Master of Endodontics

Program title: Master of Endodontic program

Name of degree: Master of Endodontics

1. Course Objective

To develop master level training in Endodontology for dentists who possess the appropriate knowledge and ability in both didactics and clinical skills to complete the program. Through clinical sessions, self-study, tutorials, seminars, case discussions and completion of a research project or major assignment, students will gain advanced knowledge, understanding, and clinical skills in the areas of patent examination, assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, and utilization of arrange of endodontic techniques. The curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates will have the skills, attitude, and competencies important to the successful practice of endodontics in line with the identified strategies of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and with the international trends and expectations.

2. Learning Outcomes

Graduate from the master of Endodontic program will have appropriate knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Biological aspects of Endodontics
  • Pulp physiology
  • Evaluation, management, and treatment planning of complex cases including multiple-disciplinary treatment planning
  • Management of medically compromised patients
  • Radiology
  • Applied pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Root canal anatomy
  • Non-odontogenic alveolar pathoses
  • Assessment and management of oro-facial pain of dental and non-dental origin
  • Pathogenesis of pulp and periapical diseases
  • Outcome of Endodontic treatment (success and failure)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cracked and fracture teeth
  • Endodontic-periodontic inter-relationships
  • Endodontic-orthodontic inter-relationships
  • Endodontic-restorative inter-relationships
  • Paedodontic endodontics
  • Advanced local anesthesia techniques
  • Vital pulp therapy
  • Management of deep carious lesions
  • Dentin desensitization and protection
  • Pulp capping (direct & indirect)
  • Partial and total pulpotomy
  • Aetiology and treatment of apical, external and internal resorptive defects
  • Management of endodontic emergencies
  • Endodontic materials, instruments and equipment
  • Access
  • Techniques for chemo-mechanical preparation of root canals
  • Irrigation
  • Medication
  • Root canal filling techniques
  • Management of iatrogenic complications and retreatment
  • Management of root perforations
  • Re-treatment of endodontic failures
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Aetiology and treatment of discoloured teeth
  • Management of Trauma
  • The diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the teeth and supporting structures including subluxations, luxations, avulsions, crown fractures, crown/root fractures and root fractures
  • Regeneration of the pulp

3. Length of study

The Master of Endodontics Programme requires at least 3 years (6 semesters) of study.

4. Course Requirements

Students are required to fulfil the following components before they are allowed to sit for the final exam.

Written assignments and yearly examinations further identify strong and weak areas and contribute to maintaining acceptable standards. A satisfactory pass is required at each level. Students will receive grades for each semester of study.

A. Didactic lectures

Candidates are expected to acquire knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and other activities. These will primarily take place during regular visits by the overseas visiting lecturers.

B. Clinical

    • Attendance in clinics and treating endodontic patients an average of 6 hours a week.
    • Treatment of all cases assigned to a candidate.
    • Regularly recall patients for follow-up.
    • Manage patients with professionalism and without any negligence.
    • A student must keep accurate records of every treated case, including diagnosis, treatment provided and relevant patient forms, models, photographs, and radiographs

C. Case requirements

Students will complete a comprehensive logbook of patients. The recommended minimum number of cases is 170. The logbook will serve as a reference of the relative clinical case mix of patients seen and treatments performed and will aid continual assessment of each postgraduate student. The logbooks will be audited regularly to aid in the clinical experience students receive and to expose students to a wide variety of cases. The logbook will also form part of the clinical assessment for each semester and will form part of their overall assessment during the final examination in the second semester of the third year.

D. Attending classes and completing assignments

a. Students should attend all lectures and seminars.
b. Students must hand in all written assignments to encourage individual independent learning.
c. The assignments must be completed to an acceptable standard.

E. Research or major assignment

Complete a research project or major written assignment on an agreed topic under supervision of one or more of the course lecturers. The final written work is to be in a format suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. As a guide, the research project or major assignment should take approximately 120 hours.

F. Professional Conduct

Students will not have a criminal record or history of cheating. Students must provide patient management in an ethical and professional manner. Any failure to do this or evidence of cheating or plagiarism may result in expulsion from the programme.

5. Admission Requirements

  • Applicants will be assessed based on their written applications, interviews, tests and referee reports.
  • A written test will be conducted by the English Department at International University, in addition to a test on general dentistry topics.
  • Applicants will also be asked to submit two case reports of endodontic treatment carried out in their capacity as a general dentist.

A. Selection Criteria

Candidates must:

    • Be Cambodian nationals who hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree
    • Have a strong interest in endodontics and a minimum of 1 year of general dentistry experience
    • Be willing and able to attend the lectures, seminars and clinical sessions as required
    • Be able to read and understand and speak the English language (assessed by examination of the Faculty)
    • Have a good knowledge of general dentistry and the basic medical sciences (assessed by examination of the faculty).

Students must be willing to purchase the following items for use during the course:

    • Optical loupes
    • A set of approved instruments and equipment for rotary endodontics
    • An electric pulp tester
    • Several sets of approved high quality endodontic instruments
    • An approved film positioning device
    • A set of approved rubber dam instruments
    • Recommended textbooks on Endodontics
    • A laptop computer with internet access and Skype
    • o An approved clinical camera with retractors and mirrors

B. Validity of Credits

    • A student must fulfill their Master of Endodontics credits in no longer than over a 4 year period from the commencement of the course.
    • Students must fulfill the credits requirements, and satisfactorily complete the clinical requirements before sitting the final exam.
    • If a student fails an exam, they may repeat it twice. If a student fails a third time he/she will be not be allowed to continue in the course.

1 credit = 15 hours lectures/presentation/seminars/tutorials
30 supervised hours of clinical work
30 unsupervised hours of individual clinical work
30 hours of assignment

Need 54 credits over 3 years:

Supervised clinic: 12 credits

    • 6 one-week blocks x 20 hours = 120hours/year = 360 hours/3years.

Individual clinical work: 18 credits

    • 6hours/week x30 weeks/year x 3 = 540 hours/3 years.

Didactic (Face to face) seminars: 12 credits

    • 6 weeks x 10 hours/year = 180 hours/3 years.

Literature reviews/assignments/research assignment: 12 credits

    • 4 hours/week x 30weeks/year = 360 hours/3 years