Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium

January 19-20, 2018 | Ann Arbor, MI

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The Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Leadership Symposium is a 2-day professional conference in Ann Arbor Michigan, sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This conference was developed to bring together a panel of distinguished female surgeons from across the country to discuss career development and personal success in our evolving, but still male-dominated profession. As this conference is the first of its kind, we hope to start a conversation about the unique opportunities, issues and challenges that female surgeons encounter throughout their career. We have built in time for panel Q&As as well as a networking reception to provide the space for faculty, residents and students to establish lifelong friendships and mentorships.


We invite all interested Faculty, Fellows, Residents and Dental Students to participate in this conference. Although our target audience is primarily female Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons or future surgeons, the conference is also open to men who wish to learn more about advancing women in our profession.


  • Bring together a network of female surgeons and future surgeons at all levels of training
  • Discuss strategies for personal and professional success in OMFS
  • Identify barriers to the advancement of women in OMFS and discuss proven methods of overcoming these challenges



Location: Palmer Commons, 4th Floor, Forum Hall
11:00am - 12:00pm Registration
12:00pm - 1:00pm Welcome Lunch
1:00pm - 1:30pm Opening Remarks and Panel Introductions

Framing the issues

1:30pm - 2:00pm Women in OMFS: Where we’ve been and where we’re going Dr. Padwa
2:00pm - 2:20pm The Importance of Sponsorship and Mentoring Dr. Telem
2:20pm - 2:40pm How I Built a Network of Mentors Dr. Dyalram
2:40pm - 3:00pm Panel Q&A
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break

Establishing a mission

3:30pm - 3:50pm Women in Surgery: Why this conversation and why now? Dr. Newman
3:50pm - 4:10pm Rising to Leadership and Cracking the Boys Club Dr. Dillon
4:10pm - 4:30pm Considerations for Developing a Society of Women Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Sara Anderson
Kelly Sayre
Karen Carver
4:30pm - 5:00pm Open Discussion
6:00pm - 8:00pm Reception
Location: University of Michigan Museum of Art


Location: Palmer Commons, 4th Floor, Forum Hall
8:30am - 9:15am Breakfast
9:15am - 9:30am Panel Introductions

Clinical Success

9:30am - 9:50am Choosing the Scope of your Practice Dr. Calhoun
9:50am - 10:10am Making the OR Work for You Dr. Padwa
10:10am - 10:20am Panel Q&A
10:20am - 10:40am Break

The Business of Surgery

10:40am - 11:20am Women in the Workplace Dr. Davis-Blake
11:20am - 11:40am Dealing with Discrimination or Sexism Dr. Dillon
11:40am - 11:50am Panel Q&A
11:50am - 12:45pm Lunch

Keynote Address

12:45pm - 1:30pm Keynote Speaker Dr. Lee

Academic Surgery

1:30pm - 1:50pm Building an Academic Portfolio: Research and Funding Dr. Aghaloo
1:50pm - 2:10pm How to Have a Local, Regional and National Presence Dr. Ricalde
2:10pm - 2:30pm Leadership Training Opportunities Dr. Hughes

Success at Home

2:30pm - 2:50pm Planning for a Family and Maternity Leave Dr. Hughes
2:50pm - 3:10pm Home/Work Balance Dr. Lee
3:10pm - 3:20pm Panel Q&A
3:20pm Closing Remarks


Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD

Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research

University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry

Colonya C. Calhoun, DDS, PhD

Chief and Program Director, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry

Harbor - UCLA Medical Center

Alison Davis-Blake, PhD, MOB

Leon Festinger Collegiate Professor of Management
Professor of Management and Organizations
Former Dean of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Jasjit Dillon, DDS, MD, BDS, FDSRCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Resident Program Director & Acting Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington

Stephanie J. Drew, DMD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Donita Dyalram, DDS, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

University of Maryland Medical Center

Pamela Hughes, DDS

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oregon Health and Science University

Janice Lee, DDS, MD, MS

Clinical Director National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Chief, Craniofacial Anomalies and Regeneration Section

Erika Newman, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Surgery

University of Michigan

Bonnie L. Padwa, DMD, MD

Oral Surgeon-in-Chief, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Associate Professor in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Pat Ricalde, MD, DDS, FACS

Florida Craniofacial Institue

Dana Telem, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, General Surgery
Director, Michigan Comprehensive Hernia Program

University of Michigan




The trip between the Detroit Metro Airport and Ann Arbor takes about 20-30 minutes.

Taxi costs around US$ 50. They usually take 3 people (it is not necessary to make reservations for the taxi).

The most economical option is to take a shuttle.

Another alternative (a bit more expensive) is to take the Metrocar Services. The driver will wait for you at the baggage claim, pick up your bags, and bring you to Ann Arbor (they generally take up to 3 people).


January is one of the coldest months for Ann Arbor. Temperatures typically range from 32°F to 18°F, with occassional snow.