RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1.2.3 of the Constitution of the Association requires that 'Active
Members shall be persons with a medical and a dental degree or
equivalent qualifications, examples of which would be a
specialist certificate in stomatology and an odontological and
stomatological training for a minimum period of two years or 2000
hours duration. This training must be a University course
authenticated by a certificate. The major part of their work
shall be in cranio-maxillofacial surgery. They shall have had at
least four years of postgraduate training of which not less than
three shall have been in cranio-maxillofacial surgery.'
INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR SPECIALTY TRAINING IN ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
were ratified at the XIth ICOMFS in Buenos Aires on 10 April 1992
and were published in full in the International Journal of Oral
and Maxillofacial Surgery 1992 : 21: 130-132.
In summary the major features include:
1. Duration and the components of professional and specialty training
Basic professional education can be accomplished in several ways. One appropriate method includes 4 years of dentistry (including basic sciences) and 2-4 years of medicine (preferably leading to a degree). An alternative approach would include 4 years of medicine (including basic sciences) and 2-4 years of clinical dentistry (preferably leading to a degree). Either approach should not exceed 8 years.
The specialty training can also be accomplished in a number of ways. Oral and maxillofacial surgery training can include 1-2 years of core surgical experience and 3-4 years of oral and maxillofacial surgery training. The specialty training, following basic profess