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Membership in Oral Surgery (MOral Surg)

Exam overview

The Diploma of Membership in Oral Surgery (MOral Surg) is a tri-collegiate specialist dental surgery exam (England/Edinburgh/Glasgow). The MOral Surg qualification demonstrates that you have attained the knowledge and understanding relevant to the practice of a specialist in oral surgery.

Eligibility 

Candidates are advised that for all future exams, candidate eligibility status will be reviewed over the course of one month. For June 2016 candidates’ eligibility for the exam will be reviewed between 25 January and 25 February 2016.

To be eligible to enter for the Diploma exam all candidates must provide certified evidence of possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the colleges. 

Candidates may apply for entry to the exam having completed 30 months of full-time or equivalent part-time training acceptable to the colleges by the date of the exam. The training should preferably be continuous but in some cases breaks in training may be permitted. The total training period should not normally exceed six years. 

Candidates must also fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • have satisfactorily completed, by the time of the exam, a minimum of 30 months of a full-time 3-year training appointment (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half-time over a maximum of six continuous years. ) in a UK training programme as a stipendiary StR who has been awarded a training number.
  • a university Masters or Clinical Doctorate degree programme which parallels the training programme completed by an StR i.e. have satisfactorily completed, by the time of the examination, a minimum of 30 months of a full-time three-year training appointment (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half-time over a maximum of six continuous years). It is necessary that candidates be able to provide evidence that they have completed the learning outcomes described for their specialty when applying to complete the Membership exam. This evidence should be in the form of a portfolio which should include the course curriculum, the training programme, the clinical and academic timetable for the training period, work–based assessments (incorporating evaluations carried out during chairside teaching) and a logbook.
  • have satisfactorily completed, by the time of the exam, a minimum of 30 months of a full-time three-year specialist training appointment (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half-time over a maximum of six continuous years) overseas or in the EEA which has been considered and found to be acceptable to the Colleges.
  • be registered as a specialist in oral surgery in the UK.

Exam format

The exam consists of three components. At their first sitting, candidates must attempt all three components. Each component must be passed independently. At any subsequent sitting, candidates must attempt all outstanding components of the exam.

If a candidate has failed the exam but has passed any of the three components they will not be required to resit that component(s). A pass in the respective component may normally be carried forward for three further diets within a time-scale of two years from the first attempt at the full exam (extenuating circumstances may apply).

The exam consists of:

1. A written paper containing 150 SBA questions.

2. An OSCE circuit with six stations based on communication/clinical/interpersonal skills.

3. Eight unseen cases and associated oral examinations. The unseen cases will be in the format of clinical scenarios. For each case, the candidate will be given five minutes to study the patient history, results of examination and where appropriate, investigations (investigation or supporting material may include radiographs, scans, laboratory investigations, study models, photographs etc). The structured oral examination relating to each case will last 15 minutes, and the assessment will focus on clinical reasoning and decision making.

Syllabus

The Diploma of Membership in Oral Surgery tests candidates’ knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes relevant to the practice of a specialist in oral surgery, as defined by the Specialty Advisory Committee for Oral Surgery and agreed by the General Dental Council.

Read the speciality training curriculum for oral surgery.

Documents for download

Applications

Applications for the next exam in June 2016 must be received within a one-month application window. For June 2016, completed applications must be submitted between 29 February and 26 March 2016. Please note that any application submitted outside of this application period will be returned to the candidate.

Exam dates

Title Application and fees due Written and/or MCQ papers OSCE and oral presentations Exam fee Joining fee
MOralSurg 26 March 2016 27 June 2016 28-29 June 2016 £1250

Contact the Membership Department

All payments must be made upon application to the exam.

Resitting the exam

Resit candidates must apply for all sections of the exam that were failed at the last attempt.  Please note the revised costs for individual components of the exam.

Costs for resitting components:

  • MCQ - £500
  • OSCE - £500
  • Unseen Cases - £500
  • MCQ and OSCE components - £1000
  • MCQ and Unseen Cases - £1000
  • OSCE and Unseen Cases - £1000

Admission and result letters

Admission letters, with your candidate number, will be sent a minimum of 10-14 days before the exam. Results will be published a maximum of 14 days after the exam.

Membership fee

An annual subscription is required to maintain the post-nominal letters.