Online Master's Degree in Gerodontology, Special Patient and Oral Medicine
This online master's degree programme aims to provide students with the knowledge they need to carry out all types of dental treatment on patients with complex medical pathologies, systemic diseases with dental repercussions, polymedicated patients, elderly patients, disabled patients, whether or not they are cooperative, as well as to know how to assess and identify all types of oral lesions, whether in the dental surgery, in closed institutions or in hospital settings. This will be accompanied by the acquisition of knowledge and skills in techniques for managing these patients, such as conscious sedation techniques in a dental surgery or in hospital settings under general anaesthesia.
Introduction to the course
Many patients who require dental treatment are older people with systemic illnesses, which calls for accurate knowledge of the implications and interactions of these pathologies with dental health and care. These could include cardiovascular, immunological, endocrine or metabolic pathologies that must be known by the dentist in order to correctly carry out treatment in a way that is safe for both them and the patient. Furthermore, people with disabilities present complex and difficult challenges for the profession. In addition, the use of certain medications and drug interactions can lead to oral lesions, or appear as oral manifestations of underlying systemic diseases. We consider all these patients as special patients.
At present, academic learning in terms of bachelor's degree studies are limited to purely theoretical concepts and limited clinical practice with low-risk older patients. Patients that are significantly medically compromised, patients with mental disabilities and non-cooperative patients generate a pathology that bachelor’s degree students, given their lack of experience, are not able to handle easily. The techniques, materials and procedures for these patients are substantially different. They are not covered in conventional programmes and open up possibilities for further research. The recommendations by the Council of European Dentists, published in its directive of 19 November 2010, recommend the inclusion of Gerodontology in university curricula and agree with the European College of Gerodontology on the need to promote postgraduate education and lines of research in the field.
Are there master's degrees available internationally? There is no specific master's degree on Gerodontology in Spain and there is only one master's degree in Hospital Dentistry and Special Patients in Valencia and another in Seville, a master's degree at the University of Santiago on patients with systemic pathologies and an expert's degree in hospital dentistry and special patients in Oviedo.
Therefore, the shortage of trained professionals in this field and the demand coming from specialised centres and hospitals can only be addressed by master's degrees with these characteristics.
Prerequisites & admissions
An interview: The interview will be carried out with the master's coordinator and director. The candidate’s academic merits will be taken into consideration, as well as their ability to work in a team and their professional experience.
Admission tests consist of a weighted assessment of the student’s academic record and personal profile, in addition to an assessment of the student’s motivations and skills through a personal interview.
Application for admissions
If you are interested in studying this Clinical Residence, you must do the following:
Fill in the application form which you must request from email@example.com
Send by post or hand in the necessary documentation to the Faculty of Dentistry.
Documentation required for registration
Pre-registration sheet correctly filled in.
- Certified photocopy of the student’s corresponding degree certificate (with certification)*.
- Academic certificate of the student’s qualifications (original or certified photocopies).
- Photocopy of the student’s National Identity Document (DNI) or Passport.
- €90** payable by bank transfer, with proof of payment.
- (except former UIC undergraduate students).
- Curriculum vitae.
- Letter/s of recommendation (not compulsory).
*For students from outside the European Union, qualifications such as their degree certificate must be certified diplomatically or must have the Hague Apostille attached to them. (Homologated/officially recognised qualification is not required).
Candidates who are in the last year of their degree programme should provide a list of qualifications to date before they register.
**Non-refundable management fees.
Ms. Cristina Junquera
Ms. Paola Lago
Faculty of Dentistry
Edifici Hospital General
C/ Josep Trueta, s/n 08195
Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)
Grants & financial aid
Members of UIC Alumni are entitled to a 5% discount.