In 1918, 29 doctors got together to hold the first-ever meeting of the American Society of Exodontists – the organization that later evolved into AAOMS. One hundred years later, more than 4,000 attendees will gather to commemorate the past and explore new applications to achieve greater patient care and surgical outcomes while heightening the specialty’s reputation and solidifying its future.
Sessions and exhibits that will highlight AAOMS’s history will include:
- 100 years of AAOMS – The one-time-only course on Oct. 10 will cover the entire history of the specialty. The course will discuss the evolution from exodontists to oral and maxillofacial surgeons while examining how the OMS scope of practice has grown over the last century.
- History Museum – The Exhibit Hall will unveil a commemorative history museum that will feature artifacts and displays related to oral and maxillofacial surgery.
- Keepsake items – A variety of items will be offered during the Annual Meeting. Attendees will receive a keepsake lapel pin honoring the centennial. Commemorative items also will be available for purchase in the Exhibit Hall.
- History book – Photographs taken during the Annual Meeting will be included in the centennial history book that is under development to mark the evolution of the specialty.