Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology is the discipline of dentistry concerned with the oral health care of medically complex patients–including the diagnosis and management of medical conditions that affect the oral and maxillofacial region. Furthermore Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology represents the dental specialty that not only identifies and manages diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions but in the same time, investigates the causes, processes and effects of these diseases. The Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology deals with patients whose underlying medical condition affect oral health and delivery of dental care. Our staff collaborate with other dental and medical professionals to advance oral health care.
The Dept of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology has a unique mission in patient care, teaching and research involving diagnosis and management of diseases of the orofacial complex and systemic and behavioral disorders that impact oral health, including:
- Oral cancer
- Precancerous diseases and conditions
- Autoimmune diseases
- Oral manifestations of systemic diseases
- Salivary gland diseases
- Salivary gland neoplasms
- Oral compications of head and neck cancer radiotherapy and chemotherapy
- Granulomatous disease of the mouth
- Mucosal diseases
- Pigmentary conditions of the oral mucosa
- Facial pain and burning mouth symptoms requiring medical management
- Allergies and adverse reactions to dental materials
- Allergies and adverse reactions to pharmacotherapy
- Mucosal manifestations of HIV infection.
- Infectious diseases
- Excellence and integrity in all areas of our mission : patient care, teaching, and research.
- Education of students and professionals in the delivery of clinical care guided by evidence-based patient care principles.
- Diversity of viewpoints among our School, staff and students.
- Collaboration with colleagues in the School, the University and in the whole scientific community, nationally and internationally.
- Compassion for patients, students and colleagues.
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Undergraduate Program
This is a two-year didactic and clinical course including :
- Methods for assessing patients.
- Advanced instruction in diagnosis and in the examination and handling of patients.
- Medical factors in the treatment of dental and other specific oral diseases.
- Basic concepts of treatment planning.
- Factors that impact decision-making related to delivery of oral health care.
- Topics addressed include recent scientific findings in the related fields of medicine, pharmacology, behavioral medicine, and dental specialties that alter approaches to care.
- Diagnostic decision-making and determination of appropriate patient management protocols for mucosal lesions, oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oral cancer/ precancerous conditions, salivary gland diseases, autoimmune diseases, and other complex orofacial problems.
Assessment is mainly through written examinations in the end of each academical year..
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Postgraduate Program
The postgraduate program in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology is designed to provide extensive diagnostic and therapeutic abilities to clinicians wishing to enhance their current skills in diagnosis and treatment of oral and perioral diseases, and management of systemic diseases with oral manifestations, that have a significant impact on the health and function of the tissues of the mouth and adjacent structures. As an Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology postgraduate trainee, students are involved in specific clinical and research activities in various aspects of oral diseases. Significant clinical experience is derived during the training program in understanding of the interplay of various disease processes and the treatment planning . One of the main goals of our postgraduate program is our students to obtain knowledge and skill in the use of routine and special diagnostic procedures, instruments, and techniques required for the diagnosis of all oral disease. In addition to preparing well trained clinicians, the postgraduate program is devoted to educating individuals who may wish to follow careers in academic dentistry – either primarily as faculty members devoted to the training of dental students and those engaged in specialty training, or as scientists engaged in research. The program is delivered through a combination of lectures, clinical teaching on a one-to-one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, journals club, case discussion, self-directed learning and problem-based learning. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations, log book review, written papers and the final evaluation of thesis.
- Applicants must possess an undergraduate dental qualification, or equivalent from a recognised institution.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the required standard of English language by either having recently passed one of the recognised English language tests at the 'good' level.
Certificate of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Postgraduate Program Requirements
To earn the certificate of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Postgraduate Program, students must complete the following requirements:
- Completion of the didactic core curriculum offered by the program.
- 36 Months of full-time clinical training with evaluation of clinical competencies and favorable recommendation by committee of graduate program faculty.
- Completion of an approved research project thesis
Department of Oral Medicine/Pathology
Head of Department: Prof. Alexandros Kolokotronis DDS,MS,PhD
ORAL MEDICINE / PATHOLOGY
Head of Dept.: Assosiate Professor ATHANASIOS POULOPOULOS
Information: Charikleia Loginidou
Τel. : + 30 2310 999555 Fax: +30 2310 999455