AAOM's Spring 2019 Newsletter


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2019 Officers, Diplomates, Fellows, and Awards

AAOM Officers:

President: Lauren Patton
President-Elect: Andres Pinto
Vice-President: Nathaniel Treister
Secretary: Vidya Sankar
Treasurer: Kentaro Ikeda
Assistant Treasurer: Sunday Akintoye
Assistant Secretary: Carol Anne Murdoch Kinch
Past President 2017–2018: Miriam Robbins
Immediate Past-President 2018–2019: Eric T. Stoopler
Executive Director: Michele Reeder

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News from Schools

University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

On June 25, 2019, a reception was offered to celebrate the naming of the Sol Silverman Oral Medicine Clinic at UCSF.

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University of Pennsylvania

Program Director Oral Medicine Program: Dr. Takako I. Tanaka
Department Chairman: Dr. Thomas P. Sollecito

Upcoming events:

2020 AAOM Fall meeting/Symposium at PENN Oral Medicine

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West Virginia University School of Dentistry

WVU dental school instrumental in cancer diagnosis and care

With a nationwide increase in the prevalence of HPV and the high rate of tobacco use in our state (both of which are linked to oral cancer), West Virginia ranks fourth in the nation in cases of cancers of the mouth and throat...

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University of Washington School of Dentistry

Outgoing/incoming residents:

  • Spring 2019 Grad – Dr. Ishraq Alshanqiti.
  • Summer 2019 Grads – Drs. Jasmine Olson, Rashmi Mishra, and Jacqueline Wong
  • Incoming Residents – Drs. Fawaz Hatem, Gale Sebastian, and Jung Song.
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2019 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Michaell A. Huber!

Dr. Michaell A. Huber has been recently distinguished with the prestigious award: “2019 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System”.

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Editor: Juan Bugueno

Co-Editor: Milda Chmieliauskaite

Editor Emeritus and Copy Editor: Michael Krakow

The Spring 2019 Newsletter contains messages from your AAOM leadership, 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 Immediate Past-President

Dear Colleagues,

It was wonderful to see so many of you in New Orleans for the annual conference! The scientific sessions were filled to capacity with thought-provoking lectures regarding the most up-to-date scientific and clinical information delivered by international experts in their respective fields. 

Representatives from over 20 countries were in attendance and the Academy was fortunate to receive the highest level of corporate sponsorship for an annual conference in recent memory.

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Message from the President

Dear AAOM Colleagues,

I am humbled and honored to lead our Academy into the 75th year of service to the public. We, the Academy and its members, certainly improve lives through boldly leading the integration of medicine and dentistry. 

I am grateful for the dedication and energy of the officers who serve on the Executive Committee, the many committee members, committee chairs and past presidents, in particular our Immediate Past-President Eric Stoopler for an exceptional year, and our Executive Director Michele Reeder and her SBI team who do an outstanding job managing our Academy.

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AAOM Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

There was a great turnout in New Orleans this year for our AAOM Annual Conference. View photos from the event and share them with your colleagues and friends on social media with #AAOM2019!

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Specialty Recognition

The American Academy of Oral Medicine submitted on June 10 an application and request to recognize oral medicine as a dental specialty, which is now under review by the National Commission's Review Committee on Specialty Recognition. According to the National Commission, all documentation in the application is confidential until the review committee has determined that the application is complete.

If the application is complete, the National Commission will invite public comment on the applicant's compliance with the requirements for recognition for a 60-day period. Incomplete applications are returned to the sponsoring organization or certifying board for modifications.

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Regular AAOM Membership Re-Defined

During the recent AAOM General Assembly meeting, held at the AAOM Annual Conference in New Orleans in May, AAOM’s membership approved a definition change for Regular membership. The new definition can be found on the AAOM website.

Regular members of the Academy should also be aware that a dues increase will be forthcoming for the January 2020 dues renewals. This is the first dues increase in over a decade, and after a thorough review and analysis, dues for Regular members will be $400 (from $295) beginning in January 2020. Even with this increase, AAOM’s dues are less than other similar dental associations, and AAOM very much appreciates the continued and long-time support of its members.

We will be sending additional messaging as we get closer to dues renewal and thank you for supporting oral medicine and AAOM.

A Personal Story — Curiosity Got the Best of Me

I have always been an observer, a curious individual. As a young child, I would sit with my father on a bench at the mall or any other public place and we would just watch people. It was, and still is, intriguing for me to see the characteristics that make us individuals — the peculiarities of each person, whether they be physical peculiarities, mannerisms, or personalities.

I was also very interested in health sciences in general from a young age and went on to receive my DDS from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013.

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Harnessing T-Cell "Stemness" Could Enhance Cancer Immunotherapy

A new study led by scientists in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) sheds light on one way tumors may continue to grow despite the presence of cancer-killing immune cells. The findings, published March 29, 2019, in Science, suggest a way to enhance the effectiveness of immunotherapies for cancer treatment. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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