Dr Upen Patel BDS, AHEA, MFDS RCSEd, MJDF RCSEng, PhD

Dr Upen Patel

School of Dentistry
Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry

Contact details

Address
The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Dr Patel qualified as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 2006 and after completing vocational training and a maxillofacial senior house officer job, returned to the University as a Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry.

Upen’s research focuses on the application and the effects of therapeutic ultrasound on the repair mechanisms of the dental pulp. His other research interests are in education, specifically assessment and feedback in clinical education and clinically, digital imaging of the oral cavity and rapid prototyping of removable prostheses.

His clinical interests are within the field of restorative dentistry and with a particular interest in the management of tooth loss and the rehabilitation of edentulous mouths with prostheses stabilised with titanium implants.

Upen takes great pride and enjoyment in the teaching of dentistry to his students with the goal of producing safe, responsible and efficient professional graduates.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Ultrasound Mediated Dental Tissue Regeneration, University of Birmingham, 2016.
  • MJDF RCSEng, Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2012.
  • MFDS RCSEd, Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2012.
  • AHEA, Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy 2010.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Part 1), University of Birmingham, 2010.
  • BDS (Clinical Distinction), University of Birmingham, 2006.

Biography

Dr Upen Patel was appointed as a full-time Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in 2008. Upen has since been actively involved in research completing his PhD studies in 2016 on the effects of ultrasound on dental regeneration and has presented his research at conferences nationally and internationally. He won first prize at the University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Competition with his poster entitled ‘Ultrasound Induced Dental Regeneration’.

Upen teaches undergraduate dental students in all five years of the BDS degree programme. He is co-module lead for the first year module ‘Professionalism and the Foundations of Dental Practice’ as well as organising and teaching the introductory clinical sessions ‘Clinical Photography and Impression Taking’ in the second year. He is responsible for organizing and delivering the ‘Simulated Skills in Prosthetic Dentistry’ course which prepares students for treating patients with removable prostheses. Upen also lectures and undertakes clinical teaching as part of the ‘Prosthetics Dentistry’ module as well as the general teaching clinics of ‘Clinical Practice’ and more specifically the clinical competency in dental charting, ensuring dental students have the basic skills before they start treating patients. His other duties including the setting and marking of exam papers, pastoral care as a personal tutor to a group of dental students and is on the Admissions Executive Panel which manages the entry of new students to the BDS degree. Upen is the school lead for elearning and attends regular meetings with the School of Dentistry Curriculum Development Committee and IT Committee. Upen is also lead for assessment for the BDS programme coordinating assessment with learning outcomes achieved by students and supports module leads with generating and standard setting their assessments

Upen has completed part of the post graduate certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education qualifying him as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of the UK. He has attended conferences on Dental Education in Europe where he has presented his prize winning entry of the Rewarding Excellence in Learning and Teaching award offered by the Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine (MEDEV) of the HEA. Upen was also been awarded the Early Career Educator Excellence in Dental Education Award from the Association of Dental Education in Europe, one of the few opportunities for international recognition of excellence in dental education.

Upen has supported the development of the Clinical Assessment and Feedback System (CAFS) used by undergraduates to record their clinical experience and assessment by teachers. As a member of the team he has presented CAFS nationally and internationally winning awards from the ConsEuro conference and the Teaching Academy Award from the University of Birmingham.

Teaching

Research

Dr Upen Patel completed his PhD in 2016 titled “Kilohertz Ultrasound as a Potential Therapy for Dental Repair”. He investigated the ultrasonic output of an ultrasound therapy device mapping the field of exposure and developed a novel method for the application of ultrasound to biological cells in vitro culture. He investigated the behaviour of a model cell line (MDPC-23) and primary human dental pulp cells in vitro culture when exposed to kilohertz ultrasound of different therapeutic intensities. Dr Patel utilised gene expression analysis methods to determine the effects of ultrasound on primary human dental pulp cells and analysed mineral deposits produced by these cells in culture by staining and using micro-computed tomography, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry.

Dr Patel will continue his research in this expanding field of regenerative medicine and will look to develop collaborations to further the research in this field and lead to successful research grant applications.

Dr Patel’s other interests include education, specifically assessment and feedback in clinical education and clinically, digital imaging of the oral cavity and rapid prototyping of removable prostheses. Work is ongoing to develop these research fields at the School of Dentistry.

