‘Expedition dentistry’ is a useful workshop for those who want to learn how to manage dental issues when in remote areas. The workshop will provide you with the skills to take a dental history and perform a simple examination to allow you to give advice and consider procedures to deal with the most common issues, such as wisdom teeth pain, toothache and broken fillings. It will highlight the potential for information and support options available remotely from the UK. It will be a presentation-based workshop, with practical hands-on
activities and demonstrations.
By the end of the session, participants should be familiar with the likely oral conditions and problems which typically occur on expeditions. They should have developed confidence in how to take a history, conduct a simple examination and communicate their findings to the next level of care. They should have gained useful hints and tips on how to deal with immediate dental care, before accessing professional care.
They should be clear on when further remote care may be justified by non-dentally trained individuals, when far from direct help.
Participants will have the opportunity to try out various procedures on dental models, so they gain an insight into the techniques and difficulties likely to be encountered when faced with a real case. (The course will aim to broadly follow the draft Tier One Core Clinical Competencies with the Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare within The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, although these are still to be endorsed.)
The course is suitable for IMLs, mountain guides, expedition leaders and teachers leading overseas trips.
Please bring a packed lunch, beverages, pen, pencil and notebook and your best smile.
The workshop will be delivered by Alun Thomas. Alun is an IML and army dental officer responsible for dental care and reach-back advice for entitled MoD patients overseas. He regularly delivers similar presentations to military and civilian medics, doctors, nurses and paramedics and to outdoor professionals and laypeople through work and the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and World Extreme Medicine faculties. He holds the BDS(Bham), LDSRCS(Eng), MFGDP(UK), Dip Travel Health (LSTM), PG Cert Dental Sedation and Pain Management.
Alun is offering his services for free and the small workshop fee is to cover venue hire. The workshop is subsidized for BAIML members and is regional CPD in the SW.
Booking in on-line via CMS.
Following the workshop, please allow up to two weeks for the CPD to be automatically added to your record. You do not need to add it manually.