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Enhance Your Skills and Knowledge in Implant Dentistry with an IMU Postgraduate Diploma

07 Apr 2021

Implant Dentistry deals with placement and restoration of titanium implants as replacement of tooth roots. Implants provide a robust foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to match the natural teeth. Gaining exposure in Implant Dentistry will give candidates not only knowledge, skills and self-confidence but will ensure safe and predictable outcome for their patients. Training acquired on this programme will help the general dental practitioners to expand the scope of their practice to include Implant Dentistry. The Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry (PGDID) programme delivered at IMU is Malaysia’s first and only MQA accredited postgraduate programme in this field of study. Since its inception in 2016, it has successfully trained four cohorts to carry out safe, effective and independent implant practice. A programme which is specially tailored to suit practitioners with minimal or no implant dentistry experience, the PGDID programme has a unique learning model which offers flexibility through its outcome-based modular structure delivered through blended learning. The highlight of this programme is that its curriculum and examination is benchmarked against The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Diploma in Implant Dentistry and the student gets vast exposure to develop their clinical skills. Coming to IMU for face-to-face teaching/learning sessions once every two months is something all the students look forward as they meet the teaching faculty for direct teaching and practical sessions. The Programme also has developed a special Implant clinic for correct implant referrals and clinical supervision. Close clinical supervision is provided by the teaching staff to ensure the students obtain the required competencies to perform implant placement and restoration, i.e. one on one patient supervision is provided for patient treatment to ensure student learning is optimal. Besides the academic staff at IMU, the teaching and learning activities are also complimented by various invited national and international speakers.

Testimonials from our Students of Cohort PGDID 118
Dr Karpaham A/P Balasubramaniam It has been an amazing journey joining the PGDip Implant Dentistry Postgraduate programme at IMU. For me personally, I have developed the skills to identify, plan and treat cases accordingly due to the programme’s carefully curated modules. The course is well structured and is categorically placed into 6 modules that teach dentist Implantology in a proper manner. It is the only Postgraduate course accredited by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and has gained good reputation. The lecturers and Programme Director, Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat have gone far and beyond in making this course a success. I’m proud to say that this programme has improved my understanding and skills in the field of Implantology. A highly recommended programme for those who want to widen their horizons and learn more about implants in dentistry.
Dr Lim Shiau Wen The course was a valuable learning experience. I gained a lot of knowledge and practical strategies that are beneficial to me. The course exceeded my expectations significantly. Will surely recommend to all my friends.

Renowned PGDID faculty IMU has ensured that the programme is delivered by highly qualified and experienced full-time and adjunct teaching faculties. Internationally acclaimed PGDID faculty, Prof Toh Chooi Gait, Prof Seow Liang Lin, Dr Jeanette Chua Keng Ling, Dr Elvin Leong, Dr Daylene Leong and Dr Lee Soon Boon impart the PGDID students with an evidence-based patient-centered approach in advising patients concerning the choice of prostheses, techniques and materials available in implant dentistry. In 2020, one of the lecturers in this programme, A/Prof Naresh Shetty completed an gIDE Online Residency Program in A-Z in Implant Dentistry.

Programme Accreditation
Based on evaluation of various parameters like programme development and delivery, assessment methods, student selection and support services, academic staff, educational resources, programme management, programme monitoring, review and continual quality improvement, the PGDID programme was awarded a five-year full accreditation in July 2020.

PGDID 2021 Curriculum Review Update The programme has undergone curriculum review exercise in 2020. This curriculum benchmarked against the Diploma in the Implant Dentistry Examination offered by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. The curriculum has been reviewed based on feedback from the Professional Education Advisory Committee, Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s Panel of Assessors, stakeholders and external examiners. The new robust curriculum will be delivered from 2021 cohort onwards.

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