Diploma in Oral Medicine

Information from the President

The Diploma in Oral Medicine of the EAOM has been introduced by Professor José V Bagán and approved by the EAOM Executive Committee. The first edition took place in the Athens 2012 EAOM meeting. The next EAOM exam will be held in the upcoming Porto 2021 EAOM meeting.

The Diploma is subject to review and modification

General Information

Dr. N. Nikitakis, EAOM Secretary General
Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology
School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens, Greece
2 Thivon St. 14564 Goudi
Athens, Greece
Tel: 00-30/6939008507
E-mail: nnikitakis1@yahoo.com

Introduction

The European Association of Oral Medicine (EAOM) aims, through its Diploma, to increase knowledge among dentists and physicians who are working in the field of oral medicine, and to facilitate a pan-European level of competence in this field. The Diploma leads to the status of Diplomat in Oral Medicine within the EAOM. It has no legal status in any European country.

The validity of the Diploma is ten years. After that, a Certification Maintenance Examination is required. Members who have a recognised specialist status in Oral Medicine in a country where Oral Medicine is an officially recognised specialty and members with an equivalent to the specialist status in countries where Oral Medicine is not officially recognised as a specialty, may apply for being exempted from taking the examination. The correspondence should be directed to the Secretary-General of the EAOM. The EAOM has the right to invite such applicants to present an updated curriculum vitae for further consideration.

Examination

The examination is performed once every two years (usually in association with the biennial EAOM meeting) and is divided into a written and an oral section:

  • The written examination consists of multiple-choice and/or essay questions in English and will be based on the Recommended Reading List, made available by the EAOM. The time allowed for the written element should not exceed two hours.
  • The oral examination should not exceed one hour for each candidate and will be held in English. Conflicts of interest between candidates and examiners of the same nationality will be minimised as far as  possible.

To obtain a Diploma in Oral Medicine, the candidate must pass both the written and oral examination. A pass corresponds to 50% or more. The results are given soon after the examination. If the candidate fails in the written or oral element, that particular section will be re-examined at the next biennial meeting. The fee for partial re-examination will be 50% of the standard examination fee. The decision of the Diploma Examination Committee is final. There is no higher body to appeal to.

Application for a Diploma in Oral Medicine

Requirements for the EAOM Diploma are as follows:

  • To have been a dentist or physician for at least five years
  • To have been an EAOM member for at least two years
  • To submit a completed application form, accompanied by a registration fee of £50 (or the equivalent in Euros) and an examination fee of £250 (or the equivalent in Euros). Those who apply for being exempted from taking the examination should only remit the application fee of £50 (or the equivalent in Euros). These are non-refundable.  Applications are only accepted upon receipt of the administration and examination fees
  • The completed application form must be submitted to the Secretary-General (Dr. Jairo Robledo-Sierra), and the payment form to the Treasurer (Professor Stefano Fedele), at least six months before the examination
  • The application should be accompanied by a supporting letter from the President of the National Oral Medicine association or its equivalent
  • The application must contain written information of previous clinical and theoretical education related to oral medicine, using the standard EAOM curriculum vitae form.

Correspondence

All correspondence in relation to the Diploma in Oral Medicine should be directed to the Secretary-General of the EAOM

Dr. Jairo Robledo-Sierra, EAOM Secretary-General
Faculty of Dentistry
CES University
Calle 10 A # 22 – 04
Medellín, 050021
Colombia
E-mail: jairo.robledo@gu.se

Professor Stefano Fedele, EAOM Treasurer
University College London and University College London Hospitals Trust
Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital
Oral Medicine Unit
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
256 Gray's Inn Road,
London WC1X 8LD, UK
email: s.fedele@ucl.ac.uk

Recommended Reading List

1.  Textbooks
There are various textbooks in Oral Medicine available, none being superior to the other.

2.  Papers in Journals
Oral Medicine related papers in journals such as Medicina Oral, Oral Diseases, the Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics from the four full calendar years before to the year of the examination (e.g. for the examination in 2012, the years 2008 through 2011 should be covered).

3.  Requirement of basic knowledge and understanding
The principles of basic science, including applied anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology and immunology relevant to disease management should be understood. The list below is designed to guide the candidate to the general scope of the examination and should not be regarded as exhaustive:

  • Bacterial infections of the oral cavity including tuberculosis and syphilis
  • Fungal infections of the oral cavity including candidosis
  • Viral infections of the oral cavity including herpes, human papilloma and coxsackie viridae and childhood exanthems
  • The oral manifestations of HIV infection
  • Diseases with a known or likely immunological aetiology affecting the oral mucous membranes including recurrent aphthous stomatitis, Behçets disease, angina bullosa haemorrhagica, lichen planus, vesiculobullous diseases and connective tissue diseases
  • Pre-malignant lesions and conditions of the oral mucous membranes
  • Malignant tumours of the oral mucous membranes
  • Salivary gland disease including xerostomia, Sjögren’s syndrome, infections, tumours and necrotising sialometaplasia
  • Inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions and conditions of the jaw bones
  • Odontogenic cysts and tumours
  • Orofacial pain, including that of dental, neuropathic and psychogenic aetiologies
  • Oral mucosal soft tissue swellings
  • Oral mucosal conditions occurring on the specialised mucosa of the tongue.
  • Oral malodour and chemosensory disorders
  • Cutaneous and adnexal manifestations of oral mucosal disease
  • Detrimental oral habits including substance abuse
  • Oral mucosal diseases of familial origin with or without a hereditary background
  • Systemic disease compromising dental treatment
  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Disease whose management would benefit from referral to other medical, surgical and dental specialists
  • The appropriate request and interpretation of haematological, chemical pathology and immunological investigations relevant to the clinical diagnosis of the patient
  • To prescribe a method of imaging (radiograph, ultrasound, computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine) appropriate to the diagnostic needs of the patient and have the appropriate skills in applied anatomy to interpret the result
  • To undertake appropriate microbiological sampling (swabs, smears, saliva, tissue) and interpret the result
  • To understand the clinical pharmacology of drugs used in oral medicine practice
  • To recognise when drug monitoring is available, that it is undertaken correctly and alter therapy on the result
  • To understand the role of psychological intervention in the management of functional orofacial pain
  • To understand the principles involved in the management of oral malignancy and premalignancy
  • To understand the role of laser and photodynamic therapy in the management of oral mucosal disease
  • To competently assess the outcomes of treatment and provide the appropriate level of after care and preventive education
  • To have a detailed knowledge of the management of medical emergencies and resuscitation
  • To understand the principles of cross infection control
  • To understand the principles of epidemiology, statistics and clinical information technology.