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Membership in Orthodontics Part 2

Exam overview

COVID-19 Update: RCS and RCPSG are now in a position to confirm that the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics will be held in the UK on 14-17 September 2020. This examination had previously been postponed due to COVID-19.  Please read our joint statement for full details.

For more information on the revised examination format, please join our free online webinar on 25 June 2020.

The aim of the Part 2 exam of the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) is to assess the candidate’s knowledge of orthodontic theory and assess understanding, reasoning power, intellectual ability.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enter the diploma exam, all candidates must fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • have completed at least two and half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of an SAC-approved training programme and possess a training number allocated by the regional postgraduate dental dean/director. Award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognised specialty training.

  • have completed two and a half years full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of the three-year training programme associated with a UK or Ireland university masters or doctorate degree course formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the meeting of the specialty membership examinations executive. Candidates who have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS will be exempt a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination where such an examination exists.

  • be registered as a specialist in the UK, having been admitted to the specialist list i) through the transitional arrangements, ii) by the provisions which permit entry to the specialist list on the basis of specialist qualifications obtained in the EEA or overseas or iii) on the basis of academic achievement.

  • in the case of dentists who have completed specialty training overseas or in the EEA and have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS or a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination where it exists and have successfully completed a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive and have been awarded the appropriate specialist qualification or certificate by their university or licensing body.

  • in the case of dentists who have completed at least two and a half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of specialty training overseas or in the EEA in a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognized specialty training.

  • where a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination exists dentists who have been qualified and in clinical practice for a minimum of two years may enter this part alone separately from entering and sitting the rest of the membership examination.

Exam format

A three-hour multiple choice/multiple short answer paper relating to any part of the syllabus

  • Candidates who have successfully passed the MJDF/MFDS or FDS examination of one of the surgical royal colleges will be exempt from this section.
  • Candidates who have successfully passed the part 1 MOrth examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will be exempt from this section.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) section

This section of the exam will normally comprise a minimum of 13 OSCE stations with appropriate rest stations. The objectives are that successful candidates will possess the following attributes:         

  1. good communication skills
  2. ability to analyse and interpret diagnostic information and material
  3. demonstrate practical skills normally undertaken as part of clinical practice
  4. interpret and appraise data from publications
  5. apply appropriate decision making in clinical situations           

Structured clinical reasoning section 

This section consists of two sessions of one hour’s duration. A total of four cases will be examined overall. In each session, candidates will be presented with the records of two cases for diagnosis and treatment planning. Clinical photographs, study models and radiographs will be provided. Candidates will be allocated fifteen minutes to examine the patient records followed by a fifteen minute oral examination on each case.

Case presentation section

Presentation of the case records of three cases treated personally by the candidate. This component of the exam is intended to illustrate the candidate’s ability to treat a range of orthodontic problems to a high standard and to demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the treatment.The three cases must have had the majority of treatment completed by the candidate. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have made a substantial contribution to the treatment of the cases and it must be made clear in the case records which elements, if any, have been undertaken by other clinicians. Two cases, selected by examiners, will be discussed in depth and the duration of this part of the examination will be thirty minutes.

Syllabus

Clinical Orthodontics

The curriculum is that of the SAC in Orthodontics. The module titles are detailed below.

Section A Basic orthodontic subjects

M1 Normal and abnormal development of the dentition

M2 Facial growth (normal and abnormal)

M3 Physiology and pathophysiology of the stomatognathic system

M4 Tooth movements and facial orthopaedics

M5 Radiology and other imaging techniques

M6 Cephalometrics (including tracings)

M7 Orthodontic materials

M8 Orthodontic biomechanics 

Section B General orthodontic subjects

M9 Aetiology

M10 Diagnostic procedures

M11 Diagnostic assessment, treatment objectives and treatment planning M Orth – Regulations and Guidance January 2008 Page 18 18

M12 Growth and treatment analysis

M13 Long term effect of orthodontic treatment

M14 Iatrogenic effects of orthodontic treatment

M15 Epidemiology in orthodontics

M16 Orthodontic literature

Section C Orthodontic techniques

M17 Removable appliances

M18 Functional appliances

M19 Extra-oral appliances

M20 Fixed appliances

M21 Retention appliances Section D Biological sciences relevant to orthodontics

M22 Cell and molecular biology

M23 Genetics

M24 Craniofacial embryology

M25 Somatic and craniofacial growth

M26 Physiology of breathing, swallowing, mastication and speech

M27 Psychology

M28 Research module

Section E Multidisciplinary orthodontics

M29 Craniofacial anomalies - overview

M30 Cleft lip and palate patients - overview

M31 Orthodontics and periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics

M32 Orthodontic/Oral Surgical interface Section F Specific treatment procedures

M33 Guiding the development of occlusion

M34 Adult orthodontics - overview

M35 Craniomandibular dysfunctions

Section G Information technology

M36 Computer based technology

Section H Management of oral health

M37 Oral health

M38 Health education

Section I The Practice and Business of Specialist Orthodontic practice

M39 Health and safety

M40 Legislation and Ethics

M41 Surgery Management

M42 Personnel Management

M43 Finance 

Exam dates

Examination
Application and fees due Written MCQ papers and case presentations OSCE and SCRs Exam fee
MOrth Part 2 21 February 2020 POSTPONED
POSTPONED £1500
MOrth Part 2
29 June 2020
14 September 2020
15-17 September 2020
£1500
MOrth Part 2 Cairo 6 January 2020 28 March 2020 29- 30 March 2020 £1500

Revised Format Webinar

As announced on Monday 1st June, we will be hosting the Membership in Orthodontics Part 2 Examination in September 2020, in a revised format. Following on from this announcement, the College will hold a webinar to answer questions that you may have about the revised format of the examination.

The webinar will be hosted by Charlotte Eckhardt – Chair of the RCSEng Membership in Orthodontics Examination on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 6.30pm BST.

We invite you to please send any questions in by the 18 June to dentalexams@rcseng.ac.uk so that we may answer them in the webinar along with any further questions that may arise.

If you are interested in joining the webinar, please contact us using the dental exams email stated above and we will provide you with the details to join closer to the time.

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