Oral Surgery is the surgical specialty of dentistry. It includes the diagnosis, surgery and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Oral surgeons work in primary and secondary care depending on the needs and complexities of the patient. They work closely with general dental practitioners and other specialists in dentistry, medicine and surgery.
Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber offers training in Oral Surgery at two of our OMFS units in the region Hull (http://www.hey.nhs.uk/ ) and Wakefield (http://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/main.cfm). These units provide a challenging and exciting training environment.
The training follows the syllabus set down by the General Dental Council:
After three years the trainee will be expected to sit for the Membership in Oral Surgery examination. This is a tri-collegiate specialist examination from the Edinburgh, England, Glasgow Dental Surgery Faculties.
Completion of this leads to specialist status on the GDC specialty lists. Training to consultant level can be obtained with further separate training in the extended competencies as outlined by the curriculum.
There are opportunities to attend national meetings such as the BAOS annual conference and the Oral Surgery pertinent study days from BAOS and RCS courses.
The Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme Website
This site houses the curriculum for the dental specialties and, in a secure area, trainees’ electronic portfolios and the learning agreements which support training.
All trainees will eventually use the e-portfolio but this will be done on a rolling programme by specialty. Consultants and other professionals who will be training, assessing and supervising training will also need to register.
Trainees are encouraged to complete audits and publish papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as present at regional and national conferences.
As this is a relatively new programme there is no formal research component to the training. However for those trainees wishing to carry out a research project support and advice will be available. There are also courses on research planning and statistics that are available in the region on the education pages.
Nationally there is a project on bisphosphonate related jaw necrosis (BRONJ) that all Oral surgeons are participating in and this will have a huge impact on the future management of this group of patients requiring oral surgery.
Testimonial from present trainee:
"I am really enjoying my time on the oral surgery training pathway. The deanery is really supportive and provides plenty of learning opportunities."
StR OS Mid Yorkshire Hospitals