Dental Hygiene Internship Program

One of the missions of the College is a leadership role in the continuous education and training of dental hygiene graduates, equipping them to face professional challenges and to accept diverse responsibilities. A dental hygiene graduate must undertake a twelve (12) months internship to meet a mandatory requirement for full registration as Dental Hygiene Practitioner. Upon successful completion of the specified requirements, the intern will receive a certificate of competence of one-year training.

Objectives:

  • Enhance their knowledge, skills and competency in the practice of Dental Hygiene.
  • Be involved in research projects that can motivate them to show their innovative ideas and develop their scientific writing abilities.
  • Awaken their interest in pursuing graduate studies and continuing dental education.
  • Gain experience in risk assessment and management of medically compromised patients, as well as emergency and primary dental hygiene care.
  • Excel in verbal communication skills and usage of audio visual aids through formal lectures and seminar presentations.
  • Maximize their views on latest programs in oral health through community involvement.

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Values and Visions:

  • Dental Hygiene Internship Program adheres to basic bioethical values for professional training and promotes professional social skills in human relationships.
  • Inter disciplinary cooperation is essential for the realization of our goal.
  • Improving the standard of training in dental hygiene and openness for positive changes.
  • Offering excellent training through scientifically grounded curricula and project oriented working.
  • Providing professionally competent associates and offering close integration of theory and practice and provision of modern media for self study.
  • Encouraging teamwork and free exchange of ideas.
  • Offering students individual counseling and support.
  • Offering excellent training through internal quality management.
  • Implementing leadership qualities and acquiring new know how for the future.
  • The program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenge of the changing healthcare delivery system and to establish a foundation for graduate study.
  • Always standup for our college values and visions inside the team and beyond.

Goals:

  • Training enrolled Dental Hygiene interns to graduate as exceptionally competent professionals who have combined a strong base of biological sciences and an excellent clinical education in Dental hygiene practices.
  • Inculcating in the intern a life-long commitment to the health and well-being of patients.
  • Encourage the Dental Hygiene interns to acquire the skills and develop the attitude that would-be-professionals must have to sustain their interest in scientific research, continuing education activities and meetings of their professionals associations during their active professional life.

Internship Training Program Details

The internship training program consists of the following:

  • Clinical Training (General Dental Hygiene Practice and Primary Dental Hygiene Care)
  • Hospital Training
  • Didactic Part:
    • Research Project
    • Advanced Education Seminar
  • Community Projects

The Internship Training Program is administered by the Interns’ Training Program Committee and it requires interns to participate in different clinical rotations for a period of twelve (12) months, which is divided into six (6) rotas. One of them will be for the hospital which may be chosen by anyone who has the interest for the specialty.

A. Clinical Training:

In the Colleges, interns are simultaneously involved into two disciplines of training namely: Primary Dental Hygiene Care and General Dental Hygiene Practice. The Primary Dental Hygiene Care is aimed to provide the walk-in patients with an emergency dental hygiene treatment. All types of treatment offered in the primary care sessions are expected to be completed within the allowed time in the primary clinics. The General Dental Hygiene Practice allows interns to render comprehensive dental hygiene treatment for regular patients with pre-scheduled appointments. The interns will cover the screening clinic where the patients will be transferred to the different clinics according to the complexity of the case.

B. Hospital Training:

This rota is aimed to acquaint the intern with the diagnosis and treatment of dental hygiene patients that can be performed in the out-patient clinic or in-hospital based practice. The program will also introduce the trainee into a team type practice by working closely with other dental and medical specialists. Some centers may request the trainee to carry out a night duty or an on-call commitment as part of the training program.

C. Didactic Activities:

The didactic part includes participation in advanced education seminars, and also completion and presentation of the research projects.

Interns who are assigned outside the Colleges are expected to attend all the weekly didactic activity at the colleges.

D. Community Projects:

This part stresses the importance of prevention of dental diseases through intern’s involvement in community activities. The interns must carry out projects related to health education programs.

General Rules and Regulations

A. Admission to the Program

This program offers Internship training for students who successfully completed the required course work and clinical training in four major areas from year 1 to year 4 (semester L1 to L8) to complete their requirements for obtaining the Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

The tuition fee is in the amount of 30,000 Saudi Riyals with an option of paying this amount into installment. First installment should be paid at the beginning of the internship and the second can be paid before the commencement of the third rotation of internship.

