Update: 2020 AACMFS Annual Meeting

Dear AACMFS Fellows,

As you are all aware, the coronavirus pandemic has been growing in intensity in the United States and many institutions have restricted travel for their faculty and students. Our planning for the annual meeting has gone very well and we have a full agenda planned with wonderful social events for everyone to enjoy. Obviously, we are watching the spread of coronavirus closely and are acutely aware of how it may impact our meeting in May. The executive committee has convened by conference call and a plan is in place to make a decision of whether to cancel the meeting by April 11 as this is a deadline imposed by the host venue for the association to incur the lowest possible penalty to cancel the event. We are looking for potential dates to reschedule the event in the fall and hopefully have that reserved in case cancellation is necessary. I’m hopeful that the panic will subside and we will be able to proceed as planned but we will know more in the coming weeks. I thank all of you for your continued support of this organization and our annual meeting.

My best,

David Kim, DDS, MD

Fellows Flap Course Major Success

With generous financial and logistical support from KLS Martin, L.P. the AACMFS launched its first flagship educational program targeted at fellows in Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery. The two day course, held at KLS Martin World – North America was Directed by Rui Fernandes, MD, DMD, FACS and attended by residents, fellows and faculty from around the nation.

The course, focused on free tissue transfer using the hands on cadaver facilities in the new “state of the art” educational complex. Participants were mentored in their dissections by AACMFS faculty representing a number of the fellowship programs from around the nation.

Participants came away with a greater appreciation for both the technical aspects of the procedures and for the mission of the AACMFS. Recent graduates were encouraged to join as post-graduate fellows and gather with us in Shreveport in May.  The course was deemed a major success is already scheduled to be repeated in the coming year.

Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.” 

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.” 

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

AACMFS Match Website

Dear Fellows,

Consistent with the mission and vision of the AACMFS related to education and training, we are pleased to announce the creation of an AAMFS Match process for applicants to fellowship programs. The AACMFS Match is replacing the successful MORSMATCH for Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as creating a new match for fellowships in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery (Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery).

The AACMFS Match website can be viewed at AACMFSMATCH.org. You can also look forward to a presentation at the annual business meeting regarding the match history and future. We express appreciation for the AACMFS Match transition committee listed below who has completed this work and will continue to provide oversight:

  • Dr. Fayette Williams, Chair
  • Dr. Rui Fernandez
  • Dr. David Kim
  • Dr. Ramon Ruiz
  • Dr. John Caccamese


Brent B. Ward, DDS, MD, FACS
Executive Director, AACMFS