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About this Profession

There are six Canadian Training Centres for candidates to obtain their education as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: Dalhousie University, McGill University, Université Laval, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, and Western University . The duration of the program varies between institutions, but generally they are between four and six years of study.


Certification and Licensure Requirements

In all provinces, candidates for OMFS must first hold a dental degree (DDS) and be able to demonstrate successful completion of the National Dental Examining Board exams. The candidate must then complete an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program and pass the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).

In rare cases, individuals who have not completed this graduate degree may be considered once vetted through a comprehensive process that involves a review of credentials, completion of an eligibility exam, assessment of clinical competencies, possible gap training, and then completion of the NDSE.

The licensing requirements for individuals to become certified as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon fall under the Provincial Jurisdiction for the province in which the OMFS practices.

There are a number of OMFS who pursue further training to become experts in this area of specialty. Some OMFS programs are dual degree, meaning that the surgeon earns a dental degree (DDS) as well as a medical degree (MD), plus their graduate degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The surgeon gains training in a hospital-based program where they are able to complete rotations with all of the areas of medical specialties. In addition, some OMFS will acquire sub specialty training by completing a fellowship program in an accredited program that further advances their skills.

Visit the RCDC website for more information, including certification and licensure information for international candidates seeking to practice oral surgery in Canada.


Canadian Training Centres for OMFS


Dalhousie University, 6-year Program  

Dr. Curtis Gregoire, Program Director, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Sciences
Faculty of Graduate Studies
5981 University Avenue – Room 5132, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Tel: (902) 494-1679; Fax: (902) 494-6411

Kathy Drew, Administrative Assistant


McGill University, 6-year Program  

Dr. Nicholas Makhoul, Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Faculty of Dentistry
McGill University Health Centre (Mountain Campus)
Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue, B3.119
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4
Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext. 42465; Fax: (514) 934-4429

Susan Young, Administrative Coordinator


Université Laval, 6-year Program   

Dr Michel Fortin. Directeur du programme en chirurgie buccale et maxillo-faciale
Faculté de médecine dentaire
CHU de Québec – Université Laval - Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus
1401, 18e rue
Québec, Québec G1J 1Z4
Tel: (418) 649-5826; Fax: (418) 649-5964

Mélissa Pelletier, Adjointe à l'enseignement universitaire
(418) 649-0252, ext. 63200


University of Manitoba, 48 month Program    

Dr. Adnan Shah, Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Program
College of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences
D-343 790 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2
Tel: (204) 789-3684; Fax: (204) 272-3077

Melissa Franzmann, Dental Clinical Graduate Programs Office, Dean's Office, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry


University of Toronto, 4-year Program   

Dr. Marco Caminiti, Program Director, Discipline of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Faculty of Dentistry  
124 Edward Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Tel: (416) 979-4922 ext. 1-4330; Fax: (416) 979-4754


Western University, 6-year Program  

Dr. Joe Armstrong, Program Director & Chief of Dentistry, University Hospital
London Health Sciences Centre
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 5C1
Tel: (519) 661-3330; Fax: (519) 663-3004

Jacqueline Geneau, Postgraduate Program Coordinator, Dentistry
(519) 685-8500, ext. 32198


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