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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Old form numberRevised form numberName of form
FOMS 09FOMS 01Application for Selection into OMS Training Program
FOMS 04FOMS 02Registration for Trainee Occupying an Accredited Post
FOMS 01FOMS 03Application for SST Examination Exemption
FOMS 02FOMS 04Registration for SST Examination
FOMS 12FOMS 05Application for Final Examination Eligibility
FOMS 03FOMS 06Registration for Final Examination
FOMS 13/14FOMS 7aSubmission of Research Proposal – Pathway 1
Not applicableFOMS 7bSubmission of Research Proposal – Pathway 2
Not applicableFOMS 7cApplication for Recognition of Prior Research – Pathway 1
FOMS 15FOMS 08Application for Extension of Training for Completion of Research Requirement
FOMS 10FOMS 09Application for Completion of Research Requirement
Not applicableFOMS 10Application for Interrupted Training
Not applicableFOMS 11Application for Training Centre Transfer
FOMS 06FOMS 12Registration for Trainee Occupying an Approved Post
FOMS 11FOMS 13Application for Completion of OMS Training Program
Not applicableFOMS 14Application for Micro-credentialing
OMSCPD01FOMS 17Application for Approval of OMS CPD Activity

Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryOverseas Resident Australian Resident
Application for Selection into OMS Training Program$1,636.36$1,800.00
Registration for Trainee Occupying an Accredited or Approved Post$6,727.27$7,400.00
Application for SST Examination Exemption$1,617.00$1,617.00
Registration for SST Examination$5,200.00$5,200.00
Application for Final Examination Eligibility$640.00$640.00
Registration for Final Examination$8,600.00$8,600.00
Registration for Trainee Completing Research Requirement Within Six Months$3,363.63$3,700.00
Application for Specialist Recognition Assessment$7,202.00$7,202.00
Admission to Fellowship$327.27$360.00
Annual Fee (1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022)$1,042.00$1,146.00
Annual Fee (1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021)$636.00$700.00
Application for Micro-credentialing$727.27$800.00
Application for Approval of OMS CPD Activity$272.73$300.00
Appeal Fee$6,108.00$6,108.00
1. All fees in Australian dollar and inclusive of 10% goods and services tax (GST) for Australian residents.
2. Annual fee is payable on 1 July of each financial year. Unpaid fees after 31 August will incur a late payment charge.
3. Please refer to the OMS Handbook and relevant RACDS policies for more information.

Email
OMS Fellows – oms@racds.org
OMS Trainees –  omstrainee@racds.org
Examination Candidates – omsexams@racds.org
Selection Applicants –  omsselection@racds.org
Specialist international Medical Graduates – omsimg@racds.org

Telephone
+61 2 9262 6044
1800 688 339