How we fund research and education
The OMS Foundation Research Fund, created through the generosity of donors, exists to support priority, clinically relevant research.We are proud to have committed more than $12 million in research and education to support the specialty, including the following:
- More than 400 Grants, Fellowships and other awards
- Third Molar Study
- Outcomes Assessment Project
Research grants are awarded to experienced investigators; investigators in training; oral and maxillofacial surgeons in private practice; residents; and health-professions students. The Foundation takes pride in the fact that it has been able to serve as a source of support for the important and evolving work of both promising pre-doctoral students as well as fully-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have pursued a career involving scientific inquiry.
An independent committee, the Committee on Research, accepts applications for research awards. Members of the Committee on Research are well respected in the field and have years of experience in practice and in research. Applications are accepted until July 15. The Committee on Research meets in August. After a thorough review of applications, employing objective criteria based on the National Institutes of Health study section format, the Committee recommends awards based on scientific merit to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors approves funding for awards at its November meeting. On average, about $400,000 per year is disbursed for research awards and fellowships.
COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH
Dr. Brian Schmidt, Chair
Dr Bernard Costello
Dr. Regina Landesburg
Dr. Ahn Le
Dr. Vivek Shetty
Dr. Thomas B. Dodson, Ex-Officio
Fellowships provide the opportunity for young surgeons to develop specialized surgical skills and to broaden knowledge, experience, and judgment in areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. Those selected for a one-year fellowship make a commitment to spend two years on the staff of an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency training program, thus disseminating the information and skills they have acquired to the next generation of surgeons.
An independent committee, the Committee on Fellowships, accepts applications for fellowships. Members of the Committee on Fellowships are well-respected in the field and have years of experience in practice and in academia. Applications are accepted until July 15.
COMMITTEE ON FELLOWSHIPS
Dr. Brent Ward, Chair
Dr. Janice Lee
Dr. Ramon Ruiz
Dr. Paul Tiwana
Dr. Joseph F. Piecuch, Ex-Officio