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Professional Allied Staff Courses


2015 Professional Allied Staff
course brochure

The AAOMS Professional Allied Staff courses are designed specifically for the oral and maxillofacial assistant. More information about each program can be found by clicking on the links below.

Lecture courses
Anesthesia Assistants Review Course (AARC)
Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies (APME)

Hands-on courses
Anesthesia Assistants Skills Lab

Annual Meeting
Practice Management and Professional Allied Staff Sessions

Online Courses
Medical Terminology and Oral Facial Anatomy 101

AAOMS allied staff members are eligible for a discounted course registration fee. For more information on AAOMS allied staff membership visit the Membership Categories page.

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Anesthesia Assistants Review Course (AARC)

The AAOMS Anesthesia Assistants Review Course is a continuing education course for clinical staff to improve their anesthesia knowledge and skills. Participants will benefit from this intensive review course which focuses on principles of anesthesia learned through structured training, as well as discussion of the latest innovations and methods of anesthesia administration, monitoring, and emergency management.

Taught by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, this comprehensive review course will include the following topics:

  • Basic sciences
  • Patient evaluation and preparation
  • Anesthetic drugs and techniques
  • Monitoring
  • Emergency procedures

The Anesthesia Assistants Review Course is open to all members of dental anesthesia assisting teams. After completing the course, participants will be better prepared to assist in the administration of sedation and/or general anesthesia and patient monitoring in the office. The AARC also helps assistants prepare for the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE).

Upcoming Courses

Anesthesia Assistants Review Course
December 5-6, 2014
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, IL
In conjunction with Dental Implant Conference
SOLD OUT
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Anesthesia Assistants Review Course
February 21st - 22nd, 2015
Grand Hyatt Denver

Denver, CO
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Anesthesia Assistants Review Course
December 4th - 5th, 2015
in conjunction with AAOMS Dental Implant Conference
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Chicago, IL


Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the OMS Office

Emergencies are something that oral and maxillofacial surgeons want to prevent while providing office based anesthesia, but is something that the entire staff needs to be prepared for at any given time. This course has been designed for assistants that have previously taken part in either the Anesthesia Assistants Review Course (AARC) or Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) and successfully completed the program. This course will cover emergencies in the office setting that OMS assistants may encounter and should be prepared to handle.

Required Text

The AAOMS SASS III Manual — Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Office is a required publication for this course and is included with the registration fee for the course.

Additional Resource

Medical Emergencies Form Examples

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Protocols for Medical Emergencies in the OMS Office
April 18th - 19th, 2015
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville

Nashville, TN
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Anesthesia Assistants Skills Lab

This four- hour anesthesia workshop for oral and maxillofacial surgery assistants allows for hands-on clinical training in assisting OMSs with the administration of anesthesia. Participants will rotate through multiple stations to include airway management; intubation; venipuncture; defibrillation; preparation of emergency drugs; and mini-code. Furthermore, registrants will be exposed to various airway adjuncts, critical cardiac dysrhythmias and defibrillation, and the use of the peak flow meter and glucometer. The course is limited to 60 participants and has been developed and is taught by members of the Committee on Practice Management and Professional Allied Staff.

Four hours of continuing education credit is provided.

Upcoming Courses

Anesthesia Assistants Skills Lab
December 6, 2014
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
Chicago, IL
In conjunction with Dental Implant Conference
SOLD OUT
Hotel & Travel Information

Anesthesia Assistants Skills Lab
October 2nd - 3rd, 2015
in conjunction with AAOMS 97th Annual Meeting

Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC

Anesthesia Assistants Skills Lab
December 5th, 2015
in conjunction with AAOMS Dental Implant Conference

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Chicago, IL


AAOMS Annual Meeting

The Professional Allied Staff Courses held during the AAOMS Annual Meeting offer oral and maxillofacial surgery clinical staff the opportunity to earn continuing education credits as well as the opportunity to improve their professional knowledge and skills. Courses differ from year to year, but typically include a symposia, mini-lectures and skills labs. Topics could include, but are not limited to infection control, pharmacology, the implant coordinator, office technology protocols and procedures, building your own hazard plan, preventing lawsuits and utilizing technology, and an anesthesia assistants skills lab.


Medical Terminology and Oral Facial Anatomy 101

Medical Terminology and Oral Facial Anatomy 101 is designed to provide one with basic knowledge of OMS anatomy, physiology and terminology to enhance one's ability to participate in the AAOMS Basic, Beyond the Basics and Advanced Online coding courses. In addition, Medical Terminology and Oral Facial Anatomy 101 will set the foundation for the increased medical terminology, anatomy and disease process knowledge that will be demanded by the new ICD-10-CM coding system. While the new coding system does not officially replace ICD-9-CM for a couple of years, it is imperative that OMS coding and billing staff begin preparations for the transition now by taking this preliminary step. The course will also be beneficial to OMS anesthesia and surgical assistants and other OMS clinical and office staff that are involved in patient care, as well as to residents and dental students just starting out in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

If you would like to:

  • Communicate more effectively with patients, vendors and referral sources;
  • Build or strengthen your knowledge base for your coding skills;
  • Prepare for the transition to ICD-10-CM; and
  • Represent the practice with authority

This is the course for you!

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