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Unit information: Surgical Skills 2 in 2021/22

Unit name Surgical Skills 2
Unit code ORDSM0035
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Heywood
Open unit status Not open

To have successfully completed the Surgical Skills 1 Unit



School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will be offered as an Optional Unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build Certificate and Diploma or Masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units.

The Surgical Skills 2 Unit is a single element which builds on the previous surgical unit with the following general aims: -

To provide the students with the knowledge and clinical foundations to assess and, where appropriate, undertake the management of more challenging surgical cases such as the management of wisdom teeth, teeth with antral involvement, and medically compromised patients.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will obtain a knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • To assess and triage patients requiring removal of wisdom teeth or where there is a risk of antral involvement or nerve injury
  • To critique current controversies in the management of wisdom teeth
  • To discuss the principles of surgery for wisdom tooth removal
  • To manage, where appropriate, the complications of surgery including: oral antral comunication, fracture tuberosity and nerve injury
  • To analyse the guidelines for the management of medically compromised patients in general practice including those taking antiplatelet, anticoagulants, bisphosphonate, or steroid therapy, and patients at risk of infective endocarditis

The student will acquire the skills and attributes necessary:

  • To recognise your personal scope of safe practice and professional obligations
  • To assess radiographs to determine complexity of surgery and relative risk of antral or nerve involvement
  • To demonstrate the closure of an oral antral communication
  • To develop practice protocols for the management of wisdom teeth
  • To apply clinical guidelines for the management of medically compromised patients including those taking antiplatelet, anticoagulant, bisphosphonate, or steroid therapy, and patients at risk of infective endocarditis

Teaching details

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

A range of teaching are used in the unit including:

  • Self directed CAL sessions
  • Seminars with videos
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • Reflecting writing

Assessment Details

This Unit will have two summative assessments:

1. Written coursework assessment of 2,000 words (50%)

2. Final written (multiple short answer) examination of 90minutes duration (50%)

All assessments must be passed ≥ 50% and there is no compensation between the individual assessments.

Formative assessment will include:

  • Service development project.
  • Development of practice protocols.
  • Feedback on practical exercises.

Feedback will be provided at the study days as small group tutorials and individual performance.


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