Six Month Diploma in Orthotropic-Orthodontics (1305)

(This course is currently on hold and not taking any enrolments)

Course objectives
The course equips students with the skills needed to commence orthotropic treatment on cases with average to good muscle tone. It is focused on the clinical and theoretical aspects required for provision of orthotropic care.
The 6 month course is open to Home, EU and Overseas students; successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Diploma in Orthotropic Orthodontics. The course is also recognised for training purposes by the London School of Facial Orthotropics and the International Association of Facial Growth Guidance.
Students spend their time within the Clinic for Facial Orthotropics, the Orthotropic Laboratory and the LSFO, adding to the quality and diversity of the clinical training they receive.

Programme Structure
The course requires full time attendance of three 4 day modules over a 6 month period, with an examination after each module and the final examination on completion of the course.

Dates to be confirmed

The course consists of three main elements:

a) Theoretical elements covering the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology, treatments (which include orthodontic, surgical and orthotropic treatments) and the long term cure of malocclusion.

b) A clinical practical element, the supervised management of 3 patients from start to training phase (the cases are treated by the student in their clinic).

c) Clinical demonstrations, with explanation, case histories and discussion in both the clinic and laboratory.

Throughout the programme, each student will spend 96 hours at the LSFO of which 50 hours are clinical and they will be encouraged to take up the option alone day courses either side of the three 4 day modules; totalling 48 hours clinical time and 6 hours seminar time. Between modules at the LSFO the students are expected select and start treatment on three cases in their own clinic, obtaining excellent records to present at the school.

Learning & Teaching Methods
The programs are limited to a small number of students. Orthotropics covers a far larger syllabus than orthodontics and it is only through intensive high quality teaching to a small group that so much can be gained in such a short period which is why we encourage feedback and questions at all times to gauge the response and understanding of the students, that is only possible with small numbers . Learning and teaching is via lectures, case-based discussion, clinic alobservation and hands on trial and error. In addition between modules distance learning is via computer-based learning, via pre-recorded modules, web linked smart lecture theatre and interactive online treatment support interface.

It is a great advantage if the background literature provided on the interactive web site has been covered and understood before the program commences.

Throughout the program constant informal feedback will be sort to guide the progress of the candidates. In addition to this, some formal examinations will be undertaken to gauge the level of individual understanding and inform the students for their progress.

On completion of each session a short examination based on the syllabus and core knowledge is undertaken. The final examination will be based on:

1) A written examination based on the full syllabus
2) A structured presentation of a case treated by the students and an oral examination, on this and orthotropics in general.

Overall Aims
To develop an individual with the necessary evidence-based understanding and clinical ability to work in the field of orthotropics.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the programme the graduate should:

•    Understand the cause, correction and cure of malocclusion.
•    Have a critical understanding of malocclusions and its associations with general health; specifically ENT problems, TMD, breathing and body posture.
•    Have the analytical skills to diagnose a child for orthotropic therapy.
•    Demonstrate the skills to use the preparatory and training braces in Biobloc orthotropics.
•    Demonstrate the skills to explain the orthotropics concept and be able to gain the necessary compliance from a child and their parents.

Entry requirements
A recognised dental qualification and two years general dental experience is an advantage.

International students coming to study at this level will need to speak English at an “upper intermediate” (B2) level.

Cost:  £ 9,500
The LSFO awards a diploma of specialist training in Orthotropics (eligible for CPD) and the membership in the international society of facial Orthotropics.

This course meets all of the British General Dental Council educational and verifiable CPD criteria.