This course is the clinical course that encompasses the scope of clinical orthodontics. During the first year of the program, students are closely supervised while developing skills in history taking, examination, diagnosis, radiographic analysis and treatment planning. During the second and third year as individual clinical skills develop, students will be able more independently to manage appropriate cases. Students gain extensive experience in the team management approach to patient care while interacting with all other dental specialties and disciplines within the hospitals and with outside clinics and practitioners. In addition, there is opportunity to attend hospital grand rounds and physician conferences. The clinical course will take part in the clinics of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine and the Community Health Centers of the Dubai Health Authority.
The students will be required to complete a clinical rotation in surgery. This is a 2-week rotation that permits observation of the care involved in providing orthognathic surgery and cleft lip and palate surgery. The primary goal is to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as health care providers within a team.