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Student research award continues to attract top talent to the specialty

Dr. Lauren Hum arrived at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2012 with a solid plan. “I fully intended to pursue pediatric dentistry,” she said. “I thought that was my calling.” Today, Dr. Hum is within a year of completing a six-year OMS residency at Oregon Health & Science University and looking forward to…

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OMS Society Q1 Member Update

The OMS Foundation extends its sincere thanks to EVERY donor who contributed to the Annual Fund or GIVE in 2020. Your generosity was a lifeline during a complicated year. Special thanks to Treloar & Heisel for launching the OMSFIRE (OMS for Innovation, Research and Education) campaign with a $100,000 Platinum commitment in January 2020 and…

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Dr. Amin supports ‘big picture’ with OMSFIRE gift

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. …

A tribute to Dr. John Sullivan Bond (1946-2020)

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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Advancing the specialty through collaboration

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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Volunteer service was a given for 2020 GIVE awardee

The culture of “giving back” has been a central tenet of the OMS specialty for generations; it’s not unusual to find an expectation of service embedded in the culture of an OMS education program alongside its curriculum. Such is the case at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Brian Wolf, chief resident at NUMC, recently spent…

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The legacy of GIVE: Pay it forward

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…

OMSs need research, now more than ever

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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New research projects address a diverse array of topics

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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How does the SECURE Act impact you?

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…