ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE POSTGRADUATE
PROGRAM OF ORTHODONTICS
FOR THE CLASS 2015-2018
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OF THE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM IN DENTISTRY
1. General Elements
2. Aim of the Dentistry Postgraduate Program (PGP)
3. Structure of the Postgraduate Studies
4. Organization of the Postgraduate Studies
5. Duration of the Postgraduate Studies
6. Postgraduate Students' Position Notice
7. Categories of Graduate Students Accepted to the PGP
8. Graduate Students' Selection
9. Studies Organization - Credit Points
10. Postgraduate Students' Evaluation
11. Obligations-Rights of Graduate Students
12. Obligations of Faculty Members
13. Economical Function
14. Plagiarism/ Omission of Reference to used Literature
1. GENERAL ELEMENTS
The School of Dentistry of the Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki continues to organize and apply the Postgraduate Program (PGP) in the School of Denstistry since the academic year 2010-2011, according to the provisions of its constitutive decision ant of the L. 3685/2008, as valid.
The Orthodontics PGP, which operates since 1994 (GG 331/TB'/04-05-1994, GG 749/TB'/27-08-1996, GG 1777/31-12-2001), is incorporated in the present PGP.
For any issue concerning the Dentistry PGP and not covered by the present Internal Regulation, decisions are made by the General Assembly Special Composition (GASC) following a sugggestion by the Steering Committee (SC), according to the provisions of the L. 3685/2008 and the Postgraduate Studies Regulation of the University of Thessaloniki.
2. AIM OF THE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM
The aim of the PGP of Dentistry is to train graduate dentists in specialized or/ and new knowledge fields and to the related research, so that they contribute to the formation and the promotion of the scientific thought, to the development of Dentistry, to the provision of dental treatment of high level, to the education of people in oral health matters and to the training of specialized scientists who will meet the real needs of science and society.
3. STRUCTURE OF THE POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
The PGP has eleven (11) divisions of Specialization Programs. The PGP of Dentistry grants a Master of Sciences to the students who successfully complete the program in one of the following divisions:
3. Pediatric Dentistry
5. Operative Dentistry-Conservative Aesthetic Restorations
7. Oral Surgery and Oral Radiology
8. Oral Pathology
9. Hospital Dentistry
10. Preventive and Social Dentistry
11. Basic Oral Sciences
Division 1 is about the recognized dentistry specialization of Orthodontics.
Title granted: Master of Science in Orthodontics. After the Master of Science in Orthodontics is obtained, the Dentist can, according to the provisions of the article 2 of the PD 235/88, undergo an exam organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity Examination Committee, in order to acquire the title of Dentistry Specialization in Orthodontics.
Divisions 2-10 are about the basic specializations of Dentistry and their main aim is to provide basic biological scientific knowledge and clinical skills. Division 11 is about the basic oral sciences and the scientific fields which belong to the broader field of Dentistry and its main aim is the primary scientific development, the scientific research and the deep study of the corresponding field. The content of this division is the following:
- Basic Oral Sciences
Title granted: Master of Science in Dentistry/ name of division.
4. ORGANIZATION OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
1. The School's General Assembly (GA) in its normal composition has the responsibility of drawing the total policy of the school on the Postgraduate Studies and of the programming of the Postgraduate Studies as a extension of the Undergraduate Studies.
2. The GASC of the School has the responsibility of particularizing the School's policy on forming and posing a recommendation about the Postgraduate Studies. Furthermore, it is responsible for any administrative or organization matter which is related to the Postgraduate Studies of the School. Moreover, it has the responsibility to form or modify the courses program as well as the Internal Function Regulation (IFR) of the PGP, according to the process of the Postgraduate Studies Regulation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the article 2, L. 3685/2008.
3. The SC of the PGP is responsible for the supervision and the coordination of the PGP. The SC consists in eleven (11) members (eleven teachers each of whom participates in the PGP and corresponds to each one of the eleven Divisions of the program). Every member of the SC of the PGP is responsible for the coordination of the PGP Division offered by the specific Laboratory or Sector. SC members are elected by the GASC for a three year tenure after an open invitation with the responsibility of the PGP Secretariat. The main responsibility for the operation of the PGP lies with the GASC, to whom the SC of the PGP is liable to.