B. Duration and Continuity of Training

  • The internship program is for one-year (12 months) consisting of six (6) rotations. The specified period of training shall be on a continuous and uninterrupted basis.
  • A maximum of accumulated thirty (30) days official leave of absence (Emergency leave, Sick leave, Educational leave, Maternity Leave and other types of leave) are allowed during the entire training period.
  • Only a maximum of (10 ) days Emergency or Educational Leave days can be filed in a month.
  • Only a maximum of (3) days compassionate leave can be filed in case of death of an immediate family member. Copy of Death certificate must be provided within (5) days of filing.

Online Filing of Leave Guidelines

  • Emergency leave needs to be filed at least 24 hours before duty.
  • Sick leave to be filed at least 3 hours before the duty and the medical certificate/report should be provided within 2 days of the last day of leave.
  • Female intern’s maternity leave to be filed within the time frame of her duty and the medical certificate/report should be provided within 2 days from the last day of leave.
  • Educational leave to be filed at least 24 hours before duty and the Certificate of Attendance should be provided within 2 days from the last day of leave.
  • All leave including those in outside rotation must be filed after accomplishing the Leave Request Form Online and be approved to be considered official.
  • Early leave (permit to leave premises during working hours) needs to be filed at least 24 hours before duty. Interns with only half session (3 hours duty) in a day cannot file for an early leave request. Interns are only allowed to accumulate a maximum of 18 hours in the entire training period with a maximum of (3) hours per applied leave.

C. Symposia and Scientific Meetings

  • Each intern may apply to attend international and national dental symposia during the internship training period. The time spent in such symposium need not be replaced at the end of the program, provided the candidate is granted an education leave on application and presents a certificate of attendance of the symposium.
  • All applications must be filed officially following the approval process set forth in the request form.
  • A maximum of one week may be given to those who may wish to attend an international meeting while the local meetings will be based on the number of days applied.
  • Candidate who shows the interest in presenting an accepted scientific paper will have the privilege to avail more than the required number of days of educational leave if deemed necessary as approved by the Internship Training Committee.

D. Clinical Components

  • AttendancePunctuality in all clinics is mandatory and the daily attendance will be monitored closely. Interns should abide the official working hours in addition to the rules and regulations required by each training institution they are attending. Aside from official and unofficial absences, the other offenses are classified into the following:Code 1 – more than 15 minutes and less than 1 hour late
    Code 2 – more than 1 hour late
    Code 3 – leaving the college unofficially and did not report back
    Code 4 – early leave more than 15 minutes before the end of time schedule
    Code 5 – timing in but not logging out but physically present
  • Clinic AttireInterns are requested to take the recommendation regarding the prescribed clinical dress at working hours seriously in each training institution. Interns are obliged to use the proper identification badge. Blue jeans and casual dress are not allowed in clinical premises.
  • Professional EthicsInterns are expected to maintain respect and confidence of patients through sincere and honest relationship. Patient’s cultural practice and individual differences must be respected. Physical treatment must be backed up with psychological support and clinician has to be sympathetic and considerate. Courtesy, cooperation and harmonious interpersonal relationship must be highly observed among all clinical staff to promote a wholesome working atmosphere in the clinic.The medically compromised patients and those who may suffer contagious diseases or disabilities have to find accessible treatment within the medical and dental profession. Infection control measures should be observed all the time regardless of the patient medical status. Under no circumstances should any Intern refuse or object to treat patient who may carry contagious diseases. Such attitude is medically and ethically unacceptable.
  • DisciplineInterns will receive by email punctuality or clinic discipline reports pertaining to any incurred offenses. A reply by email to these reports from the interns is obligation within (24) hours period. Repetition of offenses will also subject the intern to disciplinary measure.In case of unapproved absence, negligence, misconduct, incompetence, insubordination or any other act that the interns’ superior deem unacceptable, an Intern shall be dully reported to the Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee (QAGITPC) for disciplinary action. Depending on the seriousness of the offense and upon the recommendation of the(QAGITPC) a disciplinary action may be one of the following:
    • Verbal or written warnings or probation
    • Suspension
    • Extension of training
    • Repeating a rotation
  • EvaluationIn order to monitor the interns’ performance, it is essential that some forms of quantification and evaluation of the work carried out by the interns should be documented. Each procedure performed by the intern is recorded and will be compiled in a bi-monthly report. While in other institutions, training supervisors send their evaluation of the intern’s performance at the end of each rotation (see Appendices). By the end of the program, the intern’s performance should be evaluated and assessed by the Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee. The data for evaluation will be compiled from the summary of procedures recorded, and the decision of whether the intern has fulfilled his/her requirements or requires an extension of the program will be made.
  • GraduationAt the end of the one-year internship program, interns will be awarded certificate of completion of the internship, provided that they have fulfilled all the requirements of the program.

