The Advanced Oral Surgery (DNT805) course of the Postgraduate Diploma in Oral Surgery Programme consists of both clinical and theoretical component that aims to improve the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour of the dentists on the principles of clinical management of patients with prescribed minor to moderate stages of common oral surgical disease conditions of the mouth, jaws and related structures.
Semester 1 covers
Component 1 – General Medicine
Component 2 – General Surgery & Anaesthesiology. Semester 2 covers
Component 3 – Allied Topics: Oral Pathology, Radiology, Plastic Surgery and ENT and
Component 4 – Oral Surgery.

For Components 1-3, the trainee is expected to take part as observers in the clinical management of patients during these appointments and to obtain a basic understanding of management of patients with systemic disease and relate these to the practice oral surgery.
The major portion of the Semester 2, it is dedicated to Component 4 - Oral Surgery where the trainee is expected to obtain hands-on experience in the management of patients with oral surgical problems relevant to the course objectives. Block teaching week by a visiting Oral Medicine Specialist will include a student seminar presentation session together with master’s students. Collaborative patient management with allied disciplines such as orthodontics and prosthetic dentistry is also included. This programme introduces E-Learning methods using MOODLE server at elearn.fnu.ac.fj.
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of pathologic disorders and diseases of the head and neck and is of particular relevance and importance to practice of the future oral health practitioner. Oral pathology covers the epidemiology, clinical features, etiology, pathogenesis, investigations and behavior of oral diseases, and is also closely linked with the surgical management of oral diseases, adjunct investigations such as imaging and clinical therapeutics. Students develop critical thinking skills in clinical reasoning when presented with cases, where they explain mechanisms of disease pathogenesis, rationale and selection of the most appropriate diagnostic tests for confirmation, and modalities of appropriate management or referral. They will also be provided with theoretical knowledge around surgical procedures and problems associated therewith and guide towards the clinical application of Oral Surgery, where actual hands-on surgery will be performed by the student in year 5.Year 4 students would have had the necessary foundation knowledge of the basic sciences and necessary Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology Oral Surgical knowledge of relevant Oral disease processes which are reinforced in this module. There will also be clinical case scenario discussions and observation of patient cases requiring surgical management where this will be further reinforced. Students are encouraged to master the theoretical knowledge in surgical management of minor oral surgery where they will be expected to develop the clinical competencies in year 5.
The Basic Science courses run for two semesters and cover the basic and general concepts, principles and mechanisms of the disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pathology. The problem-based learning strategy is implemented for these courses, where the disciplines are discussed based on problem cases; students generate learning issues that are discussed and self-studied. Concepts of Pharmacology are also given as resource or as learning issues for self-study, depending on the case. The problem cases are designed for relevance to the future oral health practitioner and dentists, following closely the reality of practice. The courses are divided into blocks, each block covering a basic theme or body system. At year 2 level, emphasis is placed on study of various body systems; oral manifestations of systemic diseases/disorders and the implications of various medical conditions to treatment planning in dentistry.
This course is designed to provide students with This course consists of 2 components. Component A is Oral Biology and Oral Diseases and Component B is Oral Microbiology.
Component A - The discipline of oral biology deals with the structure, development and functions of the oral tissues, their interrelationships, and the relation to other organ systems in both health and disease. This course introduces the first year student to the unique environment of the oral cavity, and provides a base of oral biological knowledge for development of skills for clinical courses in the dental curriculum and future dental practice.
Component B - This course introduces the first year dental student to the basic concepts and principles of Microbiology and Parasitology, as applied to and of relevance for the future oral health professional. It serves as the basis of infection control which is important to dental practice, as well as infectious diseases that the clinical oral health professional will be sure to encounter during their practice.