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Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF)

On 18-09-2019 | Read time about 2 Minutes

The Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England (MJDF RCS Eng) is an assessment developed jointly by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)).

This post is the second of a two-part posts, specific to the the MJDF exam. Please read it along side with Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF)Exam Guideline and Recommeded Books which details the format, fees as well as recommended books for exam preparation.

Dental graduates can sit the MJDF exam if they hold a recognized dental degree certificate, and are registered to practice dentistry in their country of residence. The exam consists of two parts. This post covers part 1 of the exam

Part 1 includes:

150 questions single best answer questions
3 hours
Not negatively marked
Pass mark is different every year

Key Clinical topics


Ceph analysis – values
Angles’s classification
Appliances and interceptive orthodontics
Treatment planning
Radiographs esp to locate canines (B/P)
IOTN of submerged l/le, impacted canine or premolars


Classification and clinical presentation
BPE (lots of questions)
Miller’s grades of mobility
Periodontal Probes (markings and what they indicate, types of probes)
Radiography (what radiographs to take for example BPE scores)
Periodontal treatment options (including antimicrobial prescribing)

Restorative dentistry:

Reversible and irreversible pulpitis and signs and symptoms
Eruption dates and sequences
Different crowns and bridges
Fluorides (See Delivery Better Oral Health document)
Dental materials and percentages and various types of alloys (amalgam phases and content, composites – types, fillers, indications, impression materials)
Non carious tooth loss and treatment
Dental trauma and splinting (See Dental Trauma Guide)
Missing lateral incisors
Posts and systems

Medical emergencies:

Signs and symptoms
Drug box
Oxygen cylinder (sizes) – See BOC website
Drug regime
Chest compression and difference in various scenarios


FGDP booklet
Eric Whaites book
Inidcations of radiographs
When to take horizontal and vertical bitewings
Nurses and radiology
Radiographic badges
NRPB and current body and role
OPG/CBCT and other Xray exposure
UK normal background radiation
In case of accidental exposure
How long to keep records
How to report


Impression materials
Complete denture complains
Cast partial dentures

Oral surgery & medicine:

Cysts-radicular cysts
Histology of cysts
Dry socket
Pre-malignancy – predisposing factors
Orofacial pain and types and treatment
Sjogrens syndrome
Lichen planus
Signs and symptoms,diagnosis and management

Credits: Dr Reena Wadia and Dr Kaushik Paul