A maxillofacial registrar and final year medical student, Lucy Dennison gives you the inside knowledge on this specialty
Every morning as I walk through the hospital doors I double check my identity badge to make sure I'm who I'm supposed to be that day. I have two badges: one describes me as a medical student and the other a registrar. This peculiar double life is a consequence of training to be a maxillofacial surgeon. During the day I am a final year medical student, clerking patients and attending tutorials, and in the evenings I am a locum registrar in maxillofacial surgery, operating and reviewing patients on the ward. So what do maxillofacial surgeons do, and how do you go about becoming one? I spoke to three colleagues to find out what they make of this unusual specialty.
The roots of oral and maxillofacial surgery lie in the world wars, when service personnel sustained devastating facial injuries. With experience it became clear that the key to successfully fixing a