Other activities

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Honorary Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry within the Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • Module Co-Lead for 1st year BDS module ‘Professionalism and the Foundations to Dental Practice’.
  • Clinical supervision and teaching of dental students on the Prosthetics (3rd and 4th year), Clinical Practice (3rd and 4th year) and General Dental Practice (5th year) modules.
  • Responsible for the Clinical Simulation and Laboratory Technical Skills teaching programmes in Prosthetic Dentistry, part of the Practical Dental Skills (2nd year), Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry (2nd year) and Prosthetic Dentistry modules (3rd and 4th year).
  • Lead for the Prosthetic Dentistry Specialty element of the OSCE assessment (3rd and 4th year).
  • Lead for Clinical Familiarisation, Charting Exercise and the Charting Competency assessment for the Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry (2nd year) module.
  • Lead for the Practical Exercises in Welcome Week (1st year).
  • Lead for Written Paper examination component of the Finals examination (5th year) of the BDS Degree Programme.
  • Lead for Assessment for the BDS Degree Programme.
  • Member of all Progression, Continuous Assessment and Examination boards / committees in the BDS Degree Programme as lead for Assessment.
  • Member of the CAFS (Clinical Assessment & Feedback System) project team.
  • Lead for eLearning in the School of Dentistry.
  • School of Dentistry IT Committee Member as Lead for eLearning.
  • School of Dentistry Quality Assurance Committee Member as Lead for Assessment & eLearning.
  • BDS Degree Programme Curriculum Development Committee Member as Lead for Assessment & eLearning.
  • Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions Executive Committee Member.
  • Lead question writer and examiner for the Logic & Reasoning question in the Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions process.
  • Lead for the Junior Clinical Scholarship (3rd BDS) and the James Youngson (3rd BDS) award
  • Personal tutor to a group of undergraduate dental students providing pastoral care.
  • External - Local
  • External - National
  • External - International
    • Support of junior dentists in training (DCT / DFT grades) at Birmingham Dental Hospital.
    • Delivery of CPD qualifying hands-on and lecture based study courses on Removable Prosthetic Dentistry to all professional members of the dental team in the West Midlands region of the UK including newly graduate DFTs.
    • Dental Schools Council Assessment Alliance (DSCAA) committee member representing the Birmingham School of Dentistry.
    • Co-Lead of the ‘Educators on the Move’ Special Interest Group for the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE).
  • Coordinator and facilitator of the ‘Educators on the Move’ Professional Development preconference workshop for ADEE.
  • Selected to serve as a recorder/rapporteur for the ‘Assessment in a Global Context’ workshop stream for the ‘Shaping the Future of Dental Education’ meeting organised by ADEE and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

Memberships

  • Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • British Prosthodontic Society
  • International Association for Dental Research

Honours and Awards

  • Teaching Academy Award for Educational Enhancement & Innovation in the Educational Innovation theme for work on the Clinical Assessment & Feedback System awarded by the University of Birmingham (2015).
  • Certificate of Merit for Poster Presentation in the Dental Education category awarded by the European Federation of Conservative Dentistry at the ConsEuro Conference (2015).
  • Early Career Educator Excellence in Dental Education Award by the Association of Dental Education in Europe (2014).
  • Best Poster Award at the Association of Dental Education in Europe Conference (2011).
  • Excellence in Teaching Award by the Head of the School of Dentistry (2010).
  • Rewarding Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award by the Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine of the Higher Education Academy (2009).
  • First Prize at the Graduate School Research Poster Competition awarded by the University of Birmingham (2009).
  • British Prosthodontic Society New Graduate Award (2009).

Invitations

  • Invited speaker for the American Dental Education Association (2014).
  • Keynote speaker for the Association of Dental Education in Europe (2013).
  • Keynote speaker for the British Prosthodontic Society (2011).
  • Reviewer for peer-reviewed articles in the British Dental Journal, Dental Update, the European Journal of Dental Education, the European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives and the Journal of Dentistry, the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Scientific Reports and the Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound.
  • Speaker for the West Midlands Deanery providing lecture based courses and hands-on workshops covering Prosthodontic topics for all members of the dental team.
  • Speaker for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Faculty of General Dental Practice (West Midlands Division).
  • Speaker for the British Dental Association (West Midlands Division).

 

 

 

Publications

Academic Journals

Patel US, Ghorayeb SR, Yamashita Y, Atanda F, Walmsley AD & Scheven BA. Ultrasound field characterization and bioeffects in multiwell culture plates. Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound Jun 2015, 3(8). doi:10.1186/s40349-015-0028-5

Singhota S, Attrill DC, Patel US & Murphy P. A hinged two-part partial denture used in conjunction with severely tilted teeth – a case report. European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry Jun 2014, 22(2), 64-66.

Patel US & Walmsley AD. Implant retained mandibular denture: planning to delivery – case report. Dental Update Mar 2014, 41(2), 137-143.

Parmar S, Patel US, Karir N & Walmsley AD. Long and short term management of implant supported mandibular overdentures. Dental Update Dec 2013, 40(10), 830-835.

Ghorayeb SR, Patel US, Walmsley AD & Scheven BA. Biophysical characterization of low-frequency ultrasound interaction with dental pulp stem cells. Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound Aug 2013, 1(12). doi:10.1186/2050-5736-1-12

Conference Proceedings

Patel US, Kelly J, Attrill DC, White DA and Perryer DG. Development of a mobile clinical assessment and feedback system – CAFS. Eur J Dent Educ 19 (2015) e12.

Patel US, Kelly J, Attrill DC, White DA and Perryer DG. CAFS – Enhancing assessment and feedback in clinical dental education. Eur J Dent Educ 19 (2015) e34.

Patel US and Perryer DG. Student ownership and usage of mobile computing devices in dental education. Eur J Dent Educ 18 (2014) e17.

Patel US, Perryer DG and White DA. Supporting independent learning with dental charting. Eur J Dent Educ 16 (2012) 128.

White DA, Perryer DG, Mackenzie L, Coulson L and Patel US. Supporting students’ clinical transition with virtual learning materials. Eur J Dent Educ 16 (2012) 123.

Patel US, Walmsley AD & Scheven BA. Low-frequency ultrasound stimulates proliferation of odontoblast-like cells in vitro. J Dent Res 89 (Spec Iss B):132600, 2010.

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