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Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD)

Exam overview

The Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD) is the only qualification recognised as the end point of training in one of the mono-specialties of restorative dentistry, i.e. endodontics; fixed and removable prosthodontics; periodontics.

After passing this bi-collegiate (RCS and RCPSG) exam, you will be recommended to the GDC for award of the Certificate of Completion of Speciality Training (CCST). If accepted, your name will be added to the specialist list.

Eligibility

  • To be eligible to enter the MRD exam candidates must possess a dental qualification which can be registered in the Dentists’ Register and to graduates or diplomates in Dental Surgery.
  • Entry to the MRD exam is also dependent on evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognised specialty training. 

Exam format

Candidates must elect to be examined in one of the following disciplines within restorative dentistry:

  • endodontics
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics

The exam consists of the following components:

  • a three hour written paper with three compulsory questions in the speciality of the candidate’s choice.
  • a three hour written paper with three compulsory questions to be answered in general restorative dentistry.
  • a 20 minute oral examination based on a 20 minute examination of the clinical records of a patient with a range of general restorative dental problems to cover assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis.
  • a similar 20 minute oral examination based on a 20 minute examination of the clinical records of a patient in the candidate’s chosen specialty.
  • a 30 minute presentation and oral examination of the case records of two patients that received general restorative treatment treated personally by the candidate.
  • a 30 minute presentation and oral examination of case records of two patients that received treatment personally by the candidate in their chosen specialty.

Syllabus

The general restorative dentistry element of the exam will test the candidate’s broad-based understanding of the theory and practice of restorative dentistry set in the context of total patient care. The relevant basic and clinical science will be included. The specialist element of the exam will follow from this broad base.

Candidates are expected to be aware of recent developments in their specialist field.

The level of understanding of the following subjects should be appropriate to a three-years specialist training programme.

Endodontics
  • Anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the masticatory system and related structures, including teeth and periodontium.
  • Microbiology of dental plaque, caries and periodontal disease
  • Cell biology
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Prevention of dental disease
  • Sedation, local and general anaesthesia
  • Radiology and imaging
  • Pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Epidemology
  • Management of medically/clinically compromised patients
  • Communication, interpersonal skills and team leadership
  • Aspects of behavioural science
  • Properties of biomaterials and dental materials
  • Diagnosis and management of pulpal periapical disease
  • Diagnosis and management of orofacial pain, psychogenic pain and TMD
  • Diagnosis and management of dento-alveolar infections and sequelae
  • Tooth preparation, isolation, access and instrumentation
  • Preparation, disinfection and obturation of root canal system
  • Surgical endodontics
  • Management of traumatic injuries to teeth
  • Practice management
  • Endodontics in children (primary teeth and immature permanent teeth)
  • Assessment and management of teeth which have previously undergone endodontic treatment
  • Evaluation of the success of treatment
  • Review and maintenance procedures
  • Periodontics and prosthodontics in relation to endodontics
  • The periodontal/endodontic interface
  • The orthodontic/endodontic interface
  • Theory and clinical practice of implants
  • Research methodology and statistics
  • Treatment of discoloured teeth
  • Restorative considerations and endodontics
  • Cross infection and sterilisation

Periodontics

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the masticatory system, pulp and periodontium
  • Endodontics and prosthodontics in relation to periodontics
  • Microbiology of dental plaque
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Prevention of dental diseases
  • Clinical features and diagnosis of periodontal diseases
  • Pathogenesis of periodontal diseases
  • Manifestations of systemic disorders
  • Periodontal therapy (initial, occlusal, orthodontic and surgical to include gingivectomy, modified Widman, apically repositioned flap, root resection and hemisection, mucogingival surgery and regenerative surgery)
  • Adjunctive therapies
  • Properties of biomaterials and dental materials
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology and dental public health: to include biostatistics
  • Management of medically/clinically compromised patients
  • Antimicrobial therapy of periodontal diseases
  • Management of furcation problems
  • Theory and clinical practice of implants
  • Research methodology and statistics
  • Communication, interpersonal skills and team leadership
  • Cell biology in relation to periodontal diseases
  • Techniques of case documentation

Prosthodontics

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the masticatory system, pulp and periodontium
  • Endodontics and periodontics in relation to prosthodontics
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Management of pain/emergency dental treatment
  • Prevention of dental diseases
  • Complete dentures (including copy dentures, overdentures and immediate dentures)
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontics
  • Combination of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Fixed prostheses conforming to, existing and reorganisation occlusion
  • Implant supported prostheses (both fixed and removable)
  • Identification and management of denture and crown & bridge problems
  • The conservation of teeth, including indications, principles and techniques for
  • intracoronal and extracoronal restorations and including adhesive techniques and
  • materials
  • Theory and practice of occlusion including the uses and a working knowledge of
  • articulators
  • Diagnosis and management of T.M.D
  • Management of medically/clinically compromised patients and the elderly
  • A good working knowledge of the interface between prosthodontics/ surgical dentistry/orthodontics
  • Surgical aspects of prosthodontic treatment, for example, pre-prosthetic surgery, ride augmentation, apicectomy
  • Experience of relevant laboratory techniques, including diagnostic laboratory work and technical aspects of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Biomaterials and dental materials
  • Imaging
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Communication, psychology, interpersonal skills and team leadership
  • Research methodology and statistics
  • Evaluation of treatment outcomes

Exam dates

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 Exam   Application and fees due  Written and/or MCQ papers  Practicals and orals  Exam fee  Joining fee
 MRD  25 August 2017  13 November 2017  15 November 2017  £1250  Email us for more information

Membership fee

There is a £150 joining fee for all those with FDS Royal College of Surgeons of England. An annual subscription is required to maintain the post-nominal letters. 

Clinical section change

The MRD board have introduced a change in regards to the clinical section of the examination, plus extra guidance in regards to candidate case presentations and word count. All the updated information can be found in the documents below.

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