Clinical tracks, hands-on courses, Master Classes and other educational sessions will take center stage at the 2022 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., and online.

The Annual Meeting offers a variety of reasons – from educational and professional to social – for OMSs and their staff to attend:

  1. A dozen clinical tracks – The Annual Meeting’s clinical education features 12 tracks over the course of 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 during a high-level plenary session combined with breakout sessions. Tracks also will include oral abstract presenters and a Hot-off-the-press session.

  2. Continuing education credits – In years past, attendees may typically obtain about 15 hours of continuing education (CE) when attending an Annual Meeting in-person. But in 2022, they can more than double that total, with up to 32 hours available.

    An additional 43 CDE/CME or 58 CDE only via the on-demand content will be available through Dec. 31.

  3. Various networking opportunities – Multiple events encourage connection with OMS colleagues, including the Opening Ceremony, Awards Presentation and Meeting Dedication as well as the Welcome Reception. New this year, Clinical and Special Interest Groups (CIGs/SIGs) will meet at lunchtime Sept. 15 and 16 in the Exhibit Hall, allowing members to participate in conversations with peers. Also new this year is the free Exhibit Hall reception on Sept. 16 before the President’s Event.

  4. Preconference anesthesia program focusing on perioperative considerations – The popular preconference Anesthesia Update on Sept. 14 will provide practical guidance for managing perioperative patients in the OMS office. An update on new drugs and techniques as well as the concept of enhanced recovery after surgery will be discussed in the context of office-based OMS and anesthesia care.

  5. Keynote Lecture – Kevin Brown, creator of The HERO Effect, will discuss how this philosophy separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everyone else. Brown is passionate about helping individuals expand their vision, reach their potential and grow their results.

  6. Anesthesia simulation course – Five sessions of the Office-Based Emergency Airway Management (OBEAM) module are planned. OBEAM uses intensive, real-life experiences to allow participants to practice and master critical techniques for administering and monitoring office-based anesthesia.

  7. Educators Summit – This preconference program will discuss teaching practices to ensure the continuous quality of education and training. Speakers will address topics such as:

    1. Mentorship
    2. Work life
    3. Debt management
  8. Saturday education – Among the more than a dozen morning sessions are Disasters from the Masters and the Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture: Epidemics Past, Present and Future. Starting at 1 p.m., practicing OMSs and an attorney will use closed-case examples to identify patient safety and risk management principles during the Anesthesia Safety Program.

  9. President’s Event at National WWII Museum – AAOMS President Dr. J. David Johnson Jr. and his wife, Caroline, will be celebrated with live music, food and entertainment at the Annual Meeting’s main social event on Sept. 16.

  10. Exhibit Hall eat-and-learn opportunities – Exhibitors will present six Eat, Drink and Be Industry-Educated sessions – each lasting 45 to 60 minutes. Attendees also can learn about the latest research and developments significant to the OMS specialty during Industry Symposiums.

  11. Chalmers J. Lyons Memorial Lecture – This year’s Chalmers Lecture is titled Epidemics Past, Present and Future: Syphilis, AIDS, COVID. Powel H. Kazanjian, MD, PhD – Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the AIDS Program at the University of Michigan – will discuss the historical patterns between society’s social, biomedical and public health responses to syphilis and AIDS and how they provide perspective to COVID-19 and any future epidemic.

  12. Hands-on courses – Two hands-on courses – Rhinoplasty and Low Facial Cosmetic Surgery Cadaveric Workshop and Office-based 3D Printing for Trauma and Implants – will provide OMSs with experiential learning to practice the techniques being discussed.

  13. Master Classes – Taught by subject experts, 12 in-person and 40 on-demand Master Classes are intended to advance understanding and knowledge by covering popular topics such as implant complications, dentoalveolar surgery and computer-aided surgery.

  14. Team-based sessions – Bringing together relevant members of the OMS practice, team-based sessions invite participation and discussion of important topics. Sessions will cover the team’s role in an anesthetic emergency, comprehensive management of TMJ disease, preventative analgesia as well as recordkeeping and risk management for dental practices.

  15. Practice management sessions – Twenty onsite and 15 on-demand courses that address day-to-day practice operations will support the professional development of the OMS team. Topics will cover office emergencies, communications, marketing, the implant treatment coordinator role, buying and selling an OMS practice, and HIPAA and OSHA compliance. These sessions are included in the general registration fee for both AAOMS members and their staff.

  16. Coding course – The Beyond the Basics Coding Workshop will help OMSs and their staff code more efficiently to improve billing and reimbursement. Sessions will cover CPT, CDT and ICD-10-CM coding for the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, documentation guidelines and clinical case studies. New this year, the two-day workshop will be a ticketed course added to an attendee’s general registration fee, reducing the cost for those who attend both the workshop and the Annual Meeting.

  17. Disasters from the Masters – The three-hour program – featuring closed claims processed through OMSNIC – will cover complications of dentoalveolar and nerve repair.

  18. Volunteerism: Individuals United in Service Spotlight Session – The spotlight session – focused on the theme Volunteerism: Individuals United in Service – will discuss the value and impact of volunteering. Members can learn the multitude of ways to get involved in supporting, advancing and promoting the specialty and its mission.

  19. 90-plus days of access to the online platform – Attendees will be able to replay sessions at their convenience for optimal comprehension. Options such as Master Classes, team-based courses and practice management sessions can be accessed until Dec. 31.

  20. Exhibit Hall – Show discounts, dedicated one-on-one interactions with vendors and a chance to explore the latest OMS practice products and technology are a few of the reasons to visit the Exhibit Hall featuring more than 100 companies in-person and online.

  21. Member Pavilion – Visit the Member Pavilion where attendees receive firsthand information on services and organizations that support all AAOMS members. Booths share information about membership services, AAOMS Advocacy, AAOMS Store, Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE), ROAAOMS, OMS Foundation and others.

  22. 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.

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

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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.