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FFD Examination

 FFD Assessment Portal Dates (New Applicants):

  • April 2022 Exam: Assessment portal is now closed.
  • November 2022 Exam: Assessment portal will open for new applicants between June 13th - 27th, 2022

RCSI fully complies with the up-to-date Irish Government's guidance on all measures and restrictions related to Covid-19. Therefore, the FFD exams may be subject to change with short notice without any liabilities to RCSI. Candidates will accept this guidance by signing up to the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI examinations.

 Updated Regulations for FFD Examinations April 27th - 29th 2022

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI recognises the very significant impact which the COVID pandemic has had on candidates preparing and presenting for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations. It is intended to conduct Specialty FFD Examinations in all sub specialty sections in April 2022. It is the aspiration that all examinations will be delivered “Face to Face” at RCSI Dublin, depending on and governed by the existing pandemic circumstances worldwide and in particular in Ireland at the time of the examinations. The Faculty have made some amendments to the written aspects of the FFD examinations to comply with the existing COVID advice at the RCSI. Therefore, the following information supersedes the information in the FFD Examination Regulations in regard to the Written aspects of the examination only. The written examinations will be delivered as follows:

Written Examinations will be held in the RCSI with the following sections:

  1. Short Answer Question Paper (90 minutes). This paper contains 10 short answers questions. Candidates are expected to write approximately 200 words in response to each of the 10 questions.

(The Short Answer Question Paper has replaced the Essay Papers in all FFD Examinations. Essay Papers are no longer a part of the FFD Written Examination)

  1. “OSCE Type Paper” (90 minutes) This paper consists of 15 OSCE Type Questions

Viva Examinations, Case Presentations and Clinical Scenarios

These aspects of the FFD Examinations will be held in the normal manner as outlined in the existing FFD Regulations

FFD OSOM and OM Part A

For the FFD Part A Examination. This examination previously consisted of an Essay Paper in the General Principles of Medicine and Surgery. This essay paper is now replaced by a Short Answer Paper as outlined above.

FFD OSOM and OM Part B

For the FFD in OSOM and FFD OM Part B there is no longer an Essay Paper. The Essay Paper is now replaced by the Short Answer Question Paper as outlined above.

The Specialist Fellowship Diploma of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, will be granted to those who are eligible to sit for and pass the examination.

The Faculty of Dentistry Fellowship examinations (FFD) are normally conducted in April and November each year. Updates regarding the application window for candidates seeking approval to sit the FFD examination will be posted on this page.

All information pertaining to the FFD RCSI examination is provided below, however if you have any questions, please visit our FAQs section below, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, please begin your application.

 

FFD Frequently Asked Questions

The requirements to present for the FFDRCSI examination are as follows:

  • BDS/B Dent Sc. or equivalent basic undergraduate Dental Degree
  • MFD/MFDS/MJDF
  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent not normally exceeding six years) training. Candidates are required to submit certified, documented evidence of their training/relevant hospital positions.

Evidence of satisfactory completion of three years full-time training must be submitted to the Faculty. OSOM & ORD training can be completed in different institutions but evidence of this must be provided at the time of application. For all other specialities training must be completed in the same institution.

Candidates interested in sitting the FFD RCSI examinations must submit their documentation for assessment, during a specified period of time, to the Faculty of Dentistry FFD assessment Portal which can be accessed here.

The assessment portal will open twice a year for a limited period of time. Details of the next assessment widow can be viewed on our Faculty website here.

The Faculty of Dentistry will be in contact with you shortly after you submit your documents for assessment. If you deemed eligible to sit the FFD exam, you will be sent an approval letter which you will need in order to officially apply for the exam and pay your exam fee. You will officially apply for the exam and pay your exam fee through the RCSI postgrad admin system and further details regarding this will be included within your approval letter.

The Faculty intends to run all FFD exam specialties entirely face-to-face in April and November 2022, circumstances permitting. The RCSI professional examinations calendar can be viewed here.

The format of the written part of the examination will include a 90 minute, 15 station OSCE paper, to be followed by 90 minutes of a 10 short answer questions paper. Please note that the length, format and timing of the written papers and other aspects of the examination may be subject to change for operational/health and safety reasons which we will communicate with candidates where applicable. The FFD examination will also include Viva's and case presentations, where relevant, on a face-to-face setting at RCSI in Dublin.

Applicants who withdraw from an examination before the examination closing date will have the application fee refunded, less a 20% administrative charge. Applicants who withdraw after the exam closing date, or who fail to attend, will forfeit the fee paid in full. If work commitments prevent your attendance, the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI is not responsible for the refund of any part of the application fee. Transfers are not normally permitted.

