Most countries have laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry. Although licensing provisions vary among industrialized countries, requirements commonly include successful completion of a licensing examination. To ensure minimal professional standards for those who wish to practice dentistry in Kuwait, a licensing examination has been established by the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait.
The objectives of the Kuwait Dental Licensing Examination (KDLE) are to:
Institute standardized methods of evaluating dental graduates from different dental schools for the practice of dentistry in Kuwait.
Ensure that dentists have the required knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical dental sciences to practice dentistry consistent with contemporary standards of care.
Assure the public that dentists intending to practice in Kuwait are professionally qualified.
The KDLE is a prerequisite for the practice of Dentistry in Kuwait. All dental school graduates who do not currently hold a license to practice in Kuwait are required to successfully complete this examination for practice in the public or private sector. A dentist who holds a professional dental degree conferred by a dental school recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait (as listed in the most recent issue of the World Directory of Dental Schools, published by the World Health Organization) is eligible to apply for the KDLE.
Validity of the examination
The results of the KDLE are valid for five years subsequent to the date of passing the examination. If a dentist has not practiced dentistry for more than five years after passing this examination, successful completion of a new examination, under its current format, will be required for licensure.
Board of examiners
The examination is set by the Board of Examiners who are members of the Faculty of Dentistry of Kuwait University and the Ministry of Health.
Format and content of the examination
The KDLE is a one day written examination in English, composed of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and is divided into two parts.
Part I: Biomedical Sciences (21/2 hours, morning session)
This part will contain 100 MCQs related to: Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Dental Anatomy, Occlusion, and General Pathology
Part II: Dental and Clinical Sciences (21/2 hours, afternoon session)
This part will contain 100 MCQs related to: Endodontics, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology, Oral Diagnosis, Operative Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pain Control, Management of Emergencies, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Preventive Dentistry, Public Health Dentistry, Prosthodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry.
The KDLE is administered three times per year, generally in October, February and June. The dates for the examination and deadlines for the application procedures are set by the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS).
The results will be announced within 2 weeks of sitting for the KDLE.
The pass mark for the entire examination will be determined by the Board of Examiners.
Re-sit for the examination
There is no limit to the number of attempts at the KDLE.
The fee for the KDLE will be determined by the Ministry of Health. This fee must accompany the Application Form. Any candidate who fails to appear for the examination will forfeit the registration fee. The fee must be paid for each attempt at the examination. The fee may be revised based on the costs of the examination.
Candidates must submit:
A completed application form
The full fee for the examination
A certified true copy of the candidate's diploma for the basic dental degree
Two passports size photos
Recommended Textbooks for KDLE 1. Ash MM. Wheeler's dental anatomy, physiology and occlusion. 7th ed., Philadelphia: Saunders, 1993.
2. Kidd EAM, Smith BGM. Pickard’s manual of operative dentistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
3. Lindhe J, Karring T, Lang NP (eds.). Clinical periodontology and implant dentistry. 3rd ed., Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1997.
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2. In an edentulous patient, when the teeth of maxillary and mandibular complete dentures are in contact coincidental with centric relation, the face height is called:
physiologic rest position.
vertical dimension of occlusion.
free way space.
closest speaking space.
3. Which of the following drugs is often administered intravenously to treat life-threatening ventricular arrythmias?
4. Papillary hyperplasia is MOST frequently found where?