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Faculty of Dental Surgery

About the Faculty of Dental Surgery

The College's Faculty of Dental Surgery promotes excellence in patient care by providing quality-assured assessments and facilitating high standards of education for members of the dental profession.

Established in 1982, it is the largest of the College's faculties with almost 7,000 Fellows and Members worldwide and its own Council. The Dental Faculty's portfolio includes a wide range of exams and courses held in 17 countries around the world.

Main exams throughout the year include the MFDS Part 1, MFDS Part 2 and a range of Specialty Membership exams in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontology and Prosthodontics and MAGDS, an exam developed to provide additional skills and confidence to General Dental Practitioners. The Faculty works with its sister Colleges in London and Glasgow in delivering the new Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examinations in Oral Surgery, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry.

The Faculty enjoys extensive links with a network of UK and international organisations and offers a variety of conjoint specialty and non-specialty exams. It links with a growing number of UK universities in providing a Conjoint Masters Degree and Specialty Membership examinations. In the UK, the Faculty links with the other three Royal Surgical Colleges (England, Glasgow and Ireland) for the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations.

Internationally, the Faculty works with the National University of Singapore, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong, and the American Board of Oral Medicine and was the first Dental Faculty of a UK Royal College to run a dental exam in the USA.

Further information about our dental activities worldwide can be found on our International School of Surgery website. The Faculty's courses are aimed at supporting colleagues in their preparation for College examinations and we also provide events which support continuing professional development for all members of the dental team.

We are also establishing a new network of Dental Ambassadors throughout the British Isles and internationally, encompassing support for the whole dental team.

Furthermore, As part of RCSEd's Faculty of Dental Surgery's commitment to supporting professional development and promoting the highest standards of patient care, the Faculty offers a Dental Fellowship without Examination for holders of a Specialty Dental Membership. 


Faculty of Dental Surgery Grants for Education

The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh supports educational endeavours for individuals who are Affiliates, Members and Fellows of the Dental Faculty and/or the Faculty of Dental Trainers. Grants (up to £3,000) will be available to defray expenses for those undertaking an appropriate educational qualification.

Further information: Guidance notes and application form

Closing date for applications: 10 June 2020

Further information from Cathy McCartney: c.mccartney@rcsed.ac.uk or +44 131 527 1618.

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