Oral Medicine 2B (DENT5209)


Principles of effective diagnostic procedure are reinforced through supervised clinical training. Emphasis is placed on history taking and examination; application and interpretation of special investigations; differential diagnosis; treatment planning; clinical records and quality of care evaluation; and the development of effective communication skills in interdisciplinary clinical practice. Principles and practice of pharmacology.

Topics include; processes of inflammation and repair, hamartomas, oral dermatoses, neoplasia, orofacial infections, salivary gland diseases, neurological disorders and pain syndromes. Oral conditions of systemic significance include manifestations of: haematological and other malignancies and their treatment, immunosuppression (e.g. HIV), autoimmune diseases, psychogenic disorders with orofacial features.

Review of relevant histopathology cases .

Medically complex clinics focus on aspects of internal medicine of concern to the provision of safe and effective dental treatment in patients with severe medical conditions. Topics include: defective haemostasis, blood transfusion requirements, endocarditis prophylaxis, bisphosphonate therapy, drug interactions, infectious diseases, allergy, immunosuppression, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, palliative care, endocrine therapy, geriatrics, physical handicaps, psychiatric illness and chronic pain problems.

Principles and practice of diagnostic dental and maxillofacial radiology are reinforced, with direct practical experience with a focus on extra-oral techniques. Discussions on diagnostic/interpretive imaging, including plain film radiography, sialography, angiography, CT and MRI.

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oral medicine clinic x 10 hrs, biopsy clinic x 3 hours, medically complex clinic x 4hrs, oral medicine conference x 3hrs (per week)


continued clinical assessment (30%), 1 x 2000 word essay (10%), written paper and osce style examination (40%), viva voce (20%)


Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 2nd Ed, BW Neville, DD Damm. CA Allen. JE Bouquot.
Lucas's Pathology of Tumours of the Oral Tissues, RA Cawson, WH Binnie, PM Speight, AW Barrett, JM Wright
Oral Pathology Clinical Pathologic Correlations, JA Regezi, JJ Sciubba, RCK Jordan
Medical Problems in Dentistry, C Scully, RA Cawson
Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient, JW Little, DA Falace, CS Miller, NL Rhodus

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(DENT6011 and DENT5206 and DENT5207 and DENT5208) or DENT6128


DENT6012 and DENT5210 and DENT5211

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