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Is There a Single Solution for the Dual-Degree Dilemma?

Published:November 05, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2021.10.020
      Although the oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residency is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), dual-degree surgeons often practice under the auspices of both Doctor of Dental Surgery/Doctor of Dental Medicine and doctor of medicine (MD) licensures and therefore face additional requirements to receive and maintain their credentialing. For some time, every state accepted 1 year of recognized postgraduate Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) training to meet medical licensure requirements. Over the past several years, however, some states began requiring 2 or even 3 years of ACGME training to obtain a medical license.
      • Engelstad M.
      “Can We Keep the MD program within Reach of OMS?”.
      This requirement is obtained from our year on general surgery (GS), and increasing the time could mean less time spent in our own specialty. Current solutions seem to be regional and based on the relationships between respective programs and the local surgery department. Given the increase in ACGME years required by states, we feel as though attention should be brought to this area.
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