Bachelor Of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Ziauddin College of Dentistry offers a four year undergraduate degree programme leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), under the cooperative auspices of Ziauddin University.
Our BDS programme is divided into eight semesters. Each semester covers a number of modules related to subject specific information, in accordance with PMDC recognized curriculum. We at Ziauddin College of Dentistry are the proud pioneers for developing and implementing a horizontally integrated curriculum.
We know the challenges faced by students in their professional lives. Therefore, we empower students to adapt to the different ways of absorbing information and take responsibility of their own learning using student centred learning strategies such as Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Case Based Discussions. Community Oriented Education is also given its due importance in our education system.
PROBLEM BASED LEARNING
PBL is one of the strategies adopted for learning at the Ziauddin College of Dentistry. This approach is characterized by:
- Opportunities to deal with problems students are going to face in later professional practiced.
- Emphasis on self-motivation and responsibility for learning on their own.
- Training for learning professional skills, leadership and team work.
The aim of problem based learning is to overcome various drawbacks in the traditional methods of instruction; for instance the passive role of students during lectures, irrelevant subject matter in the curriculum and lack of integration between disciplines.
Our basic dental and medical science laboratories and OPDs are fully equipped with state of the art equipment, models and other teaching aids ensuring an excellent academic environment for students.
On the commencement day, students are given course/study guides which contain the course objectives and teaching strategies for 1st semester of BDS with the planner for the entire semester. The study guide also identifies all rules and regulations that the student is required to abide by. Likewise, for the subsequent semesters study guides are supplied to all promoted students on the respective semester orientation days.
In addition to the theoretical knowledge, it is important that the students have significant exposure to the curative, preventive and rehabilitative facets of oral and general health care.
The first exposure of the dental students to a clinical environment starts in their second professional year, where students are first trained on phantom heads about the clinical aspects of treatment and are taken for their field visits to the community dentistry training where they are trained for detailed history or dental records.
EXAMINATION/ STUDENT ASSESSMENT
It is recognized that the methods of assessment have a strong influence on shaping students learning approach. The structure, content and process of all assessments are designed to reflect and reinforce the specified learning objectives at each stage of the programme. Assessments serve the purpose of providing feedback to the students and the faculty as well as certification. At Ziauddin College of Dentistry, we have a two prong approach. We actively involve students in the learning process by interacting in small groups and by collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information relevant to the problems they are going to face in their professional lives.
It is conducted by Examination Department of Ziauddin University. Examinations are held at the end of each semester. At least 80% attendance in each course is mandatory to appear in the semester examination. Promotion to next class is based on passing all the courses scheduled in a year.
Third year BDS students receive clinical training of BDS curriculum at the following hospitals:
Dr. Ziauddin Hospitalat at Clifton - 150 bed.
KDLB Dr. Ziauddin Hospital - 125 bed.
Clinical Department (OPD) at Ziauddin College of Dentistry, Clifton.
The students attend OPDs and wards where they obtain first hand knowledge by dealing with patients under faculty supervision. Apart from clinical learning under the supervision of faculty of medicine, the students also work in the clinical departments of Periodontology, Oral Medicine, Oral surgery, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics where they work. In the final year students spend most of their time in Dental OPDs in the department of Oral Surgery,Prosthodontics, Operative and Orthodontics. Their training includes not only performing procedures on patients, but also learning crucial skills that help to groom their interpersonal and professional behaviour and attitudes.
Tools of Assessment:
- BCQ and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
- Short essay questions (SEQs).
- Objective Structured Practical/ Clinical Examinations (OSPE)
- Oral examination / viva is used to assess knowledge mainly of a higher level.
Ziauddin College of Dentistry encourages BDS students to apply for electives or internships in institutions which may not be a part of Ziauddin University system. Students have an option to undergo this training in Pakistan or Overseas
House Job Training:
Dr. Ziauddin Hospitals offer house job posts for its graduates. A structured training programme has been designed that allows house officers appropriate training in all domains of dentistry. In addition, house officers have opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary seminars and academic or clinical conferences.
House job training will be conducted strictly according to PMDC guidelines.
DEPARTMENT OF POSTGRADUATE & RESEARCH
Department of Post graduation and Research is responsible for
- Conceptualizing, designing and implementing policies and strategies for research in line with the University objectives.
- Promoting research related infrastructure.
- Developing postgraduate programmes in dentistry like MDS, MCPS, FCPS, M.Phil and Ph.D
- Initiate research programmes in different departments of the College of Dentistry.
- Collaborate research activities within Medical and Dental sections of Ziauddin University.
- Collaborate in research activities with national and international universities.
- Strengthen the already running M.Phil programme in Basic Dental Sciences.
- Enroll HEC candidates for M.Phil and Ph.D programmes.
- Start MCPS, FCPS, MDS and PhD programme.