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Clinical tracks, hands-on courses, Master Classes and other educational sessions will touch on the theme of Ensuring Our Future through Wellness and Diversity at the 103rd AAOMS Annual Meeting this fall.

Held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS), the Annual Meeting offers a variety of reasons – from educational and social to professional – for OMSs and their staff to attend:

  1. A dozen clinical tracks – The Annual Meeting’s clinical education features 12 tracks over two days covering the entire OMS scope of practice:

    • Anesthesia
    • Cosmetic
    • Dental implants
    • Dentoalveolar
    • Head and neck
    • Orthognathic
    • OSA
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics and cleft
    • Reconstruction
    • TMJ
    • Trauma

    Expert speakers will present the latest research and practice in two-hour plenary sessions before a Q&A session. New this year, each track also will include a one-hour Hot-off-the-press Session featuring additional speakers discussing a JOMS article published in 2021. Oral abstracts are a new component of the tracks, and additional abstracts will be available on-demand.

  2. Continuing education credits – Attendees can earn more hours of continuing education (CE) this Annual Meeting. In years past, an attendee may typically obtain about 15 hours of CE at an Annual Meeting. In 2021, attendees can earn up to 27 hours.

    An additional 57 CDE/CME or 81 CDE only via the on-demand content will be available through Dec. 31.

  3. Numerous networking opportunities – Multiple events – including the Opening Ceremony, Awards Presentation and Meeting Dedication as well as Welcome Reception on Sept. 29 – will encourage connection with colleagues.

  4. Preconference anesthesia program focusing on mental health – The popular preconference Anesthesia Update on Sept. 29 will address the Epidemic of Mental Health in Modern Society – Caring for your patients and yourself. Sessions will deep-dive into how genetics, environment and lifestyles impact mental health and people’s interaction with healthcare. Decision-making techniques for patients with mental illness also will be discussed.

  5. Wellness and Diversity Symposium – On Oct. 2, a new two-hour symposium will address such topics as:

    • Faculty burnout and surgeon wellness
    • Resident burnout, shaming and anxiety
    • Racial diversity
    • Gender inclusion
  6. Anesthesia simulation course – Five sessions of the Basic Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) module are planned. Simulating intensive, real-life experiences, BEAM allows participants to practice critical techniques for administering and monitoring office-based anesthesia.

    State-of-the-art technology enables performance to be automatically evaluated and identifies areas that might benefit from additional training.

  7. Educators Summit – This newly added preconference program will be held for full-time educators to discuss teaching practices to ensure the continuous quality of education and training. Speakers will address such topics as:

    • Best practices in applicant and resident assessment
    • The culture of research and investigation in an OMS department
    • Relationship-building and networking opportunities
  8. Saturday education – Among the more than a dozen morning sessions are the Wellness and Diversity Symposium and Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture on MRONJ. Starting at noon, practicing OMSs and an attorney will use closed-case examples to identify patient safety and risk management principles during the Anesthesia Patient Safety Program: A Review of Closed Claims.

  9. Open forums – On Sept. 30, the Pediatric Cleft Open Forum: Craniofacial Dysostosis Syndromes will review evaluation, pearls, pitfalls and technological advances of advanced transcranial procedures. A Research Open Forum on Oct. 1 will study the state of research in the specialty, particularly in residency programs.

  10. President’s Event at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – AAOMS President Dr. B.D. Tiner and his wife, Brenda, will be celebrated at the Annual Meeting’s main social event on Oct. 1 with live music, food and entertainment.

  11. Exhibit Hall eat-and-learn opportunities – New to the Exhibit Hall schedule are six Eat, Drink and be Industry-Educated sessions, 45- and 60-minute exhibitor presentations. Four Industry Symposiums also will showcase products and services.

  12. Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture – This year’s lecture will focus on MRONJ – A review and update, addressing evolving theories about pathogenesis and identifying recent clinical aspects related to defining, treating and preventing the complication.

  13. Master Classes – Up from 17 sessions in 2019, 40 Master Classes will be included in the educational program. Popular topics include:

    • 3D printing
    • Sedation
    • Osteomyelitis
    • Global surgery

    The majority of Master Classes will be available on-demand.

  14. COVID-19 discussion – Several sessions will address the effects of the pandemic. Examples include How to Set up and Implement a Respiratory Protection Program for the OMS Setting and OSHA and Infection Control with a COVID-19 Twist.

  15. Practice management sessions – With 14 in-person practice management courses (and another 32 available on-demand until Dec. 31), OMSs and their staff can learn about all aspects of the busy OMS practice, including:

  16. Disasters from the Masters – Common and/or problematic complications of dental implant surgery is the focus of this ROAAOMS program. An expert from the OMSNIC team will discuss legal aspects of closed-claim cases.

  17. Exhibit HallApproximately 125 companies are expected to exhibit in-person and online, showcasing the most advanced equipment, products and services for the specialty. The in-person Exhibit Hall will feature extended hours and more networking breaks.

  18. OMS Experts Video Recording Studio – Members attending in-person will have the opportunity to record videos for use at their practice and the OMS Experts series (part of the AAOMS Informational Campaign). To learn more about this complimentary opportunity and to sign up, visit AAOMS.org/Videos.

  19. An international flavor – The Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with CAOMS. Speakers from the association will lead sessions, including plenaries, on-demand sessions and abstracts.

  20. Scientific posters in-person and online – Attendees will be able to browse poster abstracts and meet authors Sept. 30. The in-person event will offer a wine-and-cheese reception. Online, an enhanced poster display will be available to view.

  21. Nashville fun – Nashville’s downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining and cultural and architectural attractions. Enjoy all the Music City has to offer, including the National Museum of African American Music, The Parthenon and the Grand Ole Opry.

Get ready to discover, connect and engage at the 2021 AAOMS Annual Meeting

Register today!

Bonus reason this year’s meeting is not to be missed: All registrants receive 90 days of on-demand access to educational content until Dec. 31.


Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.