Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards of the American Dental Association (ADA)
reviewed and approved the American Academy of Oral Medicine’s application for specialty
recognition and adopted a resolution recognizing oral medicine as a dental specialty.
Major domains of knowledge and clinical expertise in oral medicine include oral mucosal
and salivary gland disorders; temporomandibular, orofacial pain, and neurosensory
disorders; and managing the care of medically complex patients.
The American Academy of Oral Medicine was organized formally under the leadership
of Dr. Samuel Charles Miller in 1945 and has made substantial contributions to dental
education; basic, translational, and clinical research; and oral health clinical services
for the public since that time.
Now that oral medicine is an ADA-recognized specialty, what are the implications
for the dental profession? We believe the greatest impact will be on health professions’
education and access to and quality of clinical care.
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Dr. Stoopler is a professor of oral medicine, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 240 South 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Dr. Murdoch-Kinch is a professor and the dean, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN.
Disclosure. Dr. Stoopler states that he is employed by the University of Pennsylvania; a member of the executive committee and board of trustees, American Academy of Oral Medicine; and an editor and receives a stipend from Elsevier. Dr. Murdoch-Kinch did not report any disclosures.
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