PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The objective of any current and future training program in Paediatric Dentistry should aim to produce students who:
 

  1. are competent in all the skills of dentistry pertaining to the specialist care of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special care needs,
  2. are competent and experienced in the design, implementation and completion of a preventive dental care program for every type of paediatric dental patient,
  3. are competent and experienced in behaviour management techniques, so that the majority of their patients can be treated without the use of adjunct medications,
  4. are fully trained in the theory and practice of sedation for use in hospital and dental office practice,
  5. are competent and experienced in a11 aspects of hospital and operating room practice, the admitting and care of children to hospital and the carrying out of full mouth restorative care and minor oral surgery in the hospital setting,
  6. are competent and experienced in the provision of restorative, prosthetic and interceptive orthodontic care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special care needs.
  7. are competent and experienced in the care of oro-facial trauma in infants, children and adolescents,
  8. have a knowledge of craniofacial growth and development, to be skilled in the diagnosis of problems of occlusion, facial growth, functional abnormalities,
  9. are experienced in the recognition of problems concerning the temporomandibular joint of children and adolescents, and to be able and/or refer such patients.
  10. are competent and experienced in the provision of dental care for patients with special care (handicapping) conditions and to be able to treat the majority of such patients in the dental office practice,
  11. know the principles of research design and methodology. Each student should be able to conduct library research, literature searches and to design research studies. They should, on completion of a course, have carried out a research project of their own, under supervision, completed a Masters thesis or equivalent and prepared a paper suitable for publication in an internationally recognised and refereed journal.