Overview of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology recruitment

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a clinical dental specialty undertaken in a laboratory.

It's described by the General Dental Council (GDC) as the "diagnosis and assessment made from tissue changes characteristic of disease of the oral cavity, jaws and salivary glands".

Important: Eligibility for Specialty Training

Most dentists will have completed at least 1 year of Dental Core Training (DCT) before applying to Specialty Training. By the time you're appointed to a Specialty Training post, you must have completed DCT2 or equivalent (as demonstrated by National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE)).

Applicants must be registered with the GDC before training begins.

About Dental Specialty Training

Dental Specialty Training usually follows on from Dental Core Training (DCT), though some dentists who have been working in practice for a while also apply.

It runs for between 3 and 5 years depending on the specialty.

Non-urgent advice: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology curriculum

The content of the curriculum was developed by Specialty Advisory Committees who report to the relevant Dental Faculties of the Royal Colleges. 

View the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology curriculum on the GDC’s website.

Why undertake Specialty Training?

While most dental graduates look forward to a career providing a full range of oral health care to patients in general dental practice, many have an interest in a specific aspect of dentistry.

Dentists can achieve specialist status by gaining entry to one of the Speciality Training programmes.

Salaries for specialty trainees

Salaries for specialty trainees vary across the 4 nations of the UK. 

For information about pay and conditions in England, go to NHS Employers.

For Northern Ireland, go to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

For Scotland, go to the Management Steering Group website.

For Wales, go to Health in Wales.

Page last reviewed: 30 September 2022

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