International Partners in Health
NYU's Oral Surgery Program for International Dentists to Partner with Ireland's Royal College of Surgeons

From left, Dr. Michael Turner, Dr. Robert Glickman, Dr. Brendan O'Connor

Effective September 2009, the NYU College of Dentistry will introduce a three-year Advanced Education Program in Oral Surgery for International Dentists. The program has been accredited by the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), which is recognized internationally for administering specialist examinations in both dentistry and medicine.

Candidates will be eligible to present themselves for the Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (MFDS) of the RCSI examination after successfully completing the second year of clinical training, and for the Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry (FFD) of the RCSI Oral Surgery/Oral Medicine Examination upon successfully completing the third and final year of training. The program is open to internationally trained dentists who have completed Part One of the U.S. National Boards or Part One of the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Dentistry Examination.

The concept for the program originated with Dr. Brendan O'Connor, Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, who was previously a Surgery Tutor and Clinical Examiner in General Surgery at the RCSI.

"This collaboration is the first of its kind between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a dental school in the United States. I am absolutely delighted with the new course and the link with the Royal College, as it offers our students the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized qualification," said Dr. O'Connor.

To date, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has accredited training posts in Bahrain, Brunei, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, India, Malaysia, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Trinidad, and the United Arab Emirates.

"Graduates of the program will enjoy a greater degree of career mobility," said Dr. Robert Glickman, Professor and Chair of NYUCD's Mecca Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Michael Turner, Assistant Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, will direct the new program, whose curriculum will include both didactic and clinical training in oral surgery and oral medicine. The full spectrum of oral surgery will be covered, from basic dentoalveolar surgery to more complex surgery, including implant reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, and oncology.