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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Fellowships

Approved fellowships

This page includes a list of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Fellowship programmes which have been approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme.

Applying to be a Fellow

If you would like to be a RCS Senior Clinical Fellow, you will need to contact the Supervisor / Lead Consultant of the Fellowship programme you are interested in. Ask the Supervisor / Lead Consultant if or when there is a vacancy for a Fellow. They will tell you how to apply, if appropriate. Please go to the appropriate Fellowship programme listed below for more information.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Temporomandibular Joint Surgery Fellowships

Birmingham Post-CCT Temporomandibular Joint Surgery Fellowship

Based at: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAOMS

Approval period: October 2018 - December 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Jason Green, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

Based on our previous experience of a PCCTF in TMJ surgery, we would expect:

  • Satisfactory completion of portfolio
  • Completion of a wide range of surgical procedures:
    • Total joint replacement (n=20)
    • Open surgical procedures (n=10)
    • Arthroscopic surgery (n=50)
    • Adjunctive treatments e.g. cryotherapy (n=10)
  • Contribution to national audit and completion of at least one local audit project
  • Completion of at least two research projects/publications
  • Evidence of attendance at specialist and multidisciplinary clinics
  • Attendance at one national/international scientific meeting

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment planning for TMJ disorders
  • Arthroscopic lysis/lavage
  • Open joint surgery
  • Management of Adult/Paediatric TMJ ankylosis
  • Non surgical management of Orofacial Pain
  • Total Joint replacement surgery

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

See Learning Outcomes above

Liverpool Post - CCT Fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

Based at: Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Mersey Training Programme

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAOMS

Approval period: March 2019 – May 2022

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Martin Dodd, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 4-6 months

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Completion of clinical audit within the 4 months at Liverpool and if linked to Oxford / Nottingham Fellowships, publication of audit/research, development of a clinical guideline
  • To have attended at least
  • 6 interdisciplinary specialist clinics
  • 12 TMJ surgery clinics
  • To have performed at least 18 arthrocentesis or level1 arthroscopy
  • To have performed at least 2 open TMJ procedures
  • To have planned, obtained funding for and performed at least 8 joint replacements over including at least one TMJ Concepts and one Biomet prosthesis
  • With satisfactory ISCP Work Based Assessments/DOPS/CEX/CBDs

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • To have an understanding of the role, indications, complications and contraindications of surgery for temporomandibular joint surgery
  • To be competent in independent practice to perform arthrocentesis, arthroscopy level 1, open joint surgery either eminectomy, high condylectomy/condylar shave, gap arthroplasty mensicopexy or meniscectomy, total prosthetic joint replacement with both Biomet and TMJ Concepts prostheses
  • Awareness of non-surgical management, (and its evidence base) and working within a multidisciplinary team setting to select those patients who will or will not benefit from surgical intervention.
  • An awareness and ability to work within the nationally agreed commissioning framework, NICE guidelines and the importance of peer review and support.
  • An understanding of the complications of TMJ surgery and their management

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in: See above

Nottingham Post-CCT Fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Surgery 

Based at: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust  

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAOMS

Approval period: July 2018 - September 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Andrew Sidebottom, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Fellowship duration: The duration of the Nottingham TMJ Fellowship is 6 months, unless the Supervisor considers that a Fellow is sufficiently experienced at the start of the Fellowship to need less than this period to meet the requirements of the programme

Stated learning outcomes:

  • Completion of clinical presentation/research project within the time  In Nottingham and if linked to Oxford /Liverpool TMJ Fellowships, publication of audit/research, and development of a clinical guideline
  • To have attended at least
    • 6 interdisciplinary specialist clinics
    • 12  TMJ surgery clinics
  • In a 4 month period (3 times this in 12 months):
    • To have performed at least 20 arthrocentesis or level 1 arthroscopy
    • To have performed at least 5 open tmj procedures
    • To have planned, obtained funding for and performed at least 10 joint replacements over including at least one TMJ Concepts and one Biomet  prosthesis
  • With satisfactory ISCP Work Based Assessments/DOPS/CEX/CBD’s

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

  • To have an understanding of the role , indications, complications and contraindications of surgery for temporomandibular joint surgery
  • To be competent in independent practice to perform arthrocentesis, arthroscopy level 1, open joint surgery either eminectomy, high condylectomy/condylar shave, gap arthroplasty mensicopexy or meniscectomy, total prosthetic joint replacement with both Biomet and TMJ Concepts prostheses
  • Awareness of non-surgical management including botulinum and other medical managements, (and their evidence base) and working within a multidisciplinary team setting to select those patients who will or will not benefit from surgical intervention.
  • An awareness and ability to work within the nationally agreed commissioning framework, NICE guidelines and the importance of peer review and support.
  • An understanding of the complications of TMJ surgery and their management

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

See Learning Outcomes above

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Anwer Abdullakutty (Oct - Dec 17)
  • Frank Sheng-Chun Chang (Nov 18 - Oct 19)
  • Krishnan Parthasarathi (Jul 19 - Mar 20)

Fellows' feedback

A summary of final feedback from the three most recent completing fellows providing full feedback:

1. Learning Outcomes

“I achieved all of the learning outcomes as specified in my learning agreement”

Strongly disagree |
Disagree |
Neither agree nor disagree |
Agree |  x
Strongly agree |  x  x

2. Service: Training Balance

Please indicate the balance between service and training in your clinical activities:

Mostly service |
More service than training |
About equal |  x  x
More training than service |  x
Mostly training |

3. Overall rating

How would you rate the Fellowship post overall, from 1-5? (1=very poor, 5=very good)

1
2
3
4  x
5  x  x

Would you recommend this post to a colleague?

