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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…

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OMSNIC agents give back again and again

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…


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…

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GIVE is a “natural fit” for the Alliance

The James and Carmen Hupp Foundation will match every donation to GIVE received by September 21, 2019, up to a total of $10,000.

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Applications available September 3 for International Fellowship opportunity

The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) and the IAOMS Foundation, in partnership with the OMS Foundation, will begin accepting applications September 3 for a 12-month International Fellowship for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Surgery in Beijing, China. The collaborative Fellowship offers OMS residents and junior faculty from the U.S. the opportunity…


OMS Foundation to host Advance Charitable Planning seminar at 2019 Annual Meeting

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GIVE offers opportunity to learn, serve and smile

I am extremely grateful to have received a generous scholarship from the OMS Foundation Alliance. It afforded me the opportunity to accompany my husband to the 2018 AAOMS meeting. Dr. Jessica Lee’s career path was forged early. As the daughter of an OMS practicing in South Korea, Dr. Lee witnessed firsthand the transformative effect of…