- 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) -

PRIMARY GOAL:

The primary goal of the post-graduate program is to develop specialists in oral medicine and radiology with expertise in scientific methodology, clinical diagnosis, and therapeutic management of orofacial disorders who will be capable of pursuing careers in academics, research, and specialty practice.

OBJECTIVES AND COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT:


Graduate students successfully completing the Oral Medicine and Radiology program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in

  1. The assessment and management of oral mucosal and salivary disorders, oral pre-malignant and malignant conditions, acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions (including temporomandibular dysfunction), and orofacial manifestations of systemic disease and disease therapy.
  2. Practice of appropriate clinical, laboratory, and radiographic examinations in the diagnosis and management of orofacial disorders.
  3. Design and implementation of evidence-based preventive care and treatment regimens in the management of orofacial disorders.
  4. Management of patients with special health care needs and/or orofacial complications within a hospital setting.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic sciences, scientific methodology, and research design.
  6. Conduct research related to oral medicine and radiology.

At the end of the third year the university conducts final exams to assess proficiency. The competency assessment exams consist of written, clinical oral medicine and radiology exams.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

AWARDS

PAPER/POSTER PRESENTATION:

Undergraduate Students:

  1. Aastha Dureja, III year student, “Best paper award” for paper “Diagnosis: Perception for Inception”, at Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology, National BDS Student Convention of IAOMR 2017, Karnataka.
  2. Rohit Dubey “Ultrasonography in oral mucosal lesions” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  3. Urvi Thanekar “Tongue prints in personal identification – a short study” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  4. Havisha Nookla “Salivary Biomarkers – Towards Future Diagnostic Utilities” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  5. Revati Keluskar “Role of physiotherapy in oral medicine” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  6. Rhea Vas “Role of communication skill in oral Medicine & Radiology” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  7. Neel Basu “Stem Cells- Future of Dentistry” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  8. Kimberly Rodricks “Lasers in oral mucosal lesions” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  9. Shagun Kesar, “Reporting abuse – Role of dentists in India” at National IAOMR UG Conference on 30th & 31st March 2018.
  10. Bukka Tharan Stems cell therapy XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2018.
  11. Shreya S. Pandemonium and Pandora’s Box, XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2018

    IAOMR Highest scorer
    : UG Students
    1.Dr Tong Hui Yeng and Dr Tan Bee Wei 2017
    2.Priyanka D Souza – 2016.


POSTER PRESENTATION

PG Students:

  1. Lidiya Thomas, I year PG student bagged Best poster award Title: New paradigm in treatment of KCOT a molecular level mechanism based therapy at XV National Triple ‘O’ Symposium held at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, held on 16th to 18th February 2017.


PAPER PRESENTATION

PG Students:

  1. Lidiya Thomas, Systematic review on herbal management on recurrent aphthous ulcers XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2017.


QUIZ COMEPETITION:

PG Students:

  1. Harpreet Kaur, II year PG student awarded for securing Quiz at XV National Triple ‘O’ Symposium held at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, held on 16th to 18th February 2017.
  2. Shriya Mishra, Aadya Singh Parihar, Ayesha, at National IAOMR UG Conference on 30th & 31st March 2018.


ESSAY COMPETITION:

PG Students:

  1. Harshita Rai, III year PG student guided by Dr. Vaishali Keluskar Topic: “Alternative Medicine in Oral Medicine” best essay at the IAOMR Annual competitions 2016


REGIONAL AWARDS ACHIEVEMENTS

Postgraduates Gold medal in KLE University:

  1. Varun Nair, awarded Gold medal for securing highest scorer score in the year May 2017.


UG
Gold medal in KLE University:

  1. Manisha Billikanti was awarded for being the highest scorer in the subject of Oral Medicine & Radiology at the National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine Radiology held from 4th to 6th Dec. 2015.
  2. Gabriel Chai Chee Neng was awarded for being the highest scorer in the subject of Oral Medicine & Radiology, 28th National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology held at Kanyakumari from 15th to 17th December 2016.


Best Teacher Award:
Dr Vasanti Jirge
awarded Best Teacher for 2018 by KAHER

- FACULTY -

Dr Anjana Bagewadi
Professor & Head,
Vice Principal

Total Experience:
22 years 6 months

Dr Vaishali Keluskar
Professor

Total Experience:
21 years 2 months

Dr Arvind Shetti
Professor

Total Experience:
17 years 9 months

Dr Zameera Naik
Professor

Total Experience:
16 years

Dr Vasanti Jirge
Reader

Total Experience:
11 years 5 months

Dr Shivayogi Charantimath
Reader

Total Experience:
11 years 5 months

Dr Namratha Patil 
Lecturer

Total Experience:
5 years

Dr Daneshwari Koshti 
Lecturer

Total Experience:
4 years 6 months

Dr Kajal Bengeri
Lecturer

Total Experience:
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:

  1. Best community service award in recognition of the enduring commitment to health services.
  2. Best Dissertation Award: Dr. Harpreet Kaur Gandhole
    Guide: Dr. Vasanti Jirge
  1. 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