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Section 1 to 6 are for part A

Section 1 Craniofacial development and growth

Formative mechanisms in craniofacial development which

are clinically important

Development of the face and palate

Development and growth of the skull and jaws

Common craniofacial malformations e.g. cleft lip and palate

Development of the teeth

Formation of dental hard tissues

Developmental disorders of teeth and dental hard tissues

Formation of tooth supporting tissues

Physiological and pathological mechanisms of tooth

movement

Bone formation resorption and turnover

Section 2 Oral biology, oral pathology and microbiology

Anatomy, physiology and pathology of the tissues related

to the oral cavity

Structure of the dental hard tissues and the dental pulp

Structure of the supporting tissues of the teeth, tooth

morphology

Structure and function of the oral mucosa, including the

gingiva and dentogingival junction

Diseases of the oral mucosa: swellings, pigmentation,

ulceration, dermatoses, neoplasms and precancerous lesions

Structure and function of the salivary glands

Diseases of salivary glands: functional, infective, autoimmune

and neoplastic

Composition of saliva and its role in oral health and disease

Diseases of bone, especially of the jaws, including infections,

neoplasms, fibro-osseous lesions, endocrine and metabolic

disorders

Temporomandibular joint: its structure, function and common

disturbances

Control of jaw posture and movement

Oral sensory perception: the nature and distribution of sensory

receptors in the mouth and face

Oral micro-organisms: principles of identification and their role

in dental and oral diseases

Infections of the oral mucosa: bacterial, viral and fungal

Forensic aspects including age estimation and identification

from dental records.

Section 3 Systemic diseases in relation to dentistry and their oral

manifestations

Applied basic science relevant to clinical management of

systemic conditions which are dentally important

Diseases of red and white blood cells

Thrombosis, ischaemia and infarction

Infective endocarditis and bacteraemias, including prophylaxis

Respiratory disease, chronic, obstructive and infective

Respiratory failure

Immune system and autoimmunity

Viral hepatitis, HIV and related infections

Inflammation, protein synthesis and the development of

oedema

Aetiology and clinical features of benign and malignant

tumours

Nutritional factors and vitamins in growth, healing, and general

and oral health

Hormones in control of growth, metabolism and the major

body systems

Therapeutic use of hormones

Dental management of medically compromised patients,

including basic neurological and psychological conditions and

organ transplant patients

Section 4 Emergencies in dental practice

Applied basic science relevant to the management of

dental acute emergencies

Acute respiratory distress, asthma and laryngeal obstruction:

anatomy of larynx and trachea

Anatomy of the thorax in relation to resuscitation

Anatomy and physiology of swallowing, vomiting and coughing

Anaphylactic shock and acute allergic reactions

Haemorrhage and shock: causes and management

Coagulants and anticoagulants

Cardiovascular emergencies, angina, myocardial infarction,

cardiac arrest

Cyanosis and its significance

Anatomy of venous access: the ante-cubital fossa and dorsum

of the hand

The diabetic patient, acute hypoglycaemia and diabetic coma;

the control of blood sugar

Fits, faints, acute migraine, cerebrovascular haemorrhage

Uncontrolled and hostile patients; acute withdrawal symptoms

Section 5 Radiology, radiation hazards, and imaging

The principles of safe and effective imaging

Radiological anatomy of the head and neck, especially the

jaws and teeth

Conventional radiographic systems, indications for use and

the interpretation of images

Basic principles of alternative imaging systems (CT, MRI and

ultrasound)

Radiation protection: principles of protection, monitoring and

basic radiation science.

