Study guide's LTK - Dentistry, 2014-15 information (E)



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1. INSTITUTE OF DENTISTRY

1.1. General description of the Institute of Dentistry

The Institute of Dentistry at Oulu University is one of the four Dental Schools in Finland giving both under and post-graduate dental education. Our specific mission is to educate scientifically thinking, clinically competent professional dentists, dental specialists and doctors of dental science. The website of the Institute can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/hamm/eng1.html

 

Head

Pertti Pirttiniemi, DDS, PhD, Professor of Oral development and Orthodontics,

e-mail pertti.pirttiniemi(at)oulu.fi, tel +358 (0)294 485491

 

Programme director

Raija Lähdesmäki, DDS, PhD

e-mail raija.lahdesmaki@oulu.fi, tel +358 (0)294488006

 

1.2. Research areas

The Institute of Dentistry is divided into seven subjects. All subjects are headed by full professors who are in charge of the research, theoretical studies and training in respective areas. Research is also carried out in co-ordination with several subjects both within and outside the University of Oulu. For details of research projects see links to Subjects:

 

2. Information on Degree Programme

2.1. General description

The degree of Licentiate of Dentistry is 330 ECTS credits. An academic year consists of 60 credits. The studies are pre-scheduled and the average time required to complete the degree is five and a half years.

In Finland, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health is responsible for awarding legal status to dentists and for overseeing the profession. After having the dental degree, the graduate applicant can apply for restricted legal recognition from the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health. Recognition is the prerequisite for working as a private practitioner and for applying for posts and duties in the field of dentistry in Finland. More information: http://www.valvira.fi/en/licensing/professional_practice_rights

Studies in dentistry consist of preclinical and clinical phases including theoretical studies, phantom courses and clinical work with patients. Students have their first contacts with patients already at the preclinical phase of the curriculum. In order to arrange teaching to cover more comprehensive themes certain subjects from different subjects in Dentistry have been integrated and taught together in so called strands.

The theoretical studies during the first two preclinical years consist of cell biology; anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and public health. After this stage the studies continue mainly at the facilities of the Institute of Dentistry for a three year period. Clinical phase comprises of theoretical studies in Dentistry and Medicine, practice in phantom laboratory, clinical demonstrations, group work and actual clinical practice in the Teaching health center, City of Oulu and the Clinic of dental and oral diseases, University hospital of Oulu. The work with the patients gives the students the necessary skills in clinical diagnostics and treatment procedures.

2.2. Qualification awarded

Licentiate of Dentistry, (Equivalent to D.D.S. degree in Anglo-American countries)

2.3. Admission requirements

The admission requirements for studies in dentistry comprise the Matriculation Examination Certificate and an entrance examination. All applicants have to participate in the national entrance examination, which is usually arranged in May. The entrance examination is based on Finnish or Swedish textbooks used in the curriculum of the High Schools and their obligatory and specialization courses in biology, physics and chemistry and the material offered in the entrance examination. The language of the entrance examination is Finnish or Swedish.

2.4. Educational and professional goals

The education is based on competence areas that include thorough knowledge on general medicine, oral biology, materials, society and management; good diagnostic, practical and interaction skills; ability in acquiring and assessing information as well as humanity. The competences follow the seven domains that are described by Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE). These have been identified to represent the broad categories of professional activity and concerns that occur in the general practice of dentistry.

I Professionalism

II Interpersonal, Communication and Social Skills

III Knowledge Base, Information and Information literacy

IV Clinical Information Gathering

V Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

VI Therapy: Establishing and Maintaining Oral Health

VII Prevention and Health Promotion

 

2.4. Access to further studies

Specialization

Institutes of Dentistry are also responsible for specialist training in Finland. Before entering post-graduate training, which takes from three to six years, the trainee must have worked two years in general practice. The aim of specialist training is to provide the dentists with advanced, comprehensive theoretical and practical skills which are defined as clinical dentistry, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery and health care. A national examination is arranged and must be passed by each trainee.

Doctor of Dental Science (Equivalent to Ph.D. degree in Anglo-American countries)

Dental graduates may continue their studies to Doctor of Dental Science. This includes preparing a dissertation and completing other doctorate studies. In order to obtain the degree, a doctoral candidate must participate in theoretical research training, the extent of which is 20 ECTS credits. The training includes prescribed courses in general postgraduate training (5 credits) and special training (15 credits) according to the topic. The candidate must also conduct research, write and publish a doctoral dissertation and defend it in a public debate. Generally the minimum time needed to obtain a doctorate corresponds to 3 to 4 years of full-time work.

 

2.5. Course structure diagram (with ECTS credits)

Structure of the Degree Programme

The degree programme is divided into six sections:
General studies (G) 14,5 ECTS
Language studies (L) 6 ECTS
Basic- (B), Subject- (S) and Advanced studies (A) 239,5 ECTS
Practical training (T) 40 + 30 ECTS

 

Year 3

(1st Clinical year)

Year 4

(2nd Clinical year)

Year 5

(3rd Clinical year)

Year 6

(4th Clinical year)

General studies (G)

0

0

0

0

Language studies (L)

1,5

3

0

0

Basic studies (B)

0

0

0

0

Subject- (S) and Advanced (A) studies

53,6

39,7

49,9

0

Practical training (T)

7

19

14

30

ECTS credits

60,6

58,7

63,9

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The preclinical phase lasts for two years and mostly consists of basic and biomedical studies and subject studies. The completion of clinical phase takes three years.

 

2.6. Final examination

To obtain the degree final examination has to be completed in following courses:

090302A Oral Pathology

090501A Pedodontics, Cariology and Endodontics

090502A Oral Surgery

090503A Prosthetic Dentistry

090504A Stomatognathic Physiology

090505A Parodontology and Geriatric Dentistry

090506A Oral Radiology

090510A Community Dentistry

090601A Oral Development and Orthodontics

In advanced studies the student concentrates on some specific topic, which has scientific relevance in the work of dentist. Advanced studies include thesis work (20 ECTS credits).

 

2.7. Examination and Assessment Regulations

Assessment is based on examinations, exercises, essays, field work, clinical work, reports or any other method determined pedagogically appropriate for the particular course. All the exams can be retaken. Additional information is given from the organizing subject. Clinical work is assessed biannually.

Grades used for assessment of the courses are: 5 (excellent; ECTS A), 4 (very good; ECTS B), 3 (good; ECTS C), 2 (satisfactory; ECTS D), 1 (sufficient; ECTS E); fail.