AAOM Fall Meeting 2013
Current Topics in Oral Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
October 18, 2013
68th Annual Meeting
Joint Meeting with the European Association of Oral Medicine and the World Workshop on Oral Medicine
April 4-13, 2014
|World Workshop on Oral Medicine - EAOM/AAOM Joint Meeting
We're less than a year away from the largest meeting of Oral Medicine ever! Please mark your calendars ASAP for AAOM's 68th Annual Meeting, held jointly with EAOM and the World Workshop. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida--adjacent to Disneyworld--April 4-13, 2014.
The conference website will be open before the end of June.
|IT in Oral Medicine: Survey|
Dear Oral Medicine colleagues,
One section of the upcoming 6th World Workshop on Oral Medicine April 9-12, 2014 at the Grand
Hyatt Cypress in Orlando, Florida, USA (see: WWOMVI) will be dedicated to the use of information
technology (IT). With this first step, we are approaching oral medicine colleagues around the globe in order to identify specific IT systems used in oral medicine. The idea is to gain and provide insight into the current use of IT and to present good examples at the WWOMVI meeting of how IT may be used in our discipline.
By the use of IT we mean the use of software designed specifically for the support of clinical care,
research and/or education. The use of more general software such as Microsoft Office (Word, Power
Point, Excel etc.) or statistical software (Statistica, SPSS, SAS, etc.) is not of interest.
We would appreciate if you would reply to this e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a very brief description of software system that you are using in oral medicine. The description should include following information:
Name of the system:
Field of application (more than one response is possible):
- Clinical work (Y/N)
- Research (Y/N)
- Education (Y/N)
Can the system be distributed to interested parties? (Y/N)
If YES, what is the cost in U.S. dollars? $
As the next step, we will contact you to get further information about the system you are using with the aim to present the most interesting systems at the 6th World Workshop on Oral Medicine.
Section Head WWOMVI
|New AAOM Officers, 2013-14|
|AAOM's New Executive Committee. From left: Carol Stewart, Wendy Hupp, Mark Kutcher, Ross Kerr, Scott DeRossi, Mike Huber.|
AAOM's newest Officers were installed during the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. AAOM's leadership year runs from one Annual Meeting to the next, April through April.
This year's officers of the executive committee are: Dr. Michaell Huber as president, Dr. Carol Stewart as president-elect, Dr. Ross Kerr as vice president, Dr. Wendy Hupp as treasurer, Dr. Miriam Robbins as assistant treasurer, Dr. Eric Stoopler as secretary, Dr. Scott DeRossi as assistant secretary.
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|Annual Meeting Recap
AAOM's Annual Meeting in San Antonio was a great success for the OM community.
One participant writes: "That was the best AAOM meeting, perhaps ever, in terms of scientific content/speakers."
|At a Glance
Message from the President - I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as your President for the upcoming year and look forward to working with all of you to further our Academy's growth and recognition. Read more
A Message to our Health Professional Colleagues - As the profession of dental medicine matures and expands so too does the need to rethink traditional models of patient care delivery. There is now an important, indeed essential, opportunity to respond proactively to future patient management challenges that lie ahead. Oral Medicine experts, working side-by-side with our health professional colleagues, are well poised to contribute to this opportunity.
68th Annual Meeting - Joint with World Workshop on Oral Medicine and EAOM.
IT in Oral Medicine: Assistance Sought. For the upcoming World Workshop on OM, your input is requested for a brief survey on use of IT systems used in Oral Medicine.
AAOM's New Executive Committee Members. New officers for the leadership year 2013-14. Read more
AAOM Annual Meeting Recap. AAOM's Annual Meeting in San Antonio was a great success for the OM community. Read more
Dr. Michaell Huber, AAOM President
|President Michaell Huber|
I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as your President for the upcoming year and look forward to working with all of you to further our Academy's growth and recognition. During the past year, we successfully updated our bylaws and committees, which will allow us to be more nimble in responding to current and future challenges and opportunities.
In this regard I'd like to personally thank our Immediate Past President, Dr. Mark Kutcher for leading the effort. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank our management team led by Ms. Donna Cameron and our Executive Director Mr. Nick Senzee for providing essential help and guidance.
So, what are some of our current challenges and opportunities?
Challenge to maintain momentum: Over the years, it seems to me seems that during every annual meeting, we all get caught-up in a collective "buzz" of ideas and goals. This is great! However, once we all get back to our primary jobs and responsibilities, much of the buzz fades and we lose momentum. One of my primary goals, I dare say opportunities, for this year is to keep up the momentum. I promise to do my part to keep the pot stirred by keeping our committees engaged, but I also challenge each member to participate. Tell your colleagues about the AAOM and what it has to offer, invite them to a meeting, refer them to our website, and show them a Clinician's Guide.
Challenge to grow membership: This continues to be one of our hardest nuts to crack. The only manner in which we will tangibly increase our membership is to get like-minded non-OM trained professionals to join. There is great opportunity here and I've tasked the Publicity Committee (Chair: Dr. Dennis Abbott), Website Committee (Chair: Dr. Scott De Rossi) and Membership Committee (Dr. Vidya Sankar) to work with management to develop ideas on how to best market ourselves to potential new members. During the Instillation dinner in San Antonio, I asked each one in attendance to, "Bring a friend to Orlando." If we could increase our net membership by 5% per year, by 2020 we will have over 800 members.
Challenge to obtain ADA specialty recognition: If history is any guide, obtaining specialty recognition remains a steep uphill battle. We are all deeply indebted to Dr. Craig Miller for staying abreast of this dynamic process and there are several opportunities for us to consider as we move forward. In recognition that the major stakeholders in obtaining specialty recognition are our American Board of Oral Medicine diplomats, the ABOM has been asked to lead the way. I encourage everyone to be on the look-out for updates on this important topic as they become available.
Challenge to promote who we are: Acknowledging we are a relatively small organization, it is not surprising that many of our professional colleagues have only a vague sense of what we bring to the table. The release of our new website affords us an opportunity to better promote ourselves to other professionals and patients alike. The Website and Publicity committees are developing strategies to build-out and improve the content and value of the website. I encourage every AAOM member to check-out the new site and steer your colleagues to it. If you have ideas to help improve content or value, please let me or the committees know.
Let me close by again saying how humbled I am to serve as your President. I am confident that together we can make it one of the premier organizations in healthcare. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or concerns you may have.
A Message to our Health Professional Colleagues
As the profession of dental medicine matures and expands so too does the need to rethink traditional models of patient care delivery. There is now an important, indeed essential, opportunity to respond proactively to future patient management challenges that lie ahead. Oral Medicine experts, working side-by-side with our health professional colleagues, are well poised to contribute to this opportunity. We are committed to helping create novel paradigms for patient care in order to meet the needs of patients requiring medically necessary, non-surgical oral management.
Diplomates in Oral Medicine have formal advanced training as mandated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, focused on non-surgical management of oral disease in medically complex patients. Given the unmet and often challenging oral needs in these patients, Oral Medicine practitioners are key members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Depending upon the complexity of a given patient's healthcare needs, this team may consist of the entire spectrum of healthcare professionals (e.g., general dentists, dental specialists, medical specialists, and allied professionals). Efforts to coordinate the patient's oral disease management in concert with treatment provided by this interdisciplinary team are often facilitated by Oral Medicine experts.
The challenge of managing the oral needs of medically complex patients continues to expand in number and scope. Reasons for this escalating trajectory include but are not limited to:
- an aging population in America;
- an increasing number of persons with medical illnesses that directly affect his or her oral health;
- introduction of novel therapeutics with unique oral side effects;
- an ever-increasing research base relative to the role of oral disease in contributing to adverse systemic outcomes.
These facts warrant the fostering of new collaborations both within the profession of dentistry as well as across the other health professions. The American Academy of Oral Medicine is committed to proactive approaches to patient care that will result in highly successful, cost effective outcomes relative to prevention and treatment of oral disease. At its core, our approach is collaborative and has the goal of preserving and indeed increasing the numbers and types of patients seen by our dental and other health professional colleagues. These outcomes are targeted to addressing important, medically necessary patient care issues as well as enhancing collaborations within the inter-professional model. A likely direct result of this collaborative model will thus be to increase patient referral to other dental specialties and improved oral health of these patients.
We both welcome our partnership with our professional colleagues as well as embrace the needs and challenges associated with managing the increasing numbers of medically complex patients in this country. We look forward to contributing to defining and implementing new approaches in health care so as to comprehensively benefit the oral and systemic management of all our patients.