E. Request Guidelines

  • If there is an intern willing to exchange with another intern, the following can be requested:
    • Change of campus
    • Change of groups
    • Change of schedule
  • Requests must be sent by email to intern@riyadh.edu.sa (14) days before the start of the incoming month. Except for change of Campus which is (14) days before the start of incoming rota. Late request will not be accepted. In this way, the clinician’s number and the productivity will not be affected and proper arrangement can be made by our Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office with the Chief Auxiliary Services of each campus.
  • An intern requesting for change of campus needs to finish his/her patient’s cases before it can be approved.

Administration of the Program

  • Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee (QAGITPC)During the entire period of the internship, all interns are under the administration of the Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee. Members of the committee hold regular meetings to discuss the progress of the program and other issues pertaining to the Interns. The Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee is appointed by the Rector as follows:
    • Chairman
    • Internship Training Program Coordinators
    • Intern Clinic Directors
    • Intern Research Director
    • Intern Research Assistant Director
    • Intern Community Director
    • Intern Seminar Director
    • Continuing Education and Post-Internship Preparation Director
    • Intern Outside Rotation Director
    • Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office Director
    • Chief Auxiliary Services
  • Dental Hygiene InternsThe following are his/her responsibilities:
    • Patient screening procedures; review of the health history, head and neck inspection, assessment of oral health conditions, dental charting, complete periodontal examination and charting and diagnosis of periodontal problem, predicting the prognosis and formulating a treatment plan for all patients
    • Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
    • Practicing professional scaling and polishing by removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits) from all surfaces of the teeth in indicated cases.
    • Applying preventive materials to the teeth (e.g., sealants and fluorides)
    • Giving oral hygiene instructions to patients by teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing, mouth rinses etc)
    • Counseling patients about good nutrition and its impact on oral health
    • Motivate a patient for tobacco cessation and formulate a program for quitting smoking
    • Taking impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth used by dentists to evaluate patient treatment needs)
    • Removal of overhanging margins of restorations, placement of periodontal dressings, management of dentine hypersensitive teeth , restoration of temporary fillings in open cavities and any procedure within the scope of Dental Hygiene profession
    • Prepare leaflets, pamphlets, posters, and other educational information useful for Dental Public Health Programs.
    • Documentation and recording of all the cases handled
    • Clinical case presentation of interesting clinical cases
    • Undertake an uncomplicated research project in scope of Dental Hygiene from any perspective like basic sciences, instrumentation, clinical care, school or community dental care, special needs patients etc. under direct supervision.
    • Completion of all clinical requirements formulated by the college
  • FacultyThe faculty has a big role in the successful administration of the program by providing support thru supervision in the clinics as well as in the research projects.
    • Role of Faculty Clinical Supervisor
      • Acts as an immediate supervisor to ensure that the assigned interns are executing comprehensive dental treatment on all their booked patients.
      • Monitors the intern’s ethical behavior and professional attitudes.
      • Provides immediate assistance to the interns in clinical emergencies.
      • Urges the interns to enhance his/her experience on treatment modalities that were inadequately covered during their undergraduate training, and may also introduce techniques that were not covered at all.
      • Attains maximum interaction with the interns during their clinical supervision.
      • Updates the Program Coordinator of the QAGITCP about interns who may need special attention.
      • Is available in the clinic during the intern clinical supervision session.
      • Assists in filling up the clinical evaluation forms at the end of each rota.
      • Participates in the periodic discussion with the interns at the end of each rota.
      • Guides the interns on the appropriate method of referrals to student courses, post graduate clinic and specialist clinics.
    • Role of the Faculty Research Supervisor
      • Assist the interns in selecting research topics.
      • Assists the intern in all their preparations for their research.
      • Checks adequacy of the literature review.
      • Supervises the intern in all stages of the research projects including data collection, analysis and writing of the paper to ensure that the research paper is completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to the scheduled presentation date.
      • Provides moral support to the intern during his/her presentation by being physically present and by providing assistance in clarifying questions or issues which may be raised during the open forum.
      • Updates the QAGITPC Chairman with the progress of the intern research project.
      • Accomplishes the evaluation form promptly at the end of the intern’s presentation.

Responsibilities of Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee (QAGITPC)

  • Role of Intern Training Program Committee Chairman
    • Monitors the overall process of the training program and prepares the needed internal communications.
    • Is responsible for calling meetings to discuss significant developments and other relevant activities.
  • Role of Internship Training Program Coordinators
    • Supervise the implementation of the internship training program.
    • Responsible for reporting achievements and difficulties met in the program and make the necessary follow up thru proper monitoring.
    • Responsible for gathering all the data pertaining to intern’s attendance, attitude, performance, productivity reports and evaluation within and outside Institutions.
    • Act as a liaison among the faculty members, supervisors and the rest of the members of the Quality Assurance General Internship Training Program Committee.
  • Role of Intern Clinic Director
    • Monitor the overall Clinical activities of the Interns with the help of the Chief Auxiliary Service.
    • Responsible for assuring the interns performance meet the quality and quantitative expectation level.
    • Responsible for arranging regular sessions with the Faculty Supervisors to discuss interns’ progress.
    • Responsible for investigating complaints on interns misbehavior or negligence and provide the necessary solutions.
    • Responsible for the supervision of other faculties in charge of interns in the clinic thus
      • Ensuring that all patients treatment plan will be checked and approved prior to the initiation of the case and appropriate treatment will be provided to the patient before dismissal.
      • Assuring proper documentation of treatment procedures will be recorded on the files and logbooks.
      • Making sure that Procedural slips were accomplished by the interns after the treatment was made.
    • Responsible for setting a meeting with the interns in groups in his convenient time to discuss clinical concerns.
    • Responsible for submitting bi-monthly reports of interns with regards to their clinical evaluation thru the assistance of the Chief Auxiliary Services.
  • Role of Intern Research Director
    • Directs the overall activities related to the Intern Research Projects.
    • Responsible for the orientation of interns regarding the official format and guidelines to be followed in research projects.
    • Responsible for overseeing interns research presentations.
    • Responsible for evaluating the Interns Research Project Presentations.
    • Responsible for motivating the interns to submit their research projects for future publications.
    • Responsible for monitoring the intern and research supervisors’ progress in the research preparation.
    • Responsible for submitting a bi-monthly progress report of the research activities to the Interns Quality Assurance Office thru the Research Centre Office.
  • Role of Intern Community Director
    • Responsible for the Orientation of Interns regarding their Community Projects.
    • Responsible for acquainting the interns with the overall guidelines in community projects preparation.
    • Responsible for all Interns Community Projects Preparation.
    • Responsible for Guiding Interns in accomplishing Official Reports of their Community Projects.
    • Responsible for submitting summary reports of all community projects to the Interns Quality Assurance Office.
  • Role of Intern Seminar Director
    • Responsible for organizing the Advance Education Seminars including the Treatment Planning Sessions.
    • Responsible for guiding the interns regarding the topics selection.
    • Responsible for inviting the supervisors in charge of guiding the interns in their seminars.
    • Responsible for assigning facilitators and panel of interns who will provide questions to the presenters for each session.
    • Responsible for reviewing the CD of the presentation prior to the actual date and advising the interns to provide hard copies to the attendees to promote active participation.
