Master’s in Geriatric Dentistry, Special Patients and Medically-Compromised Patients
This Master's Degree aims to ensure that students acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to offer all types of dental treatments on patients with complex medical pathologies, systemic diseases with dental health repercussions, polymedicated patients, elderly patients, disabled patients and non-cooperative patients. It also aims to provide students with the knowledge required to assess and identify all types of oral lesions, whether in the dental clinic, in institutions or in hospitals. This comes in addition to the acquisition of skills related to management techniques for these patients, such as conscious sedation in dental clinics, or general anaesthesia in hospitals.
Introduction to the course
Many patients who come to the clinic to receive dental treatment are elderly and have systemic diseases that require precise knowledge of how to treat them, as well their implications and interactions in relation to dentistry and cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, metabolic diseases that the dentist must be aware of these in order to carry out treatments correctly and safely for both the patient and the dentist. Likewise, people with disabilities may present complex and difficult challenges for the dental profession. On top of this is the appearance of secondary oral lesions as a result of taking certain medication, interactions between different medication, or oral manifestations of underlying systemic diseases. These are all considered to be special patients.
At present, academic training in this regard during undergraduate degrees is limited to theory and very little clinical practice, normally on elderly people with little risk. Patients with difficult medical conditions, mental disabilities or who are non-cooperative present pathologies that undergraduate students are not able to handle with ease, given their lack of experience. The techniques, equipment and procedures required for these patients is substantially different in each case, and offers the research opportunities that are not available in conventional programmes. Lastly, the shortage of trained professionals in this area and the demand from specialised centres and hospitals can only be addressed through Postgraduate programmes that cover these aspects.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.