2 Available Slots in the Dental Rural Student Loan Repayment Program

The Georgia Rural Physicians’ Workforce Board is still taking applications for 2 open slots for the Rural Dental Student Loan Repayment Program.  It is imperative that we get dentists to fill all 12 slots, otherwise the legislature will cut our funding next year.

Here is an overview of the program and details for submitting applications:

The Dentists for Rural Areas Assistance Program (DRAA) provides service-cancelable loans of up to $25,000 per year in return for dental practice in an underserved, rural county in Georgia. Contracts are awarded for one year and are renewable three times for a maximum of four years.  Funding for this program is provided by the State of Georgia.

Download DRAA information flyer.

Please click on the link below for the DRAA program requirements and application materials.

Download Dentist RAA Loan Repayment Program Application

If you have questions please let contact Scott Lofranco, GDA General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs, Georgia Dental Association at scott@gadental.org or 404-636-7553

AAOMS House of Delegates Report

Dear GSOMS colleagues,

The 2017 AAOMS House of Delegates (HOD) convened in San Francisco October 9-11. Despite the tragedy which was occurring in the Napa and Sonoma areas, the caucus sessions, reference committee meetings and the HOD were focused and productive, characterized by poignant discussion and debate, humor, and, solemnity as the HOD recognized fellows and members who had passed away since the 2016 meeting in the third session.

During the first session, the HOD elected Dr. Pushkar Mehra as an ABOMS Director in two ballots.

In keeping with the continued focus, both nationally and at the state level, on the opioid epidemic, the HOD authorized the AAOMS Board of Trustees (BOT) to appoint a Special Committee on Responsible Prescribing to serve as a content expert to existing committees and the BOT. This committee will report to the 2018 HOD. Our specialty continues to be in the crosshairs of political debate with regard to the opioid crisis. Georgia legislators are seemingly more brazen to publicly blame us for the introduction of opioids to “minor” populations via wisdom teeth procedures. For this reason, I recommended to Hank and Dr. Al Pesto that the GSOMS appoint an Ad Hoc committee on opioid legislation which will work separately and in conjunction with the GDA in preparation for the next General Assembly. We will also work with the Georgia Attorney General Task Force on Opioid Abuse as well as the MAG “Think About It” campaign advisory council. Grant Hogan and Amy Kuhmichel agreed to also serve on this important committee.

A resolution was introduced to sunset the AAOMS Committee on Hospital and Interprofessional Affairs. This committee’s function and accomplishments were vigorously defended by previous chairs in our caucus and on the floor of the HOD. The resolution was thusly referred back to the BOT for further evaluation with a report to follow to the 2018 HOD.

The AAOMS Committee on Anesthesia remains a very busy committee with ongoing projects which include an update of the Office Anesthesia Evaluation and development of the AAOMS National Simulation courses. Phase I (Basic Emergency Airway Management – BEAM) is ready for roll out to the membership. Phase II (Office based crisis management) and Phase III (IV Sedation) are in development. A resolution was proposed that would allow extension of the current chair’s term of service from 9-10 years (total time on committee) to allow continuity for completion of the previously mentioned projects. This resolution was defeated.

The HOD voted to approve Resolution B3 (RC) which would increase the consecutive Trustee tenure to three full 2 year terms (previously was two terms). The motivation behind this resolution was to avoid what happened last year when 3 candidates ran for the office of AAOMS Vice President. It was felt that too much BOT experience was lost at one time under that scenario.

There were many resolutions presented to the HOD pertaining to the AAOMS Foundation’s realignment under the AAOMS BOT’s. Many AAOMS committees will now be populated with AAOMS Foundation Directors. The AAOMS Treasurer will now oversee the finances of both the Foundation and the ASI Board. These resolutions all passed under the consent agenda.

The AAOMS 2018 operational budget was approved with Rev/Exp of 20,979,823 and 20, 760, 093 respectively.

Our caucus introduced a resolution to the HOD directing the AAOMS BOT to investigate independent specialty recognition and accreditation. This resolution passed also via the consent agenda and a report will be presented next year. This resolution addressed the ADA’s formation of a new commission for specialty recognition (composed of 9 GD’s, 1 rep from each of the nine ADA recognized specialties and a public member) and CODA’s initiation of a process removing the term “dental specialty” and substituting in its place “advanced dental education”. AAOMS officers and Trustees were present at the recent ADA reference committees and HOD sessions. You will hear much more about this from our District 3 Trustee, Dr. Robert Clark in the near future.

