Melbourne Faculty of Dentistry

Melbourne Faculty of Dentistry

Melbourne University Faculty of Dentistry is one of the graduate schools of the University of Melbourne.

In addition to the 4 year graduate dental program, Melbourne offers specialty training programs combined with the Doctor of Clincal Dentistry degree, advanced training programs, and research degrees including MSc. and Ph.D. programs.

Research

The School of Dental Science has a strong tradition in dental research and an established international reputation in several research areas. Research in the School is an integral component of staff and student activities underpinning both the undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The major research activities of the School are conducted by four Research groups. This research covers a vast area of scientific research from basic science to clinical studies and involves a range of scientific disciplines.

The School published 46 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals in 2003 and attracted over $8 million in external grants from government agencies (National Health and Medical Research Council and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council etc.) and industry.

The School of Dental Science is one of five participants in the Victorian Centre for Oral Health Science established in 2003 with an infrastructure grant (major equipment grant) from the Victorian State Government.

In 2004 the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Science was established with the School of Dental Science being a core partner.

The School of Dental Science is a participant in the Bio21 Institute with research encompassing a wide variety of sub-disciplines, including structural chemistry, bacterial biofilms and peptide vaccine technology

Graduate Programs

The Faculty of Dentistry offers formal graduate programs leading to a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree (DClinDent) in the following areas:
*Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral medicine
*Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Offered conjointly with a medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine)
*Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
*Pedodontics
*Periodontics
*Prosthodontics
*Endodontics
*Special Needs Dentistry

The Faculty also offers graduate programs in Forensic Odontology and Restorative dentistry.

History of the School

In 1884 a group of dentists formed the Odontological Society of Victoria with the aims of the regulation and education of dentists in the state of Victoria. Mr John Illife (1847-1914), a member and later President of the Odontological Society of Victoria, was the driving force in negotiations for the regulation of dentistry in Victoria and the establishment of a hospital and college in Melbourne.

Thanks largely to his efforts, the Melbourne Dental Hospital opened its doors in 1890 and was followed in 1897 by the Australian College of Dentistry devoted solely to the education of dentists.

In 1904 a Faculty of Dental Science was established and the College was affiliated with The University of Melbourne. In 1963 the Faculty and the hospital moved from 193 Spring Street to 711 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

In 1989 the Faculty of Dentistry merged with the Faculty of Medicine (established 1876) to create a new Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry comprising a School of Medicine and a School of Dental Science respectively. To reflect additional responsibilities, the faculty expanded in 1991 to become the present Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Melbourne Model Changes

*In 2008 and 2009 the School of Dental Science will continue to accept applicants into the 5 year Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc).
*In 2010 there will be no intake into the Bachelor of Dental Science.
*In 2011 the School of Dental Science will only accept students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree into the new 4-year graduate-entry dental program which will replace the 5-year Bachelor of Dental Science for training dentists at Melbourne University. Melbourne will be the 2nd dental school in Australia to transition to a 4-year graduate program after the University of Sydney.

ome Notable Alumni

* Prof. P. Raymond Begg,AO [http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news19321.html] , Orthodontist, BDSc '23

Accreditation

*Melbourne University Faculty of Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
*The Dental Faculty is currently applying for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the United States (CODA) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum contains over 2500 objects, photographs, documents and catalogues relating to the history of dentistry and dental education in Victoria. Objects in the collection date from the early 1700s and provide insights into the changes and developments within the dental profession and its striving to improve the standard of dental education, dental health and dental care within Victoria.

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum is located on the ground floor, 720 Swanston Street Melbourne, in the same building occupied by The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

External links

* [http://www.dent.unimelb.edu.au/index.html Melbourne University Faculty of Dentistry]
* [http://www.racds.org/home Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons]
* [http://www.ada.org.au/ Australian Dental Association]
* [http://www.dentalcouncil.net.au/ Australian Dental Council]
* [http://www.mdss.org.au/ Melbourne Dental Students' Society]

References

* [http://www.dent.unimelb.edu.au/melbourne model/ Melbourne University DDS program]


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