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Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Maxillofacial Surgery

Your Pathway into Oral Maxillofacial Surgery training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand  
  • Dental degree with full and unconditional registration to practice dentistry in either Australia or New Zealand.  
  • Medical degree with full and unconditional registration to practice in either Australia or New Zealand.  
  • 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 A resident of Australia or New Zealand 

Total Training Time

Total: 4 years (full-time)

How to Apply

Applications are made directly to the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS). The RACDS Board of Studies will issue an application for eligibility for Surgical Training positions. All information required must be submitted to the College by the published deadline. 

Application Deadline

Stage 1: Application for eligibility for selection (April)  

Stage 2: Collection of referee reports (May – June)  

Stage 3: Structured panel interviews (July)  

Stage 4: Announcement of offers (July)  

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the selection process weighted?

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. 

What am I expected to be competent in at the end of my training?

  • Anatomy and embryology of the head and neck  
  • Radiology and nuclear medicine  
  • Dentoalveolar surgery  
  • Pre-prosthetic surgery and implantology  
  • Paediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery  
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology and oncology  
  • Oral mucosal diseases  
  • Maxillary sinus disease  
  • Reconstructive oral and maxillofacial surgery  
  • Oral and maxillofacial trauma  
  • Orthognathic surgery  
  • Facial pain  
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders  
  • Oral and maxillofacial prosthetics and technology  
  • Adjunctive technologies in oral and maxillofacial surgery 

What is the maximum time I can take to complete the training?

A maximum of eight years. Additional time may be required if logbook experience is inadequate, failure to complete any of the listed requirements for completing training, such as the mandatory research requirements.  

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

Cairns region
(07) 4226 8187

Central West region
(07) 4764 1547

Mackay region
(07) 4885 7122

North West region
(07) 4764 1547

Torres and Cape region
(07) 4095 6103

Townsville region
(07) 4781 3424