MDS in Oral Pathology & Microbiology

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Overview

The practice of oral pathology includes research and the diagnosis of diseases using clinical, radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, or other examinations. This can be combined with advanced investigative techniques. Oral pathology assists clinicians in diagnosing challenging diseases like head and neck cancers by providing confirmatory evidence. It occupies a unique position in the health care community, for the dental and medical professions, helping understand oral diseases and assisting in their diagnosis and treatment. A thorough knowledge of this subject helps to correlate human biology with signs and symptoms of human disease. It also navigates the surgeons for better management of patients. It is imperative to train oral pathologists to address oral health care issues

Objective

This program is aimed at training dental surgeons with high competence in a general and special area of interest and prepare students for a career in teaching, research, and speciality practice with great clinical proficiency. Our aims are – 

  • To ensure a deep understanding in general and special pathology dealing with the nature of oral diseases, their causes, processes and effects.
  • To enable students in operating diagnostic and investigative devices and interpreting observations.
  • To enable students in the performance of routine histopathological evaluation of specimens relating to oral and perioral tissues.
  • To enable students to carry out routine diagnostic procedures including hematological, cytological, microbiological, Immunological, and ultra-structural investigations.
  • To ensure an in-depth understanding in oral oncology, including the nature of oral oncological diseases, their causes, processes, and effects.
  • To develop research skills in identifying scientific problems and addressing them both independently and as a team. 
  • To be professionally competent Oral Pathologists and Forensic Odontologists in varied contexts.

Highlights

  • Modular teaching

    All teaching learning delivery, including assessment, is defined for every module and as according to DCI requirements

  • Credit-based System

    Learning experience is measured using a credit system for transparency and clarity in the global platform

  • Importance to Formative Assessment

    Periodic assessment assists in both self-improvement and sets goals for achievement. It also helps in program evaluation and feedback for improvement

  • Focus on development of transferrable skills

    Importance is given to communication skills and leadership, which help in transferring learning to action in society

  • Research Focus

    Student research skills are honed and scientific curiosity nurtured, especially since evidence-based dentistry is the backbone of clinical practice

  • Uses application-based learning. 
  • Provides varied research opportunities.
  • Offers internship, training, and placement support with various worldwide universities and industries.
  • Includes expert guest lectures from varied institutions and industries. 
  • Ensures a group project and dissertation as output. 
  • Offers workshop, industry visits, group discussions and debates.
  • Classes in small batches to encourage in-depth learning

  • We offer accommodation in student hostels on our campus, and even offer third-party off-campus hotels where necessary to ensure students can focus on what matters the most. 
  • Our on-campus facilities include WiFi any time of the day, 24/7.
  • From a host of eateries and laundry facilities, we ensure that students have access to all facilities.
  • We encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities on campus which include sports and cultural events, both at a university level and a faculty level.
  • We help students focus on independent and sponsored research with projects and a dissertation

Structure

Study Domains

  • PSTM

    Programme Specialisation Teaching Module

    Includes a vertical and horizontal integration of the topics of the specialty

  • RM

    Research module

    In addition to classes in Research Methodology, this is a module designed to teach how to conceptualise and execute a research project and disseminate research findings

  • FCM

    Faculty Common Modules

    Courses that add value for all round development of the dental specialist

  • EL

    Elective

    Includes training and a research project in an institution in India or abroad and a teacher training module

Course Progression

Course Credits Study Domain
Preclinical phase

PGOPM01 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Clinical photography

PGFCM01 Theory Practicals

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Basic and advanced life support

PGFCM02 Theory Practicals

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Personality Development and Soft Skills

PGFCM03

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Ethics and Professionalism

PGFCM04

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Research Methodology

PGRM01

2 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Laboratory Phase

PGOPM02 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Short term project/Group project

PGRM02 Theory Practicals

6 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Basic Oral Pathology

PGOPM03 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Teacher Training Module

PGEM01

1 Elective EL
Library Dissertation

PGRM03

4 Research module RM
Conference presentation

PGRM05

1 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Oral Oncology

PGOPM04 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Training in any other institution in India or Abroad

PGEM02 Theory Practicals

3 Elective EL
Dissertation

PGRM04 Theory Practicals

8 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Advanced Oral Pathology

PGOPM05 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Dissertation

PGRM04 Theory Practicals

10 Research module RM
Journal publication

PGRM06

1 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Comprehensive Oral Pathology & Microbiology

PGOPM06 Theory Practicals

20 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

Programme specialisation Teaching Module (PSTM) 1 — 6

There are two components to this. Component 1 (Continuous Evaluation of Module CEM) for PSTM 1 – 6 includes theory assessment, assignment, clinical assessment, and viva voce.