Yes |  x  x  x
No |

Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery Fellowships

Coventry Post-CCT Fellowship in Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery

Based at: University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Surgical Specialty Association approving: BAOMS

Approval period: January 2018 - March 2021

Supervisor / Lead Consultant: Mr Raj Sandhu, Consultant Maxillofacial / Head and Neck Surgeon

Fellowship duration: 12 months

Stated learning outcomes:

1. To enhance knowledge and understanding of:

  • Radiology of thyroid/parathyroid disorders
  • Presentation and pathology of benign and malignant thyroid/parathyroid disorders
  • Medical and surgical management of patients with thyroid/parathyroid disorders
  • Medical management of patients pre- and post-surgery
  • Interdisciplinary management of patients with benign and malignant thyroid/parathyroid disorders

2. To become more skilled in:

  • Surgical management of patients with benign and malignant thyroid/parathyroid disorders
  • The use of localisation techniques in parathyroid surgery
  • Management of complex surgical problems, eg. tracheal invasion, the need for median sternotomy etc, in conjunction with other disciplines where appropriate
  • Assessment and monitoring of thyroid cancer patients

3. To maintain and develop existing skills:

  • In base surgical discipline including the management of emergency patients

Clinical competencies to be achieved:

To become more skilled in:

  • Surgical management of patients with thyroid/parathyroid disorders
  • The use of localisation techniques in parathyroid surgery
  • Management of complex surgical problems eg tracheal invasion, the need for median sternotomy etc, in conjunction with other disciplines where appropriate
  • Assessment and monitoring of thyroid cancer patients

Number of main operations the Fellow could expect to be involved in:

It would be expected that the Fellow would have completed at least 30 procedures under supervision and a further 10 procedures with an unscrubbed supervisor who was not in theatre during their 6 month tenure.

The number of cases carried out in the 2018-19 Fellowship were as follows:

Thyroid:

  • 17 with supervision
  • 27 without supervision

Parathyroid:

  • 10 with supervision
  • 5 without supervision

Fellows awarded Fellowship Certificate (dates of Fellowship):

  • Shofiq Islam (Jul 18 - Feb 19)

Gallery of RCS Senior Clinical Fellows in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Krishnan Parthasarathi

Post-CCT Fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, July 2019 to April 2020

Current post (September 2020): Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Private Practice, Sydney, Australia

"This fellowship provided access to a high volume TMJ unit, with two very experienced surgeons who are also excellent clinical educators. The fellowship provided me with confidence in my skills to approach and manage the operative TMJ patient. It also has provided the requisite technical skills in arthroscopy, open joint, and TMJ replacement procedures for me to practice independently. I look forward to leveraging this experience, with excellent mentors to provide excellent patient care at home in Australia."

Frank Sheng-Chun Chang

Post-CCT Fellowship in Temporomandibular Joint Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, November 2018 to October 2019

Current post (March 2020): Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Private Practice, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, The Oral Health Centre of Western Australia

"This post-training subspecialist fellowship in temporomandibular joint surgery at Nottingham University Hospital has given me an opportunity and privilege to further train in the specialised field of temporomandibular joint surgery and non-surgical management, with an internationally renowned TMJ surgeon. I had excellent training and support from all the staff of this unit. I was exposed to a large number of different surgical interventions ranging from routine to difficult cases that were referred from all over United Kingdom. My main achievement during the fellowship was to progress to surgical management independently and perform a good number of surgical procedures during the fellowship period. The procedures included arthroscopies of the joint for diagnostic and treatment, open joint surgeries and total joint replacements and revisions of new onset of pathologies and failing prosthesis. This fellowship has helped me gain additional knowledge in the field of temporomandibular joint pathology and surgery, and has given me the confidence and prepared me with skills required to perform difficult surgical procedures involved in the temporomandibular joint. This will benefit my patients who require TMJ surgery in giving them the best quality surgery they deserve, and provide them with better care with my additional training in this area."

Shofiq Islam

Post-CCT RCS Fellow in Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery, University Hospitals of Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, July 2018 - February 2019

Current Post (March 2019): Consultant Maxillofacial / Head & Neck Surgeon (with an interest in Microvascular Reconstruction and Thyroid surgery) University Hospitals of Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

"This RCS post-CCT Fellowship is open to surgeons from the disciplines of General Surgery, ENT and Maxillofacial Surgery. The UHCW is a high-volume endocrine surgery centre and the Fellowship provides comprehensive multidisciplinary exposure to all relevant aspects of head and neck endocrine surgery (Thyroid / Parathyroid). The department's particular vision of working is for Consultants from allied surgical specialties to contribute together to cross-specialty training, in order to promote the best quality of care for patients with head and neck surgical pathology. I completed my own Fellowship period in early 2019 and the experience gained was extremely positive. This Fellowship post is ideally suited for those looking to develop their sub-specialty interest and operative skills in head and neck endocrine surgery prior to taking up a Consultant position. During my Fellowship period I was encouraged to remain active in all aspects of head and neck oncological surgery including diagnostic endoscopy, ablative surgery and microvascular reconstruction. In conclusion this RCS Fellowship has provided me with a high volume and varied experience within head and neck, and the competencies developed in the complementary areas of surgery have helped prepare me for my role as a Consultant surgeon providing a comprehensive specialist service."

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