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Becoming a Surgeon

There are six Canadian Training Centres for candidates to obtain their education as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon:

Dalhousie University 6-year Program

Dr. Curtis Gregoire
Program Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
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

Michelle Harris, Administrative Assistant

Dr. Jordan Gigliotti,
Program Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal General Hospital

B3.119, 1650 Cedar Ave
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4
Tel: (514) 934-1934 ext. 42492

Kevin Calder,Student Affairs Administrator

Dr. Carl Bouchard and Dr. Annie-Claude Valcourt,
Co-Program Directors, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program
Faculté de médecine dentaire
University Hospital Centre (CHU) Québec, Laval University

Dr. Carl Bouchard

Dr. Annie-Claude Valcourt

Marie-Line Dupuis,
Agente de gestion des études
(418) 418-656-2131 ext. 402937

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

Brenda Gerwing, Dental Clinical Graduate Programs Office, Dean’s Office, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
Tel: (204) 789-3684

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

Dr. Michael Shimizu,
Division Chair, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 5C1
Tel: (519) 661-2111 ext. 33451

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

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.

Become a member of the CAOMS

There are many benefits to joining the CAOMS, such as excellent continuing education opportunities at our annual events, providing valuable input about issues that affect our specialty, and being part of a vibrant community of your peers.

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Resident Membership

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The (CRAOMS), is a branch of the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS). This resident association was developed for residents studying in Canada, the United States and abroad to improve communication between resident programs, and to provide support for residents during their studies.

Job Board

Wondering where to advertise an OMS job opportunity? Or how to buy oral surgery equipment? Or perhaps you are looking to join a group of oral surgeons in a thriving practice? The CAOMS Job Board & Classifieds section is the place to view and post such advertisements!

The University of Western Ontario (Western University) is an internationally renowned research-intensive university that is ranked among the top-ten in Canada, and prides itself in the “student experience” of its educational programs.

Applications are invited for two (2) full-time positions in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The successful candidates will be appointed to Limited Term academic appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Schulich School of Dentistry.

Candidates must possess a DDS/DMD degree or equivalent; have postgraduate specialist training in oral surgery; FRCD(C) certification (or eligibility) and fellowship training in an OMFS sub-specialty is preferred. The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for and maintain an active appointment with London Health Sciences Centre / St. Joseph’s Health Care, Department of Dentistry | LHSC and be eligible for full licensure within the Province of Ontario, subject to the approval(s) of the hospitals. Teaching and research experience required, and administration experience would be an asset.

Download the PDF for the full details.

Post added: April 17th

Island Health’s Department of Surgery, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Comox Valley Hospital has a full-time position for a full-scope Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon to join our current surgeon, Dr. Andreas Conradi. Eligible candidates will hold FRCDc, have completed a minimum 4-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and be eligible for Certified Specialist licensure with the College of Physicians of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. Download the PDF for the full details. Post added: April 17th

Our regional hospital is looking for a 2nd board certified OMFS.

The prospective candidate will provide the full scope of OMFS services via the public health care service and have the opportuninty to work in private practice via the Oceanview Oral Surgery clinic with the intention to take full ownership. The present owner will assist in a 3-5 year transition. Above average remuneration(2M+ annual billings). Access to international airport, excellent private and public schools, and an abundance of recreational opportunities to enjoy a work / life balance.


Post added: March 29th

Group Oral & Maxillofacial Partnership “Purchase” Opportunity – Ontario

“Once in a career” opportunity to join a prestigious team of highly regarded surgeons through purchase of the founding partner’s share of a group practice. Challenge your boundaries through collaboration on complex OMFS cases in a collegial environment of uniquely skilled practitioners. Established and well respected in the community, this practice has upwards of 800 referring doctors with referrals generally to the group rather than specific surgeons; the partner’s proportionate share exceeding 4,500 annually.  Strong profitability has earned the vendor more than $2.5 million annually working only 39 weeks a year providing upside potential for someone keen to work more.  Busy schedule and financial and reputational success await a new owner. For more details, contact or

Post added: March 29th

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

Regional Oral and Maxillofacial Service (OMS), part of Surgical Services wishes to appoint Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and invites suitably qualified candidates to apply.

Contact Information

For more information about this unique opportunity, please contact Mr Chris Sealey, Service Clinical Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at