Component 2 (Programme End Exam CEE) has a theory component, clinical component, pedagogy and viva voce.

Theory component

Part I

  • Paper I (Applied Basic Sciences): Applied anatomy, Physiology (general and oral), Cell Biology, General Histology, Biochemistry, General Pathology, General and Systemic Microbiology, Virology, Mycology, Basic Immunology, Oral Biology (oral and dental histology), Biostatistics and Research Methodology 
  • A written exam at the end of the first year of 3‑hours

Part II

  • Paper I: Oral pathology, Oral Microbiology and Immunology and Forensic Odontology
  • Paper II: Laboratory techniques and Diagnosis and Oral Oncology
  • Paper III: Descriptive and analysing type question
  • A written examination the end of the third year which consists of Paper I, Paper II, and Paper III, each of 3‑hours duration. Paper I and Paper II consist two long answer questions carrying 25 marks each and five questions carrying 10 marks each. Paper III involves answering 2 out of 3 essay questions carrying 50 marks, and questions are on recent advances.

Clinical Component

A structured clinical exam for different exercises that is assessed for 200 marks.

  • Long and short clinical case presentation (30 + 20 marks)
  • Any two haematological investigations: Total leucocyte count, differential leucocyte count, haemoglobin estimation, ESR estimation, bleeding time, clotting time (20 marks)
  • Staining of tissues using specific stains or Hematoxylin and Eosin in particular (20 marks)
  • Cytology smear preparation and staining or microbiological investigations including staining using either Ziehl Neelsen stain or Gram stain (10 marks)
  • Histopathological reporting of 10 slides (100 marks)

Pedagogy and Viva voce Component

A structured viva voce exam for 80 marks and pedagogy for 20 marks conducted during a clinical exam

Research, Faculty Common and Elective Modules

These modules will be assessed as per the norms as specified in the module specification. The assessment for these modules is through tests, presentations or any other method as specified in the module specification

Careers

  • Researcher

  • Specialist Dental Surgeon

  • PhD

  • Academician

  • Oral oncopathologist

Admissions

Eligibility

Candidates must have a recognised degree of Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery awarded by a University or institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council. The Candidate must have obtained a provisional or permanent registration and undergone compulsory rotatory internship for a year in an approved and recognised dental college

Application Process

Students seeking admissions are required to appear and qualify in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-MDS) conducted on all India basis.

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PGET Code: D10

All admissions are done through centralised common counselling by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). For details visit: www​.kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​p​g​e​t​2​0​1​9.htm

Foreign/​NRI students seeking admissions are also required to qualify NEET examination conducted on all India basis.

Fees & Scholarships

Government Seats:

  • As per Government of Karnataka for Indian nationals

University Seats:

  • Rs 4,21,800 per annum for Indian nationals

Eligibility

  • The Council may, on payment of the prescribed fee for registration, grant temporary registration for the duration of the post-graduate training restricted to the dental college/​institution to which he or she is admitted for the time being exclusively for post-graduate studies: Provided further that temporary registration to such foreign national shall be subject to the condition that such person is duly registered as medical practitioner in his/​her own country from which he/​she has obtained his/​her basics dental qualification and that his/​her degree is recognized by the corresponding state dental council or concerned authority
  • Equivalence certificate by Association of Indian Universities
  • Should have proof of proficiency in English with a minimum TOEFL score of 8

Application Process

Students seeking admissions are required to appear and qualify in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-MDS) conducted on all India basis.

https://​nbe​.edu​.in,

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PGET Code: D10

All admissions are done through centralised common counselling by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). For details visit: www​.kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​p​g​e​t​2​0​1​9.htm

Foreign/​NRI students seeking admissions are also required to qualify NEET examination conducted on all India basis.

Fees & Scholarships

NRI/ Foreign Students:

Not applicable

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Mr. S L Narasimhan
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