In most (probably all) Western European countries, OMFS is really a "medical specialty" with dental roots...
Those doctors that are "oral surgeons" in Europe without medical degrees are really some sort of mix between "exodontists/hospital dentists/implantologists/periodontists."
I'll get to the article, but if you don't mind, can you outline those 18 years for me please? That's bona fide crazy.
5 years dental school + 2 years SHO in an OMFS unit + 5 years med school + 1 year internship + 5 years recidency = 18 years
Some only do 3 years of med school thus reducing it to 16 years.
hmm... the interesting thing about this route is that the 5+1 years of med school and internship seem to take one away from dental/OMS training altogether. (i wonder if they moonlight )
i wonder how much of the 5 year residency is done in g-surg and other rotations.
then again, don't they start dental school right after high school? if so, then they really aren't that long.. it'd be 4 yrs college+4 years dental school+ 6 years OMFS = 16 years after high school in the American route.