4. The Postgraduate Studies Director presides and participates with full rights in the SC of the PGP, having the responsibility of the administration and the organizational and functional direction of the PGP. The Director notifies to the SC as well as directly to the GASC of the School any issue concerning the effective operation and the quality improvement of the PGP. The Director is elected by the GASC for a two year tenure with a possibility to renew it, according to the article 2 par. D, L. 3685/2008 and belongs to the grades of the Professor or Substitute Professor.
5. DURATION OF THE POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
The minimum duration in order for the Master of Sciences to be granted is defined for all of the divisions in 6 semesters, except from the division of Orthodontics for which the duration is defined in 7 semesters and the divisions (a) Preventive and Social Dentistry and (b) Basic Oral Sciences for which the duration is defined in 4 semesters. The completion of the postgraduate training, though, depends on the assemblage of the necessary number of credit points (ECTS) according to the program of the lessons as well as on the compilation and approval of the MSc thesis.
In case of exceeding the upper limits, the postgraduate student is eliminated after a documented proposition of the SC of the PGP and a decision by the GASC. For special and exceptional reasons, the GASC can prolong the adidance of the postgraduate student in the program for a specific period of time (no longer than 2 semesters), after a reasoned recommendation of the SC of the GASC.
6. POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS POSITION NOTICE
The number of the postgraduate students per division for every academic year is defined after a related recommendation by of the corresponding head of the division to the SC and a decision by the GASC. The total number of the postgraduate students who enter all divisions can not exceed the number of 50 per academic year, ten (10) of whom will be subject of countries outside the European Union (EU). The call for applications takes place in the beginning of every calendar year and remains open until the end of April. The candidates submit their applications to the Secretary of the PGP, and in them they mention the division and the specific field in which they want to do their postgraduate studies. The candidates have the right to submit applications for at most two (2) divisions of the PG.
The applications are accompanied by:
1. Copy of the bachelor
2. Transcript certification
3. Brief CV
Evidence issued from ant\y professional (clinical), educational, research or other scientific activity. The clinical experience must be proved: a. by a Dentist's certificate of authorization and a service bulletin or by b. a certification of experience in a position of doctor in the armed forces or in any other service, or c. by a registration in the Doctors' Social Insurance Service.
1. Evidence of a proficient knowledge/ outstanding command of the English Language on a C2 level, according to the documents defined by the notices issued by the Personnel Selection High Council. For foreign candidates, verified evidence of the knowledge of the Greek Language is also required, and they must be produced in the beginning of the clinical exercise at the latest.
2. Recommendation letters
In case applications are submitted to two (2) divisions, two separate candidate files are submitted, each for either division.
Exceptionally, for the division of Orthodontics apply the following:
i. an at least two year long clinical experience in Dentistry is required, which is counted only after the acquisition of the Bachelor in Dentistry
ii. the number of the students who will be accepted is specified to six (6) persons per period of three years. Four (4) of them will be Greek citizens or subjects of other European countries and two (2) of them will be subjects of countries outside the European Union. In case the positions destined for subjects of countries outside the European Union remain vacant, they will be occupied by runner-ups who are subjects of European countries.
7. CATEGORIES OF GRADUATES ACCEPTED IN THE PGP OF DENTISTRY
The following categories of graduates can be accepted in the Postgraduate Program:
1) Graduates of Departments of Dentistry of Greece or graduates of other recognized equivalent foreign Institutions with a recognition of equivalence by a responsible Greek authority.
2) In exceptional cases, graduates of other University Schools of Greece or of foreign countries with a recognition of equivalence by a responsible Greek authority, only for the field of division No 11. More specifically, graduates of departments of the Schools of Sciences, Polytechnical Schools and Medical Schools for the division of Basic Oral Sciences (number 11)
3) Apart from the total number of the postgraduate students, one (1) scholar of the National Foundation of Scholarships is accepted, who succeeded in the related internal postgraduate studies competition in the field of the PGP as well as one (1) foreigner, scholar of the Greek State. The number of the scholars may increase, after a decision made by the GASC. The scholars have the same obligations as the rest of the candidates.
