Ministry of Health. Therefore, the establishment of the programme by the School of Dental Sciences, USM could help in fulfilling the country’s needs to increase the number of specialists to accommodate for the increase in population and standard of oral health care. Other than that, as knowledge of dentistry and technology of dental materials advances, more graduates become interested to further their study to update their knowledge and skills. Up to date, the University of Malaya is the only university in our country offering dental graduates to pursue their study in the specialty of Restorative Dentistry. As a result, the need for a similar program established by the School of Dental Sciences is recommended to increase the number of restorative specialists in our country. 3. MARKET SURVEY The Master of Restorative Dentistry program has been initiated upon request by the Oral Health Division, Ministry of Health to increase the number of restorative specialists in the country. Some requests were received from international students. 4. GENERAL OBJECTIVES The Master of Restorative Dentistry (Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics) degree has several objectives. The degree is designed to provide the candidates with the following: i) Opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in a specialized area of restorative dentistry, 2
  • 3. ii) Educational component required for the specialist training, and iii) Knowledge and skills in research methodology, critical evaluation of data and originality in thought and research design. 5. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES On completion of the Master of Restorative Dentistry course, the candidates should be able to: 1) Acquire advanced knowledge and greater understanding of dentistry applicable to the field of restorative dentistry. 2) Demonstrate special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the field of restorative dentistry. 3) Demonstrate highly developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterized by flexibility and multidisciplinary of approach. 4) Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the field of restorative dentistry. 5) Evaluate and synthesize the research and professional literature in the discipline. 6) Prepare individuals for a career in the field of restorative dentistry. 7) Maintain self- development by continuing education and knowledge updating. 6. PROGRAM OF STUDY The Master of Restorative Dentistry program is a CLINICAL COURSEWORK program in which the research component comprises about thirty (30) percent of the whole program of the study. 7. DURATION OF STUDY The minimum duration of study is four (4) years while the maximum is seven (7) years. However, each case is judged on a case-by-case basis on appeal from exemption from the FRACDS (Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons) Primary Examination. 3
  • 4. 8. STUDY FEE The fee for the Master of Restorative Dentistry ((Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics) program is RM 26,000 per year. 9. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Qualifications for admission The candidate should: a) Have a bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (BDS, DDS or an equivalent degree). b) Have at least three years post-registration experience in dentistry, either in the Ministry of Health (MOH) or other institutions recognized by the University’s Senate. c) Obtain at least a credit in Bahasa Malaysia in SPM (for Malaysian citizens) or equivalent examination. d) Pass the assessment for admission, which has been decided by the School and Ministry of Health. e) Have good physical and mental health. 10. ADMISSION APPLICATION Application forms can be obtained from the Institute of Graduate Studies by attaching one envelope (measuring 28cm × 40cm) and RM 1.20 stamp. Please write “Postgraduate Studies Application” and “Master of Restorative Dentistry” on the top left of the envelope. The candidates also need to enclose a Money Order or Postal Order of RM 10.00 under the name of Universiti Sains Malaysia and send it to: Dean, Institute of Graduate Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Minden, Penang Every application must be attached with academic qualifications and certified clinical experience and 2 passport photographs. All applicants must be certified by the School board and the final decision will be made by the University Senate. Any queries pertaining to the contents of program, program structure and others, can be directed to the School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, 16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan. 4
  • 5. 11. PROGRAM STRUCTURE This program shall consist of three phases: Phase I, II and III. 11.1 Phase1 is the first year of the Master of Restorative Dentistry program. It comprises of instructions in Basic Medical and Dental Science subjects such as Pathology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Histology over a period of six (6) months The candidates have to sit for their primary examination (equivalent to primary FRACDS) at the end of semester I Year 1. The final six (6) months of Year 1 comprises of operative techniques in the skill laboratory and clinical training in General Dental Practice (GDP) as well as introducing the students to research methodology and biostatistics. 11.2 Phase II is the second year of the Master of Restorative program. It comprises of a research component in the specialty option chosen by the students. There are also clinical practices in conservative, prosthetics and periodontics throughout the year. 11.3 Phase III is the third and fourth year of the Master of Restorative Dentistry program. It comprises of complex clinical practices in the field of conservative dentistry, prosthetics or periodontics chosen by the candidates. There will also be course work such as lectures and seminar. Research component in the specialty option continues, leading to the submission of a dissertation three months before the end of Year 3 followed by a viva defense. The Year Four program comprises of a three (3) month clinical attachment in the specialty option, either in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya or other clinical training centre recognized by the University. Advanced clinical practices and coursework in the specialty option continues until near the completion of the course. Table 1 on page 6 shows the outline of the Master of Restorative Dentistry program 5
