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Editor: Dr. Juan Bugueno

Co-editor: Milda Chmieliauskaite

Editor Emeritus and Copy Editor: Michael Krakow

AAOM's Spring 2020 Newsletter

The Spring 2020 Newsletter contains messages from your AAOM leadership, Academy announcements, a new Member Spotlight, COVID-19 information, 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

Welcome to the spring 2020 newsletter!

So much has changed in our world since we last met. We regretted having to cancel our wonderful spring meeting in Orlando FL, which had extraordinary events scheduled to celebrate our 75th Anniversary as an Academy.

We are grateful to Dr. Craig Hatch for so swiftly pivoting and allowing us to escape penalties for cancellation. For those who were so much looking forward to returning to The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, not to worry, Dr. Hatch has secured this as our spring meeting site in 2024. For those who are longing to get on the road again and explore, please look forward to our future meeting destinations of Hyatt Seattle, WA in 2021, The Peabody Memphis, TN in 2022 and Hyatt Savannah, GA in 2023.

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AAOM Membership & Member Highlight

Katherine France, DMD, MBE

What drew me to dental school initially was the intellectual challenge of treating each patient to the best of my abilities, constantly mindful of their personal, medical, social, and dental histories. I was also drawn from the beginning to the many career opportunities available in dentistry.

I was most excited about the opportunity to serve as both a clinician and educator but was eager to learn more about the many other paths a dental career could take. It will come as no surprise, then, that I found a perfect fit in oral medicine. I was fascinated by the diagnostic dilemma of rare diseases and variable presentations and excited to determine treatment modalities that fit each patient’s particular presentation. It was also fortunate, I often tell my students, that my interest in education fit so directly into my clinical interest, given oral medicine’s historically strong role in dental education.

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AAOM Virtual Scientific Meeting: Save the Date!

July 24–25, 2020

After the inevitable cancellation of the 2020 annual meeting in Orlando, AAOM has determined to move forward with a virtual scientific meeting! More information about the virtual event to follow.

Save the Date: AAOM Webinar

July 1, 2020

Join us again on Zoom for a panel discussion with Dr. Scott De Rossi. This webinar will be offered free of charge by AAOM. (No CE credits offered.) More information to follow.

AAOM General Assembly Meeting and Board of Trustees Announcement

As you know, AAOM was forced to cancel the 2020 AAOM Annual Conference, which included the General Assembly meeting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order for AAOM to maintain continuous leadership during these difficult times, the AAOM Board of Trustees met on May 27, 2020 and approved holding in place the current AAOM officers until 2021.

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Oral Medicine Specialty Recognition

On March 3 the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards announced some very long-awaited and exciting news to the American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM).Thamer Musbah, BDS

After almost 75 years from the inception of oral medicine and roughly 34 years from its first application for dental specialty recognition, oral medicine has become the 11th recognized dental specialty.

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New Challenges — University of Washington School of Dentistry


Though all areas of the country have been now been affected by COVID, it was surreal for my hometown (Seattle) to draw national attention as the nation’s first known epicenter.

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Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak — The West Virginia University School of Dentistry Experience

As part of the national COVID-19 strategy, the WVU SOD immediately began to work on plans to address this pandemic emergency.

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UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

Michaell Huber, DDS
David Ojeda, DDS

Definitely, the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic has affected us at the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. We effectively shut down mid-March in accordance with our state directives.

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A Residents’ Perspective on COVID-19 Pandemic — Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine

Rossella Intini & Shaiba Sandhu -PGY2

Dear colleagues,

The world around us changed in a blink on March 10 when the state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts (MA) and stay at home orders were announced. Would you have believed if you were told 6 months ago that a global pandemic was looming and waiting to establish its roots uprooting your daily, boring yet essential activities?

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Oral Medicine at University of California San Francisco

Alessandro Villa, DDS, MPH, PHD

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, oral medicine urgent care for patients has continued with appropriate clinic coverage at UCSF. Distance Education technology is being utilized in the clinic portion of the program.

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