Team-based Learning

Three team-based sessions will be offered Saturday afternoon. These sessions include:

SS11: Anesthesia Team Program: Crisis Planning
This session will feature presentations focusing on the management of anesthesia-related emergencies as well as discussion about the dynamics of high-fidelity training on SimMan for managing emergencies. Elements of two recently developed simulation modules will be shared. Participants also will have the opportunity to review cases of emergencies in the adult and pediatric patient populations.

OMSs and their surgical assistants are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits and workings of high-fidelity simulation training for the management of anesthesia-related emergencies.
  2. Define the roles of the surgeon and staff in the management of emergencies.
  3. Assess the diagnosis and management of anesthesia-related emergencies.


SS12: Implant Team Program: Digital Work Flow
The application of digital methods into an efficient and productive workflow will be discussed. Speakers will recognize the necessary infrastructure, which team member performs each task, which team member transfers the digital information into a centralized file and which programs are used for planning a case and carrying out the plan. Cases will be shared as examples. Participants will engage with the speakers through polling and live text/verbal questions.

Dentists, including OMSs and restorative dentists as well as staff from the doctors’ offices, are invited to attend.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the needed infrastructure to efficiently collect and use digital information.
  2. Define the roles of staff and doctors to implement the digital workflow.
  3. Specify how programs can be used to develop a plan and then orchestrate the plan.


SS13: Overseas Surgery Team Program: OMS Role in International Surgery Programs
This course will address how to build a surgical team for providing overseas care in impoverished locations. A panel session will follow an intermediate-level discussion, including three 20-minute lectures.

Those interested in becoming a part of a surgical team for an international service trip should attend this course to receive a better understanding of how to engage in overseas healthcare.

Residents also are encouraged to participate.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how to get involved in overseas surgery opportunities.
  2. Describe how these trips are financed and ways to ensure the safety of staff while overseas.
  3. Explain the vital role surgeons can play in international work and the much-needed resources these overseas sites require.

HIPAA Workforce Training: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Practice

Learn how to keep office policies current and how to train employees about HIPAA regulations. Attendees also will gain a greater understanding of the new the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which alters certain HIPAA provisions. Participants will become comfortable with their workplace and learn how to develop a culture of privacy, security and patient protection.

Other topics include recent security breaches and the importance of developing and implementing both a HIPAA privacy plan and a HIPAA security plan. Attendees will learn how to locate reliable resources for HIPAA regulations, and dental team members’ frequently asked questions about HIPAA will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how HIPAA regulations apply to the OMS settings.
  2. Utilize available resources to implement HIPAA policies and understand how to protect the patient’s health information.
  3. Explain how to secure data to prevent theft or abuse of protected health information. Cite the importance of disaster recovery and contingency plans to ensure the availability of protected health information.

This is a Practice Management and Professional Staff Development Sessions Day Pass Session.

World Café: OMF Perspectives from Around the World

This interactive session co-hosted by the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) is the first of its kind at an AAOMS Annual Meeting. Senior surgeons will discuss the best ways to handle cases of facial deformities, oral cancer and trauma.

This session also will focus on what the international community will experience as innovations in oral and maxillofacial surgery emerge. Surgeons will have the rare opportunity to connect with and learn from their peers from around the world. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss opportunities and challenges in surgical areas shown to be the most prevalent by the international OMS community.
  2. Examine regional and national perspectives from around the world during discussion of specific cases.
  3. Identify where the international surgical community converges in its practice of OMS cases.

Watch a short video clip of Dr. Ghali discussing this session.

AAOMS Learning Hub: Meet the Experts

Attendees have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with legends in oral and maxillofacial surgery Thursday through Saturday at the AAOMS Learning Hub in the Exhibit Hall. Each day, an expert will be available for an hour so attendees can ask questions and discuss cases and clinical areas of practice.

Meet the Expert: Michael Block, DMD

Dr. Michael Block will meet with attendees to discuss any clinical situation and offer suggestions.

Dr. Block completed his dental training at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1979, receiving his DMD cum laude in a special field. He completed his residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the LSU School of Dentistry in 1983. He remained at the LSU School of Dentistry and achieved the academic rank of professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Currently, he is in private practice dedicated to patient-oriented care.

Dr. Block is chair of the AAOMS Subcommittee on Dental Implant Education (SCDIE), which plans the AAOMS Dental Implant Conference each year.

Meet the Expert: Robert Marx, DDS

Dr. Robert Marx is an expert in osteonecrosis of the jaws, including traditional and new drugs and treatments, bone-grafting without autogenous bone (rjBMP, stem cells), osteoradionecrosis and radiated patients.

Dr. Marx, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is well-known as an educator, researcher and innovative surgeon. He has pioneered new concepts and treatments for pathologies of the oral and maxillofacial area as well as new techniques in reconstructive surgery.

As a researcher, he has made valuable contributions in the use of hyperbaric oxygen following radiation therapy, in the development of platelet-rich plasma and in the elucidation of the relationships between smoking and carcinogenesis. He also pioneered the clinical applications of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein and stem cell use and was the first to identify what is now known worldwide as bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis of the jaws.

Meet the Expert: Robert Bruce MacIntosh, DDS

Dr. Robert Bruce MacIntosh will focus discussions on orthognathic and cleft surgery, temporomandibular joint and malignant disease.

Dr. MacIntosh is a graduate of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, undertook graduate studies at Georgetown University and the University of Pittsburgh and gained his surgical training at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C., Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. MacIntosh was formerly Section Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and Program Director in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He served many years as consultant to the U.S. Army and various teaching institutions and was formerly Coordinator of Residency Education at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. He is currently Clinical Professor and Scholar in Residence in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at that institution. Dr. MacIntosh also has served as president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. MacIntosh has performed pro bono cleft lip and palate surgery on patients for more than 20 years in third-world countries. He has worked with the nonprofit Healing the Children and instructed other OMSs while on these trips. AAOMS awarded Dr. MacIntosh with the Humanitarian Award for Fellows and Members in 2017 and the Donald B. Osbon Outstanding Educator Award in 2002 and dedicated its 2015 Annual Meeting to him to honor his longstanding contributions to the specialty.

Beyond the Basic Coding Workshop

The Beyond the Basics coding workshop is a comprehensive, two-day intermediate-level course. The course covers healthcare reform initiatives stemming from the Affordable Care Act, state insurance laws, reimbursement issues, audit tips, medical records documentation, managed care contract tips, and fraud and abuse.

OMSs are encouraged to attend with their professional coding staff. Accurate coding and billing for services rendered must be a priority for each OMS practice, including the OMS who is 100 percent responsible for every coding decision.

Participants need a basic understanding of CDT, CPT and ICD-10-CM. Basic coding knowledge or completion of the AAOMS Basic Coding course is suggested.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain key healthcare reimbursement issues, including general filing information, billing claims, the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI), HIPAA, Medicare compliance and fraud and abuse.
  2. Demonstrate compliance through appropriate documentation for services provided (e.g., use of E/M guidelines).
  3. Follow guidelines for coding anesthesia, applying associated modifiers and other coding trends.
  4. Analyze clinical case studies to code OMS-specific procedures.
  5. Describe the relationship of coding to third-party reimbursement.

Attendees must bring their CPT, CDT and ICD-10-CM coding manuals for this hands-on workshop as books are not sold on site.

Registration for the Beyond the Basics Coding Workshop is separate from Annual Meeting registration. Registering for one does not secure attendance at both.

Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture: Pluripotent Stem Cells: Opening a New Avenue for Skeletal Regeneration

Preserving induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) and human embryonic stem cells (hES) in an undifferentiated state usually requires the support of mouse embryonic feeder cells (MEFs) or an animal extracellular matrix product such as Matrigel. These culture conditions that depend on animal contaminants drastically control the capability to interpret mechanistic studies designed to resolve how human pluripotent stem cells interact with their extracellular environment to 1) continue in a distinctive identical state and 2) make outcome-changing lineage decisions. Furthermore, the xenogeneic components of MEFs and Matrigel will limit the ability to utilize these stem cells to treat debilitating human diseases.

Chalmer J. Lyons Memorial Lecture

Dr. Fred Henny, chief of oral surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, proposed holding an annual seminar where scientific and academic leaders would converse. The Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture started as a small meeting at the C.J. Lyons Academy in the early 1950s and has grown into an event held at every AAOMS Annual Meeting since 1952.

About the Speaker

Speaker Dr. Paul Krebsbach is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has received the William J. Gies Award from the International Association for Dental Research/American Association for Dental Research (AADR), the Independent Scientist Award from NIH and NIDCR and the International Association for Dental Research’s 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization. In 2016, he completed a term as president of AADR.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the similarities and differences between embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.
  2. Articulate how induced pluripotent stem may be used for tissue regeneration.
  3. Describe how induced pluripotent stem cells are generated.
  4. Appreciate how the microenvironment affects stem cell behavior.

100 Years of AAOMS

Over the last 100 years, oral and maxillofacial surgery has evolved into a diverse and exciting specialty. This special spotlight session will examine the transformation from exodontists to oral and maxillofacial surgeons, show how the OMS scope of practice has grown over the last century and review the history of the Association. Topics include the formation of the specialty, the development of the office-based anesthetic team model and the progression of orthognathic surgery. This once-in-a-lifetime event will feature an elite group of speakers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the history of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  2. Describe the evolution of various aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery over the last 100 years.

Interpersonal Violence and the Role of the OMS

Recent media attention has brought to light harassment and interpersonal violence. When OMSs are called upon to treat facial trauma and injuries, they are uniquely positioned to recognize and respond to suspected cases of interpersonal violence.

This session will teach participants how to notice patterns of injury that may be associated with interpersonal violence and how and when to report suspected abuse. It is critical for OMSs to understand the emotional and physical characteristics of these crimes and to approach victims with care. Because the psychological wounds from this type of abuse can contribute to a patient giving false stories, OMSs must know how to handle these situations to best help the patient. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and OMSs are invited to participate in this national observance by equipping themselves with knowledge about interpersonal violence.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify interpersonal violence or harassment as the cause of an injury.
  2. Review the proper protocols to report these crimes.
  3. Discuss patterns of injury commonly associated with interpersonal violence.

Brought to you by the SIG on Women. 

Hands-on Cadaveric Workshop: Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation

This full-day, off-site, ticketed session will focus on the anatomical principles and surgical procedures being performed today to rejuvenate the facial region. These cosmetic procedures include brow lifts, blepharoplasty, midfacial lifting, cervicofacial rhytidectomy, platysmaplasty and facial liposuction.

After an in-depth discussion of the area, the hands-on workshop features surgical instruction on cadaver specimens from esteemed faculty offering a direct learning experience. The focus is on hands-on exposure so OMSs can offer these most commonly used facial rejuvenation surgical procedure options to their patients. Participants will be able to discuss surgical anatomy and principles in the various procedures with close interaction from experts in the field of facial cosmetic surgery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the various procedures available and the techniques/skills required to perform the most common facial cosmetic surgical procedures.
  2. Describe the anatomic basis and principles of facial cosmetic surgical procedures.
  3. Review the techniques in performing these procedures, with an illustration of outcomes assessment.

There is a fee associated with this hands-on session.