AAOMS is the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons care for patients with problem wisdom teeth, facial pain, and misaligned jaws. They treat accident victims suffering facial injuries, place dental implants, care for patients with oral cancer, tumors and cysts of the jaws, and perform facial cosmetic surgery. The AAOMS supports the dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery through a variety of activities that address such areas as the safe and effective delivery of office based anesthesia, state and federal government affairs, education and training programs for oral and maxillofacial surgical residents, and the development of continuing educational programming. AAOMS offers a number of workshops, seminars, and courses for every member of the OMS office. There, that brought a smile to your face…
Sept. 6-8, 2013. Pain is a persistent problem in the treatment of many medical conditions. These can be as diverse as headache, cystitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, facial pain and dental pain. PAINWeek assembled physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists, all there to talk about pain, both acute and chronic. There were more than 60 exhibits with representatives ready to demonstrate their latest products and offer information on the most advanced equipment, supplies, and services for any medical practice. Special sessions included The Complexity Model: A Novel Approach to Collaborative Pain Management; Learning to Unlearn: How Coaching Is Changing the Pain Management Landscape; and Developing a Transformative Vocabulary: How the Words We Use Can Make or Break Chronic Pain. We knew that “words can never hurt you”.. but they can fix pain…? Seriously?
August 7-10, 2013. AADE stands for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. It’s a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients. The association strives to deliver service and support for members and other stakeholders, placing the needs of the diabetes educator at the center of products, programs and activities. Hot topics at present include Adult Immunizations and Diabetes — What You Need to Know; Diabetes Care and Emergency Preparedness; and Healthy Fats, Heart Disease & Type 2 Diabetes. That last one has been looking at new evidence-based research regarding the impact of different types of fat on chronic disease, and which oils to recommend to manage type 2 diabetes. Sort of like “pouring oil on troubled waters”…?
August 7-9, 2013. FIME features four big healthcare industry sectors: Medical Technology, Medical Products and Supplies, Medical Services and Medical Equipment. What kind of exhibitor companies did visitors see on the stands? Well, hospital suppliers, surgical suppliers, suppliers of homecare, diagnostic products and services, laboratory kit, dental products, orthopedic supplies, medical and biomedical services, long-term care, disposable products… Around 50,000 visitors came through the doors, 80% of them from the USA, but a healthy showing too from Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Clinicians, physicians and technicians were rubbing shoulders with business managers and government officials. Those focused on acute care outnumbered the chronic care specialists by about two to one, but, given demographic shifts, that relationship may be changing in favor of longer-term treatment. Hang in there, patients…
July 28-31, 2013. AHRMM is the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, and the objectives of the show were to Anticipate, Connect and Lead, we were told. The AHRMM wing of the American Hospital Association is the premier organization for healthcare supply chain professionals, and it aims to strengthen the nation’s healthcare supply chain by providing leadership, education, networking, and industry-specific resources, all geared to advancing the field and enhancing the professional development of its individual members. Key topics discussed included Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards, Disaster Preparedness, and Pandemic Flu Resources. If that sounded too heavy, delegates could lighten up their AHRMM13 experience on the Torrey Pines Golf Course, a place to network with colleagues and fellow attendees as well as practicing their putting. Wait. Is golf equipment covered by Obamacare….?
July 30 – August 1, 2013. AACC stands for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the show was billed as their Pathfinder event, aimed at “Improving healthcare through laboratory medicine”. The Clinical Lab Expo included more than 650 organizations occupying well over two thousand booths, showcasing more products in every clinical lab discipline than at any other show, we heard. On hand were global leaders in clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of breaking science in laboratory medicine. Delegates could bone up on vital research, and learn about important changes in the laboratory medicine field, taking their pick from more than 200 educational opportunities in Lectures, Plenary Sessions, Symposia, Short Courses and Roundtable Sessions. So… let’s pop down to the lab… and see what’s on the slab….
July 21-24, 2013. ASHE stands for the American Society of Hematology Expo. ASH is the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatments of blood disorders. Their mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. Since that its first meeting in 1958, ASH has played an active and important role in the development of hematology as a discipline. For more than five decades, the society has sponsored its annual meeting, the premier annual education and scientific event in the field of hematology, and has published Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, which is the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field. Hey, focusing this much on blood takes guts…