    • Responsible for the Scheduling Arrangements of Interns thru the assistance of the Chief Auxiliary Staff.
    • Responsible for attending these seminars and instill discipline in the attendance and behavior of interns in didactic activities.
    • Responsible for providing weekly and monthly report regarding the details of each presentation (topic and date) and the interns evaluation for submission to the Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office thru the assistance of the Chief Auxiliary Staff.
    • Responsible for providing weekly and monthly report of attendance and behavior of Interns in Didactic Activities to the Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office thru the assistance of the Chief Auxiliary Staff.
  • Role of Continuing Education and Post-Internship Preparation Director
    • Responsible for running activities preparation to Saudi Health Board Exam and American National Board Examinations.
    • Responsible for organizing conferences and symposium activities.
  • Role of Intern Outside Rotation Director
    • Responsible for the overall coordination with the outside training institutions regarding intern’s performance, attendance, evaluation and other concerns.
    • Responsible for visiting the interns in their respective outside training institutions to monitor their activities and progress.
    • Responsible for submitting Monthly Progress report of all interns in outside rotation.
    • Responsible for the Preparation of the Interns Annual Rotation Summary Report and its regular updating.
    • Responsible for the up to date submission of Evaluation Reports of interns on outside rotation.
    • Responsible for coordinating with the Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office regarding the necessary documents needed by the interns in other training institutions.
  • Role of Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office Director
    • Responsible for the Quality Assurance of the Internship Programs.
    • Responsible for receiving all the reports from the different members of the QAGITPC and organizing them in an acceptable format matching the standard of National Commission for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NCAAA) to be presented to the Chairman of QAGITPC for the necessary actions to be undertaken and to be implemented thru Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office.
    • Responsible for preparing the agenda of the bi-monthly meeting of the QAGITPC after counseling from its Chairman.
    • Responsible for monitoring reports and answering the e-mails from intern@riyadh.edu.sa mails after direct consultation with the Chairman of the QAGITPC.
    • Responsible for coordinating with the Chief Auxiliary Services at each campus to organize the initial draft of the yearly interns training clinical schedule for all the six (6) ROTAs and get final approval from the Chairman of the QAGITPC prior to its release.
    • Responsible for coordinating the reports and the items which must be discussed each rota and to inform the Chairman of QAGITPC for any deviation from the original intern plan.
    • Responsible for the software management of intern training program which is now under development.
  • Role of Chief Auxiliary Services
    • Responsible for the monitoring of the Interns Punctuality in the Clinic including daily and weekly report of attendance.
    • Responsible for accurate monthly reports of Clinic Productivity results.
    • Responsible for reporting by email to the Intern Quality Assurance Director all requests of Interns regarding their training.
    • Responsible for collecting the CD of finished comprehensive cases.
    • Responsible for collecting the CD and hard copies of advance education seminars, treatment planning sessions and intern research presentations.
    • Responsible for compiling the Intern Research Books (4 pcs.) after each presentation and its submission to the Library, Quality Assurance Internship Training Program Office, Rector’s Office and Dean’s office.
    • Responsible for the safekeeping of interns’ logbooks in and outside the college.

