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There are four components to Part 2 of the ORE: 

An operative test on a dental manikin (DM)

Candidates are required to perform three procedures over a period of three hours. These procedures primarily involve the preparation and restoration of teeth, but may also include other procedures where appropriate simulation can allow assessment of operative skills. 

DM guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here

An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

This is where candidates visit a series of ‘stations’ which test their clinical skills. These may include history-taking and assessment, communication skills (such as an explanation of problems and treatment plans), judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination. The series of stations may cover aspects of the following:  behavioural sciences, human disease, law, ethics and professionalism, clinical dentistry, restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, preventive dentistry, dental public health, comprehensive oral care, oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral microbiology, dental radiology and imaging.  

OSCE guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here

A diagnostic and treatment planning exercise (DTP)

This involves an actor who will provide an appropriate history (but will not be examined), together with relevant additional information such as photographs, radiographs, study models or results of other special tests. The exercise may involve any of the above aspects of clinical dentistry.

DTP guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.

A practical examination in medical emergencies (ME)

This assessment consists of two parts:

  • a structured scenario-based oral
  • demonstration of single handed basic life support. This will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a resuscitation manikin

ME guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.

You will be allowed four attempts for Part 2.

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