Regulations for the Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology (DDMFR) examination

The DDMFR is a knowledge-based examination and contributes to the assessment of trainees against the GDC specialist training curriculum for dental and maxillofacial radiology.

For candidates who are not in UK specialist training posts passing this examination will not allow the candidate direct access to the GDC specialist list. A process of mediated entry would be required.

Dental qualification

Candidates must have a dental degree and be registered to practice as a dentist by a regulatory body. 

Registration

  • UK dental candidates must have General Dental Council (GDC) Registration
  • UK medical candidates should be registered with the GMC
  • Overseas candidates should be registered as a dentist or medical practitioner with their regulatory body.

Entry requirements

  • Candidates for the DDMFR Examination are required to have passed the Physics module of the First FRCR Examination in Clinical Radiology.
  • This examination can be taken after six months of training.
  • Medically qualified candidates may sit the examination providing they can demonstrate a significant interest in maxillofacial and dental imaging and if they already hold full FRCR (Clinical Radiology).

Flexible (part-time) training

  • All periods of time specified in this document are whole time equivalent (WTE)
  • Flexible (less than fulltime) training (LTFT) must be undertaken on the basis of at least five sessions per week.

Candidate identification

  • Candidates who are registered with the GDC or GMC must enter the examination with the format of name in which they appear on the register.
  • Candidate not registered with the GDC or GMC must enter the examination in the name that appears on their passport.
  • Candidates are required to bring photographic identification to the examination and the details must match those supplied at application.

Confirmation of training

  • Candidates who are undertaking speciality training in the UK must obtain approval from their training programme director prior to applying for the examination.
  • Non-UK candidates must confirm, when applying that they are currently in a clinical training post (or have already completed training), and give the country and location of training. 

Exemption

No exemption is granted from any part of the DDMFR examination on the basis of previous experience or qualifications. 

Attempts

  • No candidate will automatically be permitted more than 6 attempts at any part of the DDMFR examination.
  • In order to attempt an examination for a seventh, or further time, candidates will have to demonstrate additional education experience.

DDMFR Part A examination

The DDMFR Part A examination covers anatomy, radiological sciences including radiation protection appropriate to dental radiography and imaging techniques. The examination comprises two modules; Anatomy module and Radiological Sciences and Techniques module.

  • Dental candidates who have passed the Physics module of the First FRCR Examination in Clinical Radiology are permitted to enter the DDMFR Part A Examination after 12 months (whole time equivalent) of accredited dental and maxillofacial radiology training has been completed. Candidates may carry forward a pass in one module of Part A to future sittings of the examination.
  • Medical candidates must be in receipt of full FRCR (Clinical Radiology) to sit DDMFR Part A.

DDMFR Part B examination

The DDMFR Part B Examination covers the interpretation of disease relevant to the dental and maxillofacial region. The examination comprises three components; rapid reporting, long case reporting and an oral component.

  • Dental candidates who have passed the DDMFR Part A Examination are permitted to enter the DDMFR Part B Examination upon completion of 30 months (WTE) of accredited dental and maxillofacial radiology training at the time of the examination. Candidates must pass all components of the examination at the same sitting to be successful. A pass in one component cannot be carried forwards to future sittings.
  • Medical candidates with full FRCR are permitted to enter the DDMFR Part B Examination at any time following successful completion of Part A.

Reasonable adjustments 

The RCR’s published adjustments policy provides a formal means for candidates to submit a request for an adjustment to be applied in examinations (such as extra time) to compensate for disability.

Withdrawal and refunds

The RCR’s published refund policy provides a formal means for candidates to apply for a partial refund for examinations that they have entered for, but subsequently cannot attend.

Candidate conduct

Candidates are expected to behave in a reasonable and respectful manner throughout all RCR examinations. Candidates must comply with the instructions and requirements of the examination invigilators, RCR staff and examiners at all times. All reported or observed misconduct will be investigated: this may lead to sanctions including disqualification. Examples of misconduct (not exhaustive) are shown below:

  • Candidates attempting to make a copy of, or transmit, any examination materials - this includes writing details of the cases shown
  • Candidates found with any electronic device during the examination
  • Candidates refusing to stop typing responses or writing/amending their answer sheets after the examination has ended.

Examination results

  • The list of successful candidates by candidate number only, will be published on the RCR website.
  • Results will not be available by telephone. All candidates will be sent their examination results (by email or post) as soon as possible after the results have been published.
  • Pass list publication dates can be found on the RCR website. This information will also be included on individual candidate timetables that are sent out as soon as possible after the application closing date.
  • All candidates will receive details of scores achieved and the level of performance that was required to achieve success.

Appeals 

The RCR’s published appeals policy provides a formal means for unsuccessful candidates to request that their examination outcome is reviewed. The appeals policy permits candidates to challenge fail results on specific grounds.

Membership of The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)

Each successful candidate in the DDMFR Part B Examination will receive a diploma and is entitled to become a member of the RCR. Entitlement to use the letters DDMFR after their names requires maintenance of good standing with the RCR by continued payment of the annual membership subscription.

Changes

Changes to the regulations, content and format of the examinations are made from time to time.


Last updated February 2021.