Becoming an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is a complex specialty combining dental, medical, and surgical expertise. The qualification recognised in Australia and New Zealand as the registrable qualification for practice is the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, FRACDS (OMS).

The achievement of the FRACDS (OMS) takes a minimum of four years of surgical training and encompasses a comprehensive training program which requires the following as prerequisites for applying to commence the OMS Program:

  • A Dental degree and full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand
  • A Medical degree and full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand
  • A full year of surgery in general (SIG) rotations.

Download the fact sheet providing further information on the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and refer to The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons website which provides detailed information on the FRACDS (OMS), including the application process.

What is ANZAOMS?

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS) is the professional representative organisation for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS).

Our focus is on the advancement, advocacy for, and continuing education of OMS, through engagement with all levels of government, regulators, key public and private stakeholders and the general public.

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ANZAOMS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to their cultures, country and elders past present and emerging.

ANZAOMS recognises the unique role of Māori as Tangata Whenua and embraces Te Tiriti o Waitangi recognising Māori as tino rangitiratanga of Aotearoa/New Zealand while embracing the three guiding principles of the Treaty – Partnership Participation and Protection. We will endeavour to implement bicultural policies and practices that incorporate and value Māori cultural concepts, values and practices.