Training Pathway

Oral & Maxillo Facial Surgery

The pathway to becoming an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon is somewhat different.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery in Ireland and the UK is a medical / surgical specialty requiring both medical and dental degrees, culminating in an appropriate qualification, Intercollegiate Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, FRCS (omfs) and a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) from the RCSI .

All Oral Maxillofacial surgeons must also have a registrable qualification with the Dental Council as well as a postgraduate qualification in dentistry before beginning higher specialty training.

In order to be deemed eligible to progress into specialty training in OMFS a surgical trainee must be able to provide evidence that they have already completed their qualification in dentistry

Once is this provided a trainee can progress through the surgical training pathway commencing with entry in the National Surgical Training Programme at ST1.

The length of surgical training for an OMFS trainee will be 7 years (ST1 – ST7) excluding their dentistry degree.

Within these 7 years of training a trainee will undergo Core Surgical Training in ST1 & ST2. Core Training is a common trunk of training which is undertaken by all surgical trainees, irrespective of their future specialty aspiration. It is intended to introduce trainees to the principles of surgery in general and give them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required by all surgical specialties in preparation for Specialty Training (ST3- ST7).

Throughout the two years trainees are assessed via the Competency Assessment and Performance (CAPA) process.

ST3 is entry level into Specialty Training which completes at ST8. This is based on on-going progression assessment (CAPA), successful completion of the MRCS exam and specialty interview (ST3-ST7).

The Oral Maxillo Facial  training programme has a defined curriculum that trainees need to complete. Biannual assessments, training courses, wet labs and modalities such as the Intercollegiate Surgical Training Programme ( are used to track progression throughout ST3 – ST7. Trainees need to complete the curriculum and the FRCS examination in order to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training (CCST) at end of training.

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