Foundation, AAOMS to collaborate on anesthesia and patient safety study

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 and the Foundation have each committed $75,000 to launch the study.

AAOMS’s rollout of the OMS Quality Outcomes Registry (OMSQOR®) and Dental Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (DAIRS) has provided a good start to developing the data that are needed; your participation in these registries is urgently needed. The research funding commitment by AAOMS and the Foundation is intended to supplement the registry data with data specifically focused on outcomes.

This study is one of several exciting new programs underway at the Foundation. A new Clinical Research Support Grant is set to debut at the 2020 Clinical Trials Methods Course. Applications for this two-year, $150,000 grant will be available in 2020 for clinical research commencing in 2021. In addition, the first recipient of our International Fellowship for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Surgery will travel to Beijing next September to train for a year with the expert surgeons at the Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology. The International Fellowship is administered jointly by the OMS Foundation and the IAOMS Foundation with financial support provided by the OMS Foundation.

Following a successful inaugural year, our Global Initiative for Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) program is poised to grow. The OMS Foundation Alliance, energized by a $10,000 gift match challenge from the James and Carmen Hupp Foundation, raised more than enough at the 2019 Annual Meeting to fund 10 $2,500 GIVE stipends in 2020. Our 2019 participants returned with finely honed technical skills and a heightened awareness of their capacity to make a difference in the world. Their stories are inspiring; I invite you add your support to this worthy program.

“Relevance” was a recurring theme at the Foundation’s Strategic Planning Session in 2018, and these new programs represent the Foundation’s commitment to listen to its constituents and respond with programs that are in sync with the evolving priorities of our specialty. Your feedback is as necessary to our success as your financial support, and I ask that you be generous with both. None of these programs will succeed without consistent funding. If you haven’t yet contributed in 2019, please consider a generous gift before Dec. 31. Every gift to the Foundation received in November and December will be matched, up to a total of $25,000, thanks to the generosity of OMS Partners, LLC.