The Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is a not-for-profit professional association, incorporated in the State of Illinois. ISOMS is dedicated to the advancement of public welfare through educational programs that help improve standards of practice in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Illinois.
Active ISOMS members are graduates of accredited dental schools who have also completed an accredited training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, are licensed to practice dentistry or medicine in the State of Illinois, and limit their practice exclusively to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Active members must participate in the Society's Office Anesthesia Evaluation Program as a precondition of membership and every five years thereafter, and they must maintain membership in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
For additional information on membership, contact the ISOMS headquarters:
810 S. Waukegan Road, Suite 104
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Phone 847 482.0222
eFax 847 574.0445
A Message from ISOMS President Mike Zak
Dear ISOMS members,
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a rule change enacted down in Springfield which will affect all of our practices.
Late in 2013, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) began considering rule changes which would affect the way anesthesia assistants could be trained to function in the dental office. The most significant of the changes considered was a rule which would mandate that a portion of the staff training would have to take place outside the office by an "approved" provider of anesthesia training. Currently, there are only two approved providers for offsite training - University of Illinois Dental School and Southern Illinois Dental School. If this rule change took place as written, all new anesthesia assistants would need to be sent to either SIU or U of I for at least part of their training.
The ISOMS went on record as opposing this portion of the rule change. Working together with the Illinois State Dental Society, we lobbied the lawmakers involved in this process. I am very happy to say that our efforts have paid off! The rule changes enacted do require 6 hours of "hands on" training. However, this training can be done in the dental office, and dentists with an A or B permit can conduct this training as part of an approved course. The rule changes apply only to new trainees — assistants who have already received anesthesia assistant training are grandfathered in.
I would like to thank both Anthony Spina and Ed Rentschler for their help in this matter. Their knowledge of how state government works was invaluable. I would also like to thank Brian Soltys and Ed Segal, both of the ISDS, who were supportive of our cause and lobbied the appropriate state legislative bodies on our behalf.
This is a win for the good guys! With very little political clout, we achieved a significant change in the rules which will benefit our practices by allowing each individual practitioner to train their own staff. This is a great example how organized dentistry can benefit our practices, and how membership in ISOMS benefits us all!
AAOMS 2014 Dental Implant Conference: December 4-6
The AAOMS 2014 Dental Implant Conference will be held December 4-6 in Chicago at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
The 2014 Dental Implant Conference: The Art of Healing offers an intensive educational program of innovative techniques and procedures for the entire implant team, presented by an internationally renowned faculty of leaders in implant dentistry. You'll also experience an exhibition of the most technologically advanced products and services available in the field, and the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country.
It is now half way through 2014, but we do not have half of the office anesthesia evaluations completed that are due this year. Please do not wait until the last minute to schedule yours. All members who are due for the evaluation have been contacted and have been given the name of the member of the anesthesia committee who has been assigned to complete the process. The list is also posted here on our website. We are required to report to AAOMS the names of members who are delinquent in completing the process by the end of the year
The evaluations are completed before new applicants for membership are moved to active status, then every five years thereafter. If you were late for any reason in completing the last one, the clock is not re-set. We count five years from the first date of completion. Please help us keep on schedule! All completed evaluations are reported to AAOMS as soon as they are filed with our office. Thank you.
ISOMS Annual Meeting Scheduled for October
Watch our Calendar of Events for more information on this and all upcoming events, programs, and activities.
Save the Date
ISOMS Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
The ISOMS Delegates and Alternates are expected to attend a District IV Caucus meeting to be held on August 9 at AAOMS headquarters in Rosemont.
The AAOMS Annual Meeting will be held in Hawaii this year, September 8-13. ISOMS will have three Delegates and three Alternate Delegates in attendance. The 2015 Annual Meeting will be in Washington, DC.
March ACLS & BLS Training Program
The ISOMS March 2014 ACLS & BLS Training program was held at the Hyatt Lodge and Hamburger University on the McDonalds campus in Oak Brook. The weekend program was a success as always and members enjoyed the views in the beautiful surroundings in spite of the wintry weather.
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers Held
The ISOMS Annual Meeting and Election of Officers was held on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at the Westin Michigan Hotel, Chicago. The event featured Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, MAGD. A special thanks to the exhibitors who help ISOMS by defraying some of the cost of conducting our semi-annual education programs for members.
Enjoy these photos from the November 9th Annual Meeting and Election of Officers for 2014!
Schedule Your Anesthesia Evaluation or We'll Be Forced to Drop You!
If you are due for an Anesthesia Evaluation this year and have not yet completed it, you must at least schedule the office visit and forward the scheduled date to ISOMS ASAP. At the AAOMS Annual Meeting, they review — and subsequently drop — members who have not made an attempt to complete the evaluation on time. If you are dropped from AAOMS, you'll be dropped from ISOMS, too and will be required to re-apply to both.
Did this message go to the right place? Are your colleagues getting these e-newsletters and other e-communications from us? More and more of our correspondence is being sent electronically and you may miss some important announements if we do not have your email and/or fax number. Email the office any updates.
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