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Endodontics PG Dip

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The two-year, part-time, postgraduate diploma in Endodontics aims to enhance the endodontic skills of newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners. It will develop their technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical endodontics. This will be facilitated by hands-on patient treatment sessions under close supervision and laboratory sessions. Seminars will serve to increase the knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics and to enable them to use evidence-based dentistry in clinical endodontics.

 


Key benefits

  • Created in collaboration with the Department of Restorative Dentistry at King’s College Hospital

  • A unique and comprehensive blend of practical training, clinical practice, seminars and independent study

  • Enhance endodontic skills whilst working in general dental practice

  • Develop technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills to practice modern clinical endodontics effectively and efficiently

  • Treat endodontic patients in the hospital under direct supervision from experts and specialists in Endodontics



Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years part-time, April to March

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake Groups of 10 students.

Course leaders

Dr Rachel Tomson

 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Neil Smith

Dental Postgraduate Course Manager

020 3299 5657

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute

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Endodontics Postgraduate Diploma

Staff and students describe the postgraduate diploma in Endodontics

A two-year, part-time course designed to enhance your endodontic skills whether you are a newly-qualified dentist or an experienced practitioner, whilst you continue to work in general practice. Students develop their technical, diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical endodontics.

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Course detail

Description

This two-year, part-time, postgraduate diploma in Endodontics comprises four modules in total as follows:
• Module 1: Applied Science of Endodontics (Part 1)
• Module 2: Clinical & Practical Skills of Endodontics (Part 1)
• Module 3: Applied Science of Endodontics (Part 2)
• Module 4: Clinical & Practical Skills of Endodontics (Part 2)

Modules 1 and 2 are taken in Year 1 and modules 3 and 4 are taken in Year 2.

In Year 1 (module 1 and 2) you will attend in total for 22 contact days (09:00 – 19:30) with additional examination day/s. Learning will combine seminars/tutorials, hands-on sessions (laboratory work), new patient clinics, and cases from practice.

In Year 2 (modules 3 and 4) you will attend in total for 26 contact days (09.00 – 18.00) with additional examination day/s. Learning will combine seminars/tutorials, patient treatment sessions, new patient clinics and cases from
practice. 

It will be necessary to be working in a dental practice to facilitate you carrying out root canal treatment to present in your reflective log of work and case reports.

The course is led by Rachel Tomson, Course Director and Consultant in Endodontics. It is taught by leading experts in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry.

Course purpose

The programme aims to provide newly qualified dentists and experienced practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics. They will acquire the skills to critically evaluate relevant literature and apply evidence-based dentistry in the practice of endodontics. The clinical sessions will enable participants to translate the knowledge and understanding of theoretical endodontics into clinical practice in pursuit of improving and enhancing their clinical practice.

Course format and assessment

  Self-guided learning Seminars, field & lab work, studio work, supervised learningProject work 
Year 1   370 hours  190 hours  40 hours
Year 2   350 hours  210 hours  40 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

We will teach you through lectures, seminars, hands-on training and supervision in clinic. Course material will be available through our online learning environment, King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS), where you will find information, interactive questions, assignments, bibliographic databases and reading material.

Students are required to have access to adequate clinical facilities and to patients requiring treatment relevant to the subject area.

Assessment

To sit the examinations (listed below) it is necessary for satisfactory completion of the following prerequisites:

  • Attendance of scheduled seminars/laboratory sessions and clinic (minimum 80%)
  • Reflective log of laboratory (for modules 1 and 2) and clinical work (Part 1 modules)
  • Work based assessments
  • 1:1 appraisal
  • 360° appraisal including patient feedback

Satisfactory completion/pass of modules 1 and 2 are a pre-requisite before progressing to modules 3 and 4. Modules 1 and 2 are co-requisites, and, likewise, modules 3 and 4 are co-requisites.

Module 1: Applied Science of Endodontics – Part 1

  • Single best answer questions (50%)
  • Unseen clinical examination cases (50%)

Module 2: Clinical & Practical Skills of Endodontics – Part 1

  • Two written case reports (from practice) (50%)
  • Unseen clinical examination cases (50%)

Module 3: Applied Science of Endodontics – Part 2

  • Single best answer questions (50%)
  • Unseen clinical examination cases (50%)

Module 4: Clinical & Practical Skills of Endodontics – Part 2

  • Two written case reports (from practice or hospital) (50%)
  • Unseen clinical examination cases (50%)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Module 1:  Applied Science of Endodontics Part 1 (30 credits)

To develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics and to promote a critical approach to evaluating relevant literature to enable students to use evidence-based dentistry in clinical endodontics. To develop diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical endodontics. Principally in the following:

