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Oral and maxillofacial surgery

Consultants in oral and maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) deal with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. For this specialty you'll also need a dental degree. Then you can complete either two years of core training (CT1–2) and five years of specialty training (ST3-7), or seven years of specialty training (run through training at ST1–7). Both routes of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings.On call likely. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

You’ll need to have good communication and team working skills, and the ability to lead and manage a team. You’ll be enthusiastic and have stamina, be manually dextrous, and have good hand-eye co-ordination with excellent visuospatial awareness. You’ll also need to be able to manage a wide spectrum of conditions.

Prospects

There are 338 consultants in oral and maxillofacial surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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