Regional representatives have now been allocated for August ’17 - ’18. If your region is not yet represented and you are interested in applying for the role, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ryan Mcconville

Queen's University Belfast, Medicine
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I'm currently a second year Med student in Belfast, having done my dentistry in Trinity College Dublin.

Rory Govan

Cardiff University, Dentistry
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My name is Rory Govan and I am a fourth-year dental student at Cardiff University.

Ever since my first exposure to OMFS during work experience I have been drawn towards the specialty. This has led me to seek further involvement, beginning with attending and presenting an oral presentation at the last JTG conference in January 2017. I found this to be an invaluable experience and would encourage anyone interested in OMFS to attend. I have also given an oral presentation at the Royal Society of Medicine Undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Conference in March 2017, having been shortlisted for the essay prize.

Outside my curriculum I have been attending OMFS clinics, which has so stimulated my interest such to the extent that I have now decided to pursue this career pathway. My enthusiasm is such that I feel well qualified to inspire others.

The unique features of OMFS, along with the complex and changing career pathway makes undergraduate OMFS representatives essential. I am a sponsorship coordinator for the British Dental Students Association Conference in Cardiff in February 2018, having been sponsorship coordinator for the European Dental Students Association Conference in April 2017. I hope to use this experience to help establish a greater OMFS presence among undergraduates at Cardiff by incorporating OMFS into the Surgical Society and helping to organise OMFS related lectures.

Zac Al-Qassr

King's College, Medicine
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My introduction into the world of OMFS was rather unique. Instead of the precision and brutality of surgery, I entered the world of OMFS through Mark Gilber's art via Saving Faces. The outcome was philosophical. The face is certainly the gateway to the person's soul; how they see themselves, and consequentially, how they see the world. To partake in the rebuilding of something so integral to someone's personality is an incomprehensible responsibility.

I have worked alongside and under Jasdeep, a KCL JTG undergraduate, and current president of OMFS society, to help bring MaxFax to first-degree medical students. For those that have pursued a dental degree initially will have received pertinent teaching. Conversely, medical school does not expose you to MaxFax. I was selected to push this exposure due to my role as a committee member of Surgical Soc and MaxFax. Besides the surgical world, I am also the founder and president of KCL RISE (Recovery from Illness, Support through Empowerment) and founder and co-president of KCL Men's Health. Hence, I have worked with a wide array of individuals in order to establish a community. I hope to do the same as the undergraduate rep.

Joanna Ko

University of Leeds, Dentistry
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Hi, I am Joanna and I'm about to start my 4th year in Leeds dental school.

My interest in OMFS started ever since attending an introductory lecture held by the oral medicine and surgery society within the school, which then solidified as I attended more MaxFax conferences. As part of 2 society committees this year (Oral surgery and EviDent- a society set up to encourage students' interest in academic research), these roles have allowed me to easily contact MaxFax enthusiasts as well as organise events and talks to kindle students' interest in MaxFax.

I believe I'm suited for the role as I am a very organised person with efficient time management skills. On top of keeping up with academic work, I have also taken part in numerous activities, from orchestras to volunteer activities during my last 3 years in university.

I would love the opportunity to represent my school as a junior rep. As OMFS exposure is often lacking on an undergraduate level, this role will provide the perfect platform to support students as well as increase awareness about this amazing speciality.

Ross Leader

University of Liverpool, Medicine
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After working in most areas of Dentistry as a post graduate I felt most at home in an OMFS unit, since then it's been a tough financial ride through university but one that has taught me a lot. I completed my Dental degree at Liverpool and after a number of postgraduate jobs I am now currently a 5th year Medical student / part time Staff Grade / Saturday GDP. Having been in the Mersey region for the entirety of my training and having finished finals already I am in a really good position to focus on the role of North West Regional Rep and guide any potential candidates, whether this be advice on jobs, university applications (Dental or Medical), work or anything else. I'm a straight talking Scouser, no strings attached, so please feel free to ask anything.

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