Dr. Dina Amin is a “big picture” person. Educated with a DDS and as an OMS in Saudi Arabia, her holistic approach to life and medicine led her to the United States for advanced training. To her surprise, it also led to a promising career at one of the OMS specialty’s premier U.S. research hospitals. …

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by Dr. Mary Delsol Dobon A bright light in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery was dimmed with the passing of Dr. John S. Bond.  Dr. Bond served the specialty as a longtime AAOMS Delegate, a member of numerous AAOMS committees and President of both the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and…

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From her earliest days as a dental student at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Shelly Abramowicz was attracted to the multi-disciplinary aspect of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS), with its opportunities to collaborate with and learn from other specialists. Those opportunities, coupled with support from the OMS Foundation, eventually led her to Emory University School…

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Dr. Shahid Aziz’s Smile Bangladesh team marked its 25th visit to Bangladesh in March, 2019. The 10-day journey has become a fixture on Dr. Aziz’s calendar and a coveted opportunity for OMS residents eager to learn cleft lip and palate repair techniques from a master.   The travel is grueling and the surgery schedule packed, but…

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by Dr. Brent Ward, Chair, OMS Foundation Committee on Research A recent experience in the operating room helped shape my go-to answer for a question I’m frequently asked: “Why should I, as an OMS, invest in research?”   During a procedure when the pathologist had to make a “close call” assessment, I was able to provide…

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The OMS Foundation recently disbursed Research Support Grants of $75,000 each to four projects that show promise for advancing the specialty through innovation. The Stephen B. Milam Research Award recognizes the highest-ranking proposal of those submitted for review. The four projects are: Stephen B. Milam Research AwardMagnetic resonance neurography and diffusion tensor imaging of peripheral…

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By: Austin Leavitt, MS, CFP®,Senior Financial PlannerThe Financial Advisory Group Tucked inside Congress’s 2019 year-end spending bill, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act includes several provisions that merit further discussion with your financial & legal counsel. Here are the top things you should know: 1) Age limit for IRA contributions revoked: The…

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It is said necessity is the mother of invention. In the mid-1980s, with the cost of OMS malpractice insurance spiraling upward, necessity gave birth to one of the specialty’s most successful companies: the AAOMS Mutual Insurance Company, capitalized initially by AAOMS and now known as OMSNIC.  In the 30-plus years since, the relationship between AAOMS…

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When the safety record of our specialty’s anesthesia team model was questioned this summer, the Boards of AAOMS and the OMS Foundation agreed: Quality data are needed to tell the real story. To that end, the Foundation has committed to facilitate a study of past and prospective data related to anesthesia and patient safety. AAOMS…

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