- INTRODUCTION -

The department of oral medicine and radiology is an integral part of the VK Institute of Dental Sciences. We offer Undergraduate and Postgraduate training in Oral Medicine and Oral radiology section. We are equipped with the latest teaching facilities and infrastructure for basic and advanced training and research activities in the field of Oral Medicine, oral radiology and allied sciences.

The department has qualified and experienced teachers.  We have a rich collection of teaching resources in the form of books, journals, library dissertation, dissertations, and seminars and patient registry of special cases. Internet facility can be availed in the department by PG’s & staff.

Postgraduate trainees receive training in dental and medical hospital and the cancer institute for diagnostic & therapeutic radiology.

The staff & students participate in CDE’s and conferences at International, National, State & Local level.

The faculty and postgraduate students are involved in various research projects.  We take pride in our achievements (curricular/extracurricular), publications (International national, state and local) and presentations. The efficient working of the department is very well reflected in annual UG & PG success rates.

- HISTORY -

The Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology took its birth with the inauguration of this college about 18 years back in a small area with a few dental chairs. The Radiology department also was in its infant stage. Within a few years, there was a rapid growth in the dept with

  • A separate undergraduate section, a separate postgraduate section
  • Seminar rooms
  • The Radiology Department with two Intra Oral Dental X-Ray machines and two Dental chairs and units and two Orthopantomograph

During its initial years, the Department grew the growth of the department was under the guidance of Dr.S.S.Degwekar, Dr.Kausar Khwaja, Dr. Aspee Surveyor, and Dr.Shailesh Bhutala. After a long time, the department had a full-fledged Professor and H.O.D, Dr.A.L.Bhoweer and Reader Dr.Basavaraj Kallalli.

The first postgraduate programme started in 1993, with 3 postgraduate students, under the able guidance of Dr.A.L.Bhoweer, Professor, H. O. D. which was subsequently nurtured by Dr. R.Krishnappa to attain present status.

Various clinical studies have been conducted in the department and a number of researches programmes are going on in both Radiology and Medicine.

In 1997 Oct, the entire department was shifted to even bigger premises in the present building, with all required amenities. The department has a good number of qualified and experienced Teaching and support staff.

Today the department has digitalized system of radiography in form of RVG & Orthopantomograph computers facility with the internet is present for routine use to maintain a record and scientific update. The staff undertakes PowerPoint classes and discussion and so also the Postgraduate students do their presentation.

The department is all set to be paperless and filmless, the first of its kind among various dental colleges.

The Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology is the first department where the patient visits in any dental institution. Based on history & radiographic examination, Patients are diagnosed, referred & are even treated with the non-surgical line of treatment for various orofacial disorders.

- Milestones of Department -

  • The inception of Department – 1985
  • The inception of UG teaching – 1988
  • The inception of PG teaching – 1993 (03 candidates KUD)
  • The inception of PG teaching – 1998 Affiliated to RGUHS (02 candidates)
  • Increase in P.G. seat (03 candidates) – 2002
  • Acquisition of deemed status – 2006
  • PG Teaching (Deemed University) – 2006 (03 candidates)

The department possesses a separate U.G. & P.G. section along with a separate radiology section & a seminar hall.

- ORAL MEDICINE & RADIOLOGY POST GRADUATE PROGRAM (M.D.S) -

PRIMARY GOAL:

To train the dental graduates of this institution, to acquire adequate knowledge, necessary skills, and attitudes required for carrying out all the activities appropriate to diagnosis, investigations and treatment plan.

OBJECTIVES AND COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT:

Theoretical knowledge, clinical and practical knowledge of all mucosal lesions, diagnostic procedures pertaining to them and the latest information of imaging modules.

Graduate students successfully completing the Oral Medicine and Radiology program will be able to demonstrate proficiency in

  1. The assessment and management of oral mucosal and salivary disorders, oral pre-malignant and malignant conditions, acute and chronic orofacial pain conditions (including temporomandibular dysfunction), and orofacial manifestations of systemic disease and disease therapy.
  2. The practice of appropriate clinical, laboratory, and radiographic examinations in the diagnosis and management of orofacial disorders.
  3. Design and implementation of evidence-based preventive care and treatment regimens in the management of orofacial disorders.
  4. Management of patients with special health care needs and/or orofacial complications within a hospital setting.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic sciences, scientific methodology, and research design.
  6. Conduct research related to oral medicine and radiology.

