FRACDS(OMS) Years Study: Four years (recommended minimum)
RACDS OMS Training Program
The OMS Training Program is designed to provide trainees with sufficient theoretical and practical background to meet all current standards available in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Australia and New Zealand.
Trainees are prepared for a career in clinical practice either in major public hospitals, private practice, or both. In addition, trainees are encouraged to develop competence in teaching and research which are important for a future practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons’ Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (FRACDS(OMS)) is acquired after successful completion of the training program. The minimum time in which training can be completed is four years.
The OMS Training Program comprises a variety of clinical placements at approved training centres, clinical training assessments, courses, a Surgical Science and Training (SST) Examination and Final Examination as well as the four years of accredited training.
FRACDS(OMS) qualification is recognized in both Australia and New Zealand as the registrable qualification for practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. The Fellowship qualification is also highly regarded internationally.
Selection for entry to the RACDS OMS Training Program is highly competitive. The essential requirements for application to OMS Training Program include:
Note Please refer to Part A - Section 1.1, Eligibility Process for Surgical Training in the OMS Handbook for further information on the eligibility requirements of the OMS training program.
- A Dental degree and full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand
- A Medical degree and full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand
- A full year of surgery in general (SIG) must be completed prior to the commencement of OMS training. Surgical rotations during this year should be undertaken in related surgical disciplines for a minimum of nine months e.g. ENT surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, general & trauma surgery, plastic surgery, ICU, Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine. If undertaking a first-year general surgical resident position in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, three (3) months to a maximum of six (6) months duration will be considered.
- Meet any residency or visa requirements enabling employment at any hospital within the jurisdiction(s) for which they are applying For applicants who are undertaking the final year of a dental degree, the successful completion of the degree will be required prior to the commencement of surgical training.
The Handbook provides comprehensive information on the policy and guidelines for the training program in a concise, connected and trainee-focused presentation.
Handbook contains information on:
The Handbook for Accredited Education and Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the single point of reference to guide the dlivery of the accredited Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. It includes an outline of the curriculum and related administrative instructions and general information for trainees, Supervisors of trainees, Directors of Training, and members of committees involved in the education and training program for oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Access the OMS Training Handbook online.
- Key program dates
- Training regions, committees and hospitals
" The College should be congratulated on the quality of its Handbook for Accredited Education and Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which is an excellent resource. Section C in particular provides an excellent resource for evaluating the extent to which the curriculum covers each topic. "
[ Chair, Accreditation Review Panel, Dental Council of New Zealand, 2013 ]
How to Apply
Applications for selection to the OMS Training Program should be made directly to RACDS by the advertised cut-off date. For information on the selection process and eligibility documents please refer to the OMS Handbook Part A, Section 1.1.
One part of the selection documents is the inclusion of a CV which will be scored by the Selection Panel, a CV scoring guideline can be viewed here.
The full list of Application Forms can be found here.
Fees associated with the OMS Training Program can be viewed here.