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Ireland Report

Nature of OMFS
Dual Degree (MB and BDS)
Timing of second degree (if any)
2nd Degree 3 or 4 years depending on University
Length of specialty training
5-7 years (Run Through training)
Number of OMFS specialists 
14 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Number of OMFS trainees  +/- 
2 (training starting 2017)
Number of OMFS training rotations
Major (Hub) units
4 OMFS Units
National Specialty
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Ireland
Contact for specialty association 

Mr. P. O’ Celligh, Chair AOMSI, RCSI, Dublin.

Mr. Chris Cotter, Chair Training Committee OMFS, RCSI, Dublin. 

Medical Association 
Irish Medical Organisation
Section representative
Mr. Tom Barry
Board representative
Mr. Tom Barry
Oral Surgery

Number of oral surgeons
N/A .  Except for academic posts all practice in private sector.
Oral surgery training duration
3 years

Update on national scene - Yes

Changes since last year

2017 will see the start of OMFS training in Ireland for the first time in 15 years. Provision has been made for the first 3 years of training ST1-3 in Ireland and the final 2 years to be completed in a large OMFS unit in UK. The RCSI through the OMFS training committee will oversee training standards. The SAC (Specialty Advisory Committee) RCS   will oversee training also and there will be a close relationship between both training boards.

Have started All Ireland study days incorporating OMFS both in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Will develop relationship between OMFS in Northern Ireland with a possible view to All Ireland Training similar to other specialties.








CME Requirements

BREXIT may be a threat to cross border relationship and training opportunities in UK. Historically and presently the over whelming majority of Irish trainees trained or are training in UK.

We are also anxious about the future of the Collegiate system between all the Colleges, England, Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We feel that dual degree status is very important for the future of OMFS as this is what makes us unique as opposed to ENT and Plastics.

50 Hours per year mandated (medical regulator)
20 hours external
20 hours internal
5 personal
Mandated audit per year