The objectives of the program are to produce competent and skilled dental graduates who are also responsible leaders of society with entrepreneurial and managerial skills.
The objectives are
To acquire knowledge about the scientific foundations on which dentistry is based and the principles of biological functions to evaluate and analyse scientifically established data
To acquire knowledge on the development, structure, and function of the stomatognathic system both in health and disease and to relate their effect to the general state of health of the patient
To enable the student to diagnose and manage various common dental problems encountered in general dental practice and demonstrate competence in pain control and anxiety management during dental treatment
To enable the student to perform and interpret required investigative procedures
To maintain a high standard of professional ethics and conduct and apply these in all aspects of professional life
To empathize with the needs of the individual patient and the community and work together to bring about a positive change in society
To develop an attitude to seek lifelong learning to update knowledge and professional skills and participate as a team member, in the implementation of National Health Programs.
To provide a community-based dental education program.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes
The intended learning outcomes are listed under three headings
Knowledge and Understanding
Skills (cognitive, practical)
The students will be able to
Recognize the scientific basis of health, disease, and medicine in the management of common and high-impact oral conditions in contemporary society.
Demonstrate knowledge of the basic dental sciences, clinical skills, and the ability to acquire, manage and use current information for clinical decision making and problem-solving in the care of individual patients, family members, populations, and systems of care delivery.
Describe the molecular basis of diseases and maladies and how they affect the body.
Describe basic biobehavioral and clinical science principles used to analyse and solve problems related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
Describe normal human psychosocial development across the lifespan and recognize deviations requiring further evaluation and intervention.
Describe the role of family, community, and culture as factors influencing patient presentations, interpretations of illness episodes, and adherence to treatment recommendations.
Recognize the implications of cultural, social, economic, legal, and historical contexts for patient care.
Describe and discuss the implications of basic ethical principles, including confidentiality, informed consent, truth-telling, and justice, for the care of patients.
Describe strategies to support life-long learning via both print and electronic sources to assist in making diagnostic and treatment decisions (e.g., practice guidelines) and to remain current with advances in medical and dental knowledge and practice (e.g., medical and dental information databases).
Demonstrate knowledge of the functional approach to managing chronic conditions, including knowledge of the impact of chronic illness on function.
Demonstrate knowledgDemonstrate knowledge of the unique health care needs of ethnically diverse populations and communities.e of the functional approach to managing chronic conditions, including knowledge of the impact of chronic illness on function.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the global health care delivery system in the community including physicians, hospitals, outpatient centers, home health agencies, and the role of community agencies in that system.
The students will be able to
Demonstrate the ability to elicit accurate comprehensive and focused medical and dental histories by employing techniques that facilitate the patient’s sharing of information.
Demonstrate the ability to conduct both effective and accurate comprehensive and focused physical examinations and know when each is most appropriate.
Demonstrate the appropriate use of laboratory tests and radiographic studies in making diagnostic and treatment decisions.
Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the patient’s medical and dental problems and to formulate accurate hypotheses to serve as the basis for making diagnostic and treatment decisions.
Demonstrate the ability to formulate and implement a plan of care for both the prevention and treatment of disease and the relief of symptoms and suffering.
Demonstrate the ability to educate patients about their oral health problems and motivate them to adopt oral and dental health-promoting behaviors.
Demonstrate the effective use of pharmacotherapeutic agents and other therapeutic modalities, while teaching patients the importance of preventive dentistry, oral health promotion, and wellness.
Demonstrate the ability to acquire new information and data and to critically appraise its validity and applicability to one’s professional decisions, including the application of information systems technologies for support of clinical decision-making.
Demonstrate the ability to organize, record, research, present, critique, and manage clinical information.
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of an oral health care team, with an appreciation for the multiple contributions of other health care professionals and agencies to the health of the individual and the health of the community.
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and method of Practice-Based Learning and Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of one’s patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
Demonstrate appropriate techniques for performing Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support.
The students will be able to
Display the personal attributes of compassion, honesty, and integrity in relationships with patients, families, communities, and the medical profession.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate compassionately and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with patients, their families, colleagues, and others with whom physicians must exchange information in carrying out their responsibilities.
Exhibit appropriate value for the sensitive nature of the doctor/patient relationship and the importance of compassionate communication and active listening, with attention to the patient’s familial, cultural, and spiritual circumstances.
Demonstrate professionalism and high ethical standards in all aspects of medical practice, specifically
Competence, honesty, integrity, compassion, respect for others, professional responsibility, and social responsibility.
Exhibit a capacity for self-evaluation, moral reflection, and ethical reasoning to form the basis for a self-directed, lifelong engagement in the responsible, committed, compassionate practice of medicine.