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Unit Overview


This is the first-year clinical practice unit in Oral Medicine in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry course. The unit is taken over two semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. It provides clinical experience in oral medicine to introduce the student to the discipline at the specialist level. The case mix is selected to match the student's level of experience and expertise. Diagnostic histopathology is introduced by means of studying selected routine cases. Students are required to manage all relevant aspects of the oral medicine cases referred to the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA). They spend 50 per cent of their time in this work. Completion of a logbook of cases seen on clinic and in the laboratory is mandatory.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOral Health Care Centre of WA (OHCWA)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate, synthesise and apply diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in cases referred to OHCWA for oral medicine management; (2) demonstrate advanced problem-solving and diagnostic skills; (3) effectively instruct undergraduates and other health care professionals in the pertinent aspects of oral medicine; (4) demonstrate the responsibility of being a practitioner in oral medicine; (5) provide clinical leadership; (6) use effective communication skills with colleagues, patients and the broader community; (7) display professional behaviour in the educational and clinical settings,; (8) discuss challenges to professionalism and reflect on professional behaviours in the clinical setting; (9) display critical and insightful self-reflection of their own personal values, wellbeing, personal difficulties and professional performance; and (10) respond to professionalism challenges and insightful self-

reflection by implementing effective management strategies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) objective structured clinical examination; (2) viva voce; (3) oral examination (OSCE); and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the objective structured clinical examination, viva voce, oral examination (OSCE), and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
A/Prof Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Unit rules
a Bachelor of Dental Science of The University of Western Australia or equivalent , a pass in the Primary examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or equivalent and at least two years' full-time equivalent experience in general dental practice
Students are required to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia for the duration of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (90840).
Contact hours
clinics/labs: 18 hours per week for 45 weeks

Please refer to LMS for the list



Head and Neck Journal

Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine

Oral Oncology

Oral Disease

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Endodontics


Journal of Pain

Journal of Oral & Facial pain and Headache

Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 


Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine


Other journals as advised during the course and as relevant to clinical and laboratory cases. Note: students will often need to read medical and general pathology journals also.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.