Committed to the pursuit of excellence in dentistry in Ireland, the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is delighted to announce the introduction of a new examination, the Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry (Dip PCD (RCSI)). The Diploma has been approved by the Dental Council and the examination has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Dental Association and the Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care. The first sitting of the examination will be held in October 2013.

Candidates for the Diploma examination are required to have completed a minimum of 12 months of clinical practice following graduation. The examination will consist of an MCQ examination and a Clinical Reasoning Assessment, which will take the form of a written paper. There will be a strong emphasis on clinical practice within both components of this examination.

The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI also runs a monthly Postgraduate Dental Education Programme, which provides a considerable amount of information that is relevant in helping candidates to prepare for this examination. Candidates who are successful in the Dip PCD RCSI may enter the MFD Part 2 directly (and are exempt from the MFD Part 1) provided they meet all the requirements as set out in the regulations. The Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry RCSI is also a stand-alone qualification.

Commenting on the introduction of the Dip PCD (RCSI), Professor Gerard Kearns, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI, said: “The Faculty of Dentistry, RCSI, is delighted that the major stakeholders in primary care dentistry in Ireland have worked together to develop this new qualification. The Faculty recognises and acknowledges the contribution of our colleagues – the Dental Council, the Irish Dental Association and the Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care – and looks forward to seeing the first graduates in the Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry and to promoting the continuing excellence in the provision of clinical dental services in Ireland”.

Further information, including regulations and the exam closing date, can be found on http://dentistry.rcsi.ie, or by emailing facdentistry@rcsi.ie.