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Integrated academic studies of dentistry

 

Academic title: DOCTOR OF DENTISTRY

Integrated academic studies of medicine last 4500 hours. Dentistry education is realized in 10 semesters of theoretical and practical teaching, independent student work on models and patients, and graduation paper. The curriculum should provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and professional behavior necessary for their practice as doctors of dentistry.

AIMS OF THE STUDY PROGRAM

The knowledge and skills acquired during the studies of dentistry should provide students with: 

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Knowledge base and application of knowledge to the benefit of patients,

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Health promotion and learning about diseases and their prevention and about the role of doctors of dentistry in oral health prevention,

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Knowledge of fundamental clinical skills (both diagnostic and therapeutic) in dentistry,

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Knowledge and demonstration of professional attitudes;

Students should develop the abilities to clearly present their knowledge, to effectively utilize the resources, to participate in the team work, and to effectively solve clinical problems. Their knowledge, skills and professional attitudes will enable the future doctors of dentistry to be self-reliant and self-confident in their clinicalk work.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. These studies will enable students to develop awareness of:

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Occupational, social and cultural environment in which his practice takes place,

  1. These studies will provide students with knowledge and understanding of:

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Basic and clinical sciences in the science of dentistry,

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Relationship of basic sciences with practice,

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Health promotion and development of effective health care in accordance with the community needs, based on ethical principles and primary oral health care.

  1. Based on the knowledge of biologic, biomedical and dentistry disciplines, students should acquire knowledge necessary to recognize diseases and conditions and to apply appropriate treatments, including:

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Management of urgent conditions in dentistry,

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Appropriate treatments in dentistry,

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Diagnosis of pain-generating conditions in orofacial surgery and appropriate treatment of these.

  1. Successful communication and the abilities to:

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Take patient history from the patient or his accompanying person,

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Perform clinical examination;

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Evaluate clinical problems and formulate therapeutic approaches.

  1. To be able to successfully carry out the following practical procedures:

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Admission of high risk patients,

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Management of patients with traumas, with first aid,

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Therapeutic management of infected patients

  1. To be able to apply IT achievements in his profession.

SPECIAL LEARNING OUTCOMES

These should build up or improve:

  1. Communication with patients and colleagues

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Ability to communicate with people (with groups and individuals),

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Promotion of professional, ethical approach to patients and colleagues, without lingual, cultural, racial, behavioral or gender prejudices,

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Giving information to patients on their condition, therapy and disease course,

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Respect of the patient's right to refuse treatment, or the involvement in educational or research processes,

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Keeping professional secrets;

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Knowledge of the role of others in the health care system and respect for them;

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Co-operation with other team members;

  1. Professional standards and behavior

Dentistry students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal issues involved in dentistry, organization, management and provision of oral health care, including quality of services, economic and social issues, principles of clinical work, including the management of high risk groups of patients;

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Awareness on the moral responsibility for each patient's management;

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Awareness of the fact that doctors of dentistry should always try to achieve the highest possible level of quality of patient management;

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Knowledge and awareness of one's own personal and professional limitations and willingness to seek help if required;

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Awareness of the significance of one's own health;

  1. Acquisition of skills

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Development of high-quality doctor-patient relationship;

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Patient history taking;

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Ability to perform a thorough dental examination;

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Adoption of most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic protocols;

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Evaluation of the results of routine diagnostic procedures and differentiation of normal from abnormal findings;

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Adoption of most up-to-date treatment protocols;

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Effective communication with patients, their families, colleagues and staff;

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Identification of most common risk factors and prevention measures, especially in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and children;

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Collection and arrangement of information, including the use of information technology;

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for admission to the academic studies of medicine are completed general high school or a high school of nursing or veterinary medicine high school. Candidates have to sit the admission exam (the contents and proceedings of which are defined by the Faculty of Medicine regulations).

STUDIES

The studies of medicine are performed during the school year starting on October 1, and lasting 12 months. A school year typically consists of 42 working weeks, out of which 30 teaching weeks and 12 weeks for consultations, exam preparations and exams. "The value" of each course is expressed by way of ECTS credits and the extent of studies is the sum of ECTS credits for each course. The value of 60 ECTS credits expresses the average total engagement of a student for a workload of 40 hours a week during one school year. One ECTS credit describes 27 hours' student workload, on the average.

Studies of medicine last 5 years ie. 10 semesters, with 300 ECTS credits in total.

Within courses, credits are allocated based on the student engagement in active education (lectures, practice, seminars), independent work, field work, work in the library or at home, preparation of exams and colloquia.

Credit value of the graduation paper is contained in the study program curriculum. Students are obliged to prepare a paper on a topic based on mentor-guided research work, lasting at least 4 weeks.

Methods and forms of teaching

Courses last one or two semesters, in accordance with the teaching plan. Teaching takes the form of theoretical and practical instruction, preparation and presentation of seminar papers, consultations, mentor-guided work, field work and professional visits. All teaching forms require active involvement of the students.

The most important teaching forms are:

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Interactive communication

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Small group work

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Independent exercise of laboratory and clinical skills

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Video-clip and slide presentation aided lectures

KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT AND GRADES

Only the student who fulfills all the planned pre-exam requirements can take the exam. Student workload is constantly monitored and has to be expressed in points. After the fulfillment of all pre-exam requirements and after passing the exam a student can earn the maximum of 100 points.

Repeated knowledge check-ups are performed regularly throughout the semester (school year), and final grade is established after exam. These check-up take the form of colloquia, seminars, tests etc.

In cases of combined-type exams (written, practical, oral), those already passed parts of the exam are acknowledged in the future exam terms for pre-clinical courses and only the written part for clinical courses till the end of the school year in question.

bullet If an exam is both written and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 50% of the final grade.
bullet If an exam is written, practical and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 20% of the final grade.
bullet In the point structure for core courses, the final exam could account for 50% at the most of the total number of points.
bullet In the point structure for other courses, the final exam could account for 30-40% at the most of the total number of points.
bullet The proportions of the points earned before the exam, forms and types of knowledge assessment and number of colloquia are established by the Regulations on the Final Grade Structure, adopted at the beginning of each school year by the Assembly for Education and Science after the suggestion of respective departments/courses.

Student accomplishment is expressed by grades as follows:

bullet 10 - extraordinary (95-100 points)
bullet 9 - excellent (85-94 points)
bullet 8 - very good (75-84 points)
bullet 7 - good (65-74 points)
bullet 6 - sufficient (55-64 points)
bullet 5 - exam failure (0-54 points)

The final grade at an exam is influenced by the structure of the total point number earned by a student during the course.

LITERATURE

Relevant literature is adapted to the study programs, and for certain courses with the extent of the studies expressed in ECTS credits.

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