FGDP announces end of new ortho course

The new Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics has seen its first cohort of students receive their diplomas at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The ceremony held on the 1st April was the culmination of three years of study for the group of 25 students. The Diploma was developed by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and the British Orthodontic Society, and is examined jointly with the Faculty of Dental Surgery.


The course is designed for primary care dentists wishing to enhance their skills in orthodontics, and/or for those wishing to develop a special interest in orthodontics. It also provides the potential for practitioners to progress to an MOrth and specialisation.

Reflecting on his experience of the course, Tony Mills said: “This was a challenging yet very rewarding programme. The evidence based knowledge I gained from the course has given me greater assurance when discussing orthodontic problems with patients.”

Course Director Iain Hathorn said: "The participants on the first course were highly motivated and produced outstanding work for the exam. They will provide a higher standard of care for their patients with their additional knowledge. There remains a need to train committed general dental practitioners in areas of orthodontic need."

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