MASTER OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY PROGRAM - USM

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MASTER OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY PROGRAM - USM

UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA

PUSAT PENGAJIAN SAINS PERGIGIAN

SCHOOL OF DENTAL SCIENCES

MASTER OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

PROGRAM


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,

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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.

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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.

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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

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Table 1. OUTLINE OF STUDY PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Phase Year Duration Contents

I 1

II 2

6 months

6 months

12 months

Basic Medical and Dental

Sciences

Assessment:

Primary Examination

(equivalent to FRACDS).

Introduction to Research

Methodology and Biostatistics

Operative Techniques

Clinical Practices (GDP)

Course Work

Assessment:

Continuous Assessment

Research Project

Clinical Practices

Course Work

Assessments:

Continuous Assessment

III

3

6 months

6 months

Clinical Practices

Research

Course Work

Assessment:

Continuous Assessment

Year 3 Examination

(equivalent to FRACDS Final

Examination)

Clinical Practices

Research

Course Work

Assessments:

Submission and Defense of

Dissertation

4 3 months

9 months

Clinical Attachment

Advanced Clinical Practices

Course Work

Assessments:

Continuous Assessment

Final Case Presentation

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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

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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

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