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Expand Your Skills and Knowledge with a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontics at IMU

11 Feb 2022

The Endodontics branch of dentistry deals in saving teeth and helps in maintaining natural teeth. This kind of extra training/course will give candidates not only knowledge, skills, and confidence in providing evidence-based Endodontic treatment of cases with different levels of difficulties but also better predictable clinical outcomes, improved and highest quality care.

This Education/training, hands-on experience and a portfolio preparation during course will be beneficial in extending skills and service innovation in your practice.

IMU Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontics (PGDEndo) Programme started last year in April 2021 with 8 students. This upcoming intake in April 2022 will be second cohort of postgraduates. This diploma programme provides training in Endodontics for general dental practitioners. The programme aims to train students in the understanding of pulpal and periapical pathophysiology, selection of appropriate dental materials/instruments, fundamental rationale of clinical techniques and management of failed Endodontic cases of moderate difficulty. To facilitate smooth functioning and learning in IMU, the students would be assigned personal mentors to substantiate their academic pursuit.

This 1-year programme includes a total of 6 modules sequenced on the nature of Endodontic cases and taught by eminent and experienced full-time and adjunct faculty. Students will enjoy full access to the IMU Oral Health Centre facilities including CBCT, dental microscope and library facilities. Students will be also provided individual dental microscope in simulation centre from module 1.

This programme is designed for full-time and part-time students with the respective flexible options. This programme includes 6 modules in 2 semesters (17 weeks each) with a total of 30 credit hours to be delivered over a period of 1 year. Duration of each module is approximately 6 weeks including 1-week of compulsory on-site activities in IMU School of Dentistry. For the clinical activities, students have the choice of treating patients at the IMU Oral Health Centre or in their own clinics.

A student of this programme, Dr Ashwin Rajah A/L Vikneswaran PGDEN 1/21, said
“My overall experience has been great for the duration of this course! As I have a special interest in endodontics, I found that this course is very suitable for me as it can be done part-time. They have a great teaching team and the modules are complete with endodontic knowledge. Best part is that you will be working very closely with the microscope in every module, which will blow your mind! I have learnt so much from this course and I’m ready to apply the knowledge learnt in my daily practice. I thank IMU and the entire PGD Endo teaching team for conducting this phenomenal course well.”

For both full time and part-time tracks, students will complete the face-to-face teaching and learning activities for the 6 modules within the 1st year of the student’s enrolment.

Full time students who require more time to complete their clinical requirements may apply to extend their enrolment for the 1-year, subject to approval by Senate. Part-time students who require more time to complete their clinical requirements may apply to extend their enrolment for 2 years’ subject to approval by Senate. A multimodal assessment system ensures that the various learning outcomes of the programme are adequately and appropriately assessed. Formative and summative assessments are conducted throughout the programme. The methods of assessment are mapped to the learning outcomes of the modules.

Another student, Dr Poh Li Fuan PDEN1/21, said
“Personally, I feel PGD Endo brings my endodontic experience to a new level up. I am grateful to learn from a team of dedicated Endodontists. Their constant guidance throughout the programme and their encouragement have increased my confidence level of practising root canal therapy”

The Professional Examination comprises theory and clinical components divided into continuous assessment and a final examination. For the final examination candidates must pass the theory and clinical components to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma.

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