ABAOMS was established in 2004 to support the Dental Schools and individuals in their drive to increase the international competitiveness of the research, education and clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. It is the representative body of academic oral and maxillofacial surgery in the UK and all of the UK and Irish Dental Schools are represented in ABAOMS. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in research, teaching and clinical practice in any aspect of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
History of ABAOMS
ABAOMS arose from an original common interest group called UTOMS; the University Teachers of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. UTOMS developed in the 1980s as a special interest group in the UK Dental Schools. It was UTOMS who developed the original AACOMS programme in OMFS; the prototypical UK scheme combining academic and clinical training.
This scheme is now acknowledged as the origin of the Walport scheme in clinical academic medicine and surgery. As the discipline grew it became clear that the name no longer reflected the mission of the organisation and ABAOMS was established in 2004; recognising the three inter-related key interests of its membership, i.e. teaching, research and clinical practice.