Fellowship (FRACDS) in General Dental Practice
| Orientation Course for the Primary Exam
40% discount for 2020 candidates
Date: 7 July – 5 August
Delivery methods: Zoom and eLearning
Friday, 26 June 2020
| Primary Examination
Date: 30 Nov–2 Dec 2020
Date: 8–14 Dec 2020
Friday, 9 October 2020
| Final Examination
Date: 11-12 Jan 2021
Date: 18-20 Jan 2021
Location: Sydney CBD
Friday, 13 November 2020
Fellowship is the highest academic level of achievement with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. A Fellow of the College:
1. Maintains high ethical standards, is a role model and demonstrates leadership in the profession.
2. Is a highly skilled and proficient practitioner with comprehensive experience in general dental practice.
3. Has significant depth and breadth of scientific knowledge and comprehension of evidence-based practice gained from enquiry, professional development and clinical experience.
4. Completed rigorous examination and assessment, in which they displayed critical evaluation, integration of this knowledge and understanding of contemporary dental evidence into their clinical practice.
How do I become a Fellow in GDP?
There are three pathways to Fellowship in GDP: (1) Primary Examination , (2) Exemption or (3) the MRACDS(GDP) Program.
The Primary Exam consists of study and examination in the areas of Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology. The aim is for candidates to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the basic sciences and, importantly, their relationship to clinical dental practice.
The exam is in two parts:
- six two hour written papers, with two subjects scheduled on each of three consecutive days
- viva voce examinations of ten minutes duration are conducted in each of the six subjects. The focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge.
Exemptions from the Primary Examination
Candidates who have completed a University higher degree in research or a degree leading to a specialist qualification in the health sciences which is no less than two (2) years full time study or its equivalent may be eligible for an exemption from the Primary Examination.
If you are granted exemption from the Primary Examination, then you must still pass the Final Examination to be awarded FRACDS(GDP).
Documentation that the College requires in order to apply for exemption from the Primary Examination:
- completion of Exemption form for the Primary Examination
- most updated Certificate of Registration to practice in your jurisdiction (must be verified
- certificate of University BDS Qualification (must be verified)
- certificate of University postgraduate Master’s Degree qualification (must be verified)
- clear proof that the postgraduate qualification was two years, was full-time and the start and finish dates (if the university cannot provide the above information they must be contacted and advised of this)
- a two year postgraduate program can be: Masters, PHD or DClinDent.
The Application for Exemption from the Primary Examination (GDP) form can be found here.
The College is proud to offer candidates two unique preparatory courses Preparation to Fellowship Success and Web-based Education Program (WBE) to maximise success and grow confidence for passing the Final Examination for Fellowship.
The Final Exam assesses clinical and theoretical knowledge in an experiential context, over a broad base of general dental practice. The exam comprises both written papers and a viva voce.
The Final Exam focus is on the candidate’s ability to effectively communicate knowledge which demonstrates they can:
- Make informed clinical assessment and analysis
Consider a diagnosis with evidence of the application of diagnostic or surgical sieves and the selection of appropriate treatment modalities
- Demonstrate the ability to justify the management options with reference to current literature and evidence based practice.
Read more about the Final Examination in GDP.
How To Apply
Find out all you need to know about General Dental Practice pathways in the GDP Handbook.