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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)

Oral & Maxillofacial (OMF) Surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

OMFS surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, and is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry, treating conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds such as head and neck cancers, cleft and craniofacial deformities, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial aesthetic surgery, facial pain, temporomandibular joint (Jaw) joint disorders, impacted teeth, cysts and tumours of the jaws, trauma to hard and soft tissues of the face, neck and scalp  as well as numerous problems affecting the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and infections. Many OMF surgeons focus on one of these areas to develop a sub-specialist interest within the scope of the wider specialty.

Oxford OMFS unit is organized in a hub and spoke pattern, with the main centre based at the tertiary teaching hospital of John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The various peripheral hospitals included in the OMFS network in the territory include

  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
  • The Great Western Hospital, Swindon
  • Horton general Hospital, Banbury
  • Amersham Hospital, Buckinghamshire.

 

Northampton General Hospital acts as the hub in that part of the rotation, with exposure also gained at:

  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Danetre Hospital, Daventry

 

OMFS trainees are recruited at the ST3 level through national recruitment and the training program runs for 5 years (ST3-ST7). Typically each trainee will spend 4 years of this in Oxford and some time (usually 1 year) rotating to Northampton General Hospital which provides among other things exposure to head and neck & skin cancers.

Timetables include exposure to outpatient clinics, including subspecialty clinics, theatre sessions, a 24 hour non-resident on call, multidisciplinary and departmental meetings to encompass the full omfs curriculum. Normally there are 5 training registrars who hold NTN (national training numbers) in addition to 2 overseas fellows and 1 core surgical trainee who share the 2nd tier workload.

Why train in Oxford ?

Apart from its rich history and eminent standing in the world Oxford OMFS has a lot to offer -

  • Exposure to all areas of subspecialty interest in one centre (including tmj, craniofacial, cleft training)
  • Tertiary trauma centre with onsite Neurosurgery support
  • Head and neck oncology unit which provide the whole gamut of reconstructive procedures
  • Strong on site Orthodontic and Restorative departments at the tertiary centre
  • Affiliated to the University of Oxford Medical School
  • Training unit for foundation and core trainees in both Medicine and Dentistry
  • Strong ties with European and Australian OMFS units (visiting Fellows on reciprocal basis)
  • Management in Medicine Training with the Green Templeton College, Oxford
  • Training to be an educator with the Oxford University Medical Education Fellow (OUMEF) programme
  • Active encouragement to take on additional roles including audits, research, junior doctor and medical school teaching, journal clubs
  • Protected 8 hr / month departmental teaching
  • Regional teaching 6-8 sessions / year in conjunction with Wessex deanery
  • Exit exam (FRCS) oriented courses run for trainees at the Unit
  • Commute during training is likely to be very less as 4 out of the 5 years is spent in Oxford
  • University of Oxford offers a wide range of Post graduate Certificate courses, Masters, Post-doctoral courses in a number of fields including Education, Research and Health informatics.

 

Study and training

The Oxford OMFS unit benefits from a Consultant pool who have trained at various units all over the country at various rotations and therefore helps provide a balanced, holistic and diverse training opportunity for its specialty trainees.

Sub speciality training offered include:

  • Deformity
  • Head and neck oncology and reconstruction
  • Trauma
  • Salivary gland (including minimally invasive techniques)
  • Temporomandibular joint (including joint replacements)
  • Craniofacial deformity
  • Cleft
  • Dento alveolar
  • Skin cancer
  • Aesthetics

 

All trainers are keen, friendly, easy to approach and include nationally recognized Trainers of the year from BAOMS (British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons).

The Oxford OMFS unit is a recognized centre for Interface Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology.

During the 5 years there is active encouragement to pursue additional interests in Medical education, research, audits and healthcare management thereby producing at the end a well-rounded consultant in an excellent position to secure a substantive post of their choice.

 

ARCP information

Usually 2 per year, one in June and another in December. One is an interim ARCP which typically assess progress at the half year mark in each training year and gives a predicted outcome while the second serves as the final ARCP outcome for the year.

NTN trainees usually start their rotation either in February or in October of each year.

Specific requirements which need to be achieved by ARCP date are clearly stated in your global objectives and include:

  • 1 MSF per year
  • 40 WBAs per year
  • Topics as required
  • Up to date CV on system
  • An Assigned educational supervisor (AES) report. At least one clinical supervisors report by someone other than your AES for each learning agreement.
  • An evidence section and logbook that are completed contemporaneously

 

The other paperwork required include:

  • Enhanced Form R
  • Validated signed consolidated logbook
  • ST ARCP checklist documents

 

Educational and Clinical Supervisors

Role

Name

Special interest

Contact information

Training site

TPD

Ms. Daljit Dhariwal

Deformity

Daljit.dhariwal@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Clinical Lead

Ms. Jen Graystone

Oncology

Jennifer.Graystone@ouh.nhs.uk

Churchill Hospital, Oxford

STC Chair

Mr.Philip Ameerally

Oncology and skin

Philip.Ameerally@ngh.nhs.uk

Northampton General Hospital

AES

Mr. Andrew Currie

Deformity

Andrew.currie@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

AES

Mr. Kunme Fasanmade

Oncology

Adekunmi.fasanmade@ouh.nhs.uk

Churchill Hospital, Oxford

AES

Mr. Prad Anand

Deformity

Pradeep.anand@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

AES

Mr. Niall Mcleod

Trauma & TMJ

Niall.Mcleod@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

AES

Mr.Colin Harrop

Oncology, Skin, Deformity

Colin.Harrop@nhs.net

Northampton General Hospital

CS

Mr.James Gallagher

Deformity

James.Gallagher@ngh.nhs.uk

Northampton General Hospital

CS

Mr. Nad Saeed

TMJ

Nadeem.Saeed@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

CS

Mr.Satheesh Prabhu

Oncology

Satheesh.Prabhu@ouh.nhs.uk

Churchill Hospital, Oxford

CS

Mr.Ganesh Sitampallam

Deformity

Ganeshwaran.Sittampalam@ouh.nhs.uk

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

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