The College has two pathways for admission to Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS):
- RACDS OMS Training Program Pathway
Accredited trainees in Australia and New Zealand must have completed the training and assessment requirements of the RACDS OMS Training Program outlined in the RACDS Accredited Training in OMS Handbook.
- RACDS Specialist Assessment of International Medical Graduates Pathway
Specialist international medical graduates must have satisfactorily completed specialist assessment in Australia according to the RACDS Specialist Assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates in Australia and New Zealand Policy. Moreover, specialist international medical graduates assessed as substantially comparable before October 2021 under the old specialist assessment policy must complete a minimum of one year of experience as an independent OMS specialist consultant in Australia and/or New Zealand and be nominated by a RACDS OMS Fellow to apply for admission to Fellowship. The nominator must have professional knowledge of the applicant’s clinical and surgical skills and competence for at least 12 months.
RACDS OMS Training Program Pathway
Following receipt of the letter from the Registrar notifying approval of Application for Completion of OMS Training Program and payment of outstanding fees, the applicant may apply for admission to Fellowship by submitting the completed online form (GEN03) to the College.
RACDS Specialist Assessment of International Medical Graduates Pathway
Following satisfactory completion of specialist assessment in Australia and approval of specialist medical registration by the Medical Board of Australia and/or Medical Council of New Zealand, the applicant may apply for admission to Fellowship by submitting the completed Application for Admission to Fellowship (FOMS 17) to the College.
Please refer to the OMS Admission to Fellowship Policy for more information.
- Entitlement to use the College postnominal FRACDS(OMS)
- Personalised member portal (membership dashboard) on the College website
- Opportunity to opt into Find a Dentist, an online directory of Fellows and Members which allows members and the public to find qualified dental practitioners by location and area of speciality (opt in via your member dashboard)
- Member rates for The Fine Edge of Dentistry Conference which attracts world-class speakers
- Regional Committee activities, including scientific meetings and social occasions at members’ rates
- College News publications
- Statements of College Fellowship for employment or course applications
- Opportunities to contribute to College activities (i.e., Examiner or Examination Observer)
- Mentoring opportunities to provide or seek support from your peers
- Access to online library service ‘ClinicalKey’ via your member portal
- Voting rights
- Eligibility for nomination and election to the College Board
- Entitlement to wear the College academic dress
- Access to a range of College merchandise and insignia
- Right to display the College plaque in your practice (available for purchase)
- By mutual agreement, Fellows have access to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s education activities, courses, programs and accommodation
Continuing Professional Development
The College mandates compliance with continuing professional development (CPD) requirements set by the Medical and Dental Boards of Australia and the Medical and Dental Councils of New Zealand.
All practicing OMS Fellows and specialists are responsible for complying with regulatory requirements that apply individually for medical and dental specialist registration purposes in Australia and New Zealand. The CPD requirements remain the same regardless of whether OMS Fellows and specialists practice part-time or otherwise.
All participants must complete 50 hours of CPD activities each year made up of 12.5 hours of educational activities (Category 1); 25 hours in outcome measurements and performance review (Category 2 and 3) with five hours minimum of each category; and 12.5 hours from any category. The CPD activities must align with the RACDS CPD Framework.
Participants must log completed CPD activities and complete an annual Professional Development Plan in the RACDS CPD Tracker by 28 February of the following year to receive an Annual Certificate of CPD Compliance. New Zealand practitioners must also engage in peer conversations. Unless selected for audit verification participants are not required to submit additional supporting documentation.
The College is recognised as the arbiter of training standards in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) through the requirements and training protocols required for a surgeon to be awarded the diploma of FRACDS (OMS), which is the federally recognised qualification for entry into specialist practice.
Micro-credentialing of OMS specialists in specific areas of surgery that fall within the currently recognised scope of OMS but for which individuals need to demonstrate that specific and advanced training, education and assessment has been undertaken. Eligible OMS specialists may apply for micro-credentialing in Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery.