Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics

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Program Director

  • Dr. Bassem Mohamed
    Chairperson, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences
    Associate Professor of Endodontics

Program Description and Local Accreditation

Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics is a 3 year Program spread over 6 semesters; offering a total of 80 credits. It is accreditated by the Ministry of Health and Commission for Academic Accreditation, U.A.E. It aims to prepare graduates for a dynamic and promising career in Endodontics. The Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics program under Restorative Department is devoted to the pursuant of excellence in clinical skills, research, and evidence-based practice.

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Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent graduates in endodontics and relevant areas in the dental field to effectively manage patients with different endodontic problems.
  2. To prepare graduates, who can collaborate with other healthcare providers to deliver a comprehensive patient care.
  3. To prepare a scholar, who can conduct a research and critically appraise the literature to take an evidence-based decision.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the MDS (Endodontics) Program, the student should be able to:

Competency Domains Program Learning Outcomes
Professionalism PLO 1 1.1:  Critically appraise and apply evidenced-based concepts, theories, and modern knowledge relevant to the safe practice of endodontics.

1.2:  Record full medical and dental history of the patient with endodontic diseases and applying legislation related to record-keeping.

1.3: Provide patient centered care in a professional way by complying with local and international regulations considering moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialized dental care.

Communication and social skills PLO 2 2.1: Share information and professional knowledge with both the patient and other professionals, verbally and in writing.

2.2: Interpret and communicate knowledge, skills, and ideas in delivering specialized treatment considering patients desires and attitudes.

Scientific and clinical Knowledge PLO 3 3.1:  Apply the core scientific and clinical knowledge in the decision-making process, clinical reasoning, and judgment to develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan.
Health Promotion PLO 4 4.1: Participate with dental team members and other health care providers in the management of oral health care and health promotion for all patients.
Patient care PLO 5 5.1:  Manage endodontic cases with different degrees of complexity including medically compromised and special needs patients.

5.2: Perform non-surgical and design surgical endodontic treatment plan for teeth to serve a properly formulated treatment plan.

5.3: Evaluate the results of the treatment and to carry out any further procedures required to maintain or improve the obtained treatment outcomes.

Effective collaboration and leadership PLO 6 6.1: Design treatment plan with multidisciplinary engagement for complex cases in collaboration with other dental, medical, and surgical specialties.

6.2: Plan and take responsibility for leading and carrying out research project that contributes to the advancement of professional knowledge in the field of endodontics.

The Matrix of Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) with QFEmirates. [Link]

Cost of studying in the program:  1,54,350 AED per year including 5% vat.

Dental Faculty

Dr. Bassem Mohamed

Chairperson, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences
Associate Professor of Endodontics

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Dr. Tarek Elsewify

Associate Professor of Endodontics

Dr. Walid Shaaban Moustafa Elsayed

Associate Dean Academics
Associate Professor of Oral Histopathology

Dr. Pooja Narain Adtani

Chairperson, Department of Basic Medical and Dental Sciences
Assistant Professor of Oral Histopathology

Dr. Ramya Rathan

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Dr. Janita Rita Trinita Pinto

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Razia Khanam

Professor of Pharmacology

Dr. Jayadevan Sreedharan

Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Dr. L. Ashwin Narayanan

Lecturer & Specialist in Endodontics

Dr. Asmaa Tahseen Uthman

Lecturer and Specialist in Oral Radiology

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Dr. Ranya Farag Elemam

Assistant Professor of Endodontics

Admission Criteria
Master in Endodontology (MDS Endo)

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (BDS, DMD, DDS) from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (B)
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.
  • Attested Internship certificate
  • A Valid license to practice Dentistry issued from MoH / DHA / HAAD is preferable

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Admission to the program will be confirmed upon submission of:

  • Attested copy of the Baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from an accredited Institution of higher education previously attended
  • Original Internship Completion Certificate
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Valid English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS / TOEFL)
  • Passport with color copy of passport
  • Emirates I.D. card with color copy of ID
  • Family book and Ethbara (For U.A.E. nationals)
  • 5 passport-size photographs
  • Updated CV
  • Statement of Purpose and objectives
  • 2 Letters of recommendation / Experience letter
  • Vaccination record with valid BLS certificate

Study Plan

Study plan as per applicants CGPA

2 – 2.4: remedial courses before registration in MDS programs.

2.5 – 2.9: registered for maximum 9 credits in first semester.

3 – 4: registered in MDS programs.

Year 1 Semester 1

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical / Lab Cr Prerequisite
BMS 601 Basic Medical Sciences 1 1 None
BIS 601 Biostatistics 1 2 2 None
PCE 601 Preclinical-Endodontics 1 4 3 None
CLE 601 Clinical Endodontics -I 1 6 3 None
Total Semester Credit 9  

 

Year 1 Semester 2

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical / Lab Cr Prerequisite
REM 602 Research Ethics & Research Methods 1 2 2 None
CLE 602 Clinical Endodontics -II 1 12 5 Clinical Endodontics -I
ENM 602 Endodontic Microbiology 1 2 2 None
REP 602 Research Project I 6 3 Biostatistics
Total Semester Credit 12  

 

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical Cr Prerequisite
SCC 603 Summer clinical course 12 4 None
Total Semester Credit 4  

 

Year 2 Semester 3

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical/Lab Cr Prerequisite
CLE701 Clinical Endodontics III 1 18 7 Clinical Endodontics -II
PLB 701 Pulp Biology 1 2 2 None
REP 701 Research Project II   6 3 Research Project I
Total Semester Credit 12  

 

Year 2 Semester 4

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical/Lab Cr Prerequisite
CLE 702 Clinical Endodontics IV 1 15 6 Clinical Endodontics III
MCE702 Management of complex endodontic procedures 1 6 3 None
ITE 702 Imaging Techniques in Endodontics 1 6 3 None
           
Total Semester Credit 12  

 

Summer course

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical Cr Prerequisite
SCC 703 Summer clinical course 12 4 None
Total Semester Credit 4  

 

Year 3 Semester 5

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical Cr Prerequisite
ITP 801 Interdisciplinary treatment plan 1 12 5 Clinical Endodontics IV
ACE801 Advanced Clinical Endodontics I 1 18 7 Management of complex endodontic procedures
Total Semester Credit 12  

 

Year 3 Semester 6

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical Cr Prerequisite
ACE802 Advanced Clinical Endodontics II 1 24 9 Advanced Clinical Endodontics I
SUE 802 Surgical Endodontics 1 15 6 Interdisciplinary treatment plan
Total Semester Credit 15  
Total Program Credit 80  

 

Course Description

Semester 1

BMS 601: Basic Medical Sciences

This course provides the students with the necessary applied knowledge and skills that are of importance for clinical practice. This course is designed to impart relevant information about embryology, applied Anatomy of the head and neck, concepts of wound healing, microbiology, immunity and inflammation, and pharmacological aspects and their application in day-to-day dental practice as a specialist.

BIS 601: Biostatistics

This course provides the students with advanced knowledge in the application of descriptive and inferential statistics in medical research. The focus will be on numerical computation and interpretation of outcomes from a given data set. This course will help students to develop advanced skills in analyzing and interpreting data from Health and Allied Health settings through classroom demonstrations and ‘hands-on’ experience with MS Excel for data management and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for data analysis. This course will give focus on communicating complex statistical information effectively.

PCE 601: Pre-Clinical Endodontics

This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of Endodontics. It provides the basic biological and mechanical concepts of Endodontics; covers the biology of pulp, etiology of pulp pathology with their signs and symptoms, radiographic interpretation of different pulp and periapical conditions as well as the fundamental of root canal treatment including internal morphology of different teeth, access cavity preparation, working length determination, biomechanical preparation, and obturation.

CLE- 601: Clinical Endodontics I

First clinical course, students will learn how to perform simple endodontic procedures in patients like direct pulp capping, indirect pulp capping, and root canal treatment of anterior teeth using different root canal preparation techniques and materials.

 

Semester 2

REM 602: Research Ethics & Research Methods

This course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations, and challenges involved in medical research. This course provides an opportunity for the students to advance their understanding of the principles of quantitative research, developing a research question, choosing study subjects, method of exposure measurement, study designs, planning for data management, and analysis. The course also focuses on the ethical and legal principles of research, research fraud, academic misconduct, confidentiality, and conflict of interest. The course covers international, national, and institutional guidelines regarding research on humans, animals, and vulnerable populations.

ENM 602: Endodontic Microbiology

The course focuses on the role of microorganisms in the pathogenesis of intra-radicular and extra-radicular endodontic infections and on the effective clinical treatment of such infections highlighting the importance of prognosis. It introduces culture-based & molecular analysis of endodontic infections. It offers an outline of recent innovations in the regeneration of teeth with the help of stem cells.

REP 602: Research Project I

This course demonstrates the student’s understanding of planning knowledge, professional skills, critical thinking, and ability to undertake a research project on an area of endodontic interest using research methods for the preparation of research protocol. The course will provide students with an introduction to key materials required for the research design, execution, and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research and the production of a high-quality dissertation. Each student starts working according to the approved research protocol from the supervisor and ethical committee. By carrying out such a scientific project, the students acquire critical thinking, research interest, and extensive knowledge in endodontic research.

CLE- 602: Clinical Endodontics II

This course is a continuation of clinical endodontics I. Along with clinical procedures, the candidate will now perform root canal preparation on premolar teeth. They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like the use of RVG, apex locators, loupes, and surgical microscopes.

SCC 603: Summer clinical course

This clinical course is in the summer semester of the end of the first year of the program. It is designed to provide the students with extra clinical experience in endodontics. There is no theoretical component to this course. Students are assigned to patients having various endodontic problems, and they must formulate a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, including patient and clinical management.

 

Semester – 3

PLB 701: Pulp Biology

This course covers the latest developments in the field of pulp biology including the development of dentin-pulp complex, periodontium, dentin-pulp complex structure, function and age change, pulp reactions to dental caries, and restorations, pulpal pain and its mechanism, pulp stem cells, and regenerations and pulp morphology. A pulp biology course is crucial for understanding the fundamentals of endodontics, particularly those elements of specific interest to clinical endodontics. In this course, students will learn the basics of pulp biology to be a fundament for “Advanced Biology of Dental pulp for Endodontics.

CLE 701: Clinical Endodontics III

This course is the continuation of clinical endodontics II. Along with the clinical procedures of previous courses, the candidate will perform root canal preparation on molar teeth. Emphasis will be given to rotary instrumentation using different techniques and materials.  They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like the use of RVG, apex locators, rotary instrumentation, loupes, and surgical microscopes.

REP 701: Research Project II

In this course, each student will continue the research work according to the approved research proposal from the supervisor and institutional ethical committee. By carrying out such a scientific project, students acquire critical thinking, organization skills, and extensive knowledge in Endodontic research. By the end of this course, the students must analyze the data, summarize the results in the research report and interpret the results of the project. They are required to submit and present their research work for evaluation.

 

Semester – 4

CLE 702: Clinical Endodontics IV

The present course is the continuation of clinical endodontics III. Perform clinical procedures like RCT.  The course emphasizes the management of endodontic problems in medically compromised patients. Moreover, the student will be familiar with different techniques & materials. They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like the use of RVG, apex locators, rotary instrumentation, loupes, and surgical microscopes.

MCE 702: Management of complex endodontic procedure

In this course, the students address complex clinical endodontic cases on single and multi-rooted teeth, therefore they can be able to perform endodontic treatment confidently from diagnosis to complete treatment as a specialist from simple to complex cases. They will be taught to handle the complex cases such as curved canals, calcified teeth, severe attired teeth, traumatized teeth, blunderbuss teeth with open apices, c- shaped canals, teeth with morphological variations like extra canals, extra roots, dens invaginatus, radix entomolaris, paramolars, fused teeth, fractured roots, perforations, re-treatment cases.