Section 6 Ethical and medico-legal aspects of dentistry

The interface between clinical dental practice and the law

in the United Kingdom. The principles of professional and

ethical practice

Communication with patients, relatives and health care

colleagues

The law in relation to informed consent

Medical and dental records: their content, the law regarding

disclosure and data protection. Medico-legal reports

Patients’ complaints, negligence, professional indemnity

The dentist as employer

Dental practice management

Section 7 General clinical dentistry including clinical sciences

Routine clinical dental practice and its supporting applied

basic science

Dental plaque: its formation, composition and metabolism

Mechanical and chemical plaque control

Periodontal examination and diagnosis

Gingival crevicular fluid: composition, functions and diagnostic

uses

The pathogenesis and biochemical basis of periodontal

disease

Basic periodontal surgery

Dental caries: causes, diagnosis and the influence of diet,

fluoride and restorative care

Pulpal and periapical pathology, diagnosis, and endodontic

management

Non-carious tooth surface loss: attrition, abrasion and erosion

Tooth structure in relation to restorative techniques

Principles of restorative treatment planning

Principles of intra- and extra-coronal restoration of teeth

Dental materials: their physical properties, biocompatability

and applications

Functional occlusion in the natural dentition, in fixed and in

removable prostheses Orthodontic management of

malocclusion

Complete and partial dentures: their design, construction and

maintenance

Age changes in dental and oral tissues

Blood supply, venous and lymphatic drainage of head and

neck

Anatomy and functions of the facial and masticatory muscles,

the tongue, the floor of mouth and the soft palate

Cranial nerves, their distribution and functions especially V,

VII, IX, X, XI and XII

Local and regional anaesthesia: techniques and their

anatomical basis

Intravenous and inhalational sedation

Mechanism of nerve conduction, neuromuscular transmission

and the action of anaesthetic agents

Nerve damage and repair

Mechanisms of pain perception and pain control

Differential diagnosis of oro-facial pain including pain of nondental

origin

Oro-facial fractures and head injuries: their anatomical basis

and basic management

Principles of management of orthognathic deformity

The maxillary antrum and its surgical anatomy and pathology

Surgical tooth extractions and important complications

Spread of infection from the teeth, tonsils and skin in the head

and neck

Wound healing in bone and soft tissues

Metabolic consequences of trauma and surgery

Section 8 Neurology, psychology and psychiatry in relation to

dentistry

Principles of patient behaviour and its management in

clinical dental practice

Fight, flight and fright response; the anxious patient

The stress response: involvement of body systems

Adverse behavioural attitudes to dental treatment

Autonomic system and limbic system, neurotransmitters and

psychotropic medication

Basic concepts of personality, psychological and psychiatric

disorders, especially as they present as dental problems e.g.

facial pain, disturbances of sensation and altered self-image

Section 9 Therapeutics in relation to dentistry

Principles of applied pharmacology in dentistry and

clinical prescribing practice

Disinfection and sterilisation; control of cross infection

Antimicrobial agents: mode of action, toxicity, resistance

Mediators of pain and inflammation; peripherally and centrally

acting analgesics; anti-inflammatory agents

Therapeutic agents in the control of caries and periodontal

disease

Basic principles of drug dosage

Side effects of drugs, drug interactions especially in dentistry

Prescribing and legal implications; misuse of drugs; abuse and

addiction

Section 10 Epidemiology, statistics, and preventive dentistry. Audit

and clinical information technology

Epidemiology of dental and oral diseases

Basic principles of prevention of oral diseases

Basic statistics

Principles of dental health care economics

Basics of clinical trial design and analysis

Principles of audit; implementation of the audit cycle

Basic principles of information technology applied to clinical

dentistry

Hardware systems, information storage, output systems,

software

Networking, security and legislation



 

 

 

REGULATIONS

 

2. ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AWARD OF THE DIPLOMA

To be eligible for the award of the Diploma all candidates must:

(i) possess a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Councils

of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and Ireland;

(ii) have completed satisfactorily 24 months whole time equivalent

postgraduate experience in dentistry of which at least 12 months must

have been gained in clinical posts in hospital or community practice

which have been approved for training by the Faculties of Dental

Surgery/Dentistry of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and

Ireland. Experience in more than one discipline will be required which

should be of no less than three months whole time equivalent in each

discipline. Normally equivalent part-time training will be acceptable if

gained within a period of four years;

(iii) have passed all sections of the MFDS/MFD Diploma examination;

(iv) have complied with all the regulations.

