MANAV RACHNA DENTAL COLLEGE
(under Faculty of Dental Sciences)
Department of Public Health Dentistry
“Prevention Pays! We work to improve the health of the people in the NCR by preventing dental illness, promoting healthy choices and protecting oral health.”
In final BDS, clinical, outreach and theoretical knowledge is imparted to the students through lectures, clinical teaching and oral health screening and treatment camps. Hands on knowledge of epidemiology are provided through surveys and indices. Students are trained to impart oral health awareness in community through health talks and street plays.
Research Innovation Catalyst Course
Department of Public Health Dentistry has initiated a Research Innovation Catalyst (RIC) Course for BDS students as a part of their mandatory curriculum. This course is empowering the students with research and development skills as well as innovative thinking in order to be able to take up various research and innovation projects regarding healthcare problems.
Under this program, weekly lectures about research methodology are being taken by the department faculty members. In addition to the lectures and classroom teaching, the students have also taken up research projects for which they have been assigned dedicated mentors. Among these students, five students had applied for ICMR projects also. The discussion and guidance about these research projects is done through weekly contact sessions between students and their research mentors. The research mentors also meet with each other and discuss the research projects taken up by their students once a month. Faculty development programs are being conducted to update the knowledge of Mentors. Through this initiative, we want that every undergraduate student of our institution shall publish/ present their papers at various national or international platforms/ journals.
The Department is running three satellite centres in Faridabad. One is located at Sidhata Ashram, and second is in Anangpur village. The urban centre is located at Sector 15, Faridabad.
Mobile Dental Van
Dental care is expensive and is most neglected and at the same time, one of the most important part of healthcare. If treated in time, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss can be prevented.
To meet the challenge of increasing prevalence of dental disease, Manav Rachna Dental College has embarked upon dynamic Mobile Dental Care program.
Our Mobile dental van is India’s first Solar powered Mobile dental van
The Mobile Dental Clinic is a full body air-conditioned bus, fitted with two dental chairs Installed with an autoclave to maintain sterilization also fitted with refrigerator to keep vaccines. It is operated by a qualified Dental Surgeon, assisted by a qualified Dental hygienist.
In Mobile dental van we examine the patients for various dental ailments, do temporary filling, dental extraction, oral prophylaxis there is also facility for taking dental x- rays. In case of pain treatment is initiated and further course of treatment is recommended in college. During one visit in rural area around 100 to 120 patients are examined and 40 to 50 are treated.
Through the Mobile Dental Clinic our effort is to bring the Dental care to every doorstep.
Outreach Activities (Dental Camps)
The department undertakes a plethora of outreach activities to benefit the population in and around NCR, New Delhi. From 2006 till today, we had screened more than 1lakh people and has treated more than 10,000 patients at various dental camps. We have collaborations with SOS village, NTPC, NHPC, Muskan NGO, SHEOWS NGO, Dr. OP Bhalla Foundation, Prayas NGO, Rotary clubs, Lions Clubs etc. We coduct screening and treatment camps, oral health awareness camps, street plays, rallies, health mela and distribution of oral hygiene kits. Till date about 450 villages, residential areas, schools and other institutions in and around Faridabad have been screened and treated for oral disease. Department of Public Health Dentistry ensures a further strengthening of interaction with the community and the support of community-oriented programs.
CDE- Medico-legal aspects of clinical practice
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Manav Rachna Dental College conducted this CDE program on 25th Februrary 2019. The CDE emphasized on these precious, but often neglected aspects of clinical practice. Dr. Aman Raj Gupta, who has an illustrious experience with administration of public health clinical practice enlightened the audience his knowledge and experience.
Dental Check-up and Treatment Camp at Supreme Court of India, on February 14, 2020. The camp was conducted in collaboration with Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon and Rotary Club of Delhi Mid West.
Dental Camp at Rahgiri
A screening, awareness camp was held at Rahgiri Tigaon,Faridabad on 15th December 2019. 62 patients were screened and treated. Oral health education was also provided to the patients.
According to UGC notification, the Department of Public Health Dentistry observed cleanliness fortnight on “Swachta Pakwada” program. Various activities were conducted by the department under this program. During this program, 8 camps were conducted in rural areas of Faridabad district, where in addition to providing the dental care; the beneficiaries of the camp were also provided information about importance of cleanliness through short talk by doctors. Slogan competition was organized by the department for first year BDS Students. A Pledge Taking Ceremony was also done by the department to ensure and promote cleanliness.
Hepatitis Vaccination Drive
A hepatitis vaccination drive was organized by department in collaboration with Institute of liver and biliary sciences on 19th Jan 2020. More than 400 students and faculty members of the university were vaccinated. A talk was also given by Dr Neeraj Raizada from Empathy NGO.
World No Tobacco day
Department of Public Health Dentistry organized an awareness program in association with National Oral Cancer Prevention Initiative (NOCPI) in relation to World No Tobacco day which is celebrated on 31st May of every year. A rally was also flagged off from ESIC Hospital, Faridabad till Manav Rachna Head Office, NIT Sec – 5, Faridabad. The audience was enthralled by such an eye catching event. The students also performed a skit which included a street play spreading awareness about the harmful effects of using tobacco. Enthusiastic interns, undergraduate and postgraduate students along with faculty members of ESIC as well as FDS participated in this unique rally which caught the attention of the common people and various posters and banners were held by the participants in the rally.
Research Profile of the Department
Department of Public Health Dentistry is proactively involved in high quality research and innovation. Department faculties have many high quality publications in indexed national and international journals to their credit. This includes international collaborative research with faculty of public health with Jackson State University, Mississippi, USA and School of Dentistry, Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Three international pubmed indexed papers have been published. The collaborative researches with these universities are continuing with two upcoming collaborative paper presentations at American Public Health Association conference at USA and one upcoming study with faculty at Jazan University.
Additionally, the faculty members from the department are mentoring innovation projects on patient centered care and connected care. Two innovations of the department are funded by DST, GOI under NEWGEN-IDC Scheme.
The faculty members have also been invited for idea pitching at Google Headquarters, BOSTON, USA. Dr. Ankur Sharma had been invited as guest speakers at International patient safety and quality control conference held at Singapore. The Faculty actively presents original research papers at various National and international platforms regularly. Many faculty members are reviewers for various international Pubmed Indexed journals. Two international reference books have been authored from the department. Dr. Meena Jain and Dr. Nisha Rani Yadav has won awards for best paper presentations at National conferences.
We actively take part in postgraduate research teaching. Dr. Meena Jain is the Ph.D coordinator of the institution and Head, Research Innovation catalyst. We take weekly lectures for postgraduates for research methodology and regularly guide them in their research work and thesis. Dr. Meena jain is Co-guide to PG students of other departments and had published interdisciplinary research papers with them.
Department faculty members are also involved in guiding the students for Indian Council of Medical Research, Short Term Studentship projects. These projects cover varied research fields like salivary biomarkers, blood donation and tobacco related behaviours among other projects. These projects help the students to achieve research profile that is required for their future career growth.
The research topics being covered by the departmental faculty indicate their varying research interests in fields including health risk behaviours, health promotion, patient centred care, connected care, geriatric care, health education, infectious disease and chronic disease. The researches include clinical research as well as public health field research.