If you are unable to travel to Ireland for the exam due to a local Covid restriction within your area/Country, your application would be transferred to future exam sitting.

There may be occasions when your attendance is affected by circumstances beyond your normal control. In this instance an application for exceptional circumstances must be submitted as detailed in the Professional Exams – Exceptional Circumstances Policy. Applications of this nature must be made within 14 days of the date of the examination.

Please refer to the Irish Government travel advice website for up to date travel information: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice

In order to become a Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI you must have successfully completed a Fellowship Examination of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI. The Fellowship is not normally awarded by affiliation.

If you pass Part A of the examination you will be exempt this section for the following 4 diets.

Candidates who hold a medical degree are exempt from Part A. Please note that only the FFD OSOM and FFD OM have been divided into Part A and Part B. Under the new “on-line” arrangements, the rest of the FFDRCSI Specialties are in a single part (On-line written + face-to-face examination)

No refund of fees or transfer of exam will be allowed once a candidate sits their written papers. Refund/Transfer of fees will only be allowed in advance of the written papers and only in the case that a candidate cannot travel due to Covid restrictions or in the case of very special circumstances.

The Specialist Fellowship Diploma of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI is registrable in the Register of Dentists for Ireland as an additional qualification provided that the name of the holder already appears in that Register. Details regarding the registration of the diploma may be obtained from the Registrar, Irish Dental Council, 57 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. The Diploma does not entitle the holder to admission to the Register of Dental Specialists in Ireland.

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Kieran Daly

Qualifications: 

BDentSc TCD 1996

MFD RCSI 2001

MOrthRCEd 2005

FFD Ortho 2005


Current Post:

Private Practice limited to Orthodontics

Johanna Glennon

Qualifications:               

B.A., B.Dent. Sc., 1984

M.A., TCD 1988

MSc. Endodontics (U. London with Distinction) 1994

FFD RCSI (Ad Eundem) 2018

 

Current Post:                  

Private Practice – Limited to Endodontics

Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry, Dublin Dental University Hospital (part-time)

Simon Killough

Qualifications: 

BSc(Hons) 1991

BDS(QUB) 1994

MFDS RCPSG 2003

PhD (QUB) 2007

FDS RCPSG (Rest Dent) 2009

FFD RCSI (Ad Eundem) 2015

 

Current Post:

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Christopher Lynch

Qualifications:   

BDS (NUI/University College Cork) 1999

PhD (NUI/Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) 2007

MFD RCSI 2001

FDS (Rest Dent) RCSI 2006

Fellow of the American College of Dentists 2011

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education (Cardiff) 2013

FFDRCSI (Ad Eundem) 2013

FFGDP UK (Ad Eundem) 2013

Fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials 2014

Fellow of the International College of Dentists 2015

Senior Doctorate (DDSc – Cardiff University) 2019

Principal Fellowship Higher Education Academy UK (PFHEA) UK 2019

FDS RCS (ad eundem) 2021

 

Current Post:  

Professor/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, University Dental School & Hospital, Cork

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dentistry

Fergal Rory Maguire

Qualifications: 

BDS NUI 2001

MFD RCSI 2003

M. Phil. Biomaterials  Science (University of Birmingham) 2007

M. Dent. Ch. Periodontics (U. Dubl.) 2008

FFD RCSI Periodontics 2008

Diploma of the European Federation of Periodontology 2008 

Ph. D Oral Biosciences (U. Dubl.) 2014

 

Current Post:

Private Practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

John Ed O'Connell

Qualifications:                 

BDS NUI 2004

MFD RCSI 2007

FFD (OSOM) RCSI 2009

MB, BCh, BAO, BA 2012

MRCS RCSI 2014

FRCS (OMFS) 2019

                                 

Current Post: 

Fellow in Head and Neck Oncology with Reconstruction, UK.

Deepak Thomas

Qualifications: 

B Dent Surg 1992

MB BChBAO 2003

MRCS( Intercollegiate)2007 

MSc 2018

FFDRCS (OSOM )1997 

 

Current Post:

Consultant Oral Surgeon at the Beacon Hospital Dublin and Kingsbridge Hospital Sligo

Specialist Oral Surgeon at Northwest Oral Surgery, Sligo and Northern Cross Dental, Dublin

Limited to Private Practice

Albert Yeung

Qualifications:                 

BDS Glasgow 1989

MMedSci Sheffield 1999

DDPH RCS 2003

MPHe Manchester 2004

FFD (DPH) RCSI 2006

FDS (DPH) RCPS 2006

FHEA 2007

FFPH 2007

MPhil Manchester 2010

ACIEA 2020

MCGDent 2021

                                

Current Post: 

Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Lanarkshire, Scotland

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Professional Adviser, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman