2021 AAOMS Annual Meeting

103rd AAOMS Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition

Held in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CAOMS)

Ensuring Our Future through Wellness and Diversity

The 2021 AAOMS Annual Meeting will be offered in-person and online. For professional staff this year, a limited number of in-person education sessions are planned with a more robust program online.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the AAOMS Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Identify emerging issues and trends in oral and maxillofacial surgery to be on the forefront of research and innovation.
  • Apply knowledge while increasing competencies by participating in distinctive educational formats to support complex concepts in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
  • Demonstrate for all members of the OMS team the various evidence-based approaches and treatments applicable in oral and maxillofacial surgery while fostering interprofessional collaboration in practice to improve patient outcomes.
  • Discover support, guidance and leadership opportunities in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery through networking with peers and mentors.
  • Cite opportunities to gain insight into and enhance wellness and diversity in practice and the specialty.

Educational Program

View the full course schedule and session descriptions at AAOMS.org/AMprogram. The general registration fee entitles attendees to participation in clinical tracks and practice management sessions. New this year, on-demand education will be available to attendees – both in-person and online registrants – at no additional cost until the end of 2021. For more information, view the registration options at-a-glance on the Registration page.

Meeting Facilities and Hotel Reservations

Most educational sessions and the exhibition will take place at Music City Center.

The headquarters hotel – Omni Nashville Hotel – will host the Keynote Lecture; Opening Ceremony, Awards Presentation and Meeting Dedication; Welcome Reception; and select educational sessions and social functions.

Exact event and session locations will be listed at AAOMS.org, in the Annual Meeting Final Program and the Annual Meeting Mobile App (available later this summer).

AAOMS has reserved hotel rooms at several preferred hotels. Take advantage of AAOMS group rates

Letter of Invitation

If you require a letter of invitation for visa purposes, you may submit an online request.

Online Evaluations and Continuing Education Credit Transcripts

AAOMS will collect educational session evaluations and provide CDE/CME credit transcripts using an internet-based system to give attendees greater control over their continuing education credit.

Attendees will need to reference their meeting badge ID number when logging in to the system.

Visit AAOMS.org/MyCE for information.

Annual Meeting Photography

As a service to attendees, the AAOMS photographer will take pictures throughout the meeting. Photographs will be available online for viewing and ordering within a few weeks after the AAOMS Annual Meeting. At that time, attendees may access the photographer’s website through AAOMS.org. Photographing, videotaping or recording audio of AAOMS educational sessions and events by individual attendees is strictly prohibited.

Consent to Use Photographic Images and Recordings

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, AAOMS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to AAOMS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant’s or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, electronic reproductions as well as video and audio recordings of such events and activities. Note: No individual or entity may record any portion of the meeting.


Business attire is appropriate for Annual Meeting sessions. Nashville’s average September/October temperature is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.


Children are allowed in the Exhibit Hall at the convention center. However, they must wear a meeting badge and be accompanied by an adult. Meeting badges for children are available at no charge at the AAOMS Registration Center at Music City Center. Children are not allowed in any of the educational or business sessions.

For information about family-friendly activities, visit the Annual Meeting Hotel and Travel Information page.

Media at the AAOMS Annual Meeting

Credentialed media representatives are invited to attend the 103rd American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition being held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Omni Nashville Hotel and Music City Center.

At this premier educational experience for oral and maxillofacial surgeons, media can attend sessions that cover the latest innovations in dental implants, cosmetic maxillofacial surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, reconstruction and the temporomandibular joint. The meeting also will feature nearly 150 exhibitors highlighting the latest technologies.

Attend the AAOMS Annual Meeting – including the Exhibit Hall – by downloading the AAOMS Annual Meeting media registration packet that includes event details, AAOMS’s media policy and a media registration form. Note: There are no registration fees for media to attend the meeting.

Submit the completed Media Registration forms by email to Jolene Kremer, fax to 847-678-6286 or mail to:

Jolene Kremer
AAOMS Associate Executive Director, Communications and Publications
9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Allied Organization Event Space Request

To request event space for allied organization functions, visit AAOMS.org/Space. Event space request form submissions are due July 1.

Space will be assigned in order of request receipt. Please be sure to complete all requested information. If you have an elaborate function that requires additional setup or dismantle time, note this on the form in the comment section.

AAOMS Annual Meeting Code of Conduct

AAOMS is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AAOMS staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AAOMS staff members and service providers are expected to abide by this Annual Meeting Code of Conduct. This policy applies to all AAOMS meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AAOMS but held in conjunction with AAOMS events in-person or on public or private virtual platforms. 

Anti-harassment Policy

AAOMS has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment including, but not limited to, sexual harassment by participants or AAOMS staff at AAOMS meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AAOMS asks you report it, so appropriate action can be taken. 

Report a concern

AAOMS reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AAOMS reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting – online or in person. 

Unacceptable behavior is defined as: 

  • Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form. 
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AAOMS staff, service provider or other meeting guest. 
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AAOMS staff member, service provider or other meeting guest. 
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the Exhibit Hall or at events organized by AAOMS throughout the meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and AAOMS staff. 
  • Presentations should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers or solicitation for services. AAOMS reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations. 

COVID-19 safety

As of Sept. 20, 2021; subject to change.

Be Smart – Be Safe 

The safety of meeting attendees is a high priority. Therefore, AAOMS is contracting with a COVID-19 safe event services team of health professionals to ensure the safety of meeting attendees by conducting vaccine verification, temperature screenings, rapid antigen tests and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces.  

All meeting participants are required to comply with applicable federal, state and/or local public health requirements and adhere to and abide by all implemented safety precautions established by meeting and hotel venues.


AAOMS strongly encourages all meeting participants, exhibitors, vendors and guests to be fully vaccinated, if eligible, prior to traveling to the 2021 AAOMS Annual Meeting. AAOMS is requiring its own Association staff who are traveling to the in-person meeting in Nashville to be fully vaccinated. If you are unable to be vaccinated, AAOMS encourages you to utilize the online-only meeting option.


Adults and children older than 2 are required to wear a mask in all indoor AAOMS-designated meeting spaces in the headquarters hotel, convention center and Exhibit Hall settings, regardless of vaccination status. Currently, the CDC guidelines state that if you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Thank you to Straumann for supporting the meeting and supplying attendees with masks, which will be available onsite. 

Safe meeting space

  • All meeting rooms, the Exhibit Hall and all common areas will have physically distanced seating.
  • All venues will be following strict sanitation and air filtration guidelines. For detailed information on how facilities are keeping attendees safe, visit the Music City Center, Omni Nashville Hotel and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum COVID-19 safety information websites.
  • All participants will be encouraged to wash hands regularly, and hand sanitation stations will be readily available. Thank you to Stryker for hand sanitizer stations that will contribute to the safety of meeting attendees.

Safe events services company: TN Event Health

  • About a week before the meeting, attendees will be sent a prescreening email request. Attendees are encouraged to verify their vaccination status at that time for expedited entry into all venues. (Vaccination status is uploaded into the safe event database.)
  • The onsite safe event nursing staff and compliance officers will offer temperature screenings and rapid antigen tests (for unvaccinated attendees and those who develop COVID-19 symptoms) at multiple stations throughout Music City Center and Omni Nashville Hotel. The team also will frequently disinfect all high-touch surfaces.
  • Upon check-in to the convention center or Omni Nashville Hotel, attendees will enter through a station for screening. If you have yet to upload your information online, QR codes and an electronic online questionnaire will be provided for you to verify your vaccination status and answer additional screening questions.
  • Check-ins with TN Event Health will be required for each day you are attending the AAOMS Annual Meeting, even if you answered the screening questions ahead of time. You will receive a screened sticker if you pass the wellness check.
  • Badges will be required for entry to all meeting venues and AAOMS-designated meeting areas. Please keep your badge with you at all times.
  • For two weeks after the meeting, the safe event team will provide contact tracing services – handling communication to those exposed while maintaining anonymity.

AAOMS members who have travel restrictions or are hesitant about attending in-person are invited to register for the Online-only Annual Meeting that offers a comprehensive library of education sessions until Dec. 31. (In-person attendees also have access to the library.)

View wellness check-in locations and important information for Annual Meeting attendees.

Visit the Annual Meeting FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 safety information.

As the guidance changes regularly, AAOMS will update COVID-19 safety information at AAOMS.org/AnnualMeeting.

Liability Waiver, Assumption of Risk and Release

You acknowledge that you derive personal benefit from your attendance at this in-person AAOMS Annual Meeting and willingly engage in the Annual Meeting. By registering for the AAOMS Annual Meeting, you hereby release, waive and forever discharge any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature against AAOMS and its speakers and exhibitors, including in each case, without limitation, their directors, officers, employees, volunteers and agents (the “Released Parties”), either in law or in equity, to the fullest extent permissible by law, including but not limited to, damages or losses caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties, including but not limited to death, bodily injury, illness, economic loss, or loss or damage to property, which you, your heirs, assignees, next of kin and/or legally appointed or designated representatives, may have or which may hereinafter accrue on your behalf, which arise or may hereafter arise from your participation in the AAOMS Annual Meeting. Your attendance at an in-person AAOMS Annual Meeting includes possible exposure to and illness from communicable diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules, vaccination and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death still exists. You knowingly and freely assume all such risks associated with attending the AAOMS Annual Meeting, even if arising from the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties. BY ATTENDING AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN THE AAOMS ANNUAL MEETING, YOU ARE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN A FULL RELEASE OF LIABILITY TO THE RELEASED PARTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND ARE ASSUMING THE RISK OF POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO COVID-19.


Questions about the AAOMS Annual Meeting? Contact AAOMS staff by email or call 847-678-6200 or 800-822-6637. Visit the Annual Meeting FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions.