Module Catalogue 2022/23

MCD8100 : Simulated Clinical Skills in Restorative Dentistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Giles McCracken
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Holliday, Professor John Whitworth
  • Owning School: Dental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
ECTS Credits: 0.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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The aim of this pre-clinical simulator-based training module is to equip students with the skills, applied knowledge and understanding to progress onto the clinical delivery care to patients January of this semester.
MCD8100 is a clinical training module that accompanies the academic module MCD8000 in year 1 semester 1 of the MClinDent Programmes.

There are three clinical training modules (MCD8101/2/5, MCD8101/3/6 and MCD8101/4/7) that cover the remainder of the first year, the second and third years of the MClinDent programmes. Theoretical skills that are within the academic modules are put into simulated clinical practice in this module and then refined in these following clinical modules. These clinical training modules are not credit bearing but have an associated minimum expected number of hours of clinical activity in each year. One interim and three annual review of competence progression (ARCP) will monitor and judge sufficient progress by students in demonstrating simulated and clinical outcomes over years 1, 2 and 3 of this programme.

Students will aim to develop the skills based in simulated clinical environments through a mixture of clinical simulator sessions, reflective practice on work undertaken, case-review sessions and simulator based assessments.

Outline Of Syllabus

The 300-hour MCD8100 clinical simulated training module is delivered in the September to December of the first year to demonstrate sufficient clinical simulator-based skills at a sufficient level to allow progress onto the direct clinical management of patients. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed, demonstrated and reflected upon in the following areas of restorative dentistry:

Fundamental Endodontics
•       orthograde endodontic management
•       surgical endodontic management
Fundamental Periodontics
•       non-surgical periodontal management
•       surgical periodontal management
Fundamental Prosthodontics
•       fixed prosthodontics
•       removable prosthodontics
•       implant supported prosthodontics

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Academic modules cover the required knowledge outcomes. Demonstration of applied knowledge will be through the delivery and defence of simulated clinical interventions.

Applied knowledge and understanding of:

1. The anatomy and physiology of the oral and peri-oral tissues related to endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics
2. The aetiology pathobiology and clinical presentation of diseases of the oral and peri-oral tissues related to endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics
3. The general and clinical epidemiology of oral diseases related to endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics
4. Biomaterial science relevant to restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the safe and effective application of knowledge and understanding of restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics in undertaking simulator-based clinical interventions

2. Demonstrate the planning of simulator-based interventions in restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics

3. Demonstrate the safe and effective delivery of simulator-based interventions in restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics

4. Defend the approaches taken safe and effective simulator-based interventions in restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics

5. Demonstrate effective reflective practice of their delivery of simulator-based interventions in restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training3001:00300:00Dental simulator-based activities
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching on this clinical training module will be delivered as clinical simulator-based sessions and associated preparation, reflection, work-based assessments and case-based presentation and review. Students will undertake prescribed simulated activities and then review and map their simulator experience, reflections, simulator assessments, to demonstrate progression towards or where learning outcomes have been achieved.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Zero weighted pass/fail Portfolio of clinical evidence.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract1MSimulated-based work will be recorded to capture reflection and feedback on development of skills in a clinical portfolio.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This clinical training module is non-credit bearing, however, it is a compulsory part of the programme which must be passed to allow progression to direct clinical care of patients. Students who fail the module will not be offered a resit opportunity and will be unable to continue their clinical training.

Satisfactory attainment in this module is aimed to indicate a basic level of safe clinical skills to allow progression from the simulation environment to the clinical environment and management of patients.

The simulated portfolio of activity will be submitted and will be reviewed at the interim ARCP (Annual Review of Competency Progression)that will occur prior to the Christmas vacation period to determine satisfactory attainment of the following outcomes: IKOs 1-4, and ISOs 1-5.

In order to pass the module students must successfully complete a minimum amount of clinical hours, meet the required standard of clinical training and achieve satisfactory demonstration of simulator-based skills as judged by the ARCP clinical specialty panel based on the portfolio evidence presented of simulator-based activity.

Formative assessment will be undertaken through review, reflection and discussion of clinical simulation activity and will be used for students to discuss their development and demonstration of their clinical skills. This assessment will be captured as a reflective log along with formative performance grades that will be held in their clinical portfolio (iDentity) along with their performance in the summative assessment in this module.

Further detail is provided in the programme regulations and handbook.


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General Notes


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