Clinical Requirements

Guidelines for Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care

  • Every case must be fully documented. The documentation must include accurate dental records, relevant medical records, detailed treatment records, full mouth radiographs or OPG, diagnostic casts and where possible clinical photographs.
  • A sequential treatment plan must be approved by the instructor in charge and this must be documented in the file of the patient.
  • The Intern must be ready and able to present and/ or discuss the treatment plan of the assigned case(s).
  • Information on assigned clinical case to be presented must include the following:
    • Patients profile (name, gender, etc.)
    • Chief complaint
    • Medical and Dental history
    • Extra and Intra-oral clinical examination
    • Investigative reports – Xrays, laboratory reports etc., diagnostic cast.
    • Clinical Diagnosis
    • Objective of/and Proposed Treatment Plan.
    • Nutrition /Diet analysis and oral hygiene protocol

Internship Program Clinical Requirements

Approved Clinical Requirements of Dental Hygiene Internship Training per rotation in Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy

Procedure Minimum Requirement Column 2
Complete case
Review of Health history, oral inspection of disease,
Complete periodontal examination, charting and treatment plan,
Oral hygiene instructions
Scaling and polishing
10 patients 2Periodontitis cases with X rays ,photos & study casts
1 orthodontic treatment case
1 fixed prosthesis case
1 heavy stains case
1 scaling done with root planning and local anesthetic injection
Extra credit for assisting any periodontal surgery case
From the minimum requirement of scaling for 10 patients, the following clinical procedures may be completed as follows:
Application of Fluoride 6 patients Atleast 4 pedo cases
Application of pit and fissure sealants Patients Atleast 8 teeth
Management of Dentine Hypersensitivity Patients Atleast 5 teeth
Periodontal Dressing 1 full mouth Done on patients or typhodonts, upper and lower
Matrix band placement 2 cases Patients
Polishing amalgam restoration 2 teeth Patients
Polishing composite resin restoration 2 teeth Patients
Restoration of temporary filling in open cavity 2 teeth Patients
Diet Analysis and Diet counseling 8 patients With diet advise (24 hour)
Radiographic interpretation 5 cases Minimum 3 panoramic x-rays

Internship Program Clinical Requirements

Approved Clinical Requirements of Dental Hygiene Internship Training per rotation in Outside Institution

Procedure Minimum Requirement
Scaling and polishing (4 quadrants per patient) 10 patients


A. Research Project Preparation and Presentation
Didactic Part of the Internship Program

Each intern is requested to work in a group with other colleagues in preparing and presenting a scientific research project. The research topic is usually selected by the intern and carried out under the supervision of a faculty supervisor. Selection of the topic is usually done at the beginning of the internship. This is mainly to give him/her the chance in picking up the right topic and to find the interested faculty supervisor who may offer his/her help and guidance in the completion of the project during the internship training program.

  • Objectives
    • Ability to identify research topic and write a related Research Proposal.
    • Ability to carry out the research
    • Ability to write the outcome of the research using the IMRAD format
  • Rules and Guidelines for Interns’ Research ManuscriptThe research report should be submitted to the ITPC Chairman at least two weeks before the scheduled day of presentation. The manuscript should be prepared in English language in a type written format. The manuscript should include the title, author(s), and their affiliations, abstract, body of the main work acknowledgement and references. The title must be concise, informative and representative of the study. A summary or an abstract written in Arabic and English languages must appear in the first page. It should state the purpose of the study, basic procedures, main findings and the principal conclusions.The introduction states clearly the value and scientific merit of the research with relevant literature review for which the study is based. It should cover the related articles from the different published peer-reviewed journals that could be obtained from any available database. At the end of the section, a precise statement for which the research is aimed to is to be addressed in order to draw the connected relation between the conclusions and objectives.The section of materials and methods should briefly describe the subjects utilized in the study and the methodology employed in the selection and analysis. The main results should always come next to materials and methods and include the findings of the study presented in text and numerical format with the appropriate statistical references. Simplified tables and/or figures and relative illustrations are to be attached but with no repetition. All figures, tables and illustrations are to be identified clearly with brief and conclusive captions. There should be a useful detailed discussion of the significance of the result in other observations related to the study. Methods by which subjects were assessed and the success of experiments should be judge. In the section of conclusion, only those findings supported by data are presented. This is followed by a short statement on the recommendation for further study if this is applicable. All references which have been cited or referred to in the study should be listed in the section of references or bibliography. The Research Center of RCsDP has specified the format for writing a Manuscript. By the end of manuscript, the author(s) is/are expected to acknowledge all persons who may have generously offered their scientific or technical assistance during the course and preparation of the research.
  • Other Rules and Guidelines
    • An interns or trainees project will not be considered as requirement if he or she has shown any of the following as reported by his or her supervisor and affirmed by the project director:
      • Minimal Involvement
      • Lack of Cooperation
      • Misdemeanor
      • Punctuality Issues
    • The intern / trainee showing any of the above except item no. 4 will be required to have or join another project.
    • Any intern / trainee who failed to show up or arrived late in a research presentation will be allowed to be scheduled for presentation of the same project as long as he/she is reported officially by his/her supervisor to have a maximum involvement in the research project.

B. Community Session and Participation

Riyadh Colleges take the lead with the preventive program. Interns will be encouraged to participate in various oral health programs aimed towards the community. Speakers in the dental public health will be invited to conduct seminars for this session.

  • Objectives
    • To decrease dental caries and periodontal diseases incidence and prevalence.
    • To control infection and septic focuses due to dental lesions.
    • To minimize tooth loss emphasizing on teeth restoration modalities.
    • To alert community about the hazards of smoking and its relation to oral cancer.
    • To emphasize the role of fluoride, fissure sealants and oral irrigators’ role in prevention of plaque accumulation, dental carries and oral diseases.
  • Rules and Guidelines
    • A minimum requirement of 2 group projects must be completed during internship program to satisfy the community activity requirement
    • Any intern who has minimal involvement in the project as reported officially by his/her supervisor and affirmed by the program coordinator needs to join again any ongoing community projects.
    • An intern should review the project details with the project supervisor who may correct the scientific information and any activities or procedures which are to be done or undertaken during the implementation of the project
    • Designing or planning a community project
    • Registration of the project proposal
      • No community project shall be implemented without registration.
      • All community project proposals must include all the elements required and be prepared and written in accordance with the prescribed format and must be registered using the form which is downloadable using the link: http://www.riyadh.edu.sa/qac/forms_templates.php
      • All proposals must be approved and signed by all the following and in this order:
        • Project Leader
        • Faculty Supervisor
        • Marketing Coordinator
        • Director of Prince Salman Center
        • Community Project Coordinator
        • Internship Training Program Coordinator
        • Dean
      • Reporting and Evaluation
        • After the completion of any community project, a report with all the elements as in the registration form shall be prepared and submitted in both ARABIC and ENGLISH complete with all documentations including audio-visual evidence. The report will be reviewed, corrected and evaluated for acceptance by the College Quality Assurance Center prior to final submission to the concerned offices and departments.
        • Community projects can be submitted as DVD format, between 2-4 minutes duration of video presentation on oral health promotion as individual projects and uploaded in the YOUTUBE or in the traditional way as a group project held in the community with official report supported with pictures and other documentation

Internship Training Program Outcomes

The DH Intern should be able to:

  • Collect, analyze and document data on the general, oral and psychosocial health status of a variety of patients using methods consistent with medico legal principles.
  • Use critical decision making skills to reach conclusions about the client’s comprehensive dental hygiene needs based on all available assessment data.
  • Collaborate with the patient and / or other health professionals to formulate a mutual dental hygiene treatment plan.
  • Provide specialized treatment that includes preventative and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented clinical, preventive and educational services.
  • Participate in professional development.
  • Provide dental hygiene care to promote patient health and wellness using critical thinking and problem solving using an evidence-based approach.
  • Treat medically compromised and disabled patients efficiently.
  • Assist dentists in effectively managing all emergency procedures according to Patient Resuscitation Protocol.
  • Provide planned educational services using interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health.
  • Initiate and assume responsibility for community involvement of diverse populations and implement wide range of activities in Dental Public Health Education.
  • o Practice the WHO strategies for preventive measures in Dentistry for the population at risk like school children, special needs patients etc.
  • Participate actively in oral health promotion and preventive dentistry community programs
  • Efficiently counsel a patient in need of nutrition care

Career Opporunities

A licensed dental hygienist after undergoing the internship training has the option of working in such practice settings as:

  • Dental Colleges or Schools
  • National and local government Health Departments
  • Private Dental Offices and Clinics
  • Educational programs for Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students.
  • Private Business and Industry like corporate sales, dental supply companies, pharmaceutical corporations etc.
  • Health Insurance Companies.
  • Health Maintenance Organizations.
  • Health Research Institutions.
  • Special needs facilities centre
  • Geriatric facilities centre

Terminologies

  • Dental HygieneDental hygiene is a health profession, the training for which is offered in a school or department of dental hygiene. The profession seeks to provide treatment for existing oral diseases, to assist people in maintaining an optimal level of oral health and to prevent oral diseases through clinical services, education, consultative planning and evaluation activities. The primary aim of dental hygiene is the promotion of total health through the prevention of disease. This aim is consistent with the prescribed and recognized level of training of a dental hygienist.
  • Dental HygienistThe Dental hygienist, as a licensed health care professional, is a member of the health care team, whose primary focus is the prevention and the treatment of oral diseases. In the Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy (RCDP), the Dental Hygienist obtains the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree and is thereafter professionally credentialed RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) by the Saudi Council for Health Sciences after undergoing the internship training program.