The Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine can be referred to as the department that forms the bedrock of students preparation for the world of Clinical Dentistry. The course in the department provides an overview of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. It includes the clinical and radiographic presentation of oral diseases and their pathogenesis. Diagnostic procedures and treatment of oral diseases are introduced in relationship to the clinical and radiographic presentation and pathogenesis.
Ionising radiation is dentistry’s key diagnostic tool to differentiate between what is normal and its pathological variations. This course provides information concerning the basic principle of image producing radiation on firm or digitally based receptor and gives guidelines on using radiation safely.
The course taught in the department builds on the foundational knowledge of pathologic process, that was presented in pre-clinical courses, particularly General Pathology, including Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases, and Systemic Pathology. Student’s rotation in Clinical Medicine later in their training will enhance the understanding of oral manifestation of systemic diseases. Fundamental concept of compromised patient care is given a considerable emphasis.
Students are assessed on continuous basis with two In-course Assessments in the first and second semesters. There are un-announced short quizzes given which form part of the cumulative regular In-course tests. Final BDS Degree examination is examined in three parts comprising Multiple. Choice Questions (MCQs) and Essay (written), Clinical examination including Viva Voce and Practical Examinations.
A minimum attendance of 75% at requisite department activities is required for the student to be eligible for Examinations.