Exam Details - Diploma in Special Care Dentistry
Diploma in Special Care Dentistry
The Diploma in Special Care Dentistry exam is designed to test a candidate's applied clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills at a sub-specialist level. This exam is aimed at Specialist Trainees, CDS/PDS Dentists and Core Trainees interested in pursuing a career in Special Care Dentistry.
Achieving this Diploma allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of Special Care Dentistry, as well as their clinical reasoning and clinical problem solving skills.
The exam consists of two parts:
- Part A: This includes one written paper of 150 minutes duration. The paper will include 150 Selected Response Items of Single Best Answer (SBA) Question Type. The written exam will test candidates across all the learning outcomes and domains as laid out in the blueprint (Appendix A).
- Part B: This consists of a structured oral examination of eight unseen cases, each of 15 minutes duration (inclusive of five minutes preparation time before each case).The candidate will be presented with scenarios relevant to Special Care Dentistry as defined by the learning outcomes.
To be eligible to enter for the Diploma examination all candidates must:
- Provide certified evidence of possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
- Have been working as a qualified dentist for at least three years, including the completion of a minimum of two years full-time postgraduate experience in Special Care Dentistry or be on a recognised Specialist training programme in Special Care Dentistry. Normally, equivalent part-time experience will be acceptable if gained within a period of four years.
Candidates are required to complete Appendix B self-declaring their experience to be sufficiently compliant with these recommendations.
Candidates have four attempts in which to pass the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry.