Fellowship and Membership – What is the difference?


Fellowship is the highest academic level of achievement with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS).

A Fellow of the College:

  • Maintains high ethical standards, is a role model and demonstrates leadership in the profession.
  • Is a highly skilled and proficient practitioner with comprehensive experience in general dental practice
  • Has significant depth and breadth of scientific knowledge and comprehension of evidence based practice gained from enquiry, professional development and clinical experience.
  • Through rigorous examination and assessment, has displayed critical evaluation and integration of this knowledge and understanding of contemporary dental evidence into their clinical practice.


Membership is the first level of achievement in the progression of professional development with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS).

A Member of the College:

  • Maintains high ethical standards and is a role model for others in the profession.
  • Is a skilled and highly competent practitioner who has a broad base of experience in general dental practice
  • Has breadth and comprehension of scientific knowledge relevant to the practice of dentistry.
  • 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 patient outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The GDP program is intended for general dentists. If you are a practicing dentist and wish to structure your professional development and gain a recognised qualification at the same time, then this is the program for you.

Assessments are conducted three times a year. They consist of open book short answer questions (SAQs) and case reports. SAQs are emailed each Friday evening during the assessment periods (February, May and September) and must be completed and returned via email 48 hours later. Case reports may be submitted at any time.

Three viva voce exams are conducted in March, July and November of each year. These currently take place in Sydney, although this may expand to more cities in the future.

Currently the MRACDS General Dental Practice Program is open to registrants residing in Australia and New Zealand only.

Each year there are up to 30 places available.