ITE-702: Imaging Techniques in Endodontic

This course focuses on radiographic interpretation, differential diagnosis, technical difficulties, and special circumstances during the endodontic treatment. The course also covers digital radiographs and their manipulation, storage, and interpretation. The course emphasizes the clinical aspect of object localization techniques and radiographic assessment of working length determination. CBCT principles, techniques, and clinical considerations will also be covered in this course.

SCC 703: Summer clinical course

This clinical course is in the summer semester of the end of the second year of the program. It is designed to provide the students with extra clinical experience in endodontics. There is no theoretical component to this course. Students are assigned to patients having various complicated endodontic problems such as blocked canals, ledges, perforations, and separated instruments.  Students must formulate a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, including patient and clinical management.

 

Semester – 5

ITP 801: Interdisciplinary treatment plan 

In this course, the student will be prepared to deal with a variety of cases in the treatment planning calls for an interdisciplinary approach necessitating the involvement of other dental departments. Here, the student gains knowledge in diagnosing the diseased condition and can provide an interdisciplinary treatment plan providing comprehensive dental care.

This course deals with the management of traumatic teeth, endo-perio lesions, broken teeth requiring post & core, coronal enlargement, application of lasers in Endodontics along with safety protocol, hazards, and complications, tooth whitening/bleaching procedures for patients, geriatric endodontic procedures.

ACE 801: Advanced clinical endodontics I 

In this course, the students will use advanced methods and techniques to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge of contemporary endodontic practice as a specialist.  In this course, the students will be trained to assess and manage the various complex Endodontic cases like teeth involving procedural errors like ledges, instrument separation, perforation repair, retreatment, and teeth with open apices requiring vital pulp therapy like apexogenesis, apexification.

 

Semester – 6

ACE 802: Advanced clinical endodontics II 

In this course, the students will apply and improve their knowledge and clinical skills to manage Endodontic cases with a contemporary clinical approach.

SUE 802: Surgical endodontics  

This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills that would enable them to assess and perform endodontic surgery procedures such as apicoectomy, root resection, hemisection, bicuspidization, and surgical repair of root perforations and fractures, surgical removal of broken instruments if indicated under the surgical operating microscope.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must satisfy all university, college, and program requirements (if any) established by the faculty members.

  • The university mandates the following general degree completion requirements for students to receive their degrees.
  • Each student must: – Be continuously enrolled in the program from admission to graduation.
  • The student should have satisfied all conditions of his or her admission.
  • The students shall fulfil the requirements of each course as prescribed, published, and made available to the students.
  • Satisfactory completion of the clinical requirements as demonstrated by case report submissions, Logbooks documentation and supervisors report.
  • Satisfactory completion of the research project and thesis defence.
  • Submission of scientific abstract for poster and oral presentation and one scientific publication in National Conference.
  • Completion of credits required for the program (80 credit hours)
  • A minimum overall CGPA of 3.0 on scale of 4
  • A minimum pass mark of 80% (Grade B) for each course
  • A minimum attendance of 80%

An endodontist can venture into private practice, teaching and research or opt for careers with government sectors.

Private Practice: An endodontist works in solo private practice or in partnership with other dentists where they provide consultation services.

Academia: An endodontist can opt for being a full-time clinical faculty in a dental college where they are involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students, provide clinical training, mentor students research projects and actively participate in dental camps.

Government Practice: An endodontist can render their services exclusively for governmental sectors.

Research: An endodontist collaborates with other industrial scientists in projects dealing with oral health sciences.

International Health Care: Specialist endodontist provides services to populations abroad and work for agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Hospital dentistry: Hospital dentistry contributes a great deal to Interprofessional Education. An endodontist treats patients with medical conditions and disabilities alongside physician colleagues, often in emergency departments.