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American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

The New OMS

Who is the new OMS? You are — if you have recently completed your residency training and are beginning the transition to private practice or academia. contains a wealth of information and resources to assist you at every phase of your professional career. The New OMS section is your one-stop location for identifying what you want and need — and getting you there fast!

AAOMS Membership and Benefits

Becoming an AAOMS member is one of the best steps you can take at the beginning of your practice life. You will benefit from the powerful voice that your united specialty organization brings to advocacy and third party activities and gain access to scientific publications, continuing education programs, and an 8,500 member strong network of colleagues.

Become involved in AAOMS
As an active fellow or member of the AAOMS you play an important role in shaping the future of speciality. If you are interested in being involved at the national level contact the AAOMS administration department.

State and Regional OMS Societies
AAOMS believes that it is important to become involved at the local and state level and requires state OMS society membership as a condition of AAOMS membership.

» List of State and Regional Societies

AAOMS Mentor Program
The Mentor Program is designed to facilitate a member's transition into full-time practice by allowing them to tap into the experience and resources of a well-established OMS.

Licensure Resources

Regional Dental Boards
Regional testing agencies contract with individual state boards of dentistry to administer the clinical examination required for licensure in those states. The regional testing agencies do not have the authority to license individuals or to implement policy that goes beyond the laws of its member states. Regional testing agencies should not be confused with state boards of dentistry. Most states require you to pass a regional board examination prior to applying for your license.

Northeast Regional Board (NERB)
Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc. (CRDTS)
Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)
Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)

State Dental Boards
The state board of dentistry (also known as board of dental examiners or licensing board) is an agency of state government created by the state legislature. This agency governs the qualifications for and the practice of dentistry within the state.

Professional Resources

American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
ABOMS, the certifying board for the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery in the United States, is recognized and approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. ABOMS establishes criteria for competence and knowledge that determine a sufficient and acceptable ability to safely practice the specialty.

Hospital Privileges
Establishing and maintaining a successful oral and maxillofacial surgery practice involves complex credentialing, accreditation, and quality measurement processes. AAOMS has excellent resources to assist you.

AAOMS encourages its members to obtain privileges at one or more local hospitals. The association offers advice to simplify the process and support if challenges are encountered.

Practice Management

AAOMS offers an abundance of resources to navigate the maze of coding and third party reimbursement issues as well as expert assistance in running a profitable and efficient practice.

AAOMS Publications

AAOMS has an assortment of materials to assist you in patient education, practice management and marketing, and continuing education.