4) After a relative agreement with the Country's Armed Forces, it is possible to select one more candidate coming from the armed forces, apart from the provided number of postgraduates.
8. POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' SELECTION
The selection of the candidates who will attend of the program for the acquisition of the Master of Science is made with the co-evaluation of the following criteria:
1. the general degree mark (25 %)
2. the marks of the undergraduate courses which are related to the specific chosen division of the PGP (15 %)
3. any previous research and scientific activity of the candidate (15 %)
4. the scientific adequacy of the candidate, as shown by an exam on the field of the specific division (10%). The exam is obligatory for the divisions of 1) Stomatology, 2) Prosthetics, 3) Dentoalveolar Surgery and Oral Radiology and 4) Periodontology.
5. Other elements of the candidate's CV (15 %)
-Experience in practicing Dentistry after the acquisition of the degree
-the ranking in the first 10% of the graduates
-the documented knowledge of computers, other foreign languages and the attendance of scientific conferences.
1. The candidate's general personality and scientific fulfillment, as they are shown in an interview before a four membered committee of the SC of the PGP, in which the Director of the PGP, the coordinator of the division and two (2) faculty members of the relative division take place, the Director of the Laboratory being included (20 %).
The selection of the candidates who will attend the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics is made with a co-evaluation of the following criteria:
1. the general degree mark (15 %)
2. the marks of the undergraduate courses which are related to the specific chosen division of the PGP (10 %)
3. the existence of other Postgraduate Studies or Masters of Sciences (25 %)
4. any previous research and scientific activity of the candidate (15 %)
5. the scientific accomplishment of the candidate, as shown by an exam on the field of the specific division (10%).
6. Other elements of the candidate's CV (5 %)
-Experience in practicing Dentistry after the acquisition of the degree
-the ranking in the first 10% of the graduates
-the proven knowledge of computers, other foreign languages and the attendance of scientific conferences.
1. The candidate's general personality and scientific fulfillment, as they are shown in an interview before a four membered committee of the SC of the PGP, in which the Director of the PGP, the coordinator of the division and two (2) members of the teaching staff of the relative division take place, the Director of the Laboratory being included (20 %).
In case of identical performance the candidate with the higher degree mark is chosen.
Statementss/registrations: they take place one week before the beginning of each semester.
9. ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDIES-CREDIT POINTS
Every year a PGP Studies Guide is published and posted.
In order to successfully fulfill the PGP of Dentistry, the postgraduate student must gather the required credit points (CU/ ECTS) which are mentioned in the present internal regulation, depending on the division in which he/ she belongs. The two year programs of the Basic Dental Sciences and of the Preventive and Social Medicine require 120 CP for their completion, while the rest programs require 180 CP. Furthermore, the writing and successful evaluation of a MSc thesis is required for the gathering of the 120/ 180 CP.
The program of the PGP of Dentistry comprises the following:
1. attendance of general courses during the first two semesters of the program (during the first 4 semesters in the division of Orthodontics). Every postgraduate student has to gather at least 30 credit units per semester from the general courses.
2. Attendance of specialized courses. Every postgraduate student has to gather at least 30 credit units per semester by attending the general and the specialized courses.
3. Writing of the MSc thesis, whose beginning must take place after the successful completion of the general and the specialized courses of the first four semesters at the latest. The compilation of the MSc thesis takes place under the guidance of a faculty member of the School, who is determined by the GASC, following a student's application submitted to the PGP Secretariat and a recommendation by the SC of the PGP. The subject matters of the theses and the supervisors' names are submitted to the SC of the PGP, under the responsibility of the Coordinators of the divisions. The approval of the compilation of the MSC thesis takes place at the latest until the beginning of the fifth semester for the divisions whose duration is at least three years and until the beginning of the third semester for the divisions whose duration is two years, with a decision by the GASC after a relative suggestion by the SC of the PGP.
General courses. The postgraduate students attend obligatorily the general courses of the two semesters. The gathering of 20 credit points from the general courses is obligatory.
General courses description (coming soon)
Exceptionally for the division of Orthodontics the General Courses are chosen during the first four semesters.
Specialized courses. The specialized courses of each division with their corresponding credit units appear on the following tables:
Specialized courses description (coming soon)
Credit Points. Postgraduate students must gather 150 points by attending the specialized courses of their division. Courses of other divisions granting up to 10 CP can also be chosen after an agreement with the coordinator of the corresponding division. The selected specialized courses will be acquainted by the students to the PGP Secretariat before the beginning of the academic year.
Winter and Spring Semester. Winter semester courses take place from September 1rst to January 31th, while the spring semester courses take place from February 1rst to July 10th. The exams for these courses are carried out during the last two weeks of the semesters. The clinical exercise may in special cases be prolonged beyond the aforementioned dates.
Tutors. Faculty members of Aristotle University School of Dentistry or faculty members of other Greek or foreign faculties undertake to teach in the courses. In no case is the full occupation of a faculty member in the PGP allowed. Moreover, the teachers can be Professors Emeriti, Visiting Professors and Specialized Scientists of a recognized authority. The assignment of teaching to these members is proposed each academic year by a suggestion of the SC to the SC. This suggestion is validated by the GASC after a proposition made by the SC.
10. POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' EVALUATION
Performance evaluation. In the end of each semester postgraduate students are evaluated in written or/ and oral exams. If the examinee's mark is at least 6 in a scale of 1-10 and at the same time he/ she has not been absent from more than 20% of the sessions of the course, his/ her attendance is considered successful and the number of CP corresponding to the course will be registered. In case that he/ she does not appear in the exams or that he/ she is given a mark 5, he/ she must be re-evaluated without being obliged to repeat the attendance of the course. In case the student is given a mark 0-4, he/ she is obliged to attend the course again and then be re-evaluated. In both the aforementioned cases, a second failure in the exam or a second absence from the exam consist a cause of elimination of the postgraduate student from the PGP, which must be done with a SC's suggestion and a decision by the GASC.
The fulfillment of the PGP takes place after the acceptance of the MSc. The submission of ht MSc, in order for it to be evaluated and marked, can not take place before the completion of the second circle of courses of the 6th semester, at which point the SC requires asks the formation of examining committees by the School's GASC, under the responsibility of the Division Coordinators. Every MSC will have to comprise an abstract in the English language of at least 1000 word, in which the subject matter of the paper, its method, its results and the deduced results are described.
The marking of the MSc is made by a three-membered committee made up by faculty members, defined by the GASC, according to the article 5 par. 4 L. 3685/2008, on a scale from 0 to 10. The Committee can decide either the acceptance of a paper marked from 6 to 10, or the correction of a paper marked with a 4 or a 5 or the rejection of a paper with a mark under 4.
After a relative application by the postgraduate student and a decision by the GASC, it is possible for a paper to be written in English.
The approved MSc is submitted to the Secrretariat of the PGP in three (3) copies, one of which is transmitted to the School's library, a second one to the relative laboratory while the third one remains in the student's file. The summaries of the paper in Greek and English must be submitted in an electronic form to the PGP's Secretariat, so that they are stored in the electronic file of the paper, which will be preserved in the school's site.
The total mark of the PGP is deduced from calculating the average of the marks of both general and specialized courses and the mark of the MSc.
Conferment of the MSc. After the successful fulfillment of all of the student's obligations, as they are determined by the Internal Regulation of the PGP as well as by the internal regulation of the Internal Regulation of the Postgraduate Programs of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and after the postgraduate student has submitted his/ her paper, he/ she is considered to have completed his/ her studies and he/ she is granted the corresponding Master of Sciences in a special ceremony, which I takes place once an academic year.
11. OBLIGATIONS AND WRIGHTS OF THE POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
1. The Postgraduate Students have to report to the Secretariat their addresses and their phone numbers. If a change in their address or their phone number during their studies takes place, the change must be notified to the Secretariat of the PGPin time. .
1. The Postgraduate Students have to attend the classes conscientiously. Exceptional cases are dealed with by the GASC. For each course the students will have to gather all the CP provisioned by the valid internal regulation.
2. The Postgraduate Students have to keep track of the notice board of the PGP's secretariat, of the specific division they belong to as well as of the corresponding site.
