Residency Training Programs for Dental Graduates

Our Programs

HMC sponsors two dental residency training programs:

  • HMC-RCSI Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program

The HMC-RCSI Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is a 3-year post-graduate, dental training program leading to award of a specialist qualification in pediatric dentistry, FFD (Paed Dent), delivered in affiliation with the RCSI. 

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program is a six-year program following the Arab Board curriculum with the program’s graduates eligible to sit for the Arab Board Specialty Certificate upon completion of training. 

The intake for these programs is held once every two years, in alternating years, with selected trainees joining their programs the following 1 April (Peds) or 1 July (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery).

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for our dental residency training programs, applicants must meet specific requirements.

  1. Graduated within the past six years, with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (or equivalent), from a recognized dental school. For the current intake (2024-25 academic year), graduates of 2018 or more recent are eligible to apply.

  2. Have completed a one-year internship training program which consists of rotations in the following areas:
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  1. Hold a valid Medical License or be eligible for licensure in Qatar.

  2. Have been in continuous clinical practice in the one-year period preceding application and with no practice gaps of one year or greater at any time since internship completion (without appropriate justification of extenuating circumstances).

  3. Met the minimum listed score in any one of the following required English language proficiency examinations:


    Examination Name

    Minimum Accepted Score


    PBT / PBT Revised (RPDT)

    Prior scoring format: 550

    Revised scoring format: 60

    iBT (professional level) (includes Special Home Edition)



    Academic Level (or UKVI)

    7.0 (overall band score)

    Applicants who hold a valid Qatar Residency Permit may apply with a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5, but if selected, will be required to raise their score to the above-mentioned level prior to the program start date.

    In addition, applicants to the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program only must:

  1. Have successfully completed RCSI MFD Part 1 and 2. 

Application Dates

Pediatric Dentistry: No intake for 2024-25 (Next application cycle will open in Summer 2024 for the 2025-26 academic year, which has a March 2025 program start)

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: 1 August to 30 October 2023 (11:59 pm Qatar time)  

Both intakes take place every 2 years only.

Applicants shortlisted for selection to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program will also be required to sit for one or more entrance exams, the details of which will be shared with those invited to the exam(s).

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application portal, SMApply.

  1. Register for a new account at or log in to your existing account. New account registration will only be available while the application intake period is open.
  1. a) For new users: complete the Eligibility Quiz, to determine eligibility to apply. Applicants who provide false information in the Eligibility Quiz, in order to bypass the system, may be disqualified from the application process.
    b) For account holders who have previously applied online to our programs: under Account Settings, update your existing Eligibility Quiz, in order to view programs to which you may apply. Please note this should be done from a non-mobile device. Programs will only become visible and open for applications while the application intake period is open.
  2. Initiate the application. Take note of the unique application number, for future reference.
  3. Complete all parts of the application, including the application form and uploading of all required documents. The various sections of the application can be modified or corrected prior to submission; however, no further changes are permitted once submission is complete.
  4. Submit the completed application prior to the intake deadline. The system does not allow late submissions and will automatically close to submissions at 11:59 p.m. (Qatar time) on the day of the deadline. Incomplete applications or those not submitted prior to the deadline will not be considered for selection.

We strongly encourage all applicants to review Frequently Asked Questions and Appendix (A) “General Guidelines on Completing the Application” before completing their application. 

Additional Information

Please take careful note of the following:

  • TOEFL and IELTS results must be valid at the time of application. The current validity of these exams is two years from the date of testing. Applicants with a score which is valid at the time of application but will expire prior to the program start date should contact our office by email, for early verification of your certificate.
  • Applications must be fully complete prior to submission, including all required clinical and English language proficiency examination scores. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that exams are written in sufficient time that scores are available prior to the application deadline. 
  • All applications will be verified thoroughly for false information. Any discovered instances of plagiarism (e.g. copied Letters of Intent), false information, or manipulation of documents will result in disqualification and withdrawal of your application.

Contact Us

All queries should be addressed to:

Pediatric Dentistry:

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:

These email addresses are monitored Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Qatar time) and queries are dealt with in the order in which they are received. We endeavor to reply within 2 to 3 business days; however, response time may lengthen during peak periods. Please do not resend your query multiple times as it may result in a delay in replying to you.