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About the Scholarship Center
As one of Australia’s leading oral health educators, the School of Dentistry at the University of Queensland is nationally and internationally recognized for its education, research, renowned academic staff members, alumni and quality of students. The School of Dentistry has a long and proud history of over 80 years in dental education and research, attracting high achieving staff and students internationally. The school focuses on developing graduates of the highest standard through excellence in teaching and learning, and clinicians who are well prepared for the clinical, academic and research workforce.
The University of Queensland is a leading source of expertise in the local, national and international dental community and has been a key contributor to achieving effective solutions to contemporary challenges in dentistry. Research within the School is independently rated as ‘well above world class’. The School of Dentistry draws on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team, who together form a center of excellence in research, training, and patient care, under the auspices of the Centre for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3).
The ITI Scholarship at the University of Queensland is based in the Department of Periodontics. ITI Scholars have access to other faculty members representing the various specialties involved in implant dentistry.
Overview of clinical activities during the Scholarship year
The ITI Scholar will participate in the following clinical activities:
- Treatment planning sessions
- Observing clinical patient treatment
- Assisting in patient treatment
- Carrying out oral hygiene procedures
- Treating patients under supervision (please see Special Requirements section):
- placing implants
- restoring implants
The Scholar’s time will be allocated to the following activities as follows (estimate):
- 50% research
- 30% patient care
- 20% academic activities
ITI Scholars have the possibility to participate and assist in clinical treatment carried out by the Division Chair, senior faculty as well as postgraduate students. Authorization for ‘independent’ treatment of implant patients with problems of varying degrees of complexity will depend on the competencies of the individual ITI Scholar. These will be assessed during the initial period of the program and will be subject to obtaining registration through the local registration authority. Applicants with postgraduate education in periodontics, prosthodontics or other significant implant dentistry experience and/or previous clinical and pre-clinical research experience are preferred.
ITI Scholars will have access to seminars and weekly journal clubs with the postgraduate periodontics and prosthodontics students. They will be able to attend the multidisciplinary treatment planning sessions at the Oral Health Center.
There will be opportunity for the Scholar to become involved with one of the ongoing research projects at the OHC. It will be desirable for a research project to be initiated and progressed/completed during the scholarship year and, if possible, to participate in at least one pre-clinical or clinical project. If appropriate, research methodology training will be provided to the ITI Scholar.
Special requirements for this Scholarship Center
The right to provide patient care under supervision is regulated by the Dental Board of Australia. Upon acceptance in the program and being granted a visa, the applicants are expected to apply for a limited registration for supervised practice through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The limited registration is subject to the applicant meeting the registration standards set out by the Dental Board of Australia. Proficiency in English is required, TOEFL or IELTS certificate may be used as proof of proficiency (for non-native English speakers).