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Mini Residency in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology OR Temporomandibular Joint & Orofacial Pain


Course Content

Training included in the core curriculum includes diagnosis and management of oral mucosal disease; orofacial disorders arising from ageing, systemic disease and medical therapies; diagnosis and management of non-surgical salivary gland disorders; assessment and participation in the management of diseases of the jaws and diagnosis and treqtment of orofacial pain and other neurosensory disorders.

The didactic component of the program involves participation in seminars and case presentations at the post-graduate level, as well as the participation in literature and teaching rounds.


Core Clinical Practice

  • Oral Mucosal Disease

  • Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease

  • Oral Disorders Associated with Aging

  • Oral Complications of Medical Therapy

  • Diseases of the Jaws and Teeth

  • Salivary Gland Disease

  • Oral Oncology and Management of Cancer Patient(s) Before, During and After Cancer Therapy

  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics

  • Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation

Course Summary

McGill Continuing Dental Education offers two mini-residency options: oral medicine/clinical oral pathology and temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

The mini-residency in general will be comprised of lectures about temporomandibular joint disorders as well as clinical hands-on experience, that, based on your eligibility (licensed in Québec or not) will involve examining, diagnosing and treating patients with TMD and orofacial pain disorders or complete clinical oral pathology and oral medicine lectures and clinical hands-on (or observation) on the management of oral lesions and medically complex cases.

Interest in TM disorders and oral lesions has gone through evolutionary and revolutionary changes.  This course will provide training commensurate with standards of care and evidence-based management of the patient that have been developing in the academic communities around the world over the last decades. 

The McGill TMD/Oral Medicine Mini-Residency Program is designed to offer a comprehensive experience for the practicing dentist that will connect the medical and dental aspects of TMD or oral lesions. At the completion of the program, the dentist should be able to diagnose and treat patients who have a temporomandibular joint disorder and be able to recognize other orofacial pain conditions or oral lesions and also be able to recognize and manage those conditions.

In the Oral Medicine Mini-Residency, the candidates will receive numerous anonymous cases along with patient histories and clinical and/or radiographic imaging based on the topics covered on the course. The candidate is encouraged to review these cases and develop their own differential diagnoses. Each case’s clinical presentation will be reviewed with thorough descriptions of the clinical and/or radiographic images, and the candidate will be given time to ask questions and provide differential diagnoses. A formal differential diagnosis will then be provided for each case. Each disease on the formal differential diagnosis will be discussed with a view to its plausibility as a diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

The mini-residencies will be conducted in both the McGill Faculty of Dentistry and Montreal General Hospital clinics. Hands-on work on patients will be possible for those licensed in Québec. Dentists not licensed in Québec will participate on an “observational’ basis. The duration of the mini-residency duration is flexible could be 2- 3 months up to one year, and the objectives can be tailored based on the duration of the residency. A 1-month residency can also be considered. Dentists will attend 4 days a week.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to identify and document a multidisciplinary, comprehensive case

  • Become comfortable with presenting a documented case to a group of colleagues

  • Improve treatment planning and sequencing knowledge and skills

  • Learn how to integrate specialist care into a complex case

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