Membership in Orthodontics Part 2
The aim of the Part 2 exam of the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) is to assess the candidate’s knowledge of orthodontic theory and assess understanding, reasoning power, intellectual ability.
Following a period of remote examination, the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics will now be run remotely online for written papers and face to face case presentation, comms and SCRs.
To be eligible to enter the diploma exam, all candidates must fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
- have completed at least two and half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of a SAC-approved training programme and possess a training number allocated by the regional postgraduate dental dean/director. Award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognised specialty training.
- have completed two and a half years full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of the three-year training programme associated with a UK or Ireland university masters or doctorate degree course formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the meeting of the specialty membership examinations executive. Candidates who have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS will be exempt from a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination where such an examination exists.
- be registered as a specialist in the UK, having been admitted to the specialist list i) through the transitional arrangements, ii) by the provisions which permit entry to the specialist list on the basis of specialist qualifications obtained in the EEA or overseas or iii) on the basis of academic achievement.
- in the case of dentists who have completed specialty training overseas or in the EEA and have MJDF/MFDS/MFD or FDS or a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination where it exists and have successfully completed a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive and have been awarded the appropriate specialist qualification or certificate by their university or licensing body.
- in the case of dentists who have completed at least two and a half years continuous full-time (or part-time equivalent i.e. not less than half time over a maximum of six consecutive years) of specialty training overseas or in the EEA in a programme of specialist training formally approved by the Faculties of Dental Surgery through the Meeting of the Specialty Memberships Examinations Executive award of the Bi-Collegiate Membership in Orthodontics is dependent also on evidence that the successful candidate has completed a period of three years full-time (or part-time equivalent) recognized specialty training.
- where a part 1 Applied Basic Science examination exists dentists who have been qualified and in clinical practice for a minimum of two years may enter this part alone separately from entering and sitting the rest of the membership examination.
A three-hour multiple choice/multiple short answer paper relating to any part of the syllabus
- Candidates who have successfully passed the part 1 MOrth examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh will be exempt from this section.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) section
This section of the exam will normally comprise a minimum of 13 OSCE stations with appropriate rest stations. The objectives are that successful candidates will possess the following attributes:
- good communication skills
- ability to analyse and interpret diagnostic information and material
- demonstrate practical skills normally undertaken as part of clinical practice
- interpret and appraise data from publications
- apply appropriate decision making in clinical situations
Structured clinical reasoning section
This section consists of two sessions of one hour’s duration. A total of four cases will be examined overall. In each session, candidates will be presented with the records of two cases for diagnosis and treatment planning. Clinical photographs, study models and radiographs will be provided. Candidates will be allocated fifteen minutes to examine the patient records followed by a fifteen minute oral examination on each case.
Case presentation section
Presentation of the case records of three cases treated personally by the candidate. This component of the exam is intended to illustrate the candidate’s ability to treat a range of orthodontic problems to a high standard and to demonstrate an understanding of the principles underlying the treatment. The three cases must have had the majority of treatment completed by the candidate. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have made a substantial contribution to the treatment of the cases and it must be made clear in the case records which elements, if any, have been undertaken by other clinicians. Two cases, selected by examiners, will be discussed in-depth and the duration of this part of the examination will be thirty minutes.
The curriculum is that of the SAC in Orthodontics. The module titles are detailed below.
Section A Basic orthodontic subjects
M1 Normal and abnormal development of the dentition
M2 Facial growth (normal and abnormal)
M3 Physiology and pathophysiology of the stomatognathic system
M4 Tooth movements and facial orthopaedics
M5 Radiology and other imaging techniques
M6 Cephalometrics (including tracings)
M7 Orthodontic materials
M8 Orthodontic biomechanics
Section B General orthodontic subjects
M10 Diagnostic procedures
M11 Diagnostic assessment, treatment objectives and treatment planning M Orth – Regulations and Guidance January 2008 Page 18 18
M12 Growth and treatment analysis
M13 Long term effect of orthodontic treatment
M14 Iatrogenic effects of orthodontic treatment
M15 Epidemiology in orthodontics
M16 Orthodontic literature
Section C Orthodontic techniques
M17 Removable appliances
M18 Functional appliances
M19 Extra-oral appliances
M20 Fixed appliances
M21 Retention appliances Section D Biological sciences relevant to orthodontics
M22 Cell and molecular biology
M24 Craniofacial embryology
M25 Somatic and craniofacial growth
M26 Physiology of breathing, swallowing, mastication and speech
M28 Research module
Section E Multidisciplinary orthodontics
M29 Craniofacial anomalies - overview
M30 Cleft lip and palate patients - overview
M31 Orthodontics and periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics
M32 Orthodontic/Oral Surgical interface Section F Specific treatment procedures
M33 Guiding the development of occlusion
M34 Adult orthodontics - overview
M35 Craniomandibular dysfunctions
Section G Information technology
M36 Computer-based technology
Section H Management of oral health
M37 Oral health
M38 Health education
Section I The Practice and Business of Specialist Orthodontic practice
M39 Health and safety
M40 Legislation and Ethics
M41 Surgery Management
M42 Personnel Management
Upcoming Exam Dates
The 'written' section of the M Orth Part 2 examination will be delivered via online remote examination - you can read our remote delivery guidance for more information. The 'cases' section of the M Orth Part 2 examination will be delivered in person at the RCS England Examination Suite.
M Orth Part 2 May 2023 - RCS England Examination Suite
Application Deadline: 23 February 2023 | Written Exam Date: 5 May 2023 | Cases Exam Date: 8 - 12 May 2023 | Exam Fee: £1500
All completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted application forms will not be accepted.
Please note that we have limited availabilty for this exam and those on UK training programme with an NTN will be prioritised. Outside of this, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact the exams department
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