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Paediatric Dentistry

Structure

DateSessionFormatDuration

June 15, 2019

Part 1

Cursive examination

3 hours

Cursive Examination Protocol


Part 2

Cursive examination

3 hours


June 16, 2019

Part 3

Oral examination

1 hour

Oral Examination Protocol
Please note that the format of the NDSE in Paediatric Dentistry has changed compared to previous years. However, the competencies examined remain the same.

Candidates overall performance on the NDSE is based on their performance on the written and oral examinations combined. A pass/fail decision is determined based on candidates' overall performance.

Day 1

The cursive examination is comprised of two papers. The exam format consists of short answer questions and candidates are required to provide single or multiple written answers. More specifically, the examination contains a mix of stand-alone short answer questions that assess general knowledge (and application of knowledge) and case-based questions that assess diagnostic and clinical decision-making ability (including synthesis and evaluation of knowledge). Topics for the written examination may include the following:

In-depth

  • Non-pharmacological Behavior Guidance
  • Cariology, Preventive Dentistry & Anticipatory Guidance
  • Oro-facial Trauma
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (clinical and radiographic assessment, decision making)
  • Growth and Development - including related anomalies/malformations, head & neck embryology
  • Managing the Developing Occlusion
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Medical Management and Patients with Special Health Care Needs
  • Oral Diagnosis / Oral Pathology / Oral Medicine / Oral Radiology
  • Pharmacology (local anesthesia, antibiotics, analgesia)
  • Pulp Therapy
  • Restorative Dentistry including Dental Materials
  • Pharmacological Behaviour Guidance – Minimal / Moderate Sedation

Understanding

  • Child Development (physical, psychological, social)
  • Biomedical Sciences (including genetics, anatomy and general embryology)
  • Ethics & Consent
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Infection Control & Occupational Hazards
  • Record Keeping & Informed Consent
  • Pharmacological Behaviour Guidance – Deep Sedation / General Anaesthesia
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Biostatistics / Epidemiology

Day 2

The purpose of the oral examination is to assess a candidate's knowledge, recognition, problem solving abilities, and treatment planning of clinical situations. This format will also test a candidate's ability to diagnose and manage problems that confront the Paediatric Dental Specialist in clinical practice. During the oral examination, candidates will be presented with case histories, medical and dental histories, radiographs, photographs, and other clinical information. Candidates will be expected to recognize, diagnose, and plan appropriate intervention, management, and follow-up care for the presented patients. The focus is to evaluate the ability to successfully manage patients in a Paediatric Dentistry specialty practice. The oral examination will be structured to test some of the domains listed below during the session and will cover a number of sub-topics.

Oral Examination Domains

  • Prevention (includes caries risk assessment, anticipatory guidance and prevention)
  • Restorative and Surgical Management (includes restorative treatment, pulp therapy and surgical treatment)
  • Pain Management and Behaviour Guidance (includes local anesthesia, physical and psychological development, non-pharmacological behaviour management and sedation)
  • Medical Management (includes paediatric co-morbidities, special needs patients, hospital care, medical emergencies and general anesthesia)
  • Trauma (includes diagnosis and management of dento-alveolar and oro-facial trauma)

Oral Examination Topics for Review

In-depth

  • Non-pharmacological Behavior Guidance
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Oro-facial Trauma
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (clinical and radiographic assessment, decision making)
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Medical Management and Patient with Special Health Care Needs
  • Restorative Dentistry including Dental Materials
  • Pharmacological Behaviour Guidance – Sedation

Understanding

  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Oral Surgery

Candidate Study Guide

The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during the NDSE. The content used in these sample questions is for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.

Candidate

Study Guide

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Last Updated: November 30, 2018