At the end of the third year, the university conducts final exams to assess proficiency. The competency assessment exams consist of written, clinical oral medicine and radiology exams.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Oral Medicine and Radiology program is a continuous full time 3 year Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) program that is recognized by the Dental Council of India. The program provides extensive training in both clinical Oral Medicine and Radiology and research methodology.

Oral Medicine and Radiology specialists require considerable knowledge in the basic health sciences and must be able to apply this knowledge to the clinical management of orofacial diseases. A deep understanding of the instruments, procedures and techniques used in the diagnosis of all oral diseases and a broad knowledge of treatment planning is also essential.

Clinical training focuses on the non-surgical management of disease including pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, the use of oral appliances, and behavioral counseling . The clinical and didactic portions of the program are designed to provide extensive training in the diagnosis and management of:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), Nerve and neurosensory disorders (including burning mouth syndrome, oral and facial neuropathic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), Chronic orofacial pain (including psychosocial aspects of pain management), TMJ disorders, Diseases/conditions affecting the oral mucosa (including aphthous stomatitis. lichen planus, vesiculobullous oral diseases, and allergic/hypersensitivity reactions), oral dysplasias and other premalignant changes of the oral cavity, Salivary gland dysfunction, Oral complications of cancer therapies (including chemotherapy and radiation)

As a part of their Oral Radiology training students will be able to

  • Prescribe, make or supervise the use of conventional and advanced imaging modalities in the oral and maxillofacial region.
  • Be able to determine appropriate imaging techniques based on clinical exam and medical/dental histories.
  • Conduct research related to oral and maxillofacial radiology.
  • Interpret radiographs and other diagnostic images. Serve as a consultant on oral and maxillofacial imaging problems in both medicine and dentistry.

In the first year, clinical training primarily takes place in Oral Medicine and Radiology clinic at VK Institute of Dental Sciences. Clinical rotations in the second year include rotations in Belgaum Cancer center. Students also complete medical rotations in Dermatology, General Medicine, and Otolaryngology and Medical Radiology at KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore hospital in Belagavi

All students receive training in research methodology, literature assessment, and biostatistics. All students are required to select an area of interest and complete a Master’s thesis under the guidance of a faculty research committee. As a part of their training program students have to participate and present a stipulated number of seminars, journal club presentations and specialty and interdisciplinary case presentations (Clinicopathologic meets)

Our past graduates have used these skills to pursue careers in academic dentistry as clinicians, researchers, and educators and in private practices in oral medicine and/or the management of medically complex patients.

THRUST AREAS FOR RESEARCH:

  1. Belgaum falls in the tobacco growing belt of the country. Tobacco and areca nut related oral mucosal lesions are widely prevalent. Thrust areas for research include detection/screening of tobacco-induced mucosal lesions, treatment using allopathic and research in plant-based treatments. The department maintains a registry of tobacco users who have reported to the dental college for various complaints for over 15 years.
  2. Chronic orofacial pain: Patients reporting with chronic orofacial pain are offered counseling and treatment. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment in practice with the involvement of specialties namely Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics and Orthodontics.

- FACULTY -

Dr. Anjana Bagewadi, MDS
Professor

Total Experience:
22 years 9 months

Dr. Vaishali Keluskar, MDS
Professor & Head

Total Experience:
21 years 6 months

Dr Arvind Shetti, MDS
Professor

Total Experience:
19 years 1 month

Dr. Zameera Naik, MDS
Professor

Total Experience:
16 years 3 months

Dr. Vasanti Jirge, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
11 years 7 months

Dr. Shivayogi Charantimath, MDS
Reader

Total Experience:
11 years 7 months

Dr. Namratha Patil, MDS
Lecturer

Total Experience:
5 years 2 months

Dr. Daneshwari Koshti, MDS
Lecturer

Total Experience:
4 years 8 months

Dr. Kajal Bengeri, MDS
Lecturer

Total Experience:
4 years 8 months

- TREATMENTS RENDERED -

  • Clinical Examination (without Radiograph)
  • Patient examination with Radiograph
  • intraoral and extraoral radiography h
  • Tooth Vitality test
  • Tobacco deaddiction Counseling
  • Vital Staining
  • Biopsy
  • Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation treatment
  • Sialography
  • Medical management of tobacco-induced oral mucosal Pathologies, chronic orofacial pain, immune-mediated oral mucosal lesions and other mucosal pathologies in the oral cavity, medical management of salivary gland diseases, Temporomandibular joint disorders.