  • The anatomy of the pulp-dentinal complex and periapical tissues during health and disease
  • Pulp-dentinal complex response to injury
  • The aetiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and immunology of pulpal and periapical disease
  • Pulp therapy
  • Endodontic disease and management
  • Overview of periodontal disease and its management
  • Radiology and radiography related to endodontics
  • Rationale for root canal treatment
  • Preparation and obturation of root canal
  • Acute endodontic problems
  • Single visit versus multiple visit root canal treatment
  • Root canal re-treatment
  • The role of audit and the audit cycle in monitoring self-performance and reviewing practice
  • Evidence based dentistry and critical appraisal reasoning/process
  • Clinical photography

Module 2:  Clinical and Practical Skills of Endodontics Part 1 (30 credits)

The aims of this module are to demonstrate safe practice in practical endodontic techniques applying as appropriate a range of manual (stainless steel/nickel titanium) and automated (stainless steel/nickel titanium) instruments for preparation of the root canal. To demonstrate safe practice in obturation of canals using cold lateral condensation and warm vertical compaction. To demonstrate rationales for using various instruments, techniques and materials. Demonstrate skills to be able to assess and carry out root canal treatment and re-treatment cases for the ability of a tier 1 and tier 2 dentist.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Module 3:  Applied Science of Endodontics Part 2 (30 credits)

To develop the knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of endodontics and to promote a critical approach to evaluating relevant literature to enable students to use evidence-based dentistry in clinical endodontics. To develop diagnostic and treatment planning skills necessary to practice modern clinical endodontics. To facilitate appropriate treatment planning within the context of overall patient care. To develop a knowledge of the interface between endodontics and other clinical dental disciplines. Principally in the following:

  • Endodontic surgery
  • Dental trauma
  • Dental resorption
  • Clinical outcome of root canal treatment
  • Orofacial pain
  • Restorative considerations of root filled teeth including bleaching of non-vital teeth
  • The interface between endodontics and periodontics, orthodontics, restorative, and medically compromised/special care dentistry, oral surgery and oral medicine
  • The importance of appropriate diagnosis and treatment planning in the context of the overall patient care including multi-disciplinary cases
  • Evidence-based practice and critical appraisal reasoning/process
  • The role of audit and the audit cycle in monitoring self-performance and reviewing practice.

Module 4:  Clinical and Practical Skills of Endodontics Part 2 (30 credits)

To develop clinical experience in the comprehensive management of patients including diagnosis, treatment planning of non-surgical root canal treatment, root canal re-treatment.  To be able to restore the root filled tooth, provide detailed advice to other clinicians for such a restoration, carry out non-vital bleaching and treatment plan apical surgery. Have clinical skills to treatment plan and manage appropriately for a ability of a tier 1 and tier 2 dentist; but be able to recognise when it is beyond the clinicians skill set such as for tier 3 dentist and in addition refer appropriately in the following:  

  • Dental trauma
  • Dental resorption
  • Orofacial pain

To be aware of the importance of appropriate diagnosis and treatment planning in the context of the overall patient care including multi-disciplinary cases where there is an interface between endodontics and periodontics, orthodontics, restorative, and medically compromised/special care patients and oral surgery and oral medicine.. To encourage discussion of cases with the relevant supervising staff prior to the clinical session to devise a plan of treatment for that session. To demonstrate safe practice in root canal preparation and obturation including root canal re-treatments expected for the level of a tier 1 and tier 2 dentist. To be able to monitor and evaluate the clinical outcomes of all forms of endodontic treatment.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements   BDS or equivalent and registration with the UK General Dental Council (GDC). Currently working in general dental practice in the UK.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Specific Employment requirement   As access to patients is required, postgraduate students must have access to a clinical environment to allow practice of clinical skills developed on the course. Special consideration may be given to new graduates who are unfortunate not to secure employment wishing to develop their clinical skills further. In such cases, they will need to secure honorary contracts for patient treatment in sessions out with the course.

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's College London. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Completed applications for April 2020 entry will consist of an online application form, two references, a copy of the applicant's GDC certificate and a CV, which should be submitted by the first deadline of 25 October 2019.

Applications will remain open if places are available and the programme will be closed as soon as it is full.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview which will take place on 3 or 4 December 2019. You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible. The interview format will comprise set questions and a practical examination (full veneer gold crown preparation on phantom head teeth).

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in endodontics, hold a dental qualification and be registered with the GDC.

As access to patients is required to successfully complete the course, course participants must have access to a clinical environment to allow them to practice the clinical skills developed on the course.

Special consideration may be given to new graduates who are not in secure employment wishing to develop their clinical skills further. In such cases, it may be possible to arrange patient treatment in sessions out with the course (without pay).

Application closing date

Our first deadline for applications is 25 October 2019 for April 2020 entry. After this date, the programme will remain open if places are available, and will be closed as soon as it is full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

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If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: N/A - see part time tuition fees below
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £9,800 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks approximately; £50 for an initial check; ongoing subscription at £13 per year
  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • conference attendance (optional)
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs to London
  • clinical tunics
  • For dental practice: magnification such as loupes as a minimum requirement; Endodontic motor, System B or Alpha system, and Obtura or Beta system.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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