Master of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

1. Course Objective

To develop the Master of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training to dentists/oral surgeons with appropriate knowledge and ability in both didactics and clinical skills. The curriculum is designed to ensure that when graduated, all oral and maxillofacial surgeons will be able to manage patients with abnormalities and diseases of the oral cavity, jaws, and associated facial and neck structures. All oral surgeons will have the skills, attitudes and competencies important to the successful practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery, in line with the identified strategies of the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia and with the international trends and expectations.

2. Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Master of Oral and Maxillofacial program will be able to:

  • Diagnose diseases and anomalies of the mouth and related structures.
  • Formulate an appropriate treatment plan for the management of a broad range of oral and maxillofacial problems and be able to predict the outcome.
  • Be competent in performing surgical procedures within the scope of the oral and maxillofacial specialty and to be able to deal with common complications.
  • Acquire adequate foundation in the medical management of diseases of the oro-facial region.
  • Have adequate knowledge and competency in managing common medical and surgical emergencies including maxillofacial injuries.
  • Be competent in the use of local anaesthesia and sedation, and be familiar with general anaesthesia.
  • Be familiar with imaging techniques and be able to accurately interpret images commonly used.
  • Be able to identify and collaborate effectively with colleagues in other disciplines when required for satisfactory and complete management of patients.
  • Have skills in conducting research in critical appraisal of scientific publications and in communicating clearly through written and oral media.

3. Length of study

  • The Master of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program requires at least 4 years of studies.
  • A minimum of 8 semesters

4. Course Requirements

Students are required to fulfil the following components before they are allowed to sit for the final exam.

Written assignments and yearly examinations further identify strong and weak areas and contribute to maintaining acceptable standards.

A. Didactic Lectures

Candidates are expected to acquire knowledge and skills through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and other activities outlined by the various departments responsible.

B. Clinical

    • Attendance in clinics and treating patients an average of 6 hours a week.
    • Treat a minimum number of 96 cases.
    • Regularly recall patients for follow-up.
    • Managed patients with professionalism without any negligence.
    • Have kept good records of every treatment, models, photos, X-rays

C. Case Requirements

a) In the first three years, students have completed a minimum of 76 of the cases

b) For the last year, students have to complete an additional of a minimum of 15 advanced surgical cases (a total of at least 91 cases) before examination

c) Selected cases are assigned to present to the supervisors/lecturers

D. Attending classes and completing assignments

a. Attend all lectures, In case of medical sicknes and during death of immediate family members, the local supervisor or course coordinator can approve exception.

b. Candidates will need to hand in written assignments to encourage individual independent learning.

c. Completed with acceptable grades of all assignments.

E. Professional Conduct

Student should have no record of; negligence of clinical cases management, or cheating e.g. patients’ records or assignments.

5. Admission Requirements

The candidates will be assessed based on their written applications, interviews, tests and referee reports. Selection Criteria Candidates must:

  • Be Cambodian nationals who hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Be passed successfully the National Entrance Exam, except the candidates who passed the National Entrance Exam for foundation year or passed the National Exit Exam of Doctor of Dental Surgery.
  • Have a strong interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery and a minimum of 2 years of general dentistry, preferably oral surgery experience
  • Be willing and able to attend the lectures, seminars and clinical sessions as required (a minimum of 20 hours per week)
  • Be able to read and understand English language (assessed by examination at the Faculty)
  • Have a good knowledge of the basic medical sciences eg anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and pathology (assessed by examination at the faculty)
  • Be willing to commit themselves to a government employment on completion of the course for a minimum of 5 years.

6. Validity of Credits

  • Student could fulfill their Master of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery credits not longer than 4 year period.
  • Student must fulfill credits and pass final exam before they are allowed to pursue the whole course.
  • If students fail the exam, they could repeat twice, if still failing they are required to leave the class and not be allowed to continue.

7. Total credit hours

This part-time course in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery extends over a minimum of four academic years of course work and clinical work. Graduates will also have to do research project and complete a thesis. The final year of study will require completion. the development of a research project related to individual students learning needs and interests for which, on completion and defense of a dissertation they will gain 10 credit hours.

  • 1 credit = 15 hours lectures/presentation/ seminars/tutorials or 45 hours of clinical work or 30 hours of assignments

Course structure includes didactic (lectures, tutorial, seminar & presentation), professional development course, and clinical work.

A log book will be kept and should enumerate the procedures undertaken at which the trainee was the principle operator and assistant. The emphasis will be on quality as defined by evidence-based outcomes.