DENTAL SURGERY DEPARTMENT
Dental Surgery department was established in the mid nineteen ninety’s (1990's) with the aim of offering Teaching, Research and Service to the students and the neighboring communities. The department was manned by at least two dental surgeons as well as two dental officers. There were also some nursing staff placed in the department.
The clinical service provision in the department was excellent with all the supplies available this was made possible through the direct procument of the required materials and supplies through the department under the university system. In fact annually the department carried out at least 10,000 treatment procedures both in the Out Patient Department and In Patient Department.
The department carries out Oral health outreach activities. The outreach mainly is carried out in schools and around Mbarara Municipality both Primary and Secondary. The department is heavily engaged in surgical camps for the rehabilitation of children inflicted by cleft lip and palate, as well as other oro-facial anomalies.
The department had developed its first curriculum for the Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) SINCE 2006 and this was accredited by the national Council of Higher education (NCHE). Due to competing priorities, the University could not proceed with the program yet the Faculty members for the department were available.
Recently, in 2012 the BDS curriculum has been reviewed to make it competency based and has been submitted back to NCHE for re-accreditation. The department is currently of drafting a Master of Science in Oral Pathology/Medicine. Also in the pipeline is the idea of training of the Diploma for dental Therapists.
Over the years, the department has contributed to teaching for mainly nursing students through service teaching. The nurses’ benefit from the practical training while on duty in the clinic or the ward whereby they are given opportunity to prepare instruments, assist the surgeon while performing procedures. They are taught some of the basic principles of oral health care of a patient with oro- facial trauma, infections etc.
The faculty members in the department have also been involved in the assessment of undergraduate students during OSCES.
In addition some of the Faculty members have been tutoring post graduate trainees in Surgery on Head and Neck tumors, oro-facial infections, Trauma as well as congenital anomalies.
The Department is additionally in inter-department research collaborations;
AS SEEN BELOW
No. Research Title Collaborating Partner Status of Research\
1 The prevalence of Periodontitis in depression Department of Pstchiatry MUST Draft concept
in Southwestern Uganda
2. Causes and outcomes of Head injuries among Department of Surgery MUST Proposal Submitted for funding
patients admitted in MRRH
3. Demystify the practice of false tooth extraction in Department of Internal Medicine Proposal submitted fot funding opportunities
Nyamitanga division, Mbarara Municipality
4. Prevalence of peridontitis in Pregnancy Makerere Colllege of Health Sciences and Funded and on-going
Gynecology department of MUST
5.Patient satification with services in Mbarara Regional refferal Hospital, Mjap Proposal completed awaiting submission
MRRH, Uganda for etical approval
6.Health Needs Assessment of Primary Ministry of Education and Sports, Community Draft Proposal ready for submission to funding sgencies
Schools in Uganda Health and Nursing Department.
7. The use of E-learning to Support Health ICS - MUST Submitted for funding opportunities to MESAU-Mepi
Education in Universities in Uganda.
8. A study assess the knowledge, attitude Undergraduate student of MUST, Submitted for funding opportunities to MESAU- Mepi
and use of E-learning Among final year medical KIU,MAKCHS and GULU, Mentored by
Wilfred and Angella of ICS
9. Economic Impact assessment of MUST on Planning department MUST, PR MUST Concept
Southwestern region of Uganda
10. The Prevalence of Ear infection in Primary school Undergraduate students MUST, Mentored Funded by MESAU - MEPI worth 3000 US dollars
by Wilfred and Richard Apecu
in Mbarara District