For a detailed overview of the role, please click here

Post added: March 5th

Our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery group is looking for the right candidate to join our growing team. We currently have five locations located in and around Vancouver, BC. Our offices boast 40+ years of experience in providing the highest standard of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery care to our loyal and ever-growing referral network. Our surgeons have a commitment to both clinical and professional excellence. Our team has years of experience performing the full range of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures and our facilities are both deep sedation and general anesthesia certified. Our staff have years of experience to help onboard incoming surgeons to allow for a smooth transition. We are offering a competitive salary for an associate to partnership track but are also open to those wanting a part-time position. Both experienced and new graduates are encouraged to apply as the start date is flexible. Please email your CV and cover letter to and we will reach out to you promptly to further discuss the opportunity. Post added: Dec 22nd
We are currently seeking a skilled and experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to join our well-established practice in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This part-time position offers the flexibility to add more days based on your availability and schedule. Responsibilities:
  • Perform a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures with precision and expertise.
  • Collaborate with our team of dental professionals to provide comprehensive patient care.
  • Maintain accurate patient records and ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines.
  • Valid license to practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in the GTA.
  • Board certification or eligibility for board certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing a variety of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Opportunity for professional growth and development.
  • Supportive and collaborative work environment.
  • Possible Hospital OR time
  • In office General Anesthesia
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to We look forward to reviewing your application and discussing this exciting opportunity further. Post added: Dec 13th
The Department of Dentistry at The Hospital for Sick Children intends to hire an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to expand its capacity to provide pediatric oral surgical care in our ambulatory clinics and operating rooms. This part-time position focuses on multidisciplinary cleft and craniofacial prosthetic care. The successful candidate will be registered as a certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in good standing with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. Interested individuals should forward a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Michael Casas, Dentist-in-Chief, The Hospital for Sick Children via email to Post added: Oct 3
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon wanted to work on a commission basis or in partnership. Benefits of this position:
  • Renowned private office (for 30 years) located in a prestigious building with a magnificent view of Ottawa
  • Upcoming construction of a new large-scale hospital in Gatineau – Proximity of the office to the current hospital as well as the future hospital
  • Environment recognizing our expertise and possibility of actively practicing all maxillofacial traumatology, orthognathic surgery as well as ATM surgery, according to the candidate’s interest
  • Regional economy supported mainly by federal public servants with excellent dental insurance coverage
  • Opportunity to exchange professionally with a surgeon with 35 years of experience
  • Possess a specialist diploma in oral and maxillofacial surgery recognized by the Order of Dentists of Quebec and hold a valid work permit in Quebec
For any information, do not hesitate to contact me by email: Dr Daniel Ricard Post added: Sept 20th

Opportunity to go from Associate to Owner for the right person. Spa-like ground floor office in beautiful Victoria / Langford… Operating Room (16′ x 19′), 3 bay Recovery Room, 6 Stryker stretchers, 41′ long sterilization work area, Consult room & 2 treatment rooms (all 12′ x 12′), piped with medical grade suction, oxygen, & nitrous oxide, 6 reserved parking stalls adjacent to Reception area, & much more. 

Fantastic lifestyle. Four 18-hole golf courses, ocean access Marina, & multiple parks within 10 minutes of the office.  Year-round cycling, hiking, fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, and world class skiing nearby.  Another OMS office in this region has just closed, so timing for rapid growth in this family oriented community with high rate of Dental Insurance coverage is excellent.  If you are an OMS & are serious about relocating, you can contact me by email at OMS ONLY. 

Post refreshed: December 13, 2022


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) website will answer most of your questions about working in Canada. In summary, in order to become a licensed specialist in Canada, you must be licensed by the Dental Regulatory Authority (DRA) in the province in which you wish to practice. The DRAs use the National Dental Specialty Examination (NSDE), administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, as a measure of competence. If you are an internationally trained dental specialist and have completed a dental speciality program that is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or a body with which CDAC has reciprocal accreditation agreement, please visit the International Candidates page of the RCDC website to find out how to write the NDSE in order to practice in Canada. In order to ensure that you have the most relevant and accurate information on licensing, we recommend that you contact the DRA for the province in which you wish to practice directly. Please visit the Dental Regulatory Authority section of the RCDC website for a list of regulators by province and their contact information – these organizations are able to advice potential candidates of the particular requirements for licensure within each province.

The CAOMS is pleased to offer a Job Board section. Please review the Advertising Policy below and visit the Job Board section to post your ad:

a) Limit your advertisement to 500 words or less and any images should be approximately 600 pixels in width. Any editing is the responsibility of the advertiser.
b) The advertisement will be posted in PDF format. Links to other websites and email addresses can be included in the file.
c) Rate is $100 per month (plus tax), with a 2-month minimum ($200).
d) Payment must be received prior to the posting of the advertisement (online credit card payment).
e) The CAOMS reserves the right to refuse any advertisement.
f) This policy can be changed at any time at the discretion of the CAOMS.

The CAOMS offers many types of support to OMFS Residents:

  • All first-year students, from every Canadian Training Centre for OMFS, are eligible recipients of the Dr. Al Swanson award. This CAOMS award is a $300 gift certificate from Elsevier to help defray the costs of educational material.
  • Residents can join and benefit from the Canadian Residents Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CRAOMS), a branch of the CAOMS.
  • Membership to the CAOMS is free for students. As such, there are no conference registration fees for Student Members to attend the CAOMS Annual Conference and many other such educational opportunities. Furthermore, upon completion of their studies, a Student Member who has obtained first time licensure/registration in the specialty of OMFS in a Canadian regulatory jurisdiction is eligible for a waiver of Active Membership dues for their first year of membership to the CAOMS provided they apply for membership within 24 months of when they obtained licensure/registration.

Organizations of interest