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The topic of initial postgraduate qualifications is
commonly near the top of students FAQ list. So if you want to know your MFDS
from your MJDF and what you can do with them, read on.
From the top: What the letters mean
real words "Diploma of membership of the Joint Dental Faculty of the Royal
College of Surgeons of England". This is a fairly new exam and has replaced the
Diploma of Membership of the Faculty
of General Dental Practice (UK) (MFGDP[UK]) and the Diploma of Membership of
the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS RCS Eng). So that's all right then.
RCS Ed, MFDS RCPS Glas
of membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, or the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Both the Glasgow and Edinburgh colleges'
offer the same qualification but you can choose which college you wish to take
And the differences are?
a lot. There is no particular advantage in doing one exam over another. Each
exam offers benefits from both primary and secondary care perspectives.
Why should I take them?
you have a glance at any of the websites of any of the royal colleges you will
see a plethora of reasons as the why you should: number one - take the exam, and
number two - take the exam at their particular college. To list a few:
- Career development: although MFDS/MDJF is not
mandatory to gain entry to specialist training.
- Enhance job prospects
- Entry to medical school
- Set yourself apart from others
- To gain some more letters (!)
one of the most important reasons is for future job prospects, many deaneries
operate on a points win prizes (or a job) basis, and having MFDS or MJDF will
get you points that could seal the job. The MDJF portfolio particularly helpful
here. Additionally with the various
dental schools now churning out graduates at a rate of knots, it's more
important than ever to set yourself out from the crowd.
even the most optimistic of you could ever have expected to just be able to
"click here" and magically own MFDS or MJDF; there is of course the small
hurdle of exams to pass, something, given our extensive history of taking exams
that us dentists are quite good at! Both
qualifications involve two exam components (more to follow), however the one
key difference is that in addition to pass MJDF one must also complete a
portfolio of evidence. This is expected to include key skills, audit and
contain an up to date CV.
Part 1: Two written papers of two and a half hours consisting of single best
answer, extended matching and short answer questions.
Part 2: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) designed to assess
patient management, communication skills and professionalism.
Part 1: One three hour written exam containing extending matching question and
single best answer.
Part 2: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) aimed at assessment of
competence and application of knowledge, alongside a structured clinical reasoning
component assessing communication skills and application of knowledge.
Whilst the format of the exams is
generally the same across the colleges, the locations available to take the
exams can help set the colleges apart. In recent years Glasgow and Edinburgh
have both moved to provide additional exam centres for part 1 across the
country, with Glasgow having extra centres in Cardiff, Exeter and Newcastle
(amongst others) and Edinburgh making use of facilities available in
Will I need to re-mortgage the house to
pay for the exams?
initial outlay for the exams is not a small fee (see table below). So I
wouldn't advise signing up to take the exams if you don't think you'll pass.
if you want to keep the letters after your name you must pay an annual
subscription to the college in which you have taken the exams. This varies
according to location and employment status, and generally all of the colleges
charge a similar amount. I do sense a degree of cynicism from some quarters,
and others may be wondering if they get anything back from the colleges for
their annual outlay.
at each college offers you the chance to access various research funds, some
colleges offer discounted journal subscriptions, Glasgow for example give you
free Dental Update.
can take part 1 (at either of the colleges) as soon as you wish after passing
BDS. To take part 2, you must first pass part 1, and have a minimum of 12
months post graduate experience. You are also able to take part 1 at one of the
colleges and then change to take part 2 at an alternative college.
To sum up
is only a whistle stop tour of the options available, should you want more
information have a look at the college websites. Given that this is supposed to
be impartial I can't tell you which college to go for! Further still, have done
the research for this I've found out that there aren't a lot of differences
wish to thank Mr Arijit Ray-Chaudhuri BDS MFDS RCSEd MJDF RCSEng LLM,
Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, King's College Dental Hospital
and St George's Hospital London for the information relating to the benefits of
taking MJDF from a secondary care perspective.
All information is current at writing, the author is not responsible for any
Northern Ireland has always been a popular place for
graduate dentists to do VT/GPT. This year there is a new recruitment process,
making it more competitive than ever. Help is at hand with the new BDA
Northern Ireland interview guide. Specifically designed to take you through the
process step by step, to ensure you have the best chance of success at
To read this essential guide, visit http://www.bda.org/dentists/advice/resources/advice-notes/g-m/g/vt-ni.aspx
To dr, or not to
dr: that is the question:
nobler in the mind to risk
The slings and
arrows of mistaken identity,
Or to stand up
against a sea of regulation
And by end
sorry, do you mean my medical practitioner, dentist or that chap over there who
has a doctorate in Geography?" A common phrase heard in all dental waiting
rooms? Well, those of us who might have taken a look at the GDC's recent
consultation on 'The principles of ethical advertising' may think so. This
consultation from our regulatory body proposes amongst other things that
dentists should no longer use the title 'Dr' in any patient communications.
the interests of fairness the same document also recommends that only dentists
on one of the GDC's approved specialists list may call themselves a specialist.
This is something that the vast majority of us would agree with; it should be
absolutely clear who is a genuine specialist; having completed the appropriate
certified training scheme, as opposed to those who merely have a special
interest in a particular topic. Patients should be absolutely clear as to the
credentials of the dentist who they wish to consult.
said; how does the final sentence of the last paragraph apply to the usage of
Dr? Wouldn't we all hope that all of the patients sat in our dental surgery
waiting room understand that the person they are about to see is a dentist?
Surely it's a no brainer?
we look to our European and Antipodean cousins, we will see that they all use
the title Dr, without as far as I am aware any major problems of confusion.
Would it not make some degree of sense to fall in line with our foreign
the flip side, does it really matter? I think we must stick to the key issue of
patient confusion, and not wander off the point, the more this happens the less
likely we are to have our views listened to.
are other arguments I could mention, but I don't wish to go on. Fundamentally I
don't think it is confusing our patients to use Dr, as long as in any practice
literature; business cards, websites, leaflets etc...we clearly state that we are
a dentist. The words "Dental Surgeon" can't be that tricky to understand.