  • 6. Table 1. OUTLINE OF STUDY PROGRAM STRUCTURE Phase Year Duration Contents 6 months Basic Medical and Dental I 1 Sciences Assessment: Primary Examination (equivalent to FRACDS). 6 months Introduction to Research Methodology and Biostatistics Operative Techniques Clinical Practices (GDP) Course Work Assessment: Continuous Assessment Research Project Clinical Practices II 2 Course Work 12 months Assessments: Continuous Assessment 6 months Clinical Practices Research Course Work 3 Assessment: Continuous Assessment Year 3 Examination (equivalent to FRACDS Final Examination) 6 months Clinical Practices Research III Course Work Assessments: Submission and Defense of Dissertation 4 3 months Clinical Attachment 9 months Advanced Clinical Practices Course Work Assessments: Continuous Assessment Final Case Presentation 6
  • 7. DETAILS OF STUDY PROGRAM In general, approximately 50% of time in the program is committed to clinical training and experience. The remainder of the time is committed to coursework (20%) and research (30%). This distribution accords with the international best practice for clinical specialisation in dentistry. The weightage of clinical training and exposure in the disciplines of Conservative Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Periodontics will be distributed almost evenly during the first two years of the Master of Restorative Dentistry program. At the beginning of Year 3, the candidates can further decide to specialize in either one of the specialties which is Conservative Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics. The candidates will also be required to participate in the undergraduate teaching programs of the School at an appropriate level, as part of their training. This will normally consist of preclinical and clinical supervision of undergraduate students, for at least one session per week throughout the Master of Restorative Dentistry program. YEAR 1 The candidates will study Basic Medical and Dental Sciences subjects for 6 months and sit for the Primary examination equivalent to primary examination of the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) in early December. The candidates will also need to undertake sessions in operative techniques and clinical training in General Dental Practice for the final six months. They will also attend the Research Methodology and Basic Statistics classes to introduce them to critical analysis of the literature, planning a research design and protocol and writing a thesis. This is intended to assist them in developing the necessary analytical and writing skills that are needed for thesis preparation and publication. Identification of a suitable study area and discussions regarding research projects with the respective supervisors will be carried out during the final six months of Year 1. The appointment of a supervisor shall be done when the candidate’s field of research is approved. Where necessary, the appointment of a co- supervisor may be done. Assessments Primary Examination (equivalent to FRACDS primary examination) Continuous Assessments YEAR 2 Embarkation of research projects shall start early, once the proposals have been approved. The students are advised to complete their research projects and data collection and analyses during Year 2. Clinical practices in the field of Conservative, Prosthodontic and Periodontic will also be carried out. Knowledge of management of patients from other disciplines will also be taught. The students will need to present some seminars regarding certain topics. Assessment Continuous Assessments 7
  • 8. YEAR 3 Clinical practices will focus in the field chosen by the candidate, either in Conservative, Prosthodontics or Periodontics. Assessment will be based on the overall clinical performance including patient management throughout the period. Patients’ cases are folioed and will be presented at regular intervals throughout the program. The candidates will also need to present some seminars on selected topics on a regular basis. In year three students will sit for phase II examination equivalent to FRACDS final examination. Submission of dissertations shall be done one month before the end of year 3, followed by a defense viva. The candidates are also encouraged to publish their work and present at the national and/or international dental research conferences. Assessment Year 3 (equivalent to FRACDS Final Examination) Submission and Defense of Dissertation Continuous Assessments YEAR 4 The candidates will undertake their clinical attachment in the selected centre during the first three months of their Year 4. A local supervisor will be selected to assist and monitor the candidate’s progress throughout the period. The candidates will see and manage cases that are more complicated in their final year of clinical practices. They will also need to present some seminars on more advanced topics at regular intervals. Some multidisciplinary seminars involving other disciplines such as Oral Surgery and Orthodontics may be carried out to render the candidates with multidisciplinary approach in managing certain dental cases. As part of their examination, the candidates will present their case reports based on interesting cases that they encounter and manage. Assessment Final Case Presentation Continuous Assessments 8