Resident Membership Benefits

ROAAOMS Program Liaisons

ROAAOMS has developed a network of residents – ROAAOMS Program Liaisons – with one resident per residency training program to assist the ROAAOMS Executive Committee in communicating important information, including highlights of upcoming events, to all residents. In addition, ROAAOMS continues its efforts to increase resident awareness and encourage residents to take ownership of and become involved in their specialty.

If you are interested in serving as your program liaison, contact advancededucation@aaoms.org.


Annual Meeting

Admission fees for the AAOMS Annual Meeting are waived until July 31 for oral and maxillofacial surgery residents enrolled in an ADA-accredited training program in the United States, its territories or Canada. After July 31, residents can purchase a ticket at a discounted rate of $50. Residents have exclusive opportunities at the Annual Meeting, including: 

Resident Organization Educational Program

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in this interactive program with leading surgeons who present on surgical complications in a variety of clinical areas. Residents can become involved in the organization that works for them and learn how they can play an important role.

Residents Reception

Residents are welcome to join their fellow residents, AAOMS members and corporate supporters for an evening of camaraderie and entertainment FREE of charge.

Dental Implant Conference

The AAOMS Dental Implant Conference focuses on building communication and cooperation among patients, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and general dentists while presenting practical methods for delivering sophisticated implant care in the private practice setting. This unique continuing education experience is designed for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, other dental specialties and general dentists with a strong interest in the field of dental implants. Residents receive a reduced registration fee.

Resident Transitions into Practice Conference

The ROAAOMS Executive Committee plans the Resident Transitions into Practice Conference: Preparing for Post-residency Life. The conference provides residents with essential non-clinical information to help with the transition from residency to practice. The registration fee is $100 for resident members.

Clinical Trials Methods Course

The AAOMS Clinical Trials Methods Course provides oral and maxillofacial surgeons – including faculty, residents, fellows and private practitioners – a broad overview of research methodology and clinical trial design. Ideally, a resident and a faculty mentor pair will attend the course. Residents also will have the opportunity to interact with course faculty and faculty from other programs. The registration fee is $200 for fellows/members and $100 for resident members.

Clinical and Scientific Innovations for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (CSIOMS) conference

The CSIOMS conference is an educational conference that brings together world-class researchers from a variety of disciplines to showcase the latest technologies and research affecting the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Publications and references

A key benefit the Association offers to its fellows and members is the ability to gather and share knowledge about the specialty.

OMS Reference Guide

The OMS Reference Guide was developed to provide residents with essential information on basic patient care. The guide is a valuable tool for quickly obtaining answers to questions that arise during treatment. It also serves as an organized resource for review of the material essential for OMS practice and board certification.

Resident E-News

One of the main purposes of ROAAOMS is to enhance communication among its members and educate residents about oral and maxillofacial surgery and issues facing the specialty. In order to increase communication at a decreased cost, ROAAOMS replaced the printed quarterly newsletter, Resident Reach, with a quarterly email, Resident E-News. The e-newsletter serves as the main communication tool among residents.


AAOMS remains committed to supporting its OMS residents and OMS residency programs across the country and has launched a new ROAAOMS Community on the AAOMS Connect online website to offer resources and serve as a forum for discussion among residents.

Residents are asked to visit this new online community when they have a few minutes. Keeping in touch helps those in the specialty remember they are in this together, can problem solve together and be there for each other. This group is private; check your email for an invitation or email advancededucation@aaoms.org to request access.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Resident members receive a complimentary subscription to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS). The Journal includes a Resident Corner that targets the interests and needs of OMS residents. Each installment features one article from the current JOMS issue with resident-focused commentary designed to stimulate discussion about the article. The Resident Corner also highlights a case report or a step-by-step discussion of an approach to a procedure. Section editors share important topic-based articles they recommend residents read and understand.

Continuing Education

Resident members receive complimentary access to Clinical CE On Demand content and clinical webinars at AAOMS.org/CEonline. The online library contains over 100 hours of the most up-to-date clinical content.

ROAAOMS Social Media

Stay connected with all the latest news and updates from the Resident Organization on the ROAAOMS Facebook and Instagram. Updates are shared regularly and include upcoming events, resident features, wellness, tips during residency and more. Through social media, share a Residents of OMS story, a Resident Tip, Resident Wellness advice or a Program Feature. Send content to advancededucation@aaoms.org. Follow ROAAOMS today!

Residents of OMS

"As a translator for an OMS responding to the earthquake, I saw firsthand how OMS can help people around the world."
Jeffrey Pascal, DDS
Second-year resident
Loma Linda University

"By the end of our shift at 8 a.m. the next day, we had answered 14 pages. Rather than feeling tired, I was exhilarated."
Natasha Bhalla, DDS
First-year resident
The Brooklyn Hospital Center

To share your experience, complete these steps:

1. Provide a story that is personal, brief (fewer than 220 words) and similar to the following example that helps explain how prior life events/experiences shaped your decision to enter the OMS specialty:

  • Example: "I've been playing ice hockey since I was 7 years old. It is a sport that has provided me with challenges, successes as well as both physical and social skills. Over the years, I learned that with time and practice, my hands were able to perform meticulous tasks with precision. My hand-eye coordination gave me the opportunity to become a leader among my teammates and to be someone they could look up to when seeking to improve their skills. Hockey created a world for me where accomplishment doesn't dwell on who finishes first or last but rather on how much I am willing to give to achieve my goal. These are some of the lessons I bring with me as I embark on my journey to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon."

2. Briefly answer the following questions:

  • What is your name?
  • In which year of training (PGY) are you? At which program?
  • In one sentence, why did you choose the OMS specialty?
  • In one sentence, what is your favorite aspect of the specialty and why?

3. Provide at least one recent professional headshot (plus an additional photo related to your personal story, if applicable).

4. Email your story to advancededucation@aaoms.org.

Send a resident tip

As a new generation of dentists begins residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery, these residents will have to learn new lessons and adapt to new circumstances. During this chapter in their lives, they may look to other residents and OMSs for pearls of knowledge. To offer support, send a resident tip to be featured on ROAAOMS social media.

Email a few sentences with your advice for other residents to advancededucation@aaoms.org.

Showcase your program

Capture residency lifestyle at your program and share it on ROAAOMS social media! To feature your program, send recent photos of residents, faculty and staff and share the following information:

  • Unique facts about your program
  • Recent accomplishments or historical achievements
  • Anything else you’d like to share

The pictured program and residents need to complete a consent form. All materials can be emailed to advancededucation@aaoms.org.

Send your program feature today!

Share wellness tips

Wellness is increasingly important to take care of mental, physical and emotional health. ROAAOMS is featuring wellness tips to help residents become more aware of their own wellness and to offer suggestions for a healthier and more fulfilling life. Other aspects of wellness can include social, career, environmental and intellectual factors. For example, a wellness tip could be to take the stairs at work or get involved in a community.

Email one to three tips or activities that help you achieve wellness to advancededucation@aaoms.org.

Take care of yourself! Practice wellness daily.