Various circumstances over the last year have made it difficult for the School of Dentistry due to the lack of clinical elements allowed within teaching, however the school have adapted some of their courses to allow practicing dentists the opportunity to further their skills from home. One Dundee caught up with Dr Carol Tait, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, to find out more about our new online Endodontics Diploma.

Why would I choose to study this online course?

“At the moment we are in a global pandemic which has hugely encroached on our ability to provide clinically based courses; however, this is an opportunity to use this time to further develop your knowledge of endodontics. Here at the University of Dundee we are very mindful that endodontics is a subject that is poorly taught at undergraduate level, the cases tend to be more complicated than the ability of undergraduate students therefore recently qualified dentists tend to find this aspect of dentistry quite challenging. The potential is that by increasing your knowledge and understanding of the disease process and how to manage it that this will give you the confidence to treat your patients within your own clinical practice.”

Why choose to study this online Endodontics course at the University of Dundee?

“At the University of Dundee the course will be taught by myself. I have been a specialist endodontist for many years now and an endodontics teacher for 20 years. Therefore, the course is taught by someone with vast experience not only as an active dentist but someone who has a huge understanding of teaching. The intention is that as well as being your teacher and educator I will also become a mentor therefore you can approach me at any time, allowing a relationship that should further instil confidence in your clinical ability.”

What can I expect from the course and what modules will be included?

“The course will give you an understanding of the disease process involved in pulpal and periapical disease. There are 5 modules, the first an introductory module which will set the foundations in place for the course ahead. This covers aspects such as the importance of radiography and radiology, importance of cross infections control and generally making sure you are well equipped to carry out clinical practice in a safe environment. The remaining 4 modules cover aspects of endodontology and endodontics, the first of these covers the microbiology and pathology of pulpal and periapical disease. This is covered in a lot of detail with an elaborate reading list provided so that you have access to the materials you require for you to have meaningful discussions in the tutorials. The other three modules are more practical, the first of these is an endodontic treatment module and this will cover all aspects of contemporary endodontics. This will be supplemented with live Q&A sessions, where together we can look at student cases and critique those as well as presenting some of my own cases. Then there is a module on endodontic re-treatment which looks at more complex cases that have failed first time and require further intervention, I am hoping to give you the knowledge and skills required to tackle these more complex cases. The final module, called advance endodontic practice, covers the more unusual situations you may come across such as unusual tooth anatomy, how to deal with trauma and the use of Cone Beam CT in endodontic practice.”

How long will it take me to get the diploma?

“The course will start in March 2021 and run until December 2021 a total of 9 months.”

How much flexibility is there with this course, can I keep my current job?

“Most of the delivery of knowledge is going to be online with pre-recorded lectures. But in order to keep that personal touch there will be live Q&A sessions so that you can consolidate your knowledge and can ask questions. Overseas students won’t have to worry about time zones, or If you are still working this will allow you to progress in your role without taking time away from your current job.” 

How will this qualification benefit me?

“This qualification will benefit you personally as it will increase your knowledge and understanding of endodontics and will allow you to apply what you have learnt to your own clinical practice. It will also be good for your CV because it will show you have a commitment to continuing professional development and you are also doing something that is worthwhile which is applicable to your clinical practice. It doesn’t matter what stage of your career you are in, there will be something in the course that you can use to further improve your skills and knowledge.”

You can find out more about the Endodontic Diploma and apply here: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/postgraduate/endodontics-pgdip