- INTRODUCTION -
The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology performs multiple functions within the dental college. Faculty in the department teach in the BDS program, the MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology program. There are active clinical and research programs closely linked to the tobacco induced oral lesions, and oral cancer research, and studies in oral conditions in HIV, immune mediated oral mucosal diseases. The dental imaging centre is also housed in the department.
- TEACHING AND CURRICULUM -
The objective of oral medicine and radiology is to emphasize the responsibility of dental students in obtaining a thorough medical and dental history, performing a comprehensive head and neck and oral examination, prescribe appropriate radiographs and to obtain appropriate consultation for their patients. The goal of the history and examination is to obtain vital information on medical and oral status, to promote early diagnosis.
The clinical training will promote the differentiation between normal and variations of normal and pathology or potential pathology. Clinical rotations will promote appropriate treatment planning and understand the role of oral and general health for the patient and to facilitate appropriate and safe dental care for patients.
The training also includes focus on an understanding of the principles of diagnosis and treatment of oral soft tissue disease in medically compromised and otherwise healthy patients; chronic orofacial pain; TMJ Disorders; salivary gland disease and oral manifestations of systemic disease; and medical management will be emphasized.
- ORAL MEDICINE & RADIOLOGY POST GRADUATE PROGRAM (M.D.S) -
The Oral Medicine and Radiology program is a continuous full time 3 year Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) program that is recognized by the Dental Council of India. The program provides extensive training in both clinical Oral Medicine and Radiology and research methodology.
Oral Medicine and Radiology specialists require considerable knowledge in the basic health sciences and must be able to apply this knowledge to the clinical management of orofacial diseases. A deep understanding of the instruments, procedures and techniques used in the diagnosis of all oral diseases and a broad knowledge of treatment planning is also essential.
Clinical training focuses on the non-surgical management of disease including pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, the use of oral appliances, and behavioral counseling . The clinical and didactic portions of the program are designed to provide extensive training in the diagnosis and management of:
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), Nerve and neurosensory disorders (including burning mouth syndrome, oral and facial neuropathic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), Chronic orofacial pain (including psychosocial aspects of pain management), TMJ disorders, Diseases/conditions affecting the oral mucosa (including aphthous stomatitis. lichen planus, vesiculobullous oral diseases, and allergic/hypersensitivity reactions), oral dysplasias and other premalignant changes of the oral cavity, Salivary gland dysfunction, Oral complications of cancer therapies (including chemotherapy and radiation)
As a part of their Oral Radiology training students will be able to
- Prescribe, make or supervise the use of conventional and advanced imaging modalities in the oral and maxillofacial region.
- Be able to determine appropriate imaging techniques based on clinical exam and medical/dental histories.
- Conduct research related to oral and maxillofacial radiology.
- Interpret radiographs and other diagnostic images. Serve as a consultant on oral and maxillofacial imaging problems in both medicine and dentistry.
In the first year, clinical training primarily takes place in Oral Medicine and Radiology clinic at VK Institute of Dental Sciences. Clinical rotations in the second year include rotations in Belgaum Cancer center. Students also complete medical rotations in Dermatology, General Medicine, and Otolaryngology and Medical Radiology at KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore hospital in Belagavi
All students receive training in research methodology, literature assessment, and biostatistics. All students are required to select an area of interest and complete a Master’s thesis under the guidance of a faculty research committee. As a part of their training program students have to participate and present a stipulated number of seminars, journal club presentations and specialty and interdisciplinary case presentations (Clinicopathologic meets)
Our past graduates have used these skills to pursue careers in academic dentistry as clinicians, researchers, and educators and in private practices in oral medicine and/or the management of medically complex patients.
THRUST AREAS FOR RESEARCH:
- Belgaum falls in the tobacco growing belt of the country. Tobacco and areca nut related oral mucosal lesions are widely prevalent. Thrust areas for research include detection/screening of tobacco-induced mucosal lesions, treatment using allopathic and research in plant-based treatments. The department maintains a registry of tobacco users who have reported to the dental college for various complaints for over 15 years.
- Chronic orofacial pain: Patients reporting with chronic orofacial pain are offered counseling and treatment. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment in practice with the involvement of specialties namely Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics.
- FACULTY -
Dr Anjana Bagewadi
Professor & Head,
22 years 6 months
Dr Vaishali Keluskar
21 years 2 months
Dr Arvind Shetti
17 years 9 months
Dr Zameera Naik
Dr Vasanti Jirge
11 years 5 months
Dr Shivayogi Charantimath
11 years 5 months
Dr Namratha Patil
Dr Daneshwari Koshti
4 years 6 months
Dr Kajal Bengeri
4 years 5 months
- PRIZES -
The Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology hosted a National conference at Udaipur on 23rd, 24th and 25th Nov 2018.
The conference was attended by Dr. Anjana Bagewadi, Dr. Vaishali Keluskar, Dr. Arvind Shetti and Dr. Vasanti Jirge.
Dr Anjana and Dr Vaishali conducted a faculty Development program on 23rd Nov 2018. Dr. Anjana and Dr Vasanti chaired scientific sessions and Dr. Vaishali judged the poster presentations. Dr. Vasanti Jirge also made a scientific paper presentation. The faculty actively participated in scientific deliberations.
The department received many accolades:
- Best community service award in recognition of the enduring commitment to health services.
- Best Dissertation Award: Dr. Harpreet Kaur Gandhole
Guide: Dr. Vasanti Jirge
- Best Essay Award:
- Faculty category: Dr. Vaishali Keluskar
- Clinician category: Dr. Harpreet Kaur Gandhole
- PG Category:
– Dr. Lidiya Thomas
– Dr. Roshani Mamadapur
– Dr. Prabhavati Wadeyar