DEPARTMENT OF ORAL MEDICINE & RADIOLOGY – LIST OF EQUIPMENTS

– AWARDS & PRIZES –

AWARDS

PAPER/POSTER PRESENTATION:

Undergraduate Students:

  1. Aastha Dureja, III year student, “Best paper award” for paper “Diagnosis: Perception for Inception”, at Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology, National BDS Student Convention of IAOMR 2017, Karnataka.
  2. Rohit Dubey “Ultrasonography in oral mucosal lesions” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  3. Urvi Thanekar “Tongue prints in personal identification – a short study” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  4. Havisha Nookla “Salivary Biomarkers – Towards Future Diagnostic Utilities” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  5. Revati Keluskar “Role of physiotherapy in oral medicine” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  6. Rhea Vas “Role of communication skill in oral Medicine & Radiology” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  7. Neel Basu “Stem Cells- Future of Dentistry” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  8. Kimberly Rodricks “Lasers in oral mucosal lesions” National UG Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology was held at Mullana on 15th & 16th September 2017.
  9. Shagun Kesar, “Reporting abuse – Role of dentists in India” at National IAOMR UG Conference on 30th & 31st March 2018.
  10. Bukka Tharan Stems cell therapy XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2018.
  11. Shreya S. Pandemonium and Pandora’s Box, XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2018

    IAOMR Highest scorer
    : UG Students
    1.Dr Tong Hui Yeng and Dr Tan Bee Wei 2017
    2.Priyanka D Souza – 2016.


POSTER PRESENTATION

PG Students:

  1. Lidiya Thomas, I year PG student bagged Best poster award Title: New paradigm in treatment of KCOT a molecular level mechanism based therapy at XV National Triple ‘O’ Symposium held at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, held on 16th to 18th February 2017.


PAPER PRESENTATION

PG Students:

  1. Lidiya Thomas, Systematic review on herbal management on recurrent aphthous ulcers XX Scientific convention, 23rd to 25th March 2017.


QUIZ COMEPETITION:

PG Students:

  1. Harpreet Kaur, II year PG student awarded for securing Quiz at XV National Triple ‘O’ Symposium held at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, held on 16th to 18th February 2017.
  2. Shriya Mishra, Aadya Singh Parihar, Ayesha, at National IAOMR UG Conference on 30th & 31st March 2018.


ESSAY COMPETITION:

PG Students:

  1. Harshita Rai, III year PG student guided by Dr. Vaishali Keluskar Topic: “Alternative Medicine in Oral Medicine” best essay at the IAOMR Annual competitions 2016


REGIONAL AWARDS ACHIEVEMENTS

Postgraduates Gold medal in KLE University:

  1. Varun Nair, awarded Gold medal for securing highest scorer score in the year May 2017.


UG
Gold medal in KLE University:

  1. Manisha Billikanti was awarded for being the highest scorer in the subject of Oral Medicine & Radiology at the National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine Radiology held from 4th to 6th Dec. 2015.
  2. Gabriel Chai Chee Neng was awarded for being the highest scorer in the subject of Oral Medicine & Radiology, 28th National Conference of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology held at Kanyakumari from 15th to 17th December 2016.


Best Teacher Award:
Dr Vasanti Jirge
awarded Best Teacher for 2018 by KAHER

PRIZES

The Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology hosted a National conference at Udaipur on 23rd, 24th and 25th Nov 2018.

The conference was attended by Dr. Anjana Bagewadi, Dr. Vaishali Keluskar, Dr. Arvind Shetti and Dr. Vasanti Jirge.

Dr Anjana and Dr Vaishali conducted a faculty Development program on 23rd Nov 2018. Dr. Anjana and Dr Vasanti chaired scientific sessions and Dr. Vaishali judged the poster presentations. Dr. Vasanti Jirge also made a scientific paper presentation. The faculty actively participated in scientific deliberations.

The department received many accolades:

  1. Best community service award in recognition of the enduring commitment to health services.
  2. Best Dissertation Award: Dr. Harpreet Kaur Gandhole
    Guide: Dr. Vasanti Jirge
  1. Best Essay Award:
    • Faculty category: Dr. Vaishali Keluskar
    • Clinician category: Dr. Harpreet Kaur Gandhole
    • PG Category:
      – Dr. Lidiya Thomas
      – Dr. Roshani Mamadapur
      – Dr. Prabhavati Wadeyar

- DEPARTMENT GALLERY -