Frequently Asked Questions

The 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.

  • 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 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.

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 below.

Training, Assessment & ExaminationOverseas Resident Australian Resident
Application for eligibility for selection for surgical training positions$1,096.36$1,206.00*
Training Fee – trainees occupying an accredited/approved post$4,261.82$4,688.00*
Training Fee – trainees completing the mandatory research requirements within 6 months$2,130.91$2,344.00*
Application for exemption from sitting the surgical science and training (SST) examination$1,588.00$1,588.00
Enrolment – SST$3,284.00$3,284.00
Assessment fee – assessment of eligibility for fellowship examination$629.00$629.00
Enrolment – Final$4,603.00$4,603.00
International medical graduates (IMG)
Assessment fee – assessment of IMG$5,197.00*$5,197.00*
Assessment fee – fellowship by assessment for IMG$7,074.00*$7,074.00*
Appeal fee$6,000.00*$6,000.00*
Admission to Fellowship$320.91$353.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/18 to 30/06/19)$624.55$687.00*
Annual fee (FY 01/07/19 to 30/06/20)$624.55$687.00*
1. All fees are in $AUD.
2. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive, otherwise fees are GST free.
3. The extension of time for trainees undertaking research is invoiced in 6-month periods. If a trainee extends beyond the first 6-month period, then a further invoice for 50% of the OMS training fee will be issued.
4. The annual fee is payable on the 1st day of July each year. All unpaid annual fees by the 31st of August each year will attract a monthly late payment surcharge. Members or Fellows who are elected to Membership or Fellowship during the year will pay a pro rata annual fee based on the whole months remaining in the financial year (FY).
5. For more information, please refer to the RACDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Handbook (OMS) and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.

OMS Handbook

The Handbook provides comprehensive information on the policy and guidelines for the training program in a concise, connected and trainee-focused presentation.

The Handbook for Accredited Education and Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the single point of reference to guide the delivery 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.

Handbook contains information on:

  • Key program dates
  • Fees
  • Training regions, committees and hospitals
  • Curriculum
  • Modules

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