Events Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry

Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium returns on March 62 min read

February 8, 2021

Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Symposium returns on March 62 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 8, 2021 – Dental students, residents, and oral surgeons from around the country and world will take part in the third Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Leadership Symposium on March 6.

Held virtually this year, the symposium is presented by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry. The symposium, first held in 2018, was initiated to encourage more women to choose OMFS as a career and to strengthen the support network for those already in the field.

Dr. Justine Moe

Lead organizer Dr. Justine Moe, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the U-M OMFS/Hospital Dentistry Department, has teamed with a talented group of surgeons, residents and dental students to organize the 2021 symposium. Presenters and participants discuss career development and personal success in the evolving, but still male-dominated profession. The symposium has served as a platform to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges faced by female surgeons throughout their careers. 

This year’s speakers will address leadership, effective communication, work-life balance, mentoring, career development, and dealing with implicit bias and discrimination, among other topics. The conference will focus on the theme of “Amplification” and attendees will learn to amplify their own voice, the voices of women around them and discuss strategies to have more women in regional and national leadership roles in the profession. Attendees can expect to gain valuable and actionable skills for their personal and professional careers. Breakout sessions have been designed for small groups to encourage and foster new relationships.

More details about the symposium can be found on the symposium website.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.