Fall 2019 Newsletter


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News from Schools

University of Washington School of Dentistry

Upcoming Event: Retirement celebration on November 1

Search begins for new Graduate Program Director

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Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus

Upcoming events on October 3, November 2, and November 9. 

Will be hosting the AAOM 2019 Fall Meeting.

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West Virginia University School of Dentistry

If we have learned one thing about West Virginia University, it is that we as Mountaineers are fiercely loyal not just to our football team but also to the citizens of our state...

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Editor: Dr. Juan Bugueno
Co-editor: Milda Chmieliauskaite
Editor Emeritus and Copy Editor: Michael Krakow

The Fall 2019 Newsletter contains messages from your AAOM leadership, Academy announcements, conference reflections, and more. Jump to an article by using the list of contents in the left-hand sidebar, and contact [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.

Message from the President, Dr. Lauren L. Patton

Dear AAOM Colleagues,

After a long and warm summer, the fall temperatures are finally upon us and our students are heading off for Fall Break. I am writing to update you on activities this past summer and early fall. 

Of important note: The deadline is rapidly approaching for close of the 60-day public comment period for our application for specialty recognition by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards. Thank you to the many of you who have submitted supportive comments and brought this comment opportunity to the attention of your patients and professional colleagues so they also could provide additional information for the review process.

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AAOM Resident Research Award 2019–2020

October 6, 2019

The Research Advancement Committee (RAC) of the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) is pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Request for Proposals from residents enrolled in United States of America and Canadian Oral Medicine postgraduate programs.

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Join AAOM in congratulating the following members for their recent professional achievements:

  • Alessandro Villa
  • Penn Dental Medicine Faculty & Residents
  • Lina Mejia
  • Juan M. Bugueno
  • Kentaro Ikeda
Read about their accomplishments

A Personal Story — Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Every time I tell the story about my path from Dentistry to Oral Medicine and from Venezuela to the United States, I get a little amused. It has been such a convoluted path that it is almost comical. At this point in my career, I have been in three countries, five cities and five different academic institutions, each of them with their own triumphs and challenges that left a mark on me.

Like many of you, my passion for oral medicine started early in my career. Actually, for me, making the decision to become an oral medicine specialist was easy…the path, not that easy.

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Evidence to Recommendations for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination of Adults, Ages 27–45 Years

Vaccination against HPV is recommended to prevent HPV infections and HPV-associated diseases, including cancers. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) routinely recommends HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12 years; vaccination can be given starting at age 9 years. Catch-up vaccination has been recommended since 2006 for females through age 26 years, and since 2011 for males through age 21 years and certain special populations through age 26 years.

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