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|Title:||Extractions to reconstruction: the development of oral & maxillofacial surgery in Australian and New Zealand|
|Citation:||Australian Dental Journal, 2018; 63(S1):S4-S10|
|AN Goss, R. Linn|
|Abstract:||Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery developed initially from Dentistry as exodontia. It then expanded into the surgical management of jaw disorders. As the specialty evolved, it came into increasing conflict with related surgical disciplines. In the 1960s and 1970s these external criticisms were well-founded as training in oral surgery was individual, solely University-based and highly variable. In the 1980s the speciality developed a plan which involved hospital-based surgical training, a mandatory high level college surgical examination and detailed workforce and training studies. These were progressively implemented over the next twenty years with a dual degree (medicine and dentistry) and a final fellowship (FRACDS (OMS)). This resulted in accreditation by the Australian Medical Council and the Australian Dental Council and recognition as a Principal Surgical Speciality by the Commonwealth Department of Health. This development was monitored by published workforce studies over three decades that are important yardsticks to inform the credentialing of dental specialists.|
|Keywords:||Accreditation; Australia; education; history; New Zealand; surgery|
|Appears in Collections:||Dentistry publications|
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