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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

On-line version ISSN 2173-9161Print version ISSN 1130-0558


MAESTRE RODRIGUEZ, Óscar; MONJE GIL, Florencio  and  CORDERO ACOSTA, Eugenio. Oral and maxillofacial surgery in the European Union. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.4, pp.150-156. ISSN 2173-9161.

Introduction: Oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) is a medical speciality which has been developed and defined in recent decades. It is presently faced with the new integration frameworks that the European Union (E.U.) is drafting to meet one of its objectives, which is the free movement of professionals. Currently, there is a wide variability in the studies that are carried out in the speciality, which has caused the lack of widespread recognition in the E.U. Objectives: To deepen the current state of the speciality in the E.U. for its widespread recognition and from an educational point of view. Material and methods: The variables chosen for the comparative study of countries were: a) access type; b) dual-degree requirement; c) core training; d) second-degree acquisition programs; e) assessment during residency; f) final evaluation, and g) duration of the training period. Results There is no uniformity in the E.U., which can be seen in the variability of entrance exams, training systems, skills assessment, length of residency, and dual-degree requirements. Conclusions: The requirement of a dual-degree in some countries is a legal obstacle to the recognition of the qualifications of OMS specialists, which results in a barrier to the free movement of professionals. The solution to this goes beyond obtaining dual-degrees in the cases of countries that are in different coordination groups.

Keywords : Oral and maxillofacial surgery; European Union; Recognition.

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