3. MANDATORY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

(i) Part A (Intercollegiate)

To be eligible to sit Part A of the examination:

Candidates are required to provide evidence of completion of a

minimum of 12 months satisfactory experience in any field of dentistry

obtained after gaining their primary dental qualification.

(ii) Part B (Intercollegiate)

To be eligible to sit Part B of the examination candidates must

(a) have passed Part A;

(b) provide evidence of at least 20 months satisfactory experience, of

which 8 months must have been spent in clinical posts in hospital,

community practice and dental public health, which have been

approved for training by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK

and Ireland.

(iii) Part C (Collegiate)

To be eligible to sit Part C of the examination candidates must

(a) have passed Parts A and B;

(b) provide evidence of at least 20 months training, 8 months of which

must have been spent in clinical posts in hospital, community

practice and dental public health, which have been approved for

training by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and Ireland;

 

(c) normally hold a current certificate of successful hepatitis B

immunisation from a UK or Irish source, if the examination is being

held in the UK or Ireland.

NB the Diploma will not be granted until the 24 months experience and approved

training has been completed. (see ELIGIBILITY FOR THE AWARD OF THE

DIPLOMA.)

4. THE EXAMINATION

The MFDS/MFD Diploma Examination has 3 sections, Part A, Part B and

Part C. Parts A and B are Intercollegiate and are organised jointly by the

four Colleges. Part C is Collegiate and managed by individual Colleges.

There is full reciprocity for this examination between the Colleges and it is

possible to sit any part of the examination at any College.

(i) Intercollegiate Sections

Parts A and B of the examination will be held at least twice a year.

There is full reciprocity of recognition of a pass in Part A and Part B

between all Colleges.

(a) Part A

This examination consists of a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper

of two hours duration and a Multiple Short Answer (MSA) paper of one

and a half hours duration. The MSA paper will include a subsection of

Simulated Clinical Questions on human disease in relation to dentistry.

Part A will stand alone, candidates being awarded either a pass or a

fail.

Candidates must pass Part A before they may sit Parts B and C.

(b) Part B

This examination consists of a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper

of two and a half hours and a Multiple Short Answer (MSA) paper of

one and a half hours duration.

Part B will stand alone, candidates being awarded either a pass or a

fail. Candidates must gain a pass in Part B before they may sit Part C.

(ii) Collegiate Section

Part C will be conducted at least twice a year. Part C will usually be

held two months after Part B.

 

(a) Part C

The examination is as follows.

(1) A clinical examination. There will be patients with a range of

typical dental conditions. The examination will last 45 minutes.

Skills in patient examination, communication, diagnosis and

treatment planning may be tested. No specialist knowledge is

required.

(2) Two, fifteen minute oral examinations. The orals will be

structured to assess both applied basic sciences and clinical

skills appropriate to twenty-four months postgraduate

experience.

Candidates will be awarded a pass or fail.

CANDIDATES SUCCESSFUL IN THE PART C EXAMINATION SHOULD REFER TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE COLLEGE OF ENTRY

5. LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS

Candidates will normally be allowed a maximum of five years from the first

attempt at Part A to complete all parts of the examination. Candidates must

normally pass Part C within two years of their first attempt, regardless of the

Colleges in which the attempts are made.

6. MEDICALLY AND DENTALLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES

Candidates who possess both primary medical and dental qualifications,

which are acceptable to the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and

Ireland may apply for all parts of the examination once they have completed

twelve months of their general professional training in dentistry.

7. INFRINGEMENT OF THE REGULATIONS

The Colleges may refuse to admit to the examination or to proceed with the

examination of any candidate who infringes any of the regulations or who is

considered by the examiners to be guilty of behaviour prejudicial to the

proper management and conduct of the examination.

8. REPRESENTATIONS AND APPEALS

Candidates who wish to make representations with regard to their eligibility

for the examination must address them to the Examinations Officer of the

College of entry within three months of the initial decision.

