OMFS hosts 10th annual Education Day

Boston University faculty, residents, students and alumni flocked to the university’s Medical Campus on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for the 10th annual Donald F. Booth Education Day, a day of research presentations and continuing education.

The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Boston Medical Center Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) hosted the event, which was held at the Boston University Medical School.

“It gives me great pleasure to see so many of our faculty, staff, students, and residents gathered together for this annual event, dedicated to research and the importance of continuous learning,” Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter said. “This event would not be possible without the leadership and dedication of the OMFS faculty, particularly Dr. Pushkar Mehra, Dr. Andrew Salama, and – of course – Dr. Donald Booth. And indeed, it is thanks to that leadership that our Advanced Education Program in OMFS is the finest program in the U.S.”

Mehra, professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, chair and associate dean for Hospital Affairs, Dr. Richard D’Innocenzo, clinical professor and director of predoctoral OMFS, and Andrew Salama, associate professor and director, Advanced Education Program in OMFS, kicked off the event with a presentation titled “OMS at BU/BMC: Today and Tomorrow.”

This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Larry Cunningham, who is chief of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Kentucky. Cunningham presented twice during the morning session, first giving an update on the surgical treatment of maxillofacial trauma patients, and then discussing the management of inferior alveolar and lingual nerve injuries.

During the afternoon session, OMFS residents gave a series of presentations before updating the audience on their research efforts. Presentations included:

  • Mohamed Bayoumy DDS (PGY3) presented on the “Role of virtual surgical planning in OMS Residency Training Programs”
  • Rushil Dang DDS (PGY3) presented on “Career Satisfaction amongst US Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Re-categorization of Tumor Stage in Node-Negative Tongue Cancer Patients”
  • William Lane DMD (PGY3) presented on “Utility of CT Angiogram imaging in mandible fracture patients” and Dr. Ibrahim Lakkis DMD (PGY3) presented on “Three Dimensional evaluation of the airway.”

After a light dinner, residents and faculty from the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training programs at Boston University (BU), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and participated in a combined grand rounds. Dr. Ibrahim Lakkis from BU, Dr. Jason W. Lee from MGH, and Dr. Jonathan Bishop from Tufts presented on the topic of “Novel applications for virtual surgical planning.”

In addition to presentations, Hutter and D’Innocenzo took time to present GSDM student Haley Harris DMD 20 with the William H. Bell Predoctoral Award.

This annual award was created in 2018 by the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS). Each accredited dental school in the United States may select one recipient in their third year of dental school who has exhibited academic excellence and interest in oral and maxillofacial surgery.