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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery: Associations
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery the surgical specialty that includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatments of a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, defects and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, face, head and neck.
PAOMS is a registered charitable association working in public interest for the uplift of speciality dealing with diseases of mouth, face, jaws and neck.
It aims to prevent oral diseases through public awareness, advance the scientific basis of OMFS and provide a platform for gathering and sharing of data and experiences through conferences and meetings.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the surgical specialty that includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatments of a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries, defects and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, face, head and neck. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat and care for patients who experience such conditions as problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, offer reconstructive and dental implant surgery, and care for patients with tumors, cysts, and developmental cran iofacial abnormalities of the jaws/ face and functional and aesthetic conditions of the maxillofacial areas.
The scope of this specialty is extensive and concerns the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (face and neck) regions.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) frequently work alongside other specialists including dentists, orthodontists, prosthodontists, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and other professionals allied to medicine.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States, supports its members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is the voice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the UK.
BAOMS is a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee, not having share capital. The overall strategic direction of the charity is determined by the trustees, who are assisted and advised by the other officers and members of the Council of the Association.
The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was started in 1969 under the banner of Association of Oral Surgeons of India (AOSI). Its founders included the late Dr MSN Ginwalla, Dr C.K. Dhanasekharan, Late Dr C.G. Raju, Late Dr.K. Ramachandran, Late Dr S.S. Khera and Dr A.P. Chitre.
The AOMSI is a registered organization and admits qualified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as Life or Annual members. The Association is committed to the promotion of the specialty through its scientific deliberations and social causes. The Journal is called 'The Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery' and is the official publication of the Association. It is published four times a year from its office in Bangalore.
The Association has two major conventions every year. The Annual Conference is held in November / December in pre-determined venues around the country. The Mid-Term Conference is focussed on post graduate students and trainees and is a two day conference held in June / July every year. In addition, the AOMSI officially participates in Continuing Education programmes held by its members in different parts of the country.
Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Asian AOMS) is a not-for-profit professional association. Asian AOMS aims to improve the quality and standards of the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is committed towards promoting academic and clinical excellence amongst oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the Region. Asian AOMS is affiliated to the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology (J Oral Maxillofac Surg Med Pathol ) is the official peer-reviewed, bimonthly publication of the Asian AOMS. The Journal is indexed in EMBASE/Excerpta Medica and is circulated to all members of the Asian AOMS, as well as to subscribers internationally.
The development of oral surgery in Canada has been guided, stimulated and assisted by our colleagues in the United States.
Hullihen (1810-1857) has been credited as being the first specialist in oral surgery, and is widely regarded as the Father of Oral Surgery on this continent. Although Dr. Hullihen's degrees were both Honorary, during 22 years of practice, he operated on cases of hare lip, cleft palate, and carcinoma; reconstructed jaws, and performed 1100 major head and neck operations. He was also considered the first to report correction of mandibular prognathism.
Garretson, born 18 years after Hullihen, must have been greatly influenced by him. He was Professor of Anatomy at the Philadelphia College of Anatomy and was appointed Oral Surgeon to the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A gifted and dynamic teacher, he published the first book on oral surgery, Garretson's System of Oral Surgery, which ran through six editions between 1869 and 1890.
Garretson's teachings reached far afield, influencing such notables as Brophy, Gilmer and Cryer. He devised improved methods for operating on the jaws, including a method of sectioning the jaw for the correction of prognathism. An anatomist of worldwide reputation, he produced the chapter on the anatomy of the face and jaws in Gray's Anatomy, and his own book on facial anatomy is a classic. He also had some 100 papers published in the Dental Cosmos, a superlative journal that recognized the significance of oral surgery and which was widely read by dentists in Canada.
In Canada Dr. George Beers of Montreal is recognized as the first dentist to specialize in oral surgery. Prior to his death in 1900, he was widely regarded as the most outstanding dentist that Canada had yet produced. He founded and edited the Canada Journal of Dental Science, a publication of high scientific and literary standard for the period. It provides the only reliable history of the profession in Canada during the period of its publication.
The International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) is the largest global professional organization representing the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. From its founding in 1962, the IAOMS has been a friendly community of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, bound together by a common enthusiasm for the well-being of their patients and the advancement of their specialty.
IAOMS seeks to constantly expand its leadership role in improving the quality of oral and maxillofacial surgery healthcare worldwide. Its objectives are to:
Identify, coordinate, facilitate, and communicate research and patient care priorities internationally.
Communicate with government and international agencies regarding the priorities and strategies for improving care to the underserved.
Facilitate the establishment of training centers in developing countries and provide academic assistance as appropriate.
To evaluate and disseminate advance in other branches of medicine and dentistry worldwide.
Develop a bank of information of learning concerning patient care strategies and make them available through electronic and other means.
Develop practitioner-effective and friendly methods of international electronic communication and telemedicine to improve OMS healthcare.