Short Course in Minor Oral Surgery

News Published: 
6 October 2017


2nd & 3rd December 2017

St George’s Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT

To apply, please email:

with the application form, CV, covering letter and evidence of completed relevant studies



This course is aimed at candidates who have already completed the Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery (FGDP) or a similar post graduate qualification in oral surgery, or indeed those who have some oral surgery experience and wish to further their knowledge and hands on experience in minor oral surgery.

For those already with the CMOS qualification it is an ideal preparatory or revision course for direct entry onto the second year of the Diploma in Minor Oral Surgery.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Review and consolidate knowledge and application of the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients suitable for minor oral surgery in primary care.
  • Recognise those patients who require onward referral to a specialist.
  • Recognise the avenues for further training for the General Dental Practitioner with an interest in Minor Oral Surgery.

Aims and Objectives

  • Overview of patient assessment both medically and surgically prior to treatment.
  • Discuss the medico-legal aspects of oral surgery in primary care.
  • Current medical guidelines and issues relating to minor oral surgery in primary care.
  • Review and apply surgical anatomy to minor oral surgery procedures.
  • Overview of pharmacology including local anaesthesia, analgesia and antibiotics in current practice.
  • Review surgical principles and techniques for minor oral surgery including flap design, bone removal and suturing (including hands on training on animal tissue).
  • Overview of common oral pathological lesions including soft and hard tissue and their diagnosis and management.
  • Diagnosis and manage complications relating to minor oral surgery.
  • Assessment and diagnosis and treatment planning for exodontia including third molars.
  • Relevant imaging including an introduction to cone beam CT scanning for oral surgery.
  • Recognise sinister lesions and the referral pathway process for such patients.

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To be eligible for this programme, applicants will need to hold current registration with the UK General Dental Council (or equivalent in another country) and have completed the Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery or similar post graduate qualification in oral surgery.

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Mr. Richard J Moore - Course Lead

BDS, MFDS RCPS (Glasg), MAcadMed, CertClinEd, FFDTEd RCS(Edin)

Richard graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 and since then has worked exclusively in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery posts across the U.K. both in primary and secondary care. He completed his externship at the University of Illinois Chicago in Oral Surgery.

He is the Course Director for the Diploma in Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons England and an MJDF examiner. Richard is an Expert Advisor for NICE and an Expert Witness and Advisor for the General Dental Council. He is a reviewer for the British Dental Journal, Journal of Oral Surgery and the Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Buccal Journal.

Richard is an Advanced Life Support Instructor for the Resuscitation Council UK and has an interest in the management of medical emergencies and medically compromised patients in oral surgery.

Previous academic appointments include The University of Warwick Medical School and Kings College London.

Outside of work Richard is an avid musician and out of hours is busy playing saxophone and clarinet across Yorkshire.

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Please click here for our most up-to-date prospectus.


Applications are now open for the Short Course. Click here to download the application form.

Email with the application form, CV, covering letter and evidence of completed relevant studies

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‘How many sessions or units are there?’

The Short Course for CMOS takes place in 1 part, over a Saturday to Sunday session in London.

‘How many places are available?’

This extremely popular course has only 15 places available and allocation is on a first come, first served basis.

‘What are the current costings for the 2017 course?’

The fees for the course are as follows;

FGDP(UK) Member - £1,000

Non-members - £1,400

‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’

At present, we do not offer Short Course for CMOS as a distance learning course; this course  must be attended in person at St George’s University Hospital:

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If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at