Melbourne Dental School’s BOH, DDS students are commencing a phased return to clinical placements with final year DDS and BOH students returning in early June. The principles guiding this resumption of clinical placements are:
- Students will commence placements as soon as it is practical, safe and educationally appropriate to do so.
- Students closest to graduation (or who, due to course structure, are most impacted by placement interruption) shall be the initial priority.
- The School’s approach will complement, and comply with, professional body guidelines and recommendations.
- There will be ongoing consideration of equity of student clinical experience.
- All placements will comply with prevailing National, State and local (i.e. workplace) regulations and guidelines, including social distancing, spacing and prioritisation of personal protective equipment (PPE) availability.
- DDS and BOH students will begin their phased return through the pre-clinical (simulation) labs ahead of clinical activity.
- Satisfactory completion of assessment on cross-infection control guidelines during the COVID-19.
- Parallel support of placements will continue to occur, including
- simulation of workplace activities
- timetabling rearrangements
- competency-based assessments to determine level of students’ readiness for progression, graduation and subsequent employment.
Based on these principles it is hoped DDS4 and BOH3 will complete their programs in a timely manner. The Dental School’s goal is to return those in DDS3, DDS2 and BOH2 to clinical activity / placements following the resumption of final year students. The resumption of pre-clinical experiences for those in DDS1 rand BOH1 will begin in July.
DCD students will return to clinics at Melbourne Dental Clinic from 18th May. The date of return to the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne is to be confirmed. Procedures are also to comply with prevailing National, State and local (i.e. workplace) regulations and guidelines, including social distancing, spacing and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
While as many placements will be made available as soon as possible, students should note that plans may have to change quickly should the health system come under renewed pressure.
The school is committed to ensuring our students are safe, well supported and educated and that they receive the same high quality preparation for practice we have always been committed to for our graduates.