Fall Issue

Table of Contents

  1. President's Message

  2. 2018 AAOM Fall Meeting

  3. News from Schools
  4. A Personal Story: “Life is a Journey, from DDS to DABOM”  

  5. Invitation from Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis 

  6. New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STD'S in Recent Years

  7. Announcements

Editor: Juan Bugueno

Co-editor: Milda Chmieliauskaite

Editor Emeritus and Copy Editor: Michael Krakow

Message from the President
Dr. Eric T. Stoopler

I trust you all had a very enjoyable summer and an opportunity to “recharge your batteries” prior to the start of a new academic year. As we experience cooler temperatures and observe the beautiful fall foliage, we move into a new season with a sense of excitement for AAOM. This is usually a very busy time for all but please take a moment to read this newsletter which highlights recent events and activities.

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2018 AAOM Fall Meeting

2018 AAOM Fall Meeting

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 
450 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PT

Category: AAOM Events

The American Academy of Oral Medicine is hosting the fall meeting at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. Patients undergoing treatment for cancer are at risk for developing a wide spectrum of oral complications and adverse events. This course provides a practical, real-world approach to the assessment, diagnosis, and management of the most frequently encountered and clinically relevant oral complications in cancer patients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the importance of oral health and understand the principles of good oral health in the oncology patient
  2. Be able to assess risk and evaluate the oral cavity, including the dentition and soft tissues
  3. Understand the guiding principles of oral health management in the oncology patient

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News from Schools

Nova Southeastern University, FL

Lina M. Mejia, DDS, MPH had a great month of April. First, she passed her boards to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Then, on returning from the AAOM meeting, she was notified by the University President that she was promoted to the academic rank of Associate Professor of Oral Medicine. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mejia

Dr. Mejia can be reached at [email protected].

- Michael A. Siegel, DDS, MS, FDS RCSEd

School of Dental Medicine at Buffalo, NY

Dr. Michael Hatton has been recently promoted to Clinical Professor at the School of Dental Medicine at Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Hatton and others authored an article on Asian Medicines (and their untoward consequences) as used by Vietnamese elders living in the US. The article has been accepted for publication in OOOO.

AAOM has a new Membership Committee:

  • Dr. Michael Hatton - Chair
  • Dr. Lauren Patton – Co-Chair
  • Dr. Nancy Burkhart
  • Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh
  • Dr. Katherine Frances
  • Dr. Kentaro Ikeda

The Committee’s focus for 2018–2019 will be to develop policies and procedures, which will enhance AAOM membership growth and retention.


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A Personal Story: “Life is a Journey, from DDS to DABOM” 
Lina M. Mejia, DDS, MPH

 “Life is a journey, not a guided tour”: my personal journey began in Colombia when in 1999, I graduated from CES University Dental School in Medellin. I practiced general and cosmetic dentistry for a couple of years in Colombia. Then, my path took a different direction, to the United States, a new country, culture, and language. I realized that the best fit between my love for medicine and my passion for dentistry would be the specialty of oral medicine. In 2007, I began an Oral Medicine Residency Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Invitation from Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis 
Jaisri R. Thoppay, DDS, MBA, MS 

OTOD is an organization of educators and practitioners interested in the art and science of diagnostic skills applied in dentistry. Started in the 1960s, it became a sub-organization of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) in 2007. OTOD serves as the pre-doctoral educational arm of the AAOM. In 2011, OTOD dedicated itself to the development, improvement, and distribution of Clinical pathologic cases/ virtual cases to dental faculty members who are involved in the teaching of diagnostic skills relative to oral & maxillofacial symptoms and lesions. This year, we are looking for more collaborative efforts as the pre-doctoral curriculum is changing to an integrated national board exam.

This will be a great opportunity for all our colleagues to contribute Oral Medicine expertise towards predoctoral dental education, and we would like to extend our warm welcome to join us. Sign up now to be a part of OTOD. 

New CDC Analysis Shows Steep and Sustained Increases in STD'S in Recent Years

Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C, last August. This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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AAOM 2018 Fall CE Course

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