3. The obligations of the Postgraduate Students are provisioned by the L. 3685/2008, the Ministerial Degree No 716559/B7 (GG 1099/7-8-2003) and the Ministerial Decision No B7/111/19-4-1994 (GG 331/TB'/4-5-1994).
4. The Postgraduate Students must completely abide by the internal regulations of the PGP which they attend and to be in close cooperation with their supervisor.
5. The Postgraduate Student participates in the undergraduate education according to his/ her training program in the division where he/ she belongs.
6. The Postgraduate Student cooperates with the coordinator of the division and with the supervisor of his/ her MSc thesis, who is defined by the GASC after a suggestion put forward by the SC. The student has the right to ask the SC, with a reasoned document, to change his/ her advisor or his/ her paper's supervisor as well.
Reimbursements. For the Postgraduate Students there exist the reimbursement and student loan possibilities during their studies, according to the provisions of the article 28, par. 7 L. 2083/92 and 15 par. 1 L. 3685/2008.
12. OBLIGATIONS OF FACULTY MEMBERS
Postgraduate studies director. He/ she is responsible for supervising the observance of the internal regulation of the PGP. He/ she watches and solves, in cooperation with the coordinators of the divisions and the aid of thee Secretariat, all administrative issues which come up and refer to the totality of the PGP of Dentistry. He/ she summons the SC, defines the agenda and presides over the SC. He/ she participates in the GASC to which he/ she transmits all the decisions and suggestions of the SC in order for them to be sanctioned. Furthermore, he/ she is responsible for the suggestion towards the SC which takes place every six months and which comprises the planning, the allocation of teaching to the tutors and the hourly program of application of the general courses' program. He/ she takes part in the SC with a right to vote.
Division Coordinator. He/ she is responsible for supervising the abidance by the internal regulation of the PGP in the activities of the division. He/ she takes prt to the SC with a right to vote. He/ she is responsible for submitting the yearly report to the Sector in charge which must comprise the planning, the allocation of teaching to other faculty members and the hourly program of application of the program of the division's specialization courses. He/ she is responsible for the carrying out of the exams of the specialization courses of the division and for the despatch of the marks to the PGP's secretariat.
Coordinator of Course. He/ she is responsible for the application of the program of the course, according to the yearly report which has been approved by the Sector and the GASC, for the carrying out of the exams at the end of the course and for the submittal of the marks to the division's coordinator.
Supervisor of the postgraduate student. He/ she watches the observance of the studies program by the postgraduate student who falls under his/ her responsibility as well as his/ her performances in the various procedures. He/ she solves, in cooperation with the coordinator of the division and the Postgraduate Studies Director, any problems that might arise during the postgraduate student's studies. In cooperation with the postgraduate student he/ she decides the subject of the student's MSc thesis and he/ she is responsible of all the issues having to do with the further course of this paper. He/ she is responsible for correcting the MSc thesis that the committee of three members will propose.
13. ECONOMICAL FUNCTION
Resources. The main resources of the Program are found according to the provisions of the art. 8 L. 3685/2008 and the previous Ministerial Degrees (GG No 1099/7-8-2003, 2170/9-11-07 and 1777/31-12-2001), as well as by the regular budget of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, if it is available.
In the end of every academic year the Budget and the review of the economical function of the program is compiled, it is discussed in the Steering Committee of the PGP and it is submitted to the School's GASC. The Director of the PGP is responsible for the compilation of the budget and of the review of the Program, which he/ she submit to the School's GASC, for the supervision of the execution of the budget and for the issuing of the paying orders for the related expenses, according to the valid Ministerial Degree.
14. PLAGIARISM/ OMMISSION OF REFERENCE TO USED LITERATURE
On submitting the MSc thesis, the postgraduate student is obliged to mention whether he/ she has made use of the work and the opinions of others. Copying is considered a serious academic misbehavour. Palgiarism is considered to be the copying of somebody else's paper as well as the use of somebody else's paper - published or not- without the needed reference. The presentation of any evidential material, even taken from studies of the student him/herself, without the necessary reference, may lead the GASC to eliminate him/ her.
In the above cases - and after a reasoned recommendation by the supervisor- the GASC can decide the candidate's elimination, according to the provisions of PD No 160/2008 art. 23.