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Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth)

Exam overview

This bi-collegiate (RCS and RFPSG) specialist membership diploma equips general dental practitioners with expertise in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment.

Passing the MOrth exam demonstrates that you possess the knowledge and competency required for practising as a Specialist in Orthodontics.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the MOrth diploma exam, all candidates must fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • have completed at least two and half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of an SAC-approved training programme and possess a training number allocated by the regional postgraduate dental dean/director. Award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognised specialty training;
  • have completed two and a half years full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of the three-year training programme associated with a UK or Ireland university masters or doctorate degree course formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the meeting of the specialty membership examinations executive. Candidates who have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS will be exempt a part 1 Applied Basic Science exam where such an exam exists;
  • be registered as a specialist in the UK, having been admitted to the specialist list i) through the transitional arrangements, ii) by the provisions which permit entry to the specialist list on the basis of specialist qualifications obtained in the EEA or overseas or iii) on the basis of academic achievement;
  • in the case of dentists who have completed specialty training overseas or in the EEA and have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS or a part 1 Applied Basic Science exam where it exists and have successfully completed a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive and have been awarded the appropriate specialist qualification or certificate by their university or licensing body;
  • in the case of dentists who have completed at least two-and-a-half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of specialty training overseas or in the EEA in a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognized specialty training;
  • where a part 1 Applied Basic Science exam exists dentists who have been qualified and in clinical practice for a minimum of two years may enter this part alone separately from entering and sitting the rest of the membership exam.

Full candidate eligibility details are provided in the exam regulations document. 

Part 1: Applied science in relation to orthodontic practice 

Format

A three-hour multiple choice/multiple short answer paper.

  • Candidates who have successfully passed the MJDF/MFDS or FDS exam of one of the surgical royal colleges will be exempt from this section.
  • Candidates who have successfully passed the part 1 MOrth exam of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will be exempt from this section.

Syllabus

  • A working knowledge of the applied basic sciences related to dentistry and a deeper knowledge as applied to the clinical practice of orthodontics.
  • Anatomy of the head and neck including dental anatomy relevant to orthodontics.
  • Human disease related to dentistry including relevant microbiology, pathology and immunology.
  • Applied physiology with reference to bone growth and development, respiration, circulation, mastication, deglutition and speech.
  • A working knowledge of the properties of dental materials.
  • A working knowledge of growth and development in general and detailed knowledge oral and craniofacial developments and development of the dentition.
  • A working knowledge of human genetics and detailed knowledge of genetic anomalies of the jaws and teeth.
  • The role of nutrition in the development of the child and the dentition.
  • The tissues changes associated with orthodontic tooth movement.

 

Part 2: Orthodontics 

Format

  • A three-hour written paper with multiple choice/multiple short answer questions relating to any part of the syllabus.
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) section: this section of the exam will normally comprise a minimum of 13 OSCE stations with appropriate rest stations. 
  • Structured clinical reasoning section consisting of two sessions of one hour's duration. A total of four cases will be examined overall. 
  • Case presentation section: presentation of the case records of five cases treated personally by the candidate.

Syllabus

The curriculum is that of the SAC in Orthodontics. The module titles are listed below.

  • Section A: Basic orthodontic subjects
  • Section B: General orthodontic subjects
  • Section C: Orthodontic techniques
  • Section D: Biological sciences relevant to orthodontics
  • Section E: Multidisciplinary orthodontics
  • Section F: Specific treatment procedures
  • Section G: Information technology

Documents for download

Exam dates

All applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Please read the exam guidance page before applying for any exam.

We are pleased to announce that the MOrth Part 1 & 2 exams are now available at one of our international exam centres in Malaysia. Find out more.

MOrth Part 1

Title Applications and fees due Written and/or MCQ papers Exam fee
MOrth Part 1 25 March 2016 20 June 2016 £480

MOrth Part 2

Title Applications and fees due Written and/or MCQ papers Practicals and orals Exam fee Joining fee
MOrth Part 2 25 March 2016 21 June 2016 22-23 June 2016 £1250 Please contact Membership