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 and unconditional registration to practice dentistry in either Australia or New Zealand
  2. Medical degree with full and unconditional registration to practice medicine in either Australia or New Zealand
  3. Full year of surgery in general (SIG) rotations with a minimum of nine (9) months in related surgical disciplines (e.g., neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology). If undertaking a first-year general surgical resident position in OMS, three months to a maximum of six months duration will be considered
  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. Furthermore, applicants who identify as Maori, Pasifika, Aboriginal, or Torres Strait Islander and meet eligibility requirements automatically proceed to the interview stage.

1-30 April 2022Stage 1: Application for eligibility for selection
Applicants submit completed application form (FOMS01), structured CV and certified supporting documents by 5:00 pm (AEST) on Saturday, 30 April. OMS Education Officer notifies applicants on or before Monday, 23 May if eligible for selection.
23 May – 5 June 2022Stage 2: Collection of referee reports
OMS Education Officer emails individual professional performance appraisal (PPA) online form to referees on Monday, 23 May. Referees complete PPAs by 11:59 pm (AEST) on Sunday, 5 June.
23 July 2022Stage 3: Structured panel interviews
OMS Education Officer notifies applicants on Monday, 11 July if invited for interview. Training centre representatives conduct centralised interviews on Saturday, 23 July.
From 25 July 2022Stage 4: Announcement of offers
Directors of Training notify applicants if offered a training position.

Please refer to the OMS Trainee Selection Policy and the OMS Training Program Selection Guide for Applicants 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 the Accredited Training in OMS Curriculum 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 the Accredited Training in 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 midterm interim assessments, six-monthly assessments, clinical training assessments, and maintain a surgical logbook.

The midterm and six-monthly formative assessments are 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. Both assessments are documented using the Trainee Assessment Report (WBA FORM 01)

Clinical training assessment comprises three forms of work-based assessments: 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 online using My OMS 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 the Accredited Training in 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. The College is committed to ensuring fair and equitable workplace practices and has a zero tolerance of all forms of harassment. Trainees are encouraged to contact OMS Education Officers for assistance in meeting College requirements.

Please refer to the OMS Trainees Requiring Assistance Policy and Bullying Harassment and Discrimination Policy on the policy page for further information.

 

Resources


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Form numberName of form
FOMS 01Application for Selection into OMS Training Program
FOMS 02Registration for Trainee Occupying an Accredited Post
FOMS 03Application for SST Examination Exemption
FOMS 04Registration for SST Examination
FOMS 05Application for OMS Fellowship Examination Eligibility
FOMS 06Registration for the OMS Fellowship Examination
FOMS 07ASubmission of Research Proposal – Pathway 1
FOMS 07BSubmission of Research Proposal – Pathway 2
FOMS 07CApplication for Recognition of Prior Research – Pathway 1
FOMS 08Application for Extension of Training for Completion of Research Requirement
FOMS 09Application for Completion of Research Requirement
FOMS 10Application for Interrupted Training
FOMS 11Application for Training Centre Transfer
FOMS 12Registration for Trainee Occupying an Approved Post
FOMS 13Application for Completion of OMS Training Program
FOMS 14Application for Micro-credentialing
FOMS 15Application for Specialist Assessment of Comparability in Australia
FOMS 16Application for Short-term Training Assessment in Australia
FOMS 17Application for Admission to Fellowship by the RACDS Specialist Assessment of International Medical Graduates Pathway
FOMS 18Pre-Accreditation Visit Survey for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Post

Form numberName of form
WBA FORM 01Trainee Assessment Report
WBA FORM 02AAOP – Impacted 3rd Molar
WBA FORM 02BAOP – Harvest of a Local Bone Graft
WBA FORM 02CAOP – Harvest of a Distant Bone Graft
WBA FORM 02DAOP – Uncomplicated Placement of Dental Implant
WBA FORM 02EAOP – Closure of Oro-antral Fistula
WBA FORM 02FAOP – Tracheostomy
WBA FORM 02GAOP – Mandibular Osteotomy
WBA FORM 02HAOP – Maxillary Osteotomy
WBA FORM 02IAOP – Incision and Drainage of Facial Abscess
WBA FORM 02JAOP – Enucleation of a Jaw Cyst
WBA FORM 02KAOP – Surgical Approaches to the Mandible – Intraoral
WBA FORM 02LAOP – Surgical Approaches to the Mandible – Extraoral
WBA FORM 02MAOP – Surgical Approaches to the Zygomatic-Orbital Complex
WBA FORM 02NAOP – Mandibular Fractures (Excluding Condyles)
WBA FORM 02OAOP – Maxillary Fractures
WBA FORM 02PAOP – Zygomatic Complex Fractures
WBA FORM 02QAOP – Removal of Submandibular Gland
WBA FORM 03Case Presentation
WBA FORM 04Team Appraisal of Conduct
WBA FORM 05Remedial Plan
WBA FORM 01 – 05 (All)All WBA Forms

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
        Full Payment$6,727.27$7,400.00*
        Biannual Instalment Payments$3,381.82$3,720.00*
        Quarterly Instalment Payments$1,700.00$1,870.00*
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 (FY 1/7/22 to 30/6/23)$1,078.00$1,186.00*
Annual Fee (FY 1/7/21 to 30/6/22)$1,042.00$1,146.00*
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 are in $AUD.
2. Fees marked with asterisk (*) denote GST inclusive, otherwise fees are GST free.
3. OMS Trainees who opted to pay the Registration for Trainee Occupying an Accredited or Approved Post fee by instalments are advised of the following payment deadlines: Biannual (15 February 2022; 6 November 2022); Quarterly (15 February 2022, 8 May 2022, 7 August 2022 and 6 November 2022). An administration fee of $20 is applied per instalment transaction.
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 in Annual Fees for members residing outside of Australia and NZ for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 financial year.
6. For more information, please refer to the OMS Handbook and other relevant policies (including refunds) which are available on the website.

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