A resolution was proposed to rescind the Life Fellow/Member dues and assessment requirement that was passed last year. This item was defeated. On a humanitarian note, 2018 dues and assessments for OMFS’s practicing in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were waived.

It remains a privilege to serve our component society as a delegate in the AAOMS House of Delegates. I know I speak for our other Delegates and Alternate Delegates, Vinny Perciaccante, Solon Kao and Bob Wunderle, in thanking you for your continued support of us and our specialty.

Jeffrey D. Schultz,
DDS AAOMS Delegate

GSOMS Summer Meeting

GSOMS 2018 Summer Meeting
July 20-22, 2018
The Ritz Carlton Lodge
Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA

Register Online Now!

Reserve Room Online Now


Download Meeting Brochure

Hotel Accommodations

Make your hotel reservations, $299 per night for single/double occupancy.

Room block closes July 7, 2018 or until the room block is full.
Rooms are limited, so we urge you to respond today.

Reserve Room Online Now


Schedule and Course Outline

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018

3:00 – 5:00pm Exhibitor Setup
4:00 – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm Welcome Reception/Dinner


7:00 – 8:00am Registration, Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 – 10:00am Ambulatory Anesthesia Review for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Diplomate, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Director, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Fellow, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Fellow, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
10:00 – 10:30am Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 12:30pm Seminar continues
Edward C. Adlesic, DMD
12:30 – 1:30pm Business Session with Lunch
Dinner on Your Own

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

7:00 – 7:30am Registration, Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:30 – 9:30am Patient Safety and Risk Management for the
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Colin S. Bell, DDS, MSD,OMSNIC
Susanne Moy, BSHM, CPHRM
9:30 – 10:00am Break with Exhibitors
10:00 – 12:00pm Seminar continues
12:00pm Conference Adjourns


Mid-Winter Meeting


2018 Annual Meeting
Feb. 24, 2018
Druid Hills Golf Club

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Online Meeting Registration

Register for the GSOMS meeting online here. 

You must indicate if you are a member of the GSOMS Educational Trust.  If you do not know, please contact the administrative office at 770.271.0453.   A continuing education certificate for 4.0 hours will be available at the end of the seminar.

GSOMS Educational Trust Member:
Non-Member, Trust:
Non-Member, GSOMS:
$60 (Contributed or pledged $1,000 or more to Trust)
$100 (you have not contributed $1,000 or more to Trust)

Management of Malignant Tumors of the Hard Palate and Upper Alveolar Ridge

Tumors of the hard palate and upper alveolus are a rare and heterogeneous group of oral cavity malignancies. The appropriate treatment of these patients requires close cooperation between the surgeon and the surgical pathologist to ensure the correct diagnosis prior to initiating therapy. We will review the appropriate surgical anatomy of this region, discuss concepts in management of the primary, message of reconstruction, and the role of neck dissection and adjuvant treatment.

Guy J. Petruzzelli, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
Physician-in-Chief & Vice President for Oncology Programs;
Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute and Memorial University Health System;
Professor of Surgery Head, Neck & Endocrine Surgery; Savannah, GA



Changes in World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Oral,
Head and Neck Pathology

Patients present to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with a spectrum of oral, head and neck lesions for diagnosis and management. Most often, biopsy sampling and pathologic diagnosis represents the cornerstone for management. Changes in diagnostic classification, overlapping histologic criteria and/or method of sampling may impact clinical decision making. A primer of the changes within the 4th edition of the World Health Organization’s Head and Neck Pathology book will be provided as well as a review of selected controversial topics that may impact areas of clinical practice.

Kelly Magliocca, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine;
Emory University Hospital; Atlanta, GA





The class will be an official American Heart Association certification course for Healthcare Provider BLS and ACLS. Successful completion will be documented with the AHA’s new ecard system (the ecard format is now mandated by AHA).

Your class gets right into the certification process. We will start out with skills verification for BLS (CPR), then review the advanced practice protocols and pharmacology (bradycardia, tachycardia, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest, and post-resuscitation care). After a short break, we will practice these protocols in an interactive scenario-based learning environment that invites the opportunity to ask questions and fine-tune your approach to the ACLS patient. The class is completed with the certification exams for ACLS and BLS.
Recertification is a 4 hour course.

ACLS/BLS Registration

To register for the class, please go to www.nostresstraining.com (No Stress Training). Click the “Register/Pay” tab and register for the “ACLS 1-day recert” or the “ACLS 1-day recert with BLS” and list the class date as February 24. Complete the registration by entering your name, email, phone number and address. Please ensure that your email address is correct. We will use that email to send you prep material and to send your certification after the class. Do not pay for the class on the website since you are receiving a discounted price for the course. We can accept cash, checks or cards on the day of class.

2-6pm Maximum attendees – 30

$165 ACLS/BLS (Includes materials and certificate)
$150 ACLS only


Important Medical Malpractice Legislation Passes the House; Help Needed with Senate

On Wednesday evening, the House passed the medical malpractice legislation  (HR 1215) that AAOMS has vigorously advocated. The near party-line vote was 218-210 with 6 members not voting.

One amendment was agreed to during the floor debate and was included in the bill. It does the following:

  • Allows a physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without having the apology count against them in the court of law.
  • Requires a plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before the lawsuit is filed.
    Defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during trial.
  • One amendment failed that would have given affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines.

It will be an uphill battle in the Senate so our work is not done. We must support AAOMS’ legislative efforts.


Please click on this link to send a letter to your Senators:

Grassroots campaign aimed at the Senate.

Simply fill in your name and demographic information and the system will develop a letter to go to your Senators from you. Freely edit the letter or send as is.

Thanks for your help!

Alfred E. Pesto, Jr., DMD

Action Requested – Contact Georgia House Rules Committee on HB 71

Dear GSOMS Members:

HB 71 is legislation currently in the Georgia House Rules Committee addressing various aspects of network adequacy, surprise billing and reimbursement, and other related matters. The Georgia Society of the ACS, along with the Medical Association of Georgia and other state medical organizations, are working to keep this legislation from passing.

The bill has two prominent antitrust concerns:

  • As a condition of medical staff participation, physicians are mandated to accept the same insurance plans as the hospital;
  • As a condition of medical staff participation, the hospitals “shall receive the power to contract for the network participation of its providers (employed and private practice) with health benefit plans of such insurers, provided that such health care providers shall be responsible for negotiating all other terms, conditions and prices.”

Please contact the House Rules Committee (contact information below) and do the following:

  • Share the attached legal opinion that states the legal flaws with HB 71 (HB 71 – Legal Opinion.pdf); and
  • Request that HB 71 stay in Rules and NOT go the floor of the House of Representatives.

If your representative is a member of the Rules Committee please focus on him or her; otherwise, make your voice heard to the chair and vice chair of the committee.

Click here to view a list of the Rules Committee roster.



Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for PERI-Implantitis


June 9 – 11, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Please join Geistlich Biomaterials and the symposium sponsors at a one of a kind Multidisciplinary Treatment Solutions for Peri-Implantitis Symposium in Chicago. This interactive and didactic three-day event will cover topics addressing Peri-Implantitis, presented by world-class international speakers with expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment associated with Peri-Implantitis complications.

This multidisciplinary approach engages all dental professionals who are interested and are responsible for the placement, maintenance, restoration and preservation of dental implants.

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2017 Mid Winter Meeting Highlights

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights
February 18, 2017

Over 75 GSOMS members, guests and residents attended the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Druid Hills Golf Club. Our scientific program included: “Hot Off the Press: Updates on the Newly Released AJCC Staging Criteria and WHO Classifications — What You Need to Know” presented by Susan Muller, DMD, MS; “CBCT in OMS: Join the Revolution!” presented by Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc; and “Cross-sectional Imaging of the Oral Cavity and Beyond: Practical Applications for the OMFS”  presented by Ashley Aiken, MD. We also offered an ACLS Course for those members who needed recertification.




Speaker, Dr. Dania Tamimi


 Speakers, Dr. Dania Tamimi
(left) and Dr. Ashley Aiken (right)  
Speaker Dr. Susan Muller (R)
and Board Member Dr. Neysa
Alice Cooker (L) 

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Report from AAOMS House of Delegates 2016

Dear GA-OMS colleagues,

The business agenda was quite busy at this year’s AAOMS House of Delegates, held in Las Vegas last month. Our District 3 caucus met in Atlanta in August for our pre-AAOMS summer meeting which included reports from representatives of OMSPAC, OMSF, ABOMS, a Trustee report from Dr. Robert Clark, and allowed for review and comments on the various resolutions that originated from various AAOMS committees or the Board of Trustees. This meeting also offered the opportunity for the district to compose and submit additional resolution(s) prior to the HOD sessions. I have included in this email an attachment which lists the actions of the 2016 House of Delegates. I will provide a brief commentary on a select few of the passed resolutions.


Jeff Schultz


ATLANTA – August 22, 2016) – Dr. J. David Allen has been named to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Board of Governors. Allen accepted the appointment in a ceremony with Governor Nathan Deal at the State Capitol on August 17. [Read more…]