Membership (MRACDS) in General Dental Practice
The MRACDS(GDP) Program is a two year structured educational learning program for qualified General Dental Practitioners (GDPs), that aims to provide an ongoing high standard of patient management, diagnosis and treatment for the benefit of the community.
The MRACDS(GDP) Program is structured to enhance and support the acquisition of knowledge and skills of GDPs and provide a structured approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
MRACDS(GDP) is an achievable step to RACDS Membership and an alternate pathway towards obtaining Fellowship. On its own it is not a registrable qualification to practice dentistry in Australia or New Zealand.
Definition of RACDS Membership (GDP)
Membership is the first level of achievement in the progression of professional development with the RACDS.
Membership with the RACDS is a two year program comprising six core and three elective modules which are underpinned by:
A Member of the College:
1. Maintains high ethical standards and is a role model for others in the profession.
2. Is a skilled and highly competent practitioner who has a broad base of experience in general dental practice.
3. Has breadth and depth of comprehensive scientific knowledge relevant to the practice of dentistry.
4. Through comprehensive study and assessment has shown that this knowledge can be applied in clinical problem solving scenarios with proven ability in treatment planning and risk management that promotes better treatment outcomes.
- The equivalent of 120 hours appropriate CPD courses to underpin core and elective modules
- Selected reading and self-paced education
- Assessment components (open book short answer questions, case reports and a viva voce examination)
The College has six core modules that are compulsory for the candidate to complete during MRACDS(GDP) assessment rounds. Assessment rounds take place three times per year. Core modules include the following:
- Clinical Examination Technique and Dental Imaging
- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
- Infection Control
- Medical Emergencies
- Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management
- Therapeutics in Dentistry, Pain and Pain Management
There are eight open-book Short Answer Questions( SAQs) for each of the core modules. These questions are designed to be clinically relevant and appropriate for competent general dental practitioners. The SAQ’s include case-based scenarios and are structured to enable candidates to demonstrate their broad understanding of underlying principles and clinical relevance using valid scientific and clinical evidence.
Candidates must complete THREE elective modules, which focus on specialty interest areas of clinical dentistry. Elective modules are assessed via submission of one case report per elective that covers the candidate’s personal treatment of cases representing the broad range of issues covered in the chosen elective. The aim of the case report is to enable candidates to present their own clinical work and to reflect on the treatment provided.
Elective Modules include the following;
Examples case studies are available for Endodontics, Periodontics, and Operative Dentistry.
- Dentoalveolar Surgery
- Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics
- Combined Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Special Needs Dentistry
- Combined Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
An experienced mentor is provided for each MRACDS(GDP) candidate. The mentor will assist their candidate with professional guidance, advice and general support related to the program.
The MRACDS(GDP) mentoring pathways
All candidates in the MRACDS(GDP) Program will be assigned a mentor from Orientation Day until the second assessment round. In this time, candidates are encouraged to seek mentoring advice on the program expectations and requirements, support and advice in locating relevant and appropriate resources, support in reviewing pre-assessment material and advice and support during assessment resubmission.
At the end of the following assessment round of the year (three months into the program for new candidates), candidates will be asked to choose one of the following options:
Opt-In – Long Term Mentoring
Candidates who would like to retain their mentoring relationship will be required to opt-in to long term mentoring. In this instance, candidates will maintain contact with their mentor on a regular basis (once every four weeks), for the duration of their time in the program. Long term mentoring will include support in all assessment areas including assessment rounds, case report submissions and viva voce preparation.
Opt-Out – Access to Short term mentoring
Candidates who choose to opt-out will be removed from the mentoring arrangement but will have access to short term, specific mentoring on request. Candidates who have an issue with a particular subject or require assistance with one aspect of the program (such as viva voce preparation) will be able to write to the College to request a mentor to assist with that particular area. The arrangement will be agreed on by both mentor and mentee, and the relationship will cease on completion of the task (i.e. assessment/case submission or viva voce) as arranged.
Conjoint Examination with the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong
Candidates undertaking the Membership in General Dentistry program with the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong, can elect to undertake a conjoint examination leading to the MRACDS(GDP).
How To Apply
1. You will first need to subscribe to the College.
2. Once subscribed to the College you will then enrol in the MRACDS(GDP) Program.
3. Find out all you need to know about General Dental Practice pathways in the GDP Handbook.