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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Application procedures

Applicants must hold a registered dental degree and registered medical degree and have completed a year of General Surgery. The oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) training pathway is in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS). Advice may be obtained from the director of training, Dr Paul Sambrook. Selection for this pathway is done on a bi-national level by the RACDS. Information can be obtained from

Dental graduates without a medical degree

Dental graduates wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery require a medical degree.  The University of Adelaide Medical School has an arrangement whereby dental graduates may laterally enter medical school at fourth year. 
The usual pathway for dentally qualified applicants would be: 

  • dental degree 
  • one to two years' experience usually at a House Surgeon level 
  • demonstrated interest in OMS 
  • one year half-time bridging course into medicine. 

Two half-time positions are available to prospective applicants who hold a registered dental degree.

Applicants must send a curriculum vitae including the names of referees who have expressed a willingness to be approached.  The CV should include an official Academic Transcript and two passport size photographs.  Applicants who are unsure or who require advice are encouraged to speak with Dr Paul Sambrook. 

2020 Applications: Applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in February 2020.

Medical graduates without a dental degree

Medical graduates wishing to pursue a career in oral and maxillofacial surgery require a dental degree.  The University of Adelaide Dental School has an arrangement whereby medical graduates may laterally enter dental school at third year. Such arrangements are subject to individually tailored bridging requirements. 

The usual pathway for medically qualified applicants would be:

  • medical degree
  • one to two years' experience with an emphasis towards surgery
  • preferably first part RACS required (not mandatory)
  • demonstrated interest in Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Dental Bridging Course 4-6 weeks during January, February (a fee will be charged for this course)
  • modified third year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • modified fourth year BDS
  • full fifth year BDS
  • graduated and registrable BDS.

The candidate will then apply for training in advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery.  Acceptance into the BDS program at the University of Adelaide by medically qualified applicants does not imply automatic acceptance into the oral and maxillofacial surgery program. 

Applicants for lateral entry dentistry should forward a written application and curriculum vitae and must make an appointment for an interview with Dr Paul Sambrook (Director) and Professor Alastair Goss (Director of Research). This can be arranged by Natalie Cahill.

2020 Applications: Applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in February 2020.

Contact for applications

Ms Natalie Cahill
Unit Business Manager
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Level 11, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
North Terrace
Adelaide 5000

Phone: +61 8 8222 8255