Exam Details - International Membership in Special Care Dentistry

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International Membership in Special Care Dentistry

The Diploma of International Membership in Special Care Dentistry is intended to test the candidate’s knowledge, understanding, skills, and attitudes relevant to the practice of a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry. The examination includes Applied Sciences relevant to Special Care Dentistry and the Principles and Practice of Special Care Dentistry.

Candidates who obtain the International Membership in Special Care Dentistry will not be eligible for entry to the UK specialist list. The international membership examination denotes that the candidate has reached the standard equivalent to a specialist according to the training curriculum and learning outcomes of that country.

Exam Benefits

  • Demonstrate that you have reached the standard equivalent to a specialist according to the training curriculum and learning outcomes of that country
  • Successful candidates will be granted Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the College (on payment of such election fee and annual subscription)

Exam Format

The International Membership in Special Care Dentistry exam will consist of three components.

  1. A written examination including Multiple Choice Questions in the Single Best Answer (SBA) format. This component will last 180 minutes
  2. An examination of clinical reasoning consisting of:
    • A structured oral examination based on two documented clinical cases personally treated by the candidate. (15 minutes per case).
    • A structured oral based on four simulated cases with 10 minutes preparation time and 10 minutes examination time for each case (80 minutes in total)
  3. An examination on decision-making in the clinical environment consisting of a structured oral examination based on:
    • Six unseen cases with five minutes preparation time and five minutes examination time for each case (60 minutes in total)
    • A structured oral examination based on a minimum of four cases from the different chosen domains in the logbook of clinical experience (30 minutes)

Costs

Exam Fee: £1500

Exam Eligibility

To be eligible to enter for the International Membership in Special Care Dentistry examination all candidates must:

  • Provide certified evidence of possession of a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Colleges.
  • Have completed two and a half years of full-time or equivalent part-time training acceptable to the College by the date of the examination. The training should preferably be continuous but in some cases breaks in training may be permitted. The total training period should not normally exceed six years.

Prospective candidates must also fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have completed a minimum of 30 months of a full-time three year training appointment (or pro-rata for part-time trainees) in appropriate posts, courses and programmes.
  • Be registered as a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry in the country from which the application originates.
  • Have completed at least 30 months continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half-time over a maximum of six continuous years) of specialty training out with the country of origin in a programme of specialty training which is acceptable to the College.

Additional Information

Before applying for this exam, please ensure you have read and understood the relevant documentation

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Examinations Section

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Email: dental.exams@rcsed.ac.uk


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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
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Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 527 6406

Email: dental.exams@rcsed.ac.uk