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Unit information: Basic Oral Medicine in 2021/22

Unit name Basic Oral Medicine
Unit code ORDSM0036
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Spiteri Staines
Open unit status Not open

1. Formally accept of compliance requirement with professional and clinical codes of conduct as stipulated by UoB and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust., including all necessary immunisation and occupational health requirements.

2. Must hold a Degree of Dental Surgery that allows unsupervised clinical practice of dentistry in their current country of residence and/or country of degree award.

3. Evidence of recent clinical practice within dentistry.



School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


To have knowledge of the range of disorders which affect the oral mucosa and the surrounding oro-facial tissues and how they are diagnosed and managed.

To have knowledge of how systemic disease may manifest within the oral cavity and surrounding structures and how they are diagnosed and managed.

To have knowledge to understanding of how systemic disease may impact the dental management of patients and the consequent modifications to such treatment that may be required.

To have knowledge of evidence based medicine as applied to clinical oral medicine.

To develop competencies around communication with patients within an oral medicine clinical setting.

Intended learning outcomes

1. Describe and clinically apply with relevance to the clinical practice of Oral Medicine, the aetiology, clinical features and principles of management of:

I. Salivary gland disease and dry mouth

II. Cranial nerve disorders

III. Disorders of the TMJ

IV. Oral mucosal autoimmune disease

V. Infections of the oral mucosa and head and neck

VI. Potentially malignant oral mucosal disease

VII. Oral cancer- clinical aspects

VIII. Complications of drug treatment

IX. Oral Manifestations of systemic disease

X. Localised oral swellings

XI. Oral Pigmentation

XII. Diffuse oral swellings

XIII. Oral Manifestations of systemic disease

XIV. Orofacial dysaesthesias

XV. Orofacial pain

2. Describe relevant investigations used within the scope of Oral Medicine. Understand the indications for requesting relevant investigations. Be able to explain the underlying science underpinning these investigations.

3. Describe different surgical procedures including: indications, contra-indications and complications relevant to the clinical practice of Oral Medicine.

4. Describe the different topical medical management therapeutic options with relevance to the practice of Oral Medicine.

6. Describe the different systemic medical management therapeutic options with relevance to the practice of Oral Medicine.

7. Describe surgical interventions that patients may be referred for within the practice of Oral Medicine.

8. To show competence in the clinical assessment of patients within the scope of basic oral medicine clinical practice.

9. To show competence in communicating effectively with patients within the oral medicine clinical environment.

10. To show competence with basic critical decision making in treatment planning with patients within the oral medicine clinical environment.

Teaching details

A range of teaching are used in the unit including:

1. Work based experiential learning: Specialist Oral Medicine out-patient clinics. Students will be supervised at all times in clinical settings.

2. Clinical chairside teaching - Consultant clinics in Clinical Oral Medicine encompassing reflection and personalised feedback. Presentation and discussion of a single case on a 4 weekly basis. Peer based learning will occur at clinical meetings and at the chairside.

3. Small group teaching.

4. Clinical meetings - Students can participate in the detailed discussion of difficult clinical problems.

5. Journal Club to discuss journal articles, research.

6. Participation in clinical governance & management activity & meetings.

7. Observational work shadowing (clinical)

8. Feedback and personalised support through tutor/ mentor meetings on a regular basis. (FAPS)

9. Basic aspects of Oral disease lecture programme: Clinical Oral Medicine selected lectures available on mediasite. Students would be expected to complete self- directed learning with 1 to 1 support and guidance from Lecturers. We would expect 1-2 hours pre reading and 1-2 hours follow up per lecture topic. This includes external lectures eg. Grand Rounds Lectures, Bristol Education Centre

10. Self directed learning, including accessing NICE, SIGN, GMC and GDC published guidance and relevant literature.

Assessment Details

The learning outcomes are assessed in integrated fashion across the summative and formative assessments.

Summative Assessment within the Unit of Basic Oral Medicine : An electronic assessment of 2 hours duration consisting of Oral Medicine single best answer and extended matching questions (60%)- ILO: 1-7 Work placed based assessment for Oral Medicine based on overall performance, professional conduct and on presentation and discussion of a clinical case (40%). Candidates must obtain a minimum of >50% overall. ILO: 8-10 Formative Assessment within the Unit of Basic Oral Medicine

Continuous grading and feedback in Oral Medicine clinics (ILO: 1-10)

Case discussions with oral feedback (ILO: 1-7)

Feedback from Journal club (ILO: 1-7)


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