What about oral and maxillofacial surgery?
Karen Juggins and Simon Whitley explain what is involved
- By: Karen Juggins, Simon Whitley
In most years at medical school there are usually one or two older students who seem to know more head and neck anatomy than their demonstrators or who suddenly appear for the first time at the beginning of the clinical years. It is likely that these strange individuals are qualified dentists training to be oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Oral surgery has always had its roots in dentistry. In the past oral and maxillofacial surgeons were dentally qualified consultants. As the scope of the specialty has developed, dual qualification became the norm and is now mandatory. In 1994 it was established as one of the nine surgical specialties recognised by the surgical colleges.
There are no hard and fast rules. We contacted all of the United Kingdom dental schools to inquire about their admissions policy for medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The response has