Postgraduate / MDS Program

Overview

Islamabad Medical and Dental College is offering MDS Orthodontics & Operative Dentistry for dental graduates wishing to develop their clinical skills and professional knowledge in these disciplines. The course provides both the education and clinical training currently acceptable for specialist registration in Pakistan and various countries of the world. The MDS program is a four-year full-time course where students spend approximately half their time in clinical sessions. Approximately thirty percent of the time involves participating in seminars based on the latest research, journal clubs, latest topic presentations and wire work sessions. The remaining twenty percent of the course involves conducting research that forms the basis for a thesis. International and local dentists with at least one year full-time clinical experience are eligible to apply for admission to this course. Entry to the course is competitive. Two seats will be offered annually in each discipline. After advertisement, all applications must be submitted to the admission office before the closing date. Selection criteria includes: Entry test score, undergraduate record, any further formal study, other academic pursuits and clinical experience. Calls are given to Short-listed applicants only for an interview involving individual and combined assessments by a selection panel.

Course Objectives

The MDS program aims to provide a course of education that allows the graduate student to acquire a thorough understanding of the science & Art of Dentistry. The course aims to allow the graduate student to develop the ability for independent thought and the ability to solve problems using scientific principles. Successful completion of the course provides a sound basis for entry into the expanding specialized areas of Dentistry.

Course Outline

The MDS program is a four year full-time course which starts early each year and run throughout the year. Students undertake at least 2-3 clinical sessions, as well as case presentation and didactic seminars each week. The rest of the week is for the preparation of tutorials or cases or undertaking the research project. Further clinical tutorials fit in around the clinic timetable. The clinical sessions include all aspects of specialized treatment as well as interdisciplinary management of patients in conjunction with pediatric dental, periodontic, prosthodontics, endodontic and oral & maxillofacial surgery units.

Seminars

Formal seminars and literature review sessions will take place each week. Students from all four years of the course will attend all seminars and present topics. A number of visiting consultants are also planned to present lectures & workshops.

Case Presentations

Each week students from all four years of the course will take part in problem-solving for unseen cases. These sessions will develop students' skills in listing diagnostic factors, specifying particular problems for individual patients, providing possible solutions for management of those problems and then providing a prioritised overall treatment plan.

Research Project

The research project will form one third of the total course requirement and will involve the completion of original research and the submission of a research thesis. It will require full-time effort including project development, conduct of the experimental work, data analysis, thesis and article writing.

Assessment

Assessments will be including in house assessments as well as university based assessments. There will be written exams at the end of each year. The final examination will consist of written and oral examinations, assessment of unseen cases and presentation of finished cases. Generally three to four external examiners will run the formal examination.