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The General Dental Council (GDC) is finalising arrangements for a new exam that will test the clinical skills and knowledge of overseas dentists.

The exam is for qualified dentists who do not have a UK or recognised European dental degree and who wish to apply for registration to practise in the UK.

It aims to provide a robust assessment of a dentist’s abilities through a range of modern methods, including the use of actors and dental manikins. As the exam will not test dentists’ skills on real patients, the GDC proposes making clinical experience a condition of entry to the exam.

GDC President Hew Mathewson said: ‘The use of actors and dental manikins in the new exam will ensure all dentists are tested fairly to the same level by being assessed on a standard set of scenarios.

‘Responses to our previous consultation on the exam highlighted concerns about the use of dental manikins in place of patients. We have listened to these concerns and acted by proposing this additional entry requirement.

‘We believe that all dentists should be able to demonstrate they have had hands-on experience before being allowed to take the exam and possibly go on to treat patients in the UK and welcome your views on what experience these dentists should have.’

The GDC recommends that candidates should have spent 1,600 hours (this is approximately one year’s experience) treating patients in the dental chair before they can apply. It is suggested that this can be during their primary dental degree, post-qualification work experience or a combination of both. The proposed entry requirements aim to ensure patient protection and will bar candidates who have never treated patients from gaining registration in the UK.

The new statutory exam will launch later this year and will replace the International Qualifying Examination (IQE) which dentists from overseas are currently required to pass.

The new exam will be in two parts instead of the current three:
• Part One will test the candidate’s application of knowledge in clinical practice. It will consist of two, three-hour written papers, undertaken on a computer.
• Part Two will test a candidate’s ability to practise clinical skills safely. It will consist of four elements:
1. An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) including use of actors to test communication skills.
2. Three practical exercises on a dental manikin in three hours.
3. A diagnosis and treatment planning exercise.
4. An examination in medical emergencies.

The waiting list for the new exam is expected to be opened in the summer. Potential candidates can contact the GDC now to request an application pack at examapplications@gdc-uk.org or by calling 020 7334 3735.

 Posted on : Tue 13th - Mar - 2007

 

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