Programme layout

The programmes in Dentistry have similar components. To get an idea of what your three years here may be like, review the following programme layouts for two specialities.

Specialist Training Programme in Periodontology

The purpose of the programme is to enable the successful participant to practise periodontology, including oral implant therapy, at a specialist level. This demands that along with the development of technical skills, the graduate must acquire a thorough understanding of the biological functions of human tissues and the science of periodontology. Furthermore, the postgraduate must be able to understand and critically evaluate periodontal and related literature, e.g. implant literature. The programme is approved by the European Federation of Periodontology.

Swedish language

The specialist training programme is held entirely in English but in order to communicate with your patients, a good command of the Swedish language is necessary.

If you are a dentist with a dental license from an EU country you need a Swedish dental license before you start the postgraduate training. In order to get a Swedish dental license you need to show certification of Swedish at level C1 to Socialstyrelsen (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

If you are a dentist with from outside the EU/EEC, you are required to study Swedish up to level B2 for a minimum period of six months. Sahlgrenska I.C. can assist you with coordinating Swedish language studies.

Please note that costs for language courses are not included in the tuition fee.

Clinical practice

Takes place in the Clinic of Periodontics and will consist of 20 hours per week. The programme participant will be responsible for the treatment of about 80-100 patients of varying severity.

Lectures and seminars

These will consist of didactic and clinical courses and weekly clinical and literature seminars. The postgraduate will also actively take part in the development and execution of a research project.

Teaching

The programme participant will be exposed to training in various forms of presentation on clinical and scientific topics, as well as teaching at the undergraduate level.

Examination

To be allowed to take part in the final examination, the postgraduate must have successfully completed all theoretical and clinical courses during the six semesters, and must have completed all written reports of the seminar series.

The final evaluation of the programme participant is performed by a Board of Examiners, one of whom should be approved by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). The final evaluation comprises:

  • a written examination
  • a spoken examination
  • evaluation of the 30 documented cases, and
  • evaluation of the research report

Following successful completion of the final evaluation/examination, a Diploma in Periodontology, Periodontics and Implant Dentistry from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), as well as a University Diploma in Clinical Periodontology will be issued. A Certificate of Specialization in Periodontology will also be given to successful postgraduates from EU/EES countries.

Specialist Training Programme in Orthodontics

The purpose of the postgraduate programme is to train the programme participant to become a competent orthodontist. This demands a thorough understanding of general biological principles and functions, as well as comprehension of the science of orthodontics. Technical skills are trained in pre-clinic courses and during treatment of a large variety of orthodontic patients. Furthermore, evidence-based orthodontics and critical thinking are exercised during the study and evaluation of textbooks and scientific articles related to orthodontics. As of June 2014, the programme is a full member of the Network of Erasmus Based European Orthodontic Programmes.

Swedish language

The specialist training programme is held entirely in English but in order to communicate with your patients, a good command of the Swedish language is necessary.

If you are a dentist with a dental license from an EU country you need a Swedish dental license before you start the postgraduate training. In order to get a Swedish dental license you need to show certification of Swedish at level C1 to Socialstyrelsen (in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

If you are a dentist with from outside the EU/EEC, you are required to study Swedish up to level B2 for a minimum period of six months. Sahlgrenska I.C. can assist you with coordinating Swedish language studies.

Please note that costs for language courses are not included in the tuition fee.

Clinical practice

Takes place in the Clinic of Orthodontics and will consist of 24 hours per week. The programme participant will be responsible for the treatment of about 120 patients with various diagnoses.

Lectures and seminars

These will consist of up to 1,600 scheduled hours per year and will include formal series of lectures, scientific and clinical seminars, self-study and extensive literature reviews.
The programme participant is also required to carry out a limited research project, usually of a clinical nature. Seminars are held to describe research methodology and present results. Regular literature seminars will also be held.

Teaching

Opportunities will be provided for teaching undergraduate students in demonstrations, seminars and lectures, as well as presenting treated cases and research projects at national and international conferences. Seminars in teaching methodology will be held.

Examination

The final examination implemented by an external examiner includes presentation of 30 well-documented cases with special emphasis on reasons for treatment, choice of treatment method, evaluation of retention and long-term stability, and also presentation of the research project.

The requirements for taking part in the final examination are that the programme participant must have successfully completed all theoretical and clinical courses during the six semesters.

Once the programme participant has successfully passed the final examinations, a University Diploma in Orthodontics as well as a Certificate of Specialization signed by the examination board will be issued.

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