Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery involves the diagnosis and treatment (operative and non-operative) of patients with diseases, injuries and defects of the mouth, jaws and associated structures. This includes oral and maxillofacial pathology, trauma, dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic and relevant reconstructive surgery, and facial pain.

Vocational training in New Zealand

Vocational training in oral and maxillofacial surgery is undertaken through the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS). Once RACDS training is completed, the doctor is awarded the Fellowship of the RACDS (FRACDS).

Am I able to apply to work as a recognised specialist in New Zealand?

To apply for vocational registration in oral and maxillofacial surgery, you need either:

  • the FRACDS qualification; or
  • an international postgraduate medical qualification in oral and maxillofacial surgery, where your combination of qualifications, training and experience is assessed against the standard of the FRACDS.

What standard will my training, qualifications and experience be compared against?

For details on the training programme please refer to the RACDS website Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

I want to make a vocational registration application

To make a vocational registration application, please refer to the Vocational Registration Homepage and select the option appropriate for you.

Am I able to apply for other types of registration?

You may be able to apply for more than one type of registration. To find out which is the best fit for you, please use our self assessment tool.