Otago 

Dear students,

 

Please look at the modules listed below. Each module topic will have a video lecture and PDF of lecture notes and some will have other information relevant to your studies. There may also be some self-directed learning support for your SDLs related topics in  your learning management system at your University. Some will have self-assessment task that you can use to review your knowledge. Please work through all the modules to enhance your Oral Medicine Knowledge.

 

Any feedback would be appreciated.

 

This site is a resource which can be available through your time at the University as well as after your graduation. Good luck.

 

Dr Ajith Polonowita

MODULES
 

La Trobe Student wins Oral Medicine Prize – Dr Polonowita Proud!

 

"Throughout my undergraduate dental studies at La Trobe University, I incurred a positive experience involving Oral Medicine. My understanding of the fundamental principles of Oral Medicine paramount to general Dentistry were imported through discourses comprising of: lectures, self-directed modules, problem based learning and case discussions. Axiomatically, these necessary curricular foundations, in conjunction to my interest in surgery, have instigated my desire to fortify my knowledge in the Oral Medicine, pathology and surgical domains and aspire a career in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery."

– Abdullah Kanbour 

MODULE 1

Web Lectures Videos 

History Examination and diagnosis

 

This module will allow the students to:

  • Know clinical process of history taking, examination and arriving at a differential diagnosis

  • Know the special investigations required to eliminate some of the differentials and arrive at a definitive diagnosis

  • Understand the initial management and those conditions requiring further referral to a Specialist

  • Students will practice this information in the clinical practice and in their workshop presentations of cases

SDL support self-assessment

 
MODULE 3

Mucosal 2

 

In this module the students are introduced to Oral Mucosal discolouration, Oral Cancer and Dysplasia and white lesions. The students will:

  • Know the different causes of discoloured, white and red lesions of the mouth

  • Know oral dysplasia and Oral Carcinoma

  • Understand the histopathological features of dysplasia and carcinoma

  • Understand at risk lesions and sites and the need for early referral

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

MODULE 2

Mucosal 1

 

In this module which introduces the students to Oral Ulceration, Infections and Mucosal disease, the student will be expected to:

  • Understand the different causes of oral infection, ulceration and generalised mucosal disease

  • Know the different types of infection, causes of ulceration and mucosal disorders

  • Understand the special investigations required to arrive at a differential diagnosis

  • Understand initial management if required before appropriate referral

  • Students will gain knowledge of these topics through SDL, clinical exposure and Workshop case presentation

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

 

EXEMPLARS OF CASE PRESENTATIONS:

Dear Students,

Please see below some exemplars of how you should work up group cases that are given to you during the year. There are also exemplars of extra and intra oral examination and description of a radiograph and clinical photograph. 

Describing OPG

Watch video here

Extra and Intra oral examination

Watch video here

 
MODULE 4

Neurologic 1​

 

In this module the students will be introduced to pain and chronic pain in the maxillofacial region. The students will:

  • Know the differential diagnosis of Orofacial pain

  • Understand the latest evidence base for facial pain

  • Know the process of history taking and clinical examination In relation to facial pain in order to arrive at a diagnosis

  • Understand mechanisms of nerve dysfunction

  • Understand initial management principles and referral

  • Students will gain knowledge on this topic through module resources, workshop presentations and clinical exposure

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

 
MODULE 5

Salivary Glands 1

 

This module introduces the student to salivary gland disease. The student will:

  • Know the functions of saliva

  • Know the causes of saliva dysfunction

  • Understand the classification of salivary gland tumours

  • Know the consequences of hyposalivation and clinical management of these oral consequences

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

 
 
MODULE 6

Bone Disorders

 

This module will cover Oral Cysts, Odotogenic tumours and fibro-osseous lesions. The student will:

  • Know how to describe a radiograph

  • Know how to identify normal structures on an Orthopantomograph

  • Be able to distinguish between benign, malignant and infective bone patterns on a radiograph

  • Know the classifications and aetiology of Cysts and Odotogenic tumours

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

MODULE 7

Swellings

 

This module is a general introduction to causes of oral swelling and the expansion of some of these causes are reviewed in other modules. The student will:

  • Know the general causes of oral swellings

  • Be able to extrapolate these causes form material learned in other modules

  • Understand the basic management principles

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

 
MODULE 8

Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease

 

The students will be introduced to systemic conditions/problems that may have oral manifestations. The students will need to review material learned in physiology, general medicine. The students will:

  • Understand the oral manifestations of systemic disease, medications and deficiencies

  • Know initial management and referral

  • Understand the mechanisms behind allergy as it relates to dentistry

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

 
 
MODULE 9

Neurologic 2

 

This module further extends the students in chronic Orofacial pain.

The students will:

  • Know the complex causes of chronic pain conditions in the maxillofacial region

  • Understand the diagnostic principles in facial pain

  • Know initial management and referral path

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

MODULE 10

Salivary Gland 2

 

This module will further extend the students in Salivary Gland dysfunction. The students will:

  • Know the general causes of salivary gland dysfunction

  • Know the differential diagnosis of salivary gland conditions

  • Know initial management of salivary gland conditions and appropriate referral

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

 
MODULE 11

Mucosal 3

 

This module will further extend the student into potentially malignant Disorders.

The student will:

  • Understand risk factors in oral carcinoma

  • Know how to recognise and refer at risk lesions

Web Lectures Videos 

Lectures Notes 

SDL support self-assessment

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Dr A D Polonowita

Email: aporalmed@gmail.com

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