Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program

Selection

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) Training Program aims to produce highly competent specialist medical practitioners who have the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes for successful independent practice. The four-year training program is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, Medical Council of New Zealand, Australian Dental Council, and Dental Council of New Zealand.

To apply for eligibility for OMS training, applicants must have completed the following pre-requisites prior to commencement of accredited training:

  1. Dental degree with full registration to practice dentistry in either Australia or New Zealand.
  2. Medical degree with full registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand
  3. Full year of surgery in general (SIG) with minimum of nine (9) months in related surgical disciplines (e.g., otolaryngology head and neck surgery, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery).
  4. Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand.

The selection process is predetermined, transparent, and objective. It includes a range of approaches to ensure validity and reliability, involves multiple raters, contains criteria for marking and allocates weighting for each tool to permit ranking of the applicants. The tools include a structured curriculum vitae assessment (20%), professional performance appraisal (PPA) referee reports (35%), and panel interview (45%). Applicants progress to the interview stage if they meet the benchmark of 25% for the combined CV and PPA scores.

1-30 April 2021Stage 1: Application for eligibility for selection
Applicants submit completed application form (FOMS01), structured CV and certified supporting documents by 5:00 pm (AEST) on Friday, 30 April. OMS Education Officer notifies applicants on or before Monday, 24 May if eligible for selection.
24 May – 6 June 2021Stage 2: Collection of referee reports
OMS Education Officer emails individual professional performance appraisal (PPA) online form to referees on Monday, 24 May. Referees complete PPAs by 11:59 pm (AEST) on Sunday, 6 June.
24 July 2021Stage 3: Structured panel interviews
OMS Education Officer notifies applicants on Monday, 12 July if invited for interview. Training centre representatives conduct centralised interviews on Saturday, 24 July.
From 26 JulyStage 4: Announcement of offers
Directors of Training notify applicants if offered a training position.

Please refer to Part A, Section 1: 1.1 Eligibility Process for Surgical Training and 1.2 Selection Process for Surgical Training of the OMS Handbook for further information.

Curriculum

The College identified broad competencies based on the CanMEDS framework that trainees require to fulfill the goals of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) training program. These are the roles of medical and dental expert, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, professional, clinical decision maker, and technical expert.

To acquire these broad competencies, trainees are provided with the opportunity to understand both the scientific basis of OMS, through the teaching of the modular curriculum, and the opportunity to apply this understanding in the clinical environment.

The curriculum is designed to bring all the competencies and elements of training together. The central part of the curriculum are the modules which are both self-contained and, when combined, define the domains of learning. The 16 modules to be completed during training are the following:

  • Anatomy and Embryology of the Head and Neck
  • Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery
  • Pre-prosthetic Surgery and Implantology
  • Paediatric Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral Mucosal Diseases
  • Maxillary Sinus Disease
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Oncology
  • Reconstructive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Facial Pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Technology
  • Adjunctive Technologies in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Please refer to Part C: Curriculum Framework and Modules of the OMS Handbook for further information.

Assessments

The Surgical Science and Training (SST) Examination assesses a candidate’s basic surgical science knowledge in Anatomy, Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Physiology together with the level of practical experience accumulated in caring for the surgical patient. It comprises a one-day written examination (multiple choice questions and short answer questions) and a two-day clinical examination. OMS 1 trainees must pass the SST Examination to progress to OMS 2 training.

The Final Examination is blueprinted to curriculum modules and proficiency domains. It consists of a two-day written examination (short answer questions) and a two-day clinical examination. Trainees who have completed their training or are in the last 18 months of training may apply for assessment of eligibility to attempt the Final Examination. OMS 4 trainees must pass the Final Examination to apply for the award of Fellowship.

The passing standard for each of these examinations is set by the relevant examination review panel using formal standard setting methods. The ‘passing standard’ is reviewed at each examination series and may be adjusted with consideration to differences in the difficulty of examinations and to maintain the standards. The minimum score required to pass may be set by applying an error adjustment to the ‘passing standard’ score.

Please refer to Part D: Surgical Science & Training Examinations and Part E: Final Examination of the OMS Handbook for further information.

Supervision and assessment of trainees is necessary to ensure quality of training, progression and suitability to sit examinations, and the completion of training. Trainees are required to satisfactorily complete six-monthly formative assessments, clinical training assessments, and surgical logbook.

The six-monthly formative assessment is completed by the Supervisor of Training and Director of Training to assist with trainee’s progress through the training program by identifying trainees’ strengths and weaknesses, to provide an opportunity for regular, written feedback to trainees, and to develop any remedial activities for the trainee should they be required.

Clinical training assessment comprises three forms of assessment: case presentation plus discussion, assessment of operative process (AOP), and team appraisal of conduct (TAC). Trainees are encouraged to try to spread assessments over the training period to ensure there is adequate time to repeat assessments if development is required.

In case presentations, trainees are assessed on their knowledge, understanding and presentation of medical record, clinical assessment, investigations, differential diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and future planning. The AOP form is designed to assess a trainee’s technical skills and their ability to perform appropriate surgical procedures safely and effectively. The TAC form is a peer assessment tool comprising a self-assessment by the trainee and the collated ratings from a range of colleagues who work with the trainee.

Trainees must maintain a surgical logbook to demonstrate their clinical experience. This is reviewed at least six (6) monthly by the Director of Training, and a summary is submitted to the College on an annual basis.

Please refer to Part A, Section 3: Clinical Training Assessment, Section 4: Six-Monthly Assessment and Progress Regulations, and Section 6: Guidelines for Maintaining Logbooks of the OMS Handbook for further information.

Training Support

Trainees are supported by the Regional Surgical Committee, Director of Training, Supervisors of Training, and Visiting Medical Officers of their training centre. They ensure trainees receive appropriate training, supervision, assessment and guidance. Mentors also support the personal and professional development of trainees . The mentoring scheme is collaborative to meet the needs of the trainee. Trainees are encouraged to contact OMS Education Officers for assistance in meeting College requirements.

Please refer to Part B, Section 2: Accredited Training Centres and Part F, Section 1: OMS Mentoring Scheme of the OMS Handbook for further information.

Resources


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Training, Assessment & ExaminationOverseas Resident Australian Resident
Application for eligibility for selection for surgical training positions$1,636.36$1,800.00*
Training
Training Fee – trainees occupying an accredited/approved post$6,727.27$7,400.00*
Training Fee – trainees completing the mandatory research requirements within 6 months$3,363.63$3,700.00*
Examination
Application for exemption from sitting the surgical science and training (SST) examination$1,617.00$1,617.00
Enrolment – SST$5,200.00$5,200.00
Assessment fee – assessment of eligibility for fellowship examination$640.00$640.00
Enrolment – Final$8,600.00$8,600.00
International medical graduates (IMG)
Assessment fee – assessment of IMG$5,291.00*$5,291.00*
Assessment fee – fellowship by assessment for IMG$7,202.00*$7,202.00*
Appeal fee$6,108.00*$6,108.00*
Admission to Fellowship$327.27$360.00*
Annual fee (FY 1/7/21 to 30/6/22)$1,042.00$1,146.00*
Annual fee (FY 1/7/20 to 30/6/21)$636.00$700.00*
Notes
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. Board approved 1/3 reduction for members residing outside of Australia and NZ, for the 2021/22 financial year.
6. 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.

Email
General enquiries oms@racds.org
Selection enquiries omsselection@racds.org
Examination enquiries omsexams@racds.org
Training enquiries omstrainee@racds.org
Specialist international medical graduates omsimg@racds.org

Telephone
+61 2 9262 6044
1800 688 339

Postal address
Level 13, 37 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia