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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree in Endodontics
The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree in Endodontics for general dentists wishing to develop their clinical skills and professional knowledge in this discipline in order to practice as a specialist.
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a three-year full-time course where students spend approximately half the time in clinical sessions. These clinical sessions are supervised by experienced specialist endodontists and students learn contemporary endodontic techniques including the use of the operating microscope and rotary nickel-titanium instrumentation. Each student will have access to a microscope in every clinical session. Approximately twenty percent of the time involves participating in seminars based on the latest research and the remaining thirty percent of the course is taken up conducting research that forms that basis for a thesis of approximately 25,000 words. The thesis is in form of a literature review and at least one manuscript submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Students are encouraged to also publish case reports and literature reviews.
DCD in Endodontics course convener, Dr Peter Parashos, supervising two specialists-in-training in the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne Specialist Services Clinic 2007.
International and local general dentists with at least two years full-time clinical experience are eligible to apply for admission to this degree. International graduates of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry may gain specific registration with the Dental Practice Board of Victoria to practice as an Endodontist in the State of Victoria.
Selection criteria include: undergraduate record, any further formal study, other academic pursuits, clinical experience. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview involving individual and combined assessments by a selection panel.