OMS Examinations

The Surgical Sciences and Training (SST) Examination

OMS Trainees
The SST Examination is undertaken by eligible candidates during the first clinical OMS training year (OMS 1).

With the introduction of the SST Examination, it is no longer a requirement to present for, or hold a pass in the RACDS Primary Examination.

Candidates will only be eligible for an exemption from the SST Examination if they have completed the RACS Primary Examination (BST RACS Examination and Generic SET Surgical Science and Clinical Science Examination of the RACS).

Candidates must provide certified evidence of completion of all components of the RACS Primary Examination.

Please refer to Part D – Section 1.1, Surgical Science and Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (SST) in the Handbook for more information.

Non-OMS Trainees
As of 2019 the SST exam will also be open to Candidates who are eligible for admission to the OMS Training Program.  The requirements are:

  • Resident of Australia or New Zealand
  • 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) whilst occupying a post in a hospital that is approved for surgical training by the Trainee Advisory Committee or be expected to complete this year prior to the commencement of OMS training.

The Final Examination

The final exam is a summative assessment of the trainee’s clinical skill and ability. This is assessed through a series of written papers (short answer and essay) as well as clinically focussed Viva Voce that assess higher level understanding of surgical anatomy, pathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

When trainees are in their last 18 months of training, they may apply for Assessment of Eligibility for the Final Examination in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Trainees who have been successful in their eligibility application must then register for the Final Examination prior to the closing date.

Please see Part E -Section 1, The Final Examination in the OMS Handbook for more information.