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2021 AAOM President's Welcome

A Message from AAOM President Dr. Lauren Patton

Dr. Lauren PattonDear AAOM Members and International Friends of Oral Medicine,

As we approach Thursday, April 15, 2021, I can’t wait to join you and our distinguished presenters and discussants for our first Virtual Annual Conference, aptly titled: “Oral Medicine: The New Era”. We have three days of fellowship and education planned. With continuing dental education credits available, you can join live (17 credits) or watch as recorded self-study sessions (14 credits).

This 3-day meeting models our typical in-person meeting with plenary sessions, distinguished lectures, abstract sessions, clinicopathologic expert panels, oral medicine clinical practice sessions, and an update on the upcoming 2022 World Workshop on Oral Medicine (WWOM), all with reduced registration cost compared to our live conferences. Official session times in the schedule are posted in U.S. Pacific Time and Eastern Time, starting at 7:00 AM/10:00 AM. From wherever you are joining us, there is plenty of time for that extra cup of morning coffee or tea, and your choice of beverage as the day unfolds.

Thursday, April 15 | Day 1

Don’t miss our opening Sol Silverman Memorial Lecture at 7:30 AM PT/10:30 ET. This is followed by our first Plenary on The Pursuit of Better Patient-Centered Outcomes. At 2:00 PM PT/5:00 ET we will hold our General Assembly Meeting where we will conduct AAOM business and have the swearing in of our new Academy officers to serve us in the coming year. Starting at 2:00 PM PT/5:00 ET and for 3 hours, attendees can explore at their own pace the 2020 Oral Abstracts.

Friday April 16 | Day 2

We begin again at 7:00 AM PT/10:00 ET with the second Plenary on Neoplasia: Extending the Frontiers of Knowledge. This day also includes the Clinicopathologic Expert panel, Lester Burket Award Lecture and WWOM update, concluding with time to explore the 2021 Oral Abstracts.

Saturday April 17 | Day 3

Up early again for you West-coasters! We start at 7:00 AM PT/10:00 ET with the Jonathan Ship Diplomates Lecture by ABOM President-elect Dr. Thomas Sollecito on “The Impact of Head and Neck Cancer Radiotherapy on Salivary Flow and its Subsequent Recovery: Results of the OraRad Study.” This is followed by Dr. Cesar Migliorati’s delivery of the Samuel Charles Miller Lecture in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the art and science of Oral Medicine.

We then enjoy a distinguished international panel of oral medicine experts deliver our Third Plenary on A Global Perspective of Oral Medicine: History, Current Status, and International Collaborative Efforts, with contributors sharing perspectives from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Sweden, China and Brazil. This is followed by our Case Report Award presentations and a late-breaking session on Oral Medicine and COVID: Can Dentists Play a Role in Ending the Pandemic?

Not to be missed, our meeting will conclude with our Awards Ceremony at 2:30 PM PT/5:30 ET.

Many thanks go out to the Scientific Session Chairs, Dr. Arwa Farag and Dr. Alessandro Villa, for working diligently with our Executive Director, Felicia Kenan, and her team of Katie Pitchford, Stacey WilliamsKatie Berry, Hanna Twiss-Brooks, and Makenna Wallingford to bring you this virtual event. 

We are grateful to Dr. Craig Hatch for his efforts in managing our meeting settings and look forward to an in-person meeting May 3–7, 2022 at The Peabody in Memphis, TN, conjoint with the next World Workshop on Oral Medicine.

Kind regards,

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Lauren L. Patton, DDS
AAOM President

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Attendance American Academy of Oral Medicine designates this activity for 17 continuing education credits.


American Academy of Oral Medicine designates this activity for 14 continuing education credits.