Learning outcomes

The challenge of the Bachelor in Dentistry at UCL is to acquire from the start of his or her training scientific, medical and human qualities combining them with advanced technical skills, enabling him or her to take care of patients under supervision from the start of his or her Master’s degree.

In practical terms, the training provided over the course of the Bachelor’s programme allows the acquisition of these skills by integrating:
• basic scientific training,
• medical training (from understanding cellular processes to studying physiological and psychological processes of the human body),
• training in dentistry (examining oral tissues, their physiology and pathologies, and healthcare techniques and biomaterials used),
• professional training by practising dentistry in society.

In the Bachelor’s programme, through various teaching activities (theoretical lectures and preclinical lab work) and clinical observations, the student will developp his or her future professional project, and put it into practice during the Master’s coursenn acquiring more and more autonomy.

Each course of the Bachelor’s programme forms part of the development of certain specific items in the skills base list in accordance with the subjects and activities offered. The coherence of the programme can be seen in the tables identifying the learning outcomes prioritised by each course.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

• to develop a scientific attitude.
The student will be capable of integrating an understanding of different sciences and disciplines in order to apply them to common clinical situations.

1.1. Integrate the essential knowledge of basic, biomedical, technical and clinical sciences by theoretical preparation for the effective practice of dentistry,
1.2. Understand physiological and/or pathological structures, functions or behaviour in accordance with the patient’s age, health and circumstances,
1.3. Apply this knowledge to common clinical situations.

• to make oral hygiene diagnoses.
The student will be able to make a clinical diagnosis of a patient displaying a “simple” medical condition frequently encountered in dentistry.

2.1. Collect accurate and detailed dental, medical and social information (e.g. addiction to tobacco or eating habits),
2.2. Identify the necessary parameters for an intra-oral or extra-oral medical examination including the temporomandibular joints and masticatory muscles, the teeth and gums and the oral mucous membranes, as well as an analysis of the occlusion,
2.3. Conduct a basic X-ray examination demonstrating an awareness of the risks of ionising radiation,
2.4. Interpret a set of clinical, radiographic and possibly laboratory results in order to make a diagnosis,
2.5. Make a common differential diagnosis and decide the final diagnosis from a number of alternatives.

• to plan oral hygiene treatment.
The student will be able to offer a treatment plan and organise a schedule for a common clinical case within each discipline, taught independently to allow optimum command. The multidisciplinary integration required for the effective practice of dentistry will be developed during the clinical work placements of the Master’s course.

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• to carry out the oral hygiene treatment.
The student will be able to carry out all technical activities on a simulator, because the Bachelor training is focused on the development of preclinical technical skills.

4.1. Be acquainted with the theoretical concepts allowing serious dental situations to be dealt with,
4.2. Have command of technical activities in a preclinical laboratory relating to restorative dentistry, prosthetic dentistry, endodontics and oral surgery.

• to manage the dentist-patient relationship.
The student will be acquainted with the theoretical concepts allowing patients to be dealt with appropriately from the start of the active clinical work placements.

5.1. Be acquainted with the theoretical concepts allowing the stress of patient and dentist to be dealt with appropriately,
5.2. Identify expectations of the patient in terms of needs and demands by active listening in a consultation context at a basic level (adult patient displaying common pathologies),
5.3. Communicate with the patient, to an appropriate and adapted degree of complexity, to explain treatment options,
5.5. Identify the psychological and medical factors causing and/or prolonging a dental, oral or facial illness or impairment or another pathology.
5.6. Understand written and spoken documents (audio and video) in English in the medical field in general and dentistry in particular.

• to work as part of a team.
The student will be aware of his/her own knowledge and share that with other medical or dental practitioners with whom he/she might interact in the patient’s interests.

6.1. Provide information relating to his/her knowledge, diagnoses, suggestions for treatment (common clinical cases), to an appropriate and adapted degree of complexity (type of vocabulary, amount of information, etc).
6.2. Be aware of his/her own skills and the limits of his/her expertise.

• to act in a socially professional and responsible way.
The student will be able to view his/her future practice from a societal, ethical and financial perspective.

7.1. Describe the (relative) position of the clinical practice in relation to improving the health of the population and analyse the current challenges for health and the healthcare systems,
7.2. Place the medical approach and pharmaceutical practice in relation to other scientific disciplines (natural sciences and social sciences) and tackle certain ethical issues (animal experimentation, stem cells, etc),
7.3. Be acquainted with the essential concepts concerning hygiene in a dental surgery and be able to prepare equipment effectively before a technical activity.

• to constantly learn and improve.
The student will be able to demonstrate a critical mind with regard to his/her own learning as well as to the scientific information provided.

8.1. Identify learning outcomes from a self-assessment perspective
8.2. Respect scientific recommendations and understand written and spoken documents, particularly in English (audio and video), in the medical field in general and dentistry in particular.