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The UK Mentoring and Support Programme (MSP) for those considering a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). A review of a ‘Register Interest in OMFS’ website and the MSP as two key resources created by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to promote recruitment and retention (2008–2020)

Published:December 07, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjoms.2020.12.001

      Abstract

      In 2008, to create a rapid route for information transfer in relation training and recruitment for OMFS trainees, the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) created a website to "Register Your Interest in OMFS" (RYIO). From 2011 a Mentoring and Support Programme (MSP) was created to provide focussed guidance for trainees aiming for specialty training. This paper reviews the effectiveness and cost of these programmes.
      Between 2008 and 2020, 1744 individuals used RYIO on 2715 occasions. Of these registrations, 1772 were by dentists, 193 dental students, 589 doctors and 161 medical students. 2354 were from UK and Ireland and 351 from the rest of the world. 188 registrants subsequently became UK OMFS trainees or specialists. All registrants valued the information provided. In response to RYIO trainee feedback the new ‘Taste of OMFS 2020’ programme was created.
      The MSP was originally called the Junior Trainee Programme (JTP). The MSP scheme provides a layer of mentorship/support which runs parallel to the medical/dental training post or period of study. Of 180 members of MSP, 72 have obtained specialty training posts in OMFS. There are 88 current members. Full information is available on the BAOMS website www.baoms.org.uk. Reviewing both programmes, participant feedback is excellent with tangible results whilst cost effectiveness is high.

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