Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium

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Thank you for participating in the 2019 Women in OMS Symposium! Please check back for updates regarding the 2020 event.

March 8-9, 2019 | Ann Arbor, MI

Rackham Assembly Hall, 915 E Washington Street, Ann Arbor MI, 48109

Suggested Dress Code
Friday, March 8: Business Classy
Saturday, March 9: Athleisure/Casual



The 2nd annual Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Leadership Symposium is a 2-day professional conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan which is sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the School of Dentistry. This conference was developed to bring together female oral and maxillofacial surgeons from across the country to discuss career development and personal success in our evolving, but still male-dominated profession. The aim of this conference are to provide a platform to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges faced by female surgeons throughout their career. The conference will be focused on skill building in leadership, conflict management and career development. We have built in time for panel Q&As as well as a networking reception to provide the space for practitioners, trainees and staff to establish lifelong friendships and mentorships.


We invite all interested dental and medical students, surgical residents, staff, oral surgery faculty and private practitioners, men and women, to participate in this conference.




11:00am - 12:00pm Registration
12:00pm - 12:45pm Welcome lunch
12:45pm - 1:00pm Opening Remarks
1:00pm - 1:30pm Justine Moe – Leadership styles with a woman’s touch
1:30pm - 2:00pm Shelly Abramowicz – Personal wellness/work life balance
2:00pm - 2:30pm Dawn Coleman – Avoiding burnout individual and system level strategies
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 3:30pm Helen Giannakopoulos – Interpersonal communication and negation/conducting effective meetings
3:30pm - 4:00pm Chi Viet – Developing a career in science
4:00pm - 4:30pm Liza Rogol – Emotional intelligence
4:30pm - 4:45pm Panel Discussion
4:45pm - 5:00pm Break
5:00pm - 6:00pm Fireside chats - Led by Ashleigh Wehy, DMD, MPH; Jennifer Nolan, DDS; Lindsey Graves, DDS; Lauren Hum, DMD, MD; Anastasiya Quimby, MD, DDS; Stephanie Zastro, DDS; Kelly Sayre, DMD, MD; Karen Carever, DDS, MD, MPH; Sara Hinds Anderson, DDS; Lori Donlley, DDS
6:00pm - 8:00pm Reception


6:00am - 7:00am Liza Ruggiero - Wellness Retreat
7:00am - 7:45am Breakfast
7:45am - 8:00am Introduction
8:00am - 10:45am Felicia Tucker-Lively - AAL Workshop Conflict Management
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm Scott Page – Diversity Bonus
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Stephanie Drew – Keynote address “Women in OMS: Where we’ve been, where we’re going”
2:00pm - 2:30pm Lauren Bourell – Managing the Pay Gap/Contract negotiation
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 3:15pm Meredith August – Mentorship: how to be an effective mentor/sponsor, how to find an effective mentor/sponsor
3:15pm - 3:45pm Jennifer Woerner – Implicit bias and dealing with discrimination
3:45pm - 4:15pm Panel discussions
4:15pm - 4:30pm Closing Remarks



Shelly Abramowicz, DMD, MPH, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Meredith August MD, DMD

Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine


Lauren Bourell DDS, MD

Western Lake Erie OMS, Sylvania, OH


Dawn Coleman, MD

Handleman Research Professor of Vascular Surgery
Associate Professor, Vascular Surgery and Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Program Director, Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency and Fellowship, University of Michigan


Stephanie Drew, DMD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine


Helen Giannakopoulos, DDS, MD

Associate Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pharmacology
Director, Postdoctoral Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine


Justine Moe, MD, DDS

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Associate Fellowship Director, Oral/Head & Neck Oncologic & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, University of Michigan


Scott E. Page, PhD, MS

Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics, University of Michigan


Elizaveta V. Rogol, DDS MD

Assistant Professor of Dental Medicine
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center


Liza Ruggiero, MA, RYT-200

Director of the Center for Mindful Wellbeing
Assistant Director of College Counseling
Varsity field hockey coach, Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, MI


Felicia Tucker-Lively, PhD, MPH

Vice President, AAL, Atlanta, GA


Chi Viet, DDS, PhD, MD

Fellow, Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
Head and Neck Surgical Associates, Portland, OR


Jennifer Woerner DMD, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Residency Program Director, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Director of Cleft & Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center




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).


March is a relatively chilly month for Ann Arbor. Temperatures typically range from 46°F to 27°F, with occassional snow/rain.


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The University of Michigan School of Dentistry would like to gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational grants from the following sponsor: