Careers in OMFS
OMFS is unique among the medical specialties in also requiring a registerable dental qualification.
The training pathway is therefore highly flexible, with OMFS trainees coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, and many have experience over and above the minimum required as a result. The requirement for undergraduate degrees in both medicine and dentistry (red boxes) results in a broad distinction between “medicine-first” and “dentistry-first” trainees, who will inevitably have differences in the early stages of their careers (green boxes). Whichever route is taken, however, the requirements for entry to higher training (ST3) remain the same - satisfactory demonstration of the required competencies and successful completion of the MRCS (blue boxes).
Higher training in OMFS (pink boxes) can be extended to include pre-CCT fellowships in cleft or head-and-neck (oncology) surgery, and requires successful completion of the FRCS (OMFS).
The Junior Trainees' Group provide peer support and information to those interested in a career in OMFS, and more information is available within the Members' area.
Two articles in the September 2017 issue of Surgical News which relate to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: