Two years ago the then President of AOMSI, Dr. (Mrs.) Neelam Andrade (my teacher and guide) declared 13th of February to be celebrated as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon’s (OMS) day. Interestingly this year, IAOMS has declared the Inaugural International OMS day on 13th of February, 2015.
AOMSI, has campaigned for a theme on “Road Safety” and named it “Face it”, for this year. IAOMS has taken initiatives to honour oral and maxillofacial surgeons all over the world and has also come up with a “Photo Contest”.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and an ardent lover of the art of speech, I was enthusiastic to spend some time with the young on this sensitive topic. I chose an educational institution in the suburban area. I could only get permission for 12th February and so I arranged for the talk on that day.
Equipped with the ’tool kit’ made available by AOMSI, I presented the powerpoint to a group of students aged 16-20 years – the age where most start driving and learn the art or being reckless! By their reaction, I could only believe they’d think a lot before being reckless on the road. Mission Accomplished. Or is it ? Only time can tell!
The initiative from AOMSI to send a ppt with ‘notes’ and a separate ‘document’ stating how to carry out the presentation and how to deliver it was innovative and saved the time and efforts of the surgeons.
Happy OMS Day. Proud to be a Maxillofacial Surgeon.
- Akilesh Ramasamy, Chennai