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European Association of Oral Medicine


Diploma in Oral Medicine

Recommended Reading List


1.  Textbooks
There are various textbooks in Oral Medicine available, none being superior to the other.


2.  Papers in Journals
Oral Medicine related papers in journals such as Medicina Oral, Oral Diseases, the Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics from the four full calendar years prior to the year of the examination (e.g. for the examination in 2012, the years 2008 through 2011 should be covered).


3.  Requirement of basic knowledge and understanding
The principles of basic science, including applied anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology and immunology relevant to disease management should be understood. The list below is designed to guide the candidate to the general scope of the examination and should not be regarded as exhaustive.


Bacterial infections of the oral cavity including tuberculosis and syphilis.
- Fungal infections of the oral cavity including candidosis.
- Viral infections of the oral cavity including herpes, human papilloma and coxsackie viridae and childhood exanthems.
- The oral manifestations of HIV infection.
- Diseases with a known or likely immunological aetiology affecting the oral mucous
membranes including recurrent aphthous stomatitis, Behçets disease, angina bullosa haemorrhagica, lichen planus, vesiculobullous diseases and connective tissue diseases. - Premalignant lesions and conditions of the oral mucous membranes.
- Malignant tumours of the oral mucous membranes.
- Salivary gland disease including xerostomia, Sjögren’s syndrome, infections, tumours and necrotising sialometaplasia.
- Inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions and conditions of the jaw bones.
- Odontogenic cysts and tumours.
- Orofacial pain, including that of dental, neuropathic and psychogenic aetiologies.
- Oral mucosal soft tissue swellings.
- Oral mucosal conditions occurring on the specialised mucosa of the tongue.
- Oral malodour and chemosensory disorders.
- Cutaneous and adnexal manifestations of oral mucosal disease.
- Detrimental oral habits including substance abuse.
- Oral mucosal diseases of familial origin with or without a hereditary background.
- Systemic disease compromising dental treatment.
- Oral manifestations of systemic disease.
- Disease whose management would benefit from referral to other medical, surgical and dental specialists.
- The appropriate request and interpretation of haematological, chemical pathology and immunological investigations relevant to the clinical diagnosis of the patient.
- Prescribe a method of imaging (radiograph, ultrasound, computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine) appropriate to the diagnostic needs of the patient and have the appropriate skills in applied anatomy to interpret the result.
- Undertake appropriate microbiological sampling (swabs, smears, saliva, tissue) and interpret the result.
- Understand the clinical pharmacology of drugs used in oral medicine practice.
- Recognise when drug monitoring is available, it is undertaken correctly and alter therapy on the result.
- Understand the role of psychological intervention in the management of functional orofacial pain.
- Understand the principles involved in the management of oral malignancy and premalignancy.
- Understand the role of laser and photodynamic therapy in the management of oral mucosal disease.
- Competently assess the outcomes of treatment and provide the appropriate level of after care and preventive education.
- Detailed knowledge of the management of medical emergencies and resuscitation.
- The principles of cross infection control.
- The principles of epidemiology, statistics and clinical information technology.