Candidates who wish to make representations with regard to the conduct of

the examination must address them to the Examinations Officer of the

College of entry within three months of the examination and not in any

circumstances to an examiner. Representations will then be dealt with

according to the policy agreed by that College.

9. APPLICATION FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE EXAMINATION

Applications for any part of the examination must reach the Examinations

Department by the closing date specified in the examinations calendar.

Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

Applications for admission to any section of the examination must be fully

completed, accompanied by the required certificates and the full amount of

the fee payable for the examination. If an application form is found to be

incomplete, it will be returned to the applicant and no action will be taken

until it is returned fully completed enclosing the appropriate fee.

10. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EXAMINATION

Candidates withdrawing from an examination before the closing date must

do so in writing. The entrance fee will be returned less a 20% administrative

charge.

Candidates who withdraw from the examination after the closing date or who

fail to attend the examination for which he/she has been accepted will not

normally be entitled to any refund of fee. No transfer of an examination fee

will be permitted.

A refund on medical grounds even if there is a medical certificate is not

normally allowed.

Applications for refunds on medical or compassionate grounds must be

supported by the Consultant or Postgraduate Dean responsible for training

and must be submitted to the College with any accompanying evidence

within twenty-eight days of commencement of the examination.

If hospital commitments prevent attendance, the Colleges are not

responsible for the refund of any part of the examination fee.

Candidates who elect to apply for Parts B and C together but are

unsuccessful in Part B will be eligible for a full refund of the fee for Part C.

11. EXEMPTIONS

Candidates who have been engaged in the full-time practice of dentistry for a minimum of ten years, or part-time equivalent, who hold the MGDS or MCCD

Diploma and who are in good standing with their Faculty, are exempt from

the MFDS/MFD Parts A and B and the requirement to complete one year in approved posts.

Candidates who have been engaged in the full-time practice of dentistry for a minimum of ten years, or part-time equivalent, who hold the MFGDP Diploma and who can demonstrate that they have undertaken 250 hours of continuing professional development within the previous five years, are exempt from the MFDS/MFD Part A and B and the requirement to complete one year in approved posts.

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Recognised overseas Posts.

HOSPITAL

EXAMINATION

POSTS APPROVED

DATE OF INSPECTION

DATE OF RE-INSPECTION

Nasser Institute Hospital & Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt

MFDS

MOMS

Recognition of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Units

17th March 2001

March 2006

Kobri El-Koba Military Hospital, Cairo, Egypt

MFDS

Recognition of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Units

17th March 2001

March 2006

Cairo University Dental School, Egypt

MFDS

Recognition of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Units

17th March 2002

March 2006

King George’s Medical College and Hospitals, Lucknow, India

MFDS

IMOrth

Recommended the training programme offered 8 suitable training posts

28th January 1999

January 2004

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal and Mangalore, India

MFDS

IMOrth

4 OMFS Posts

January 1999

January 2004

Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

MFDS

4 OMFS Posts

26th January 1999

January 2004

 

 

 

 

 

S.D.M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospitals, Dharwad, India

MFDS

IMOrth

4 OMFS Posts

January 1999

January 2004

Government Dental College and Hospital, Hyderabad, India

MFDS

IMOrth

Training programme for 4 MDS students

January 1999

January 2004

Nair Dental College, Bombay (Mumbai), India

MFDS

IMOrth

Training programme for 4 OMFS Posts

January 1999

January 2004

Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

MFDS

Training programme for 4 OMFS

January 1999

January 2004

Sundaram Hospital, Chennai, India

MFDS

4 OMFS posts

January 1999

January 2004

Ramakrishnan Mission Hospital, Calcutta, India

MFDS

Training programme for 1 SHO

January 1999

January 2004

Al Nahdha Hospital, Muscat, Oman

MFDS

Training Programme

5 posts for MFDS

3 SpR posts for MOMFS

March 2001

March 2006

Faculty of Dentistry
University
of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia

IMOrth

4 year training programme and 4 posts

July 2001

July 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



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