InstructorHelena Vackelin
TypeOnsite Course
DateJan 14, 2019 - Jan 18, 2019
PlaceFaculty of Odontology, Malmö University
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Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function – Diploma Program

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Where: Malmö University, Faculty of Odontology
When: January 14-18, 2019

Gain advanced skills by attending this in-depth diploma program in orofacial pain and jaw function designed for dental clinicians. Attendees will acquire new insights into orofacial pain and jaw function while learning how to perform dental treatments in a safe, predictable manner.

Your benefits

  • University credits and diploma program in orofacial pain and jaw function
  • In-depth lectures and clinical training by orofacial pain and jaw function specialists and other professionals
  • DC/TMD Training and Calibration to Level 2 (Part 2) based on protocol of the International RDC/TMD Consortium Network
  • Increased patient trust
  • Quality stamp for your dental office

Who should attend

Dentists with a degree

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course the student will gain new or increased:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe basic principles regarding chronic pain, including: orofacial pain and jaw function in relation to epidemiology, etiology, assessment, diagnosis and management in adults, adolescents and children
  • Give an account of diagnostic and therapeutic principles and methods in orofacial pain and jaw function
  • Describe the background and assessment procedure for diagnostic assessment according to the Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (DC/TMD), both Axis I and Axis II

Skills and abilities

  • Present and discuss clinical cases regarding epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and management
  • Independently perform clinical diagnosis according to DC/TMD on a specialist level (Axis I and Axis II)
  • Independently perform and evaluate a qualitative somatosensory examination in the trigeminal area, a neck examination and a double-blind diagnostic block

Judgement and approach

  • Adopt a position on ethical issues when discussing clinical cases

Course content

Interactive lectures and practical workshops covering for example

  • Epidemiology and etiology
  • Pain pathophysiology
  • Joint and muscle disorders
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Odontogenic pains
  • Imaging diagnostics
  • Multidisciplinary evaluation and multimodal therapy
  • National guidelines
  • Treatments: pharmacology, motor and sensory activation, cognitive and affective therapies
  • Treatment evaluation and prognosis assessment
  • Hands-on workshops: neck examination, somatosensory testing, double-blind diagnostic block and somatosensory assessment
  • Patient case discussions
  • Maxillofacial surgery in orofacial pain
  • Orofacial pain in children and adolescents
  • Orthodontics and orofacial pain

Method and language

Method: Interactive lectures, practical workshops and patient case discussions. A literature list will be provided before the course.

Language: All lectures, work-shops and case discussions are held in English.

Assessment of student

The student’s knowledge, understanding, skills, abilities, judgement and approach are assessed by active participation in case discussions (oral examination) with the examiner and observation by the examiner regarding the clinical abilities. In order to achieve a passing grade, the student has to show that he or she meets the learning outcome objectives.

If the student does not achieve a passing grade, the student has a maximum of two opportunities within six months to meet the learning outcome objectives. If the student does not achieve a passing grade during these two attempts, the student will receive a failing grade.

Dates and location

Dates: January 14 at 08:30 – January 18 at 16:00, 2019

Location: Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Carl Gustafs väg 34, Malmö, Sweden.

Credits and fee

Credits: 2 university credits

Fee: 28 000 SEK per participant (excluding VAT)


Participating from the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University

Dept. of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function:

Professor Thomas List
Professor Per Alstergren
Professor Ewa Carin Ekberg
Odont Dr. Ing-Marie Nilsson
and co-workers from the department

Dept. of Maxillofacial Radiology

Professor Arne Peterson

Dept. of Endodontology

Associate Professor Maria Pigg

Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Professor Lars Eriksson

Dept. of Orthodontics

Professor Lars Bondemark

Skåne University Hospital

Associate Professor Hans Westergren, Specialist Pain Rehabilitation

About the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University

The Faculty of Odontology in Malmö is one of the world’s leading institutes for dental education and research. It was established in 1948 and is regarded as one of the most influential centres of excellence in Scandinavia for oral and dental research. The high quality of both education and research has been maintained and improved over the years and has resulted in an institution with an excellent international reputation – including several awards and nominations. The Faculty’s international profile attracts staff and students from all over the world.


How to apply

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Admission to the course is on first come first service basis and the number of participants is limited.

Accepted applicants will be notified by e-mail and receive an invoice for the course fee. When payment is received, the applicant is finally admitted to the course.

If you have any questions related to application or acceptance, please contact us by e-mail: or telephone: +46 705 127 816.

For students from outside the EU, Swedish HealthCare can offer support with visa applications, travel arrangements and financial matters.