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Dental students are taught from scratch to be effective operators in
perhaps five years. The manipulative and clinical skills required are
considerable and cover a considerable range of different activities-
prosthetics, conservation, endodontics, periodontology, oral
surgery,periodontology and orthodontics.They also have to gain
proficiency in allied medical skills e.g first aid, anaesthetics.
The mouth is a dark, highly sensitive area and quite difficult to
gain reliable and easy access.Complex instruments have to be manipulated
with minimal room for error and often working with a mirror image.Most
patients, most of the time are conscious.
With less than 5,000 hours of clinical training it is necessary to
both pass examinations and be certified as "safe for independent practice"
This needs to be acknowledged and